Central Valley, Costa Rica
The Central Valley region is the most heavily populated and the one that has been growing coffee the longest in Costa Rica. It also boasts two active volcanoes--Irazú and Poás--and a dormant third one--Barva--for good measure. Known for its distinctive wet and dry seasons, its rich cultural expressions, artisanal foods, and picturesque villages are often what people think of when they picture this beautiful country.
The Ticos take pride in their land and their coffee. They have a phrase, Pura Vida, which encapsulates the optimism of the people. This multipurpose phrase is translated “pure life,” and carries with it an underlying thankfulness, along with the understanding that no matter what the situation, somewhere someone is experiencing something worse, so maybe the situation isn’t so terrible after all! In essence, no matter how much or little you have, life is short and we’re here together so—pura vida!