Lonely Planet Costa Rica (11th Edition) by Lonely Planet, Mara Vorhees, Wendy Yanagihara, Gregor Clark

By Lonely Planet, Mara Vorhees, Wendy Yanagihara, Gregor Clark

Lonely Planet Costa Rica is your passport to the main suitable, updated recommendation on what to determine and pass, and what hidden discoveries wait for you. observe otherworldly vistas and simmering volcanoes, sit back on ideal shorelines and be ogled by way of toucans within the wild; all together with your depended on trip spouse. Get to the center of Costa Rica and start your trip now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Costa Rica commute Guide:

Full-color maps and pictures throughout
Highlights and itineraries assist you tailor your journey for your own wishes and interests
Insider find out how to keep money and time and get round like a neighborhood, fending off crowds and bother spots
Essential details at your fingertips - hours of operation, cell numbers, web content, transit counsel, prices
Honest studies for all budgets - consuming, sound asleep, sight-seeing, going out, purchasing, hidden gemstones that almost all guidebooks miss
Cultural insights offer you a richer, extra worthwhile shuttle event - background, landscapes, ecology, natural world, food, customs/etiquette, browsing, turtles, activities
Over 50 colour maps
Covers San Jose, principal Valley & Highlands, Caribbean Coast, Arenal & Northern Lowlands, Peninsula de Nicoya, relevant Pacific Coast, Southern Costa Rica, Peninsula de Osa and extra

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The nave of León Cathedral (see pp358–9), built in the 13th century, is supported by rib vaulting and is illuminated by the finest display of stained glass in Spain. The 15th-century Casa de Conchas in Salamanca (see p365) The Salón de Embajadores in the Alhambra (see p494) has exquisite Moorish decoration. Rose window Pointed arch Tracery Flying buttress Sculptural decoration above the doorways of León Cathedral’s south front depicted biblical stories for the benefit of the largely illiterate populace.

Almonds grow on dry hillsides in many parts of Spain. The spring blossom can be spectacular. The nut, enclosed by a fleshy green skin, is used in a variety of sweetmeats including the Christmas treat turrón (see p205). Olive trees grow slowly and often live to a great age. The fruit is harvested in winter and either pickled in brine for eating as a to extract the oil which is widely used in Spanish cuisine. Sweet oranges are grown in dense, well-irrigated groves near the frost-free coasts. The sweet smell of orange blossom in spring-time is unmistakeable.

The almond, orange and olive create the three most characteristic landscapes of rural Spain but several other trees provide important crops. Wine corks are made from the bark of the cork oak. Tropical species, such as avocado and cherimoya, a delicious creamy fruit little known outside Spain, have been introduced to the so-called Costa Tropical of Andalusia (see p487); and bananas are a major crop of the Canary Islands. Elsewhere, peaches and loquats are also grown commercially. Figs and carobs – whose fruit is used for fodder and as a substitute for chocolate – grow semi-wild.

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