From Costa Rica's Pacific central coastal city of Puerto Caldera visitors can explore unspoiled natural beauty of the region and travel inland to the cosmopolitan capital of San Jose, situated at an altitude of about 1,170 m (3,840 ft). An industrial port complex for both cruise ships and cargo vessels, it has no passenger amenities except for a small, air-conditioned terminal with restrooms, information desk, public phones, International Calling Centre and a small selection of craft vendors.
Puerto Caldera's rain forest which starts just inside the coastline and continues up into the mountain ranges, contain rivers, waterfalls, parks and wildlife reserves. About 20 miles south of Puerto Caldera are two forest reserves, known for their large and diverse populations of forest and aquatic birds: the Biological Reserve of Carara, and a preserve that encompasses the islands of Guayabo, Negritos and Los Pajaros.
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