On my previous blog I shared with you my love for meat and for chicharrones. If you missed it find it at this link. At about 45min until 1 hour drive from San José, get to Puriscal, the town of chicharrones, but also much more. The road has an unbeatable shape and the access by bus or any kind of car is pretty good. The bus station in San José is called “Comtrasuli” and has very good services.
If you decide not just to visit Puriscal to taste this meal, I listed 5 things you may consider doing over here.
Visit the local market:
In Puriscal you will find a traditional local market with little stores selling lots of local products, fruits and vegetables you may have never ever seen or tasted. People welcome you with a smile at their face and you will feel attracted by the variety there is to find in this little place.
Get some luck from the Puriscal’s emblematic monument
Well the emblematic monument of Puriscal is a frog, it can be found at Puriscal’s park, where adults and kids play around with it. It is supposed to bring you luck, of you are nearby don’t miss your chance to touch it!
Admire the town center and it’s church
Puriscal has about 33.000 of habitants and one of the activities people enjoy include going to the park and spending time over here. You can find people sending snacks, friends talking to each other, children playing around, all of them having some quality time!
You can even find stores selling products the fashioned way, which rice and beans being offered without package and to be sold by weight.
The church of course is a highlight, declared architectural historical heritage of Costa Rica. Admire it from the outside, since for security reasons it can’t be accessed to the inside.
Visit La Cangreja National Park
About 1 hour drive from Puriscal downtown you find La Cangreja, 45Km south. Better access this national park with a 4-wheel-drive since some part of the road is made out of gravel and during the rainy season it can have some holes and unevenness. Trust me, we went there on our sedan car and suffered all the way there and backwards. Take a walk and appreciate the wonderful views to the mountains and richness of plants and trees surrounding you. According to Protected Areas and National Parks of Costa Rica (https://areasyparques.com/areasprotegidas/parque-nacional-la-cangreja/) this park is richer in plants and trees than the Corcovado Nationalpark! Isn’t it amazing! A great combination is a chocolate tour nearby, where they produce cacao bars from growing the trees and drying the seeds.
Visit the indigenous reserve of Zapatón
From “Puris” downtown drive a bit more than an hour heading South, you can take the road passing by the National Park La Cangreja and drive further. This is an indigenous reserve where the spiritual leader is a chaman and people go there to get “cleaned” in a spiritual way. They still grow beans, corn and rice, since these are part of their basic diet. The “chichi” can’t be forgotten, an artisanal fermented drink made out of corn. The inhabitants of Zapaton also sell handicrafts made out of wood, seeds and everuthing what nature offers them in order to buy goods they can’t grow of produce. Get in touch with the roots of Costarricans over here!
Are you willing discover Puris? Share if you liked it!
If you want some tips to stay in the surroundings, write me! I now some nice places!