San Isidro del General, Perez Zeledon
The backbone of Costa Rica is the rugged majestic mountain range called Talamanca (Codillera de Talamanca), which begins near Cartago province and stretches down to the border with Panama. At the base of its western slopes is the Valle de El General, a long fertile valley that divides the mountains from the shore. The name, El General, refers to the valley´s major river.
The Talamancas are not volcanic, but they are tall. One peak, Mont Chirripó, is the highest point of Costa Rica (3,820 meters). The capital and largest city in the region is San Isidro del General in Perez Zeledón district, an agricultural center, 45 kms directly northeast of Dominical Beach.
The first cars to reach San Isidro de Perez Zeledon, which was founded in 1897 at an altitude of 709 meters above see level, did not come until 1945. Since then it has prospered with the surroudings agricultural boom in the Valle de El General and, although still small, is an important hub and crossroads for the south. The town sits down a bit west of the highway. It´s clean and safe, with a pretty park in the center. The bustling new mercado between calle Central and Calle 2 is very attractive. San Isidro de Perez Zeledon can be a central base for exploring the area, ragting the challenging Rio del El General and Coto Brus rivers, nipping donw to the Pacific beaches, or hiking the Mt. Chirripó.