It is a scenic drive from El Silencio to Poás National Park, whose centerpiece is the country’s largest active volcano crater; a mile across, it is constantly steaming and bubbling. A 20-minute walk from there is Laguna Botos crater, which is filled with its own pool of turquoise water. And the Doka coffee plantation is right in the neighborhood, ready for tours. An hour away is Sarapiquí, a more pastoral area in which to get active. Go white-water rafting on the Sarapiquí River, where professional outfitters take thrill-seekers safely down Class II–IV rapids. For a dose of retail therapy, head to Costa Rica’s main center for crafts and furniture, Sarchí, known for its brightly painted oxcarts. Visitors can watch the cart makers at work, and shop for everything from salad bowls to jewelry fashioned from beautiful hardwoods.