Today we are headed back to San Jose. Our first stop is a cart factory. The Costa Ricans are very meticulous painters and the carts are colorfully painted. They make trays with the same color combinations.
After the cart factory tour we stopped in Zarcero to visit a church and topiary garden. The shrubs were sculptured into elephants, dinosaurs, birds, and other whimsical forms. There were many flowers among the shrubs. After Zarcero, we stopped in Grecia at another church and park. Of course there was time for POPs ice cream.
Before we went back to our hotel, we toured the city of San Jose. We stopped at the National Theater, which was a highlight. It is one of the places they entertain presidents and dignitaries when they are in town. I was glad to be back to better roads. The guide reminded us that there is 95% literacy in Costa Rica. The three biggest industries are software development, tourism, and pharmaceuticals. The three biggest crops are coffee, bananas, and pineapple. We also saw a lot of sugar cane. Temperature changes go by elevation. It was a lot cooler in San Jose than in Manual Antonio. We arrived back at the Wyndham in San Jose. For dinner we were served wine and a buffet.