CITY ALAJUELA

22 Km from San José, 12 Km from Heredia and 37 Km from the peak of the Poás Volcano. A pleasant city that is famous for its good climate, it is located more to the west, it is protected from the rain from the Atlantic and is 200m below the level of San José, and the weather is a little warmer; it stay at between 20 º C and 24 º C all year round.

Where to Sleep & Eat-City Alajuela?

Hotel La Guaria Inn & Suites Ph + 506 8382-6112. E-mail:  laguariahotel@aol.com  https://www.laguariainn.com/ Alajuela Avenida 2, Del Teatro Municipal 200 metros al Este. Shower, TV, Air conditioning, Free toiletries, Fan, Toilet, Private bathroom, Cable Channels, Flat-screen TV, Sofa, Tile/Marble floor, Wake-up service, Wardrobe or closet, Hypoallergenic, Towels, Linen, Toilet paper, Sofa bed, Pool towels.

Rent a Car -International Airport

Adobe Ph (506) 2258-4242 San José/ Ph (506) 2777-4242 Quepos/ Ph (506) 2442-2422 Airport/ Ph (506) 2667-0608 Guanacaste.  E-mail: info@adobecar.com www.adobecar.com Álamo Ph (506) 2242-7733 San José, Airport, Hotel Best Western Irazú, Liberia, Playa Tamarindo, Marina Los Sueños Herradura, Quepos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela, E-mail: autosada@alamocostarica.com www.alamocostarica.com Hola Ph (506) 2231-5666 San José. E-mail: service@hola.net  www.hola.net […]

Catedral de Alajuela

The Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (Catedral de Nuestra Señora del Pilar ) also called Alajuela Cathedral or Cathedral of Virgin of the Pillar, is the name given to a religious building affiliated with the Catholic Church, which is located in the city of Alajuela, the second largest in the Central American country of Costa Rica.

Parque General Tomás Guardia

Located in the downtown,Parque General Tomás Guardia (General Tomás Guardia Park), in Alajuela, is the nerve center in the city. It is also known as Central Park or Mangoes Park (‘Parque de los Mangos’). Alajuela’s inhabitants usually meet there to rest under the shadows of mango trees and to play draughts. In the past, it was the city’s main square, where the street vendors established their stands on market days and social activities were held.

Jardín Botánico Else Kientzler

Location; 400 m norte del estadio de Sarchí, Sarchí, Alajuela, Costa Rica. HISTORY ELSE KIENTLZER: During the war, in 1943, destiny took her to the greenhouses of Ludwig Kientzler. She was just 19 years old at that time. The greenhouse was established by Ludwig Kientzler on October 15, 1904. With a specialized operation they soon gained a good reputation for high quality young plants throughout Germany.

Historic Museum Juan Santa Maria

Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum was created by Republic Act No. 5619 , of December 4, 1974, amended by Law No. 6572 of April 23, 1981 , which has its respective Regulation . The project that gave rise to this bill was the initiative of then deputy alajuelense Dr. Luis A. Salas Corrales (+). The Museum is named “Juan Santamaría” in honor of the national hero, whose heroic materializes on April 11, 1856 in Rivas, Nicaragua.

International Airport-City Alajuela?

Address: Alajuela Province, 20 km west of the city of San Jose. Open 24 hours. Facilities: CCTV surveillance cameras, ramps and escalators. Payment methods: Automatic payment, teller and Compass system. Currencies accepted: Colones and dollars Parking Lot Office Phone: +506 2437-2627. Two airline check-in counters are on the upper floor of the terminal building; there are three accesses from the main parking lot. Generally, airlines recommend checking in 3 hours before the scheduled flight departure. Self Check-in Counters:  The Juan Santamaría International Airport has self check-in located in front of the airline counters.

Where to Sleep & Eat-Poas Volcano?

At Poas Volcano Lodge our ambition is to offer you the most authentic experience of a mountain Lodge in the Costa Rican cloud forest. You are welcome to enjoy the nature trails we have created through the farm, where we have areas of virgin cloud forest, and where you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse the Resplendent Quetzal.

GRECIA

Grecia is the canton of Grecia in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. It is also the name of the distrito (Spanish, meaning “district”) that includes the city. The district of Grecia covers an area of 6.86 km²,and has a population of 15,457.  The city lies at an elevation of 999 meters above sea level in the foothills of the Cordillera Central on the eastern edge of the Central Valley.

Where to Sleep & Eat-Grecia?

Is located in Santa Gertrudis north  Grecia  just 30 minutes  from the International Airport Juan Santa Maria and  6 minutes  from  center the Grecia. It s close  enough to provide guests with a convenient and relaxing stop – over as they arrive in or depart from Costa Rica.

SARCHI – VALVERDE VEGA

Sarchí is the canton of Valverde Vega also known as Sarchí in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. The district of Sarchí covers an area of 15.11 km², including the central area of the city. It has a population of 6,912. The district of Sarchí Sur covers an area of 6.51 km², and has a population of 4,659. The city lies at an elevation of 1000 meters above sea level on the slopes of the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range) at the eastern edge of the Central Valley.

Where to Sleep & Eat-Sarchi?

Floating like a cloud in the rainforest canopy near the Poas Volcano, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is one of the most secluded, tranquil and relaxing luxury hotels in the Costa Rican mountains. Our eco resort was created to be a luxury retreat for travelers who seek out authentic experiences and a deep connection to nature. Simple luxury and exhilarating adventures are the essence of the El Silencio guest experience.

Where to buy Souvenirs & Crafts- Sarchi?

It was established in 1949, exactly when it became segregated from the neighboring country of Grecia, being baptized to honor Dr. Carlos Luis Valverde Vega, the exemplary doctor and surgeon. This happened when the Founding Board of the Second Republic named the village of North Sarchí. The name Sarchí appeared in documents since 1732 in colonial documents and it seems to have Huétar origins, because the land was initially populated by indigenous people of the Huétar Kingdom of the west ruled by the chief Garabito.

BAJO DEL TORO AMARILLO

This beautiful village is located 24 Km to the north of Sarchí with some 300 inhabitants, drive towards the north of Sarchí, passing by the park, look for the gas station and some  500 meters north head towards the stadium, then take a right turn, from there you will begin to go uphill on the main highway a few kilometers along you will find La Luisa and continue straight on, this trip will take you through beautiful mountains, when you begin your decent you will find the small but beautiful and picturesque village, those that live in the area call it the Swiss Alps.

Where to Sleep & Eat-Bajo de Toro Amarillo?

Biological Reserve Bosque de Paz Ph (506) 2761-1266, Ph (506) 2234-6676. E-mail: info@bosquedepaz.com www.bosquedepaz.com. With their colleagues in order to  protect the exuberant flora and fauna, Federico Gonzalez Pinto, and his wife Vanessa, and their son Federico Jr. achieved their dream of creating a large Biological passage for future generations created a consciousness about the […]

OROTINA

Orotina The city of fruit It is located in Tárcoles Valley. Irrigated from the west to the east by the Río Tárcoles. This area has very picturesque landscapes, and the people are friendly, noble and hardworking. Located 67 kilometers from San José. Orotina is located a privileged area  as it located in the tourist corridor […]

Where to Sleep & Eat- Orotina

Small Costa Rican Boutique Hotel with very reasonable prices, situated right in the cultural part where the train museum is to be build. 10 small rooms with planning and arrangements for individuals or groups to be arranged with our on-site manager, who is fluent in English and Spanish.

ATENAS

42 Km from San José, 25 Km from Alajuela and 59 Kms from Puntarenas. The small and beautiful population of Atenas, situated in the extreme west of Central Valley has one of the best climates in the world according to a study carried out by the United Nations. With a noticeably marked dry season the environments moderate temperatures are 26 ºC, with fresh and pleasant nights. A long time ago the huétares populated this region. Although objects found of chorotega origin makes it possible that there were influences between the two tribes.

Where to Sleep & Eat- Atenas

Vista Atenas B & B Ph/fax (506) 2480-3252. E-mail: vistaatenas@hotmail.com  www.vistaatenas.com. Single/ double/ triple 45/ 50/ 55 US$, cabins with breakfast 60 US$. Located to the south of Atenas and is accessible only by car, it is a bed & breakfast that offers modern rooms, a small swimming pool and a view of the central […]

SAN MATEO

The canton of San Mateo in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. It is also the name of the distrito that includes the city. The district of San Mateo covers an area of 64.89 km², and has a population of 2,678. The city lies at an elevation of 254 meters above sea level in coastal lowlands near the central Pacific coast. It is 31 kilometers east of the port of Caldera, 44 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital city of Alajuela and 53 kilometers from the national capital city of San Jose.

SAN RAMON

It has an extension of 990.63 square kilometers. To the north it borders with San Carlos; to the south with Esparza, San Mateo and Atenas; to the east with San Carlos, Alfaro Ruiz, Naranjo and Palmares, to the west with Tilarán, Miramar and Esparza. The climate in San Ramón is usually humid with temperatures ranging from between 17ºC to 22°C approximately.

Where to Sleep & Eat – San Ramon?

Hotel Gran Ph (506) 2445-6363.  Single rooms 9 US$/ double 11 US$. Open 24 hours. Depending on the amount of people, breakfast is available. There is a gas station close by where you can leave your vehicles. La Posada B & B Ph (506) 2445-7359, fax (506) 2447-2021. E-mail: johotel@rcsa.co.cr.  Single/ double/ triple with breakfast […]

ZARCERO

Alfaro Ruiz County: 1.736 meters above sea level. 20 Km to the north of  Naranjo and 69 Km from San José, 48 Km from Alajuela and 30 Km from San Carlos (Ciudad Quesada). When the road was opened to the north of San Carlos and Los Guatusos the pioneers found a beautiful valley where there where a lot of zarzamora (blackberry) plants; they began to call the area El Zarcero.

NARANJO CITY

Naranjo is the sixth canton in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 126.62 square kilometres, and has a population of 45,005. The Río Grande forms the western and southern boundaries of the canton.

PALMARES

It is a welcoming valley, situated in the foothills of the Miner Cordillera, known by the name of Montes del Aguacate. It is surrounded by mountains and hills, whose heights range from 1200 and 1480 meters above sea level, reaching a maximum height at the border with San Ramón, and its lowest point being the Rio Grande, at 850 meters above sea level. 

CIUDAD QUESADA – SAN CARLOS

The official name of this village is Ciudad Quesada and is known as San Carlos, buses are usually marked with this name. It was created on the 26th of September 1911, it was converted into the tenth county of the province of Alajuela, and since then it has become a fine and prestigious village. With an extension of 3.347,98 Km2.

Upala City

Upala is the 13th canton in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 1,580.67,  and has a population of 48,910. Upala Canton is bordered by Nicaragua on the north, the Río Las Haciendas on the northwest, Río Rito on the southeast, and the Cordillera de Guanacaste on the south. The Rincón de la Vieja, Santa María, Miravalles and Tenorio volcanoes are landmarks along the southern border. The canton was established by a decree of March 17, 1970.

Los Chiles-Caño Negro

Los Chiles Distance from San José, 233 kilometers. It was declared a county on the 17th of March 1970. With a surface of 1.358.88 Km2, and 43 meters altitude, it is bordered with Nicaragua, 3 Km, to the west with the counties of Upala and Guatuso and to the east and the south with the […]

Guatuso San Rafael/ Celeste River/ Venado Caverns

The counties of Upala, Los Chiles and Guatuso. San José is 236 Km from Upala, 233 Km from Los Chiles and 245 Km from San Rafael de Guatuso. Upala, the main city, is situated on the left bordering the Rio Zapote, flowing from the Nicaragua Lake, which you can get to by boat. It is a very picturesque village, as the river flows past houses, forming pools where the locals bathe.

Rio Cuarto – Alajuela

Río Cuarto is the 16th canton of the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. It is the most recent canton of the country, when being promoted to such after agreement of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica in second debate the Thursday 30 of March 2017, and was segregated from the canton of Grecia, although it was not bordering on it. It is […]

HEREDIA CITY

Located 11 Km to the north of San José and is a smaller and historic province. Its extension is 2.657 Km and is known as the city of flowers. Its altitude is 1.150 meters above sea level, similar to that of San José. It has a university population as it is very close in the east to the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. The city was established in 1706 and is colonial in character.

Where to Sleep & Eat – Heredia?

Hotel Valladolid Ph (506) 2260-2905, fax (506) 2260-2912. E-mail: villadol@racsa.co.cr. Located on 7th Street, on the corner with 7th Avenue. Suite/ Single/ double/ triple 90/ 68/ 78/ 88 US$. This building has five floors; the top floor has a sauna, Jacuzzi, and a solarium with great views. It has eleven rooms with air conditioning, mini […]

MONTE DE LA CRUZ

Located 8 kilometers from the center of San Rafael de Heredia on a totally paved access road, possessing spectacular vegetation and with a wide view of the central valley. Ideal for family activities and special groups, has many of the facilities of a private club; but with entrance fees available to everyone.

Where to Sleep & Eat – Monte de la Cruz?

Hotel Chalet Tirol Ph (506) 2267-6222, fax (506) 2267-6229.E-mail: tirol@racsa.co.cr. With double rooms from 80 US$. Located on the outskirts of the central cordillera at a height of 1.800 meters. There are 24 comfortable suites and a good French restaurant and tennis court. It is possible to walk along the footpaths of the cloud forest […]

VARA BLANCA

Vara Blanca is a small village located between Poas Volcano and Barva Volcano in Heredia Province in Costa Rica. It is an important cross-road location for all major traffic connecting the northern parts of Costa Rica especially the Sarapiqui Riverdelta area with the major population area of the San Jose Central Valley.

National Institute Biodiversity (INBIO PARK)

The surrounding area of Heredia Barva village is 2.5 Km to the north of Heredia, founded in 1561 and is a national historic monument; where the church and houses dating from the XVIII century are of particular importance. El INBio Ph (506) 2507-8100, fax (506) 2507-8274. E-mail: askinbio@inbio.ac.cr  www.inbio.ac.cr . Located in Santo Domingo de […]

CITY CARTAGO

It is the fourth province of the Central Plateau, and is also the oldest. Established in 1563. It was the capital until 1823. A volcanic eruption in 1723 and earthquakes in 1841 and 1910 destroyed nearly all of the historic buildings.

The Church the ruins (The Apostle Santiago Church)

It is the largest tourist attraction in the city. In 1920 an earthquake destroyed nearly all of it; it is located on the corner of 2nd Street. The church was not restored and because of this you can only visit Las Ruinas, (the ruins), as it is known. Its walls are surrounded by a beautiful garden and it is the most important point of reference in the center of Cartago.

Basilica of our Lady of Angeles

The Virgen de los Angeles is Costa Rica’s patron saint, also known as La Negrita. Virgen de los Angeles Day is a Costa Rican holiday celebrating the Virgen. According to tradition, La Negrita, the Black Virgin, is a small, probably mulatto, representation of the Virgin Mary found on this spot on August 2, 1635 by a native woman.

VOLCANO IRAZU NATIONAL PARK

Located on the Central Volcanic Cordillera, 31km to the west of the city of Cartago. It was created with the Nº 1917 article from the Organic Law created by the Institute of Tourism on the 30th of July 1955. From 1970 the services of the national parks manage this national park. It has an extension of […]

Jesus Christ of Ochomogo

This monument is situaded up in the Ochomogo hills. It is a reminder, for all Costa Ricans, of those who died in the months of March and April in 1823 when the Imperialist tropos, that supported the idea of Costa Rica´s becoming part of the Iturbide imperium in Mexico

The Orosi Valley

One of theeldest popultaions of the country is Located ath the Orosi Valley. This región houses the biggest Costa Rican preserve, the reserva Forestal de Rio Macho. With 99,105.oo hectáreas, this región encompasses three river basins which are part of several hidrolectric projets.

Ruins of Temple the Virgen of Ujarras

The church in Ujarrás has since been restored. The church was built with limestone in a construction method known as calicanto. The facades, the altar and other parts of the church are now restored. The Virgin of the Holy Conception of Ujarras, Saint Patron of the Colony, was originally installed in the church. However, this image […]

Tapanty National Park

The Tapantí Macizo de la Muerte National Park (PNTMM) has an area of 58,495 ha . http://www.sinac.go.cr/EN-US/Pages/default.aspx The sector corresponding to the PNTMM is characterized as one of the rainiest places in Costa Rica, with an average annual rainfall of over 6,500 mm, and even up to 8,000 mm (0,315 inches) per year. It contemplates heights […]

REVENTAZON RIVER

The Reventazón River, is a river in Costa Rica which forms part of the Reventazón-Parismina drainage basin, it is 145 kilometres long and flows into the Caribbean sea. It starts at the base of the Irazú Volcano, passing through the east side of the Central Valley, and flows through the Orosí and Turrialba Valleys.

Cachí Dam (Represa Hidroelectrica de Cahí)

Represa Hidrolectrica of  Cachi is an artificial lake in central Costa Rica created by the Cachí Dam, an arch dam north of Tapantí National Park, to the east-southeast of Cartago in Cartago Province. The main town is Cachí, away from the east bank of the lake. Built in the 1970s, it was one of the first hydroelectric projects in Costa Rica. It has an installed capacity […]

Where to Sleep & Eat -Cachi Dam?

De la represa de Cachi 1.5 km al sur. 
Valle de Cachi Paraíso. “La Casona del Cafetal” Restaurant opened its doors in 1994 in the beautiful Cachí Valley and adjacent to the well-known Orosi Valley.  Today we are the most visited restaurant in the area.   This year, 2014, we proudly announce the opening of the Boutique Hotel “La Casona del Cafetal”. 

Quircot Church

Quircot is a town located 2 kilometers northwest of the city of Cartago, belonging to the district of San Nicolás, in the central canton of the province of Cartago. It is one of the oldest towns in the country. In 1569, when its inhabitants, belonging to the Huetar ethnic group, were distributed to Spaniards by Governor Perafán de Rivera y Gómez, an indigenous monarch named Pixtoro reigned there.

House of city of Cartago (Pirie building)

History of the Building

The Pirie building was built in the 1880s by the priest Fulgencio Bonilla. Its original structure was made in calicanto, which for the time was the most advanced mode of construction in the city of Cartago. At the beginning of the 20th century, Alejandro Pirie arrived, a pharmacist from Canada, who purchased the redoubt to install his house and the Botica Carthage, which occupied the corner that currently constitutes the temporary exhibition hall.

TURRIALBA CITY

It is a bustling city. Its streets and parks are always full of people. Along the street where the train departs there are fruit and vegetable stalls. Turrialba is famous for its water rafting and parachuting because of its strong currents.

RIVER PACUARE RAFTING

The Pacuare River, or the Río Pacuare, flows approximately 108 kilometres to the Caribbean. It is a popular location for white water rafting, whitewater kayaking and riverboarding. The rainforests that surround the river are home to exotic animal species such as jaguars, monkeys, ocelots, and a very large number of birds. Also it was considered one of the 5 nicest rivers to practice rafting. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad – Costa Rica’s state-owned electricity agency – suggested in 1986 the possibility of building a hydroelectric dam on the river.

RIVER PEJIBAYE

Born in the foothill of Cordillera de Talamanca, extended throughout the Jiménez canton and surrounded by the picturesque Tucurrique and Pejibaye towns is the beautiful Pejibaye river, one of the most important natural areas in this region due to its crystalline water and its rain forest. It is adequate for rafting as people of any age can enjoy completely by mixing adrenaline with landscape beauty.

VOLCANO TURRIALBA NATIONAL PARK

Open from 08:00 a.m to 03:00 p.m, entry 6 US$. With 3.330 meters in altitude and three well defined craters, this colossus dominates the whole valley in Turrialba. From there, on a clear day, you can sea the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean; there are natural footpaths where you can see the flora and fauna belonging to this volcanic area.

Where to Sleep & Eat- Volcano Turrialba?

The lodge is a great option for anybody that wants to see what it is like to sty on a farm in rural Costa Rica. Amenities of Volcan Turrialba Lodge include: restaurant, swimming pool, bar. The lodge also provides internet access. The lodge is a great place to start your hike to Turrialba Volcano National park (when it is open).