With its 47 500 inhabitants, Alajuela is the second largest city of Costa Rica behind San Jose, the capital. Alajuela is the capital of the province of the same name. The city is situated at the foot of the Poas Volcano, which rises at 2 704 m above sea level and is renowned for its pleasant climate and the friendliness of its inhabitants.

In Alajuela, there is the largest international airport of Costa Rica "Juan Santamaría Airport "located just 2.5 km from downtown and less than 15 minutes from TACACORI Ecolodge. The city is also the commercial center of the sugar and coffee grown and produced in the region.

Alajuela offers tourists all the facilities and services they may wish, without the congestion of the capital San Jose. It allows easy access to roads leading to the most popular attractions of Costa Rica. Near the city, many sights worth the trip: the butterfly farm near La Guácima of Alajuela and the Zoo Ave in La Garita de Alajuela.

It is also the ideal starting point for those who want to go west to the various beaches of the Pacific, to national parks, nature reserves and other tourist sites.

ique, vers les parcs nationaux, les réserves naturelles et autres sites touristiques.

City park
National hero
blason Alajuela - Costa Rica

Alajuela, nicknamed
"City of Mangoes"

The famous "Mango Festival" is celebrated every year in july in the city park surrounded by many mango trees. Concerts are organized on every Sunday in the bandstand in the park.

Alajuela Cathedral and other interests

An interesting building downtown is the cathedral with its huge overhanging the altar.

The bronze statue of the national hero Juan Santamaría, born in Alajuela, is located on a large square in front of the municipal theater. During the battle of Riva in 1856, he was responsible for the victory of Costa Ricans on the buccaneers of William Walker.The Museo Juan Santamaría" pays tribute to this national hero who was killed during the battle.