Alajuela has two active volcanoes and beautiful sites that you will love in rural Costa Rica.
It is the second province in terms of size and population (19,7% of the country’s inhabitants live here). The main city, also named Alajuela, has a variety of supermarkets, restaurants, banks, health centers, shopping malls, and the International Airport Juan Santamaría.
Almost every city and town in Costa Rica have farmers markets once a week, each morning Saturday. Alajuela has one of the largest farmer markets. It is a great place to experience the “tico” culture, having contact with the farmers, and try local and fresh fruits.
In my opinion, at the top of the list of places to go are the volcanoes; nowadays, two of them are actives. In La Fortuna is Arenal Volcano, an awesome 5,479 feet peak where visitors can see the lava flows of 1992, an impressive ceiba tree that is over 400 years old, and the extensive rain forest’s trails. The other active volcano is Poás, part of mountainous forests that has one of the largest craters in the world.
In La Fortuna, there’s so much to see and do, like horseback riding, hiking and wildlife viewing. For adventurers, there’s rafting down the Toro River, canopy tour, hanging bridges, hot springs and more.
Alajuela has an animal rescue center, Zooave, that has beautiful botanical gardens and more than 125 species of animals, among them birds, mammals, and reptiles. These animals were rescued but cannot be fully rehabilitated for reintroduction into their natural habitat. The center is designed to offer them a good quality of life.
What do I love of Alajuela? The north zone of the province that has beautiful plains, mountains, lakes, and volcanoes.