Las Cataratas de Los Chorros
About 7km south of Grecia, toward Santa Gertrudis, are two gorgeous waterfalls and a swimming hole surrounded by picnic tables. It’s a...
La Casona del Maíz
Continue west and the road slides right over the Interamericana. Just north of the intersection, La Casona del Maíz is usually...
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Lonely Planet review
About 10km west of Alajuela, you’ll find this well-designed animal park sheltering more than 115 species of birds on colorful, squawking display in a relaxing 14-hectare setting. The zoo houses all four species of Costa Rican monkey, wild cats, reptiles and other native critters, many of which are rescues. Though technically a zoo, it is also an important animal breeding center that aims to reintroduce native species into the wild; admission fees fund wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, release and conservation programs.