Welcome to Alajuela


Costa Rica’s second city is by no means a tourist ‘destination.’ Much of the architecture is unremarkable, the streets are often crowded and there isn't a lot to see. But it’s an inherently Costa Rican city, and in its more relaxed moments it reveals itself as such – a place where families have leisurely Sunday lunches and teenagers steal kisses in the park. With plenty of amenities, shops, restaurants, supermarkets and banks, it makes an excellent base from which to explore the countryside to the north.


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$89 Day Trips & Excursions

Hanging Bridges Adventure in San Luis from San Jose

Journey 1.5-hours from San José and get in touch with nature, with a visit to San Luis Adventure Park, located in San Ramon, Alajuela. Find a tranquil forest in the clouds, with trails just over a half mile (1-kilometer) in length, full of beautiful flora and fauna. Visit the hummingbird garden, a butterfly garden, and traverse six suspension bridges. Enjoy the grandeur of nature in Costa Rica, with the perfect tour for the whole family. See beautiful orchids, partake in some bird watching, and observe various types of animals including the howler monkey, the coatis (also know as the coatimundi or the hog-nosed coon), and more.

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

San Jose Sightseeing City Tour

Experienced guides will give you a general description of the different places you will see on your tour of the largest city in the small nation. This is a must-see on any trip to the capital of Costa Rica. Start the day with a pick-up service at approximately 8:00 a.m or 1:00 pm  from your hotel in San José, Alajuela or Heredia. (This tour is available in the morning and in the afternoon) . From the comfort of the minivan, you will enjoy the panoramic views of San José. During the trip, your English speaking guide will inform you about the places you will see on the road, starting with the Costa Rican Art Museum in La Sabana. See the heart of the city center, The National Theater, University of Costa Rica, National Museum and the Arts and Crafts Market to buy souvenirs. After shopping, enjoy a lunch at a Typical Restaurant, with some cultural meals from Costa Rica. After your gastronomic experience, you can relax and enjoy the trip as you will be transported back to your hotel. If you choose the afternoon tour, lunch will be served at the beggining of the tour.

$68.89 Tours & Sightseeing

Doka Coffee Plantation, Grecia and Sarchi Oxcart Factory Tour from San Jose

This tour will take you three cultural visits. First you will traverse the city of Alajuela and head into the mountains. Here you will visit Doka Coffee Estate (one of the largest coffee and sugar cane plantations in Costa Rica), where you will be treated to an extensive coffee tour. Your journey then moves on to the picturesque town of Grecia, where you will see its famous metal church. You will make a final stop at the town of Sarchi, known as the birthplace of Costa Rica’s artisans. Here you will get to admire the works of the local craftsmen, including the traditional ox cart. Lunch is included in the tour.

$169 Day Trips & Excursions

Full day to Monteverde from San Jose with Canopy and Reptil Amphibians watching

Full day to Monteverde from San Jose with Canopy or hanging brides with Hummingbird,Butterfly Garden and Reptiles and Amphibians watching tour, we pick up at San Jose, Alajuela or Heredia.This tour includes:TransportBilingual guideFree entrance.Hanging bridges and hike in the park or Canopy.Snacks and drinks.Founded in the 1950s by a group of Quakers from the U.S.A., Monteverde has gained international renown as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. The reserve covers an area of 10,500 hectares of land and maintains six different life zones. The climate and the terrain of the reservation produce an incredible bio-diversity.What you can see: There are at least 400 species of birds in the highest part of the rain forest, which includes the resplendent Quetzal, formerly the sacred bird of the Mayans, more than 100 species of mammals, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles, and approximately 2,500 species of plants, which make Monteverde a true paradise for bird lovers. The reserve has wet and dry seasons, although the higher parts have fog and it rains a lot during the year.A new and spectacular way to see the forests in the heights, without doing much physical effort is the "Skywalk" (Walk through the sky), which is done by a series of trails connected with suspended bridges to more than 130 feet, allowing really spectacular views of the forest.

$149 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Monteverde Tour with Hanging Bridges and Reptiles

Full day to Monteverde from San Jose hanging bridges with and Reptiles and Amphibians watching tour, we pick up at San Jose, Alajuela or Heredia. This tour will start with your pick at your hotel to drive for about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get at the restaurant in Monteverde for having a typical and delicious lunch. Then we will start the hanging bridges tour with approach long of 3000 meters where you can watch the beautiful views and exotic flora and fauna of Monteverde, then we will start the tour to watch snakes, turtles and other reptiles. Then go back to San Jose   Founded in the 1950s by a group of Quakers from the U.S.A., Monteverde has gained international renown as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics. The reserve covers an area of 10,500 hectares of land and maintains six different life zones. The climate and the terrain of the reservation produce an incredible bio-diversity. Monteverde is about 1500 meters over the sea. It is a cold place you have to bring your coat and poncho What you can see:  There are at least 400 species of birds in the highest part of the rain forest, which includes the resplendent Quetzal, formerly the sacred bird of the Mayans, more than 100 species of mammals, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles, and approximately 2,500 species of plants, which make Monteverde a true paradise for bird lovers. The reserve has wet and dry seasons, although the higher parts have fog and it rains a lot during the year. A new and spectacular way to see the forests in the heights, without doing much physical effort is the "Skywalk" (Walk through the sky), which is done by a series of trails connected with suspended bridges to more than 130 feet, allowing really spectacular views of the forest.

$192.46 Shore Excursions

Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens

This tour departs very early from the Puntarenas Pier to visit the amazing Poas Volcano. Located north of the central valley in the Alajuela province you will find this volcano of an altitude of 2.708 meters above sea level and temperature ranging from 45 f° to 70 f°. It is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in Costa Rica, mainly for its primary crater that has a warm and acid lagoon, turquoise colors and active fumaroles; it also has cold water lagoon, natural hiking paths and great biodiversity. It's last significant eruption occurred in 1994 spitting rocks around its crater; earlier in 1952 and 1954 had an important period of activity in which it was observed ash clouds, hot rocks and loud rumbles that formed the inner cone in the main crater of about 40 meters in height. Nowadays its activity consists in gas and water emissions. The Poas volcano is one of the most visited volcano in the region for its distinctive features and incredible beauty.You will also get to see the Paz Waterfall Gardens. It is the #1 most visited privately owned ecological attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San Jose, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals and an environmental education program.