Welcome to Alajuela

Costa Rica’s second city is also home to one of the country’s most famous figures: Juan Santamaría, the humble drummer boy who died putting an end to William Walker’s campaign to turn Central America into slaving territory in the Battle of Rivas in 1856. A busy agricultural hub, it is here that farmers bring their products to market.Alajuela is by no means a tourist ‘destination.’ Much of the architecture is... Read More

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$63.33 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.

$178.62 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.

$64 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Tour to Poas Volcano from San Jose

You will take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. In route you will go by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park. As you ascend towards the volcano you will stop for a brief explanation of the golden bean- the coffee and then continue the trip through fern, flower and strawberry farms. There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing you for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of Poas Volcano. At the Volcano you will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as you learn about the different ecosystems in the park.

$71.11 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Trip to Poas Volcano from San Jose

This tour begins by taking the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. You will traverse the city of Alajuela, passing the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria (a folk hero), and the famous Mango Park, a favorite among visitors and locals alike. As you ascend, getting nearer to Poás Volcano, you will notice a change in temperature and vegetation; you will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower, and strawberry farms along the way, filling the landscape with a beautiful array of colors and textures.Once you arrive at Poás Volcano National Park, you will admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles and hike on the trail towards Botos Lagoon. You will also learn about the different ecosystems in this unique and protected park.

$85 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Hanging Bridges Trip to 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.