Provincia de Alajuela Travel Guide

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    by blueskyjohn
  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Fortuna

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Alajuela

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Sarchí

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Poás

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San José

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Zarcero

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Aguas Zarcas

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San José

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Grecia

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Bijagua

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Atenas

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6,2,1

Fortuna

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  • The name says it all!

    Fortuna Restaurants

    This is a nice little find. Small and tucked away on the main street into La Fortuna. We were a large group some things seemed tight but still plenty of room. The owner is an ex-pat from the US. Very personable and really strives to serve the best food he can. The wait staff were great. Unique, especially in CR, the waiter took our order with an...

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  • Hotel Los Lagos

    Fortuna Hotels

    Los Lagos is one of the best affordable hotels on Arenal Volcano. It is one of the closest to the...

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  • Fast, inexpensive and good!

    Fortuna Restaurants

    This is an open air cafe restaurant. The wait staff were very attentive. I was very surprised on how fast my food came. Very inexpensive. I had the chicken casado tipico which comes with a fresh fruit drink. The drink was Guayaba and was very good. I added an order of fresh chips and guacamole which was the highlight. Everything was good though and...

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Alajuela

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  • A five colones banknote

    Alajuela Favorites

    While we stayed at the 1915 Hotel in Alajuela we brought our laundry to a little shop a few blocks from the hotel. The shopkeeper, being a collector, had a small display of banknotes on his counter. As we admired these, we started talking and gave him some notes from Indonesia, Suriname and Trinidad Tobago, that we happened still to have with us....

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  • Hotel Buena Vista

    Alajuela Hotels

    Stayed here as a treat, and it sure was! The view from the garden of the hotel is second to none,...

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  • Poás Volcano National Park

    Alajuela Things to Do

    Parque Nacional Volcán Poás is the easiest to visit and therefore the most popular. From Alajuela one or more tourist buses daily go the 37 km winding mountain road to the park, fare CRC 2100 both ways. They stop at a souvenir stall on the way, still there is ample time to walk the park at your leasure.From the parking a well paved road leads...

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Sarchí

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  • Artisan Crafts in Sarchi

    Sarchí Shopping

    Sarchi is a town famous for its painted wood crafts. You can buy the same sort of souvenirs here as in the rest of the country, but at lower prices. They are also famous for their beautiful painted ox carts which can be purchased for a little more than $100 US.

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  • Local Craft Shops

    Sarchí Things to Do

    We took an afternoon tour that included a visit to Sarchi. This is the place to go if you are interested in purchasing Costa Rican arts and crafts. All of the shops are within walking distance of each other and will ship your purchase back to the United States. If you have the money, I recommend purchasing one of Costa Rica's famous oxcarts. They...

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  • Costa Rican Handicraft Center

    Sarchí Shopping

    Sarchi is where a lot of artists work who produce the crafts for the Costa Rican tourist market. Most of the time the prices are less than the same item in San Jose stores.I didn't want to carry the stuff with me so I refused to buy if they didn't ship. They were reluctant to do this. Therefore I didn't buy anything that was fragile or crushable as...

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Poás

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  • seeing the crater in Nov

    Poás Things to Do

    it was November, end of green season, we had to make two trips to Poas, the first tiime the crater was totally covered by the cloud, and the second time, we waited for hald hour, before the cloud started clearing up.

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  • By public bus to Volcan Poa

    Poás Transportation

    There is only one option if you want to go here by public transport, but it is very easy and inexpensive. First we took a bus from san Jose to Alajuela (1/2 hour). From here we caught the bus to Poa (leaving at 9.00 am, cost $US 4 in year 2000). The ride took around 1 hour and was beautiful as we passed loads of coffee fields. Even though it was a...

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  • Volcan Poa

    Poás Things to Do

    The crater of volcan Poa (2,708 meters) is amazing. It is hard to describe how it is to stand there looking down into the lake with a colour of another world. It was so beautiful. Steam is comming out through cracks in the volcano and it smells like boiling eggs. The trail to the crater is well marked and not that long. Just before the viewing...

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San José

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  • Soda is not Water

    San José Restaurants

    Restaurant in Costa Rica might not be the best option. For example, Chinese food is heavily adjusted to local taste. Another thing is the soda. Despite the name it is not kind of water but rather kind of restaurant, cheap local one. They offer local food called casado which consists of beef, the regular fare of frijoles and aroz and much more for a...

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  • Hotel bust

    San José Warnings and Dangers

    The hotel Aranjuez was and is a Lonely Planet favourite. Yes, indeed it sounded wonderful on paper but their inclination to massive bureaucracy demanded faxes for confirmation of reservation. E-mail was not enough. So I did not reserve and ended up there after the long taxi ride as a “walk-in”. Not that a reservation mattered anyway because I had...

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  • Taxi nuisance

    San José Warnings and Dangers

    Taxi drivers internationally are species of their own and Costa Rican ones are no exception. The airport attracts these types as dead meat bunch of flies. There is “official” taxi service at the airport with nicely dressed drivers for the price of 25 USD a trip. This seems to be not enough tough because the driver aggressively wants to show you a...

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Zarcero

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  • Parque Francisco Alvardo

    Zarcero Things to Do

    Zarcero has a marvelous free topiary garden.In 1960, gardener Evangelisto Blanco began to trim and form the bushes here into bizarre shapes. There are arcades, elephants, birds, rabbits, corkscrews, snakes, dancing couples, oxen - even a bull fight. On one side is a very elaborate creche scene.If you have kids, this is a good place to stop and let...

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  • Take along a good road map

    Zarcero What to Pack

    Pack light and carry a lot of water. It does cool off at night up in the mountains and cloud forest so take some long pants and long sleeved shirts. Dress is casual but you will want some comfy walking shoes for sure. I always take my own toilet tissue with me. Take what ever else you will need or want because you won't find much here. Don't...

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  • Walk in the cloud forest

    Zarcero Off The Beaten Path

    There are several trails, with wooden walkways at the ranch. There are expert guides to show you around. They will explain the different plants and show you birds and wildlife.

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Aguas Zarcas

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  • Don't forget your swim attire

    Aguas Zarcas What to Pack

    Smart casual clothing for dinner and the casino. Lightweight cotton clothing for walking the trails and going on tours. Swim attire and cover-up. Don't forget your walking shoes along with some nice sandals. Don't forget to bring your bins for when you go walking on the nature trails.

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  • When in doubt, drive

    Aguas Zarcas Transportation

    I am sure that there are buses running daily from San Jose to Aguas Zarcas.We don't ever take the bus because we always have our own transportation.We rent a jeep at the airport when we arrive in Costa Rica and with our guide books nearby, we take off driving.

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  • Sidewalk restaurant

    Aguas Zarcas Restaurants

    The restaurant at the El Toucano was in a very pretty setting outside. It looked like a sidewalk cafe. They served Itatian food so I found very little on offer without meat.We were both disappinted in the food.

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San José

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  • Soda is not Water

    San José Restaurants

    Restaurant in Costa Rica might not be the best option. For example, Chinese food is heavily adjusted to local taste. Another thing is the soda. Despite the name it is not kind of water but rather kind of restaurant, cheap local one. They offer local food called casado which consists of beef, the regular fare of frijoles and aroz and much more for a...

    more
  • Hotel bust

    San José Warnings and Dangers

    The hotel Aranjuez was and is a Lonely Planet favourite. Yes, indeed it sounded wonderful on paper but their inclination to massive bureaucracy demanded faxes for confirmation of reservation. E-mail was not enough. So I did not reserve and ended up there after the long taxi ride as a “walk-in”. Not that a reservation mattered anyway because I had...

    more
  • Taxi nuisance

    San José Warnings and Dangers

    Taxi drivers internationally are species of their own and Costa Rican ones are no exception. The airport attracts these types as dead meat bunch of flies. There is “official” taxi service at the airport with nicely dressed drivers for the price of 25 USD a trip. This seems to be not enough tough because the driver aggressively wants to show you a...

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Grecia

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  • Grecia's Church

    Grecia Things to Do

    What do you see?? A typical church?? Pues no! surprisingly, this church was made on steel. It's the only building I know in the world entirely made on metal. I don't know the reasons they made it like that, but from outside you'd never say it's iron.I recommend not to pray during the wet season... for evident reasons

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  • La Terraza B & B

    Grecia Hotels

    Calle Salguero, San Roque Abajo, Grecia, 4100, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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Bijagua

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    by goverita Updated Feb 19, 2009

    Nice hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls. Two rivers join up to form the crystal blue color of Rio Celeste. Nice hike through the park to get there with an opportunity to see the wildlife of the zone - peccary's, snakes, a variety of birds, monkeys, butterflies. About 45 minutes to the waterfall and another 40 minutes to natural hot springs.

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    • National/State Park
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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Atenas

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  • Typical Costa Rican food, great fruit...

    Atenas Restaurants

    This cute rustic-looking restaurant has very inexpensive typical costa rican food, including great fish. They make great fruit milkshakes and juices out of many kinds of fruit (some I never heard of before). The owner and wait staff are very friendly. Fruit milkshakes, mmmm! Either the banana, or the strawberry....or the strawberry-watermelon....

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  • El Cafetal Inn

    Atenas Hotels

    105 Atenas Road

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Take a taxi-really!

    Atenas Transportation

    Renting a car is expensive in CR and driving is hellacious (due to the windy hilly roads and the other reckless drivers!). Unless you really need to drive around a lot, just take cabs. In Atenas they are easy to find as they line up near the bus station and are bright red. They're professional and safe, and cheap!! You can go anywhere around town...

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