Alajuela, Costa Rica

It is the birthplace of Juan Santamaría, the national hero of Costa Rica who was a drummer boy turned national hero during the battle of Hacienda Santa Rosa in 1856. Santamaria sacrificed his own life to preserve the independence of the country, an act that is honored throughout the city with parades and fiestas every April 11, on Juan Santamaria Day. The Juan Santamaría International Airport, the main airport serving Costa Rica, is located just 3 kilometers south of the city.

Almost all of the popular excursions from this area are accessible by bus and include a nearby butterfly farm, various canopy tours, Poas Volcano National Park and coffee tours to Doka Estate, as well as visits to Sarchi and the Grecia.

Summary: Home to the international airport and a great base for Central Valley day trips.
Landscape: City
Attractions: La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano National Park, The Butterfly Farm, Zoo Ave
Activities: Coffee Tours, Spanish Study Programs
Caters to: Budget Travelers, Day Trippers, Families

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