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Alajuela stretches from Costa Rica's Central Valley north through the country's highlands and North Central Plains. Its active volcanoes and breathtaking views make it one of Costa Rica's most unique tourist destinations.

The Province of Alajuela

Alajuela is located in the north-central part of the country, bordering Nicaragua to the north and neighboring Provinces, Heredia, San Jose, Puntarenas and Guanacaste.Alajuela covers an area of 9,757.53 km2, and has a population of 767,143.


Alajuela's largest cities are Ciudad Quesada (more commonly known as San Carlos), and the capital city Alajuela are the economic centers for the agriculture that


takes place in the surrounding area.However the province's most visited destination is La Fortuna, which sits adjacent to the country's most active volcano, Mt Arenal located approximately 90km northwest of San Jose.

Arenal .pngBecause its eruptions are so frequent and moderate, it can be viewed without danger as long as tourists respect the safety perimeter. The area's geothermal activity has also created a number of hot-springs, many of which have developed into rather affordable luxury resorts.

Many international tourists choose to escape the tropical climate by swimming in pools beneath magnificent hundred foot waterfalls, and white water rafting and kayaking expeditions are available for adventurers brave enough to take on the areas rushing rivers.

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City of Alajuela

City of Alajuela

Alajuela is the capital city of the Province of Alajuela. It lays on the foothills of Poas National Park and Volcano. This city is close to city and province of Heredia to its north east, San Jose to its east, and the International Airport and Santa Ana to its south. The city has a wide variety of accommodations, shopping, and dining options.

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La Fortuna

La Fortuna

La Fortuna - San Carlos - Alajuela - Costa Rica. The area of La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano is one of the most beautiful and famous places in Costa Rica, full of plenty of diverse activities and experiences for any traveller. One of the few constantly active volcanoes in the world, this is a must see during anyone's time in Costa Rica.

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