Central Valley Sights

Zoo Ave

  • La Garita de Alajuela Map It
  • Alajuela
  • Zoo/Aquarium

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Spread over the lush grounds, a collection of large cages holds toucans, hawks, and parrots (the macaws range free), not to mention crocodiles, caimans, a boa constrictor, turtles, monkeys, wildcats, and other interesting critters. The zoo runs a breeding project for rare and endangered birds, all of which are destined for eventual release. It has 115 bird species, including such rare ones as the quetzal, fiery-billed aracari, several types of eagles, and even ostriches. An impressive mural at the back of the facility shows Costa Rica's 850 bird species painted to scale. A botanical garden rounds out the offerings here. Unfortunately, exhibits are labeled in Spanish only.

Sight Information

Address:

La Garita de Alajuela, head west from Alajuela center past cemetery, turn left after stone church in Barrio San José, continue for 2 km (1 mile); or head west on Pan-American Hwy. to Atenas exit, then turn right, Alajuela, 20102, Costa Rica

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Phone:

/2433–8989

Sight Details:

  • $20
  • Daily 9–5

Published 06/18/2015

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