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Central Valley Sights

Zoo Ave

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

Updated 04/09/2014

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Spread over the lush grounds of Zoo Ave is a collection of large cages holding 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, the best in Costa Rica, 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. Unfortunately, exhibits here are labeled in Spanish only.

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La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela, 20102, Costa Rica

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  • $21
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 04/09/2014


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Apr 14, 2008

Good chance to see these birds up close.

It's a bit sad to see them in cages, but they do the Lord's work there in taking care of wild birds and releasing them. The macaws are free to fly around, and you get an occasional visitor--a crested caracara and blue-crowned mot-mot on our trip.

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