Central Valley Sights

Zoo Ave

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

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Spread over lush grounds, the zoo has a collection of large cages holding toucans, hawks, parrots, and free-ranging macaws as part of 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. Wingless animals include crocodiles, caimans, a boa constrictor, turtles, monkeys, wildcats, and other interesting critters. A botanical garden rounds out the offerings here. Unfortunately, exhibits are labeled in Spanish only.

Sight Information


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, Alajuela, 20102, Costa Rica

Map It



Sight Details:

  • $20

Published 06/18/2015


Book A Trip



  • CARS

Map View

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Central Valley