Zoo Ave is a must see in Alajuela. More of a wildlife refuge than a zoo, the park’s mission is to rehabilitate and care for Costa Rica’s injured, orphaned, and mistreated wildlife. Visitors will encounter crocodiles, white-tailed deer, snakes, peccaries, and all four species of native monkeys: squirrel, white faced, howler, and spider.
A paved walking trail loops through Zoo Ave’s three acres, affording visitors an easy path to all animal areas. Self-guided tours begin with the resident macaws, where visitors can observe scarlet, hybrid, and Buffon’s macaws perched on branches, squawking and acting socially, just as they would in the wild. Other free-roaming animals include peacocks, iguanas, and agouti. More information