Poas Volcano National Park - Parque Nacional Volcán Poás - View on a Clear Morning

8 Things to do in Alajuela Costa Rica with 48 Hours

Here is a comprehensive list of things to do in Alajuela Costa Rica – just a short drive from the Juan Santamaria International airport vicinity if find yourself in the area with a little extra time and looking for stuff to do.

If You Have 1 Day in Alajuela…

This one-day itinerary includes a bit of relaxation & some outdoor adventure to entertain and help shake off jet lag. One of the top things to do during your stay at Hotel Villa San Ignacio is to visit the Poás Volcano. Your best chance for clear weather in the cloud forest will be early morning.

Day 1 – Morning at Poás Volcano

Poas Volcano near Hotel Villa San Ignacio
Poás Volcano – Alajuela Costa Rica

Start your first day in the Alajuela area of Costa Rica with an early morning tour of Poás Volcano; we recommend that you reserve your park entry a few days ahead. Visiting hours to Poás volcano, including holidays, are 7:00 a.m. to the last viewing tour at 1:20 p.m.

Day 1 – Afternoon Options

Near the Poás Volcano, there are several options of places to visit in the afternoon. While you are in the area, consider one or two of the following options:

La Paz Waterfall Gardens near Hotel Villa San Ignacio
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 most visited privately owned ecological attraction in not only Alajuela, but in all of Costa Rica. This tour features an easy hike with views of the breathtaking waterfall, a wildlife preserve with over 100 species of rescued animals, and an environmental education program.

The ARK Botanical Garden
The ARK Botanical Garden

The ARK Ethno Botanical Garden. If you love plants, this botanical garden will satisfy the most professional enthusiast of this fascinating world.

Doka Estate Coffee Farm
Doka Estate Coffee Farm

Costa Rica is known for its perfectly balanced coffee. An educational tour of the Doka Coffee Farm will take you from the seed to the cup. You experience everything there is to know about how coffee is harvested and roasted in Alajuela, Costa Rica.


If You Have 2 Days in Alajuela…

Staying 2 or 3 nights allows you to add a bit of local history and culture to your Alajuela visit. Set aside a day to change the pace and experience the local day-to-day “pura vida” lifestyle of Costa Rica. Spending time in the region will enrich your experience with a greater perspective of life in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Day 2 – Morning Birdwatching Tour

Mot Mot
Mot Mot in Alajuela Costa Rica

Start your morning with breakfast at Hotel Villa San Ignacio and shortly after enjoy the morning with a local expert as your guide who knows the best birding spots at Hotel Villa San Ignacio.

Day 2 – Afternoon in Alajuela Central

Copo Vendor in Central Park - Alajuela Costa Rica
A Vendor selling Copos in Central Park – Historic Alajuela

Grab a Copo and find space on a shaded bench in Alajuela’s Central Park. Take a break like a Tico in Alajuela’s historical center. In Alajuela you will discover a few of the simple pleasures noted on My Tan Feet travel blog’s list of 50 things to do while in Costa Rica.

Marimba Band Central Park Alajuela Costa Rica
Marimba Band Playing in Central Park – Historic Alajuela

Day 2 – Family Activities Near Hotel Villa San Ignacio

ZooAve Animal Rescue
ZooAve Animal Rescue

Only a few minutes away, both the ZooAve Wildlife Rescue Center and the Chocotour are family-friendly activities that are fun, shorter tours.

chocotour alajuela costa rica

Looking for a hotel in Alajuela Costa Rica?

Alajuela, the so-called “Ciudad de los Mangos”, has the namesake for the number of fincas or Mango Fruit plantations in the province. Hotel Villa San Ignacio is located only 4 kilometers from all the things to do in Alajuela mentioned above. True to our location, we have several mango trees on the property. You can enjoy both the feel of the finca and also the city. Within minutes, you can start exploring Alajuela by taxi or a rental car.

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