Alajuela Province of Costa Rica is the second most important province. Its capital is the city of Alajuela, the second most populous city in the country. The province has an area of 9,753 km (similar to that of Lebanon), which makes it the third largest in Costa Rica.
It is located northeast of Costa Rica.
Alajuela is Bordered on the north by Nicaragua (Rivas Department and Department of Rio San Juan), to the east by Heredia, south of San Jose, on the west by the province of Guanacaste and on the southwest by the province of Puntarenas.
In the territory are two of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica: Poas and Arenal.
Alajuela Province is divided into 107 districts, 15 cantons. The cantons and their capitals are: (Link to Wikipedia)
The Alajuela Province is the first place in the production of coffee and sugar cane. It also produces basic grains (rice, beans, corn), fruits, vegetables, tubers and vegetables, a major grazing areas in the country especially through the production of the canton of San Carlos. Also in the province are based milk processing plants of the Cooperative Milk Producers Dos Pinos. Also in the area around the city of Alajuela has settled many export industries. In Alajuela zones operate Coyol, Saret, slides, Beth and others.
In the province of Alajuela there are several national parks (Poas Volcano, Arenal Volcano, Volcano Tenorio, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Juan Castro Blanco and others), a national reserve of wildlife "Caño Negro", five protective zones and several forest reserves .
Also in the province is the Museum Juan Santamaria, who exhibits locally produced crafts. One room of the museum revives the story of the Battle of Santa Rosa, where the Costa Rican troops defeated the filibusters led by William Walker, in 1856.
Other frequently visited cities in Alajuela are Zarcero (known for his park, sculptures made of cypress) and Sarchi (manufacturing site typical oxcarts and crafts).
If you are planning to come to Costa Rica remember to visit and stay in Alajuela...