Grecia, Costa Rica

Come and visit Costa Rica’s cleanest city, Grecia, and observe Costa Ricans’ particular way of life

Grecia, Costa Rica
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Grecia is considered to be “the cleanest city of Costa Rica”. It is located 12 miles away from the northwest of Alajuela and 28 miles away from the northwest of San José.

Grecia, Alajuela
 Las Mercedes Church
© Trevor Huxham

If you decide to visit Sarchí, it is advisable to stop by Grecia and go for a walk to see its main tourist attractions, for example the extraordinary Iglesia de las Mercedes Church, a fin-de-siècle styled building, surprisingly built only with reddish metals. There is a precious altar inside the church which proves the Hispano-American devotion for the Baroque style. It is built of marble and rises up to the ceiling as if it was a wedding’s cake.

Just about a mile away from this small city’s downtown, on the road to Alajuela, it is located the World of Snakes (‘El Mundo de las Serpientes’), a zoo that houses 40 different snake species and where visitors are allowed to touch the non-venomous snake species.

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