Parque Juan Santamaria
Parque Juan Santamaria
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A park dedicated to the national hero who lost his life during the 1856 invasion of Costa Rica by William Walker.
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wurd
Toronto6 contributions
Oct. 2018
Like the Six Nation Monument in Brantford Canada, this symbolises the defeat of American Imperialism by the local people.
Written November 2, 2018
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Idlewanderlust
Houston, TX51 contributions
Jan. 2018 • Couples
If you're American, go here for the statue of Juan Santamaria. It commemorates an important event in Central American history almost none us learned about in high school (and we really should).

The park itself is mostly stones with a playset. It was cool to see locals hanging out, some skating, just enjoying the evening. But there's not a ton here.
Written June 5, 2018
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travelUSAoften
Toronto736 contributions
Mar. 2018 • Couples
This park is more of a plaza as it is dominated by concrete paving stones. There are a few trees around the perimeter that provide some nice shade but do not be surprised to find someone sleeping off a hangover on the little grass that is available. The statue of Juan Santamaria after whom the park is named dominates the scene as does a colorful mural. You can reach this park very easily by walking a few blocks south of the central plaza.
Written March 21, 2018
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cdub333
Chicago, IL317 contributions
Feb. 2018 • Couples
An inspiring statue of Juan Santamaría is of course the centerpiece of this pleasant park, not far from the old cathedral.

Juan Santamaría was part of a rag-tag campesino army trying to repel Tennessee pro-slavery advocate William Walker (who had already invaded Nicaragua and was moving down the coast). A doctor-turned-adventurer, Walker hoped to lead a mercenary conquest of Central America and make the whole region pro-slavery.

Santamaría (of Alajuela) was a drummer boy in the Costa Rican forces. He volunteered to set fire to a wood fort where Walker’s “army” was holed up. He lit it up, but was shot to death. Walker’s forces retreated north after a 14-minute fight.

Santamaría is depicted gripping a torch, charging into possible death. Below the statue are two small cannons on an elevated stage (with a dangerous drop-off; I almost plunged off). Colorful noisy parrots fly around the trees and old buildings by the park. A shoeshine guy is doing a brisk business, lovers stroll, old men read newspapers.

There are several nice parks in this area of Alajuela, but this is the only one celebrating the boy hero. Could he have known an international airport would be named in his honor?
Written February 20, 2018
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isabella P
Puerto Rico86 contributions
Dec. 2016 • Family
Nice setting and family environment . We went after a concert with the Costa Rica 's philharmonic at 3pm. I believe it was a lift up from the busy streets.
Written December 20, 2016
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pcochranak
San Angelo, TX195 contributions
Jul. 2016 • Couples
In 1856 time William Walker (from the US) lead a group of mercenaries to take over Costa Rica. This statue represents Costa Rica's hero, Juan Santamaria, a local farmer who volunteered to go burn the shack where Walker and his invaders were hiding. Juan was shot and killed in doing so, and his last words were to take care of his mother. However his group was able to thwart the invaders and chase them up into Nicaragua. He is celebrated nationwide every year on Juan Santamaria Day.
It's an impressive statue in a nice setting. There are some good photo ops here, as well as across the street where the large red letters of ALAJUELA are easily climbed on for some fun memorable shots. There is also a small playground beside the ALAJUELA letters. These are located only a couple blocks from the Cathedral and the town square...also worth visiting!
Written September 13, 2016
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jannelupita
Dolores, CO78 contributions
Jul. 2016 • Couples
We enjoyed people watching here. Most locals wander through looking at their phones. There is a nice mural on the wall and a bus stop here. I wouldn't go out of
My way to visit but we stayed nearby.
Written August 10, 2016
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CostaRicaWooow
15 contributions
Jul. 2016 • Family
Now that Pokemon Go is on fire!! You can come here any time and find at least 4 pokestops with lur ;) The place is secure and very wide open so the space is not a problem.
Written July 27, 2016
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Tina R
Clearwater, FL75 contributions
Jun. 2016 • Friends
Very popular, on the city bus route. Lots shade and amazing architecture and shpping. Parking is tricky.
Written June 18, 2016
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Jimmy G
311 contributions
Jun. 2016 • Family
We stop here on our way to Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens. It gives me the opportunity to teach my students about how Juan Santamaría and the Ticos stood up to William Walker.
Written June 1, 2016
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