Quesada, San Carlos

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Ciudad Quesada
Pavilion of Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica park.jpg
Ciudad Quesada is located in Costa Rica
Ciudad Quesada
Ciudad Quesada
Coordinates: 10°19′25″N 84°25′37″W / 10.32361°N 84.42694°W / 10.32361; -84.42694Coordinates: 10°19′25″N 84°25′37″W / 10.32361°N 84.42694°W / 10.32361; -84.42694
Country Costa Rica
CantonSan Carlos
CitySeptember 26, 1991
 • SyndicAdolfo Enrique Vargas Aragonés (CUSC)
 • Total145.3 km2 (56.1 sq mi)
656 m (2,152 ft)
 • Total43,399
 • Density300/km2 (770/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00

Ciudad Quesada is the capital of the canton of San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. Although Ciudad Quesada is the official name, it is commonly referred to by the area name of San Carlos. Ciudad Quesada is also the most populous city in the canton of San Carlos.

The city is the economic and political center of the region, especially for the agricultural and dairy industries. The Quesada district and its surrounding areas produce about 65% of all milk in Costa Rica.


Ciudad Quesada lies at an elevation of 656 meters above sea level[1] at the foot of the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range) on the southern edge of the San Carlos Plain, an expansive lowland that forms a major part of the Caribbean slope in northern Costa Rica. It is 79 km northwest of the provincial capital city of Alajuela and 90.9 km from the national capital city of San José.[2]

The district of Quesada has an area of 145.31 km², and has a population of 42,060.[3]


The city was first called La Unión, which was later changed to Villa Quesada.[citation needed] Villa Quesada was granted the title of "Ciudad" (City) by law on July 8, 1953.


The city is a major commercial center for ranching and agricultural enterprises in the surrounding area. It is known for its leather goods, as well as for its dairy production. The city harbours some important manufacturing plants related to the agribusiness sector.

This city harbors facilities of Costa Rica's largest dairy cooperative in order to produce cheese and powder milk. It also has a R&D center operating in the same facilities Dos Pinos.


There are several hot springs in the area, some of which have developed into resorts, attracting Costa Ricans and foreign tourists.

Nearby places of interest[edit]

Zoológico La Marina is a private nonprofit zoo operated by the Alfaro family on five hectares of their cattle ranch. There are more than 450 species of animals and birds on display, most of which were confiscated by the government from illegal private ownership. The facility also maintains a successful breeding program of tapirs, an increasingly endangered species. It is 11 kilometers northeast of Ciudad Quesada on the road to Aguas Zarcas.


The town's football club is A.D. San Carlos, who have spent over 25 years in the Costa Rican Primera División. They play their home games at the Estadio Carlos Ugalde Álvarez.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 2, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.yourtravelmap.com/costarica/quesada/
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 20, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), See CO1, in Spanish.

External links[edit]

  • Quesada travel guide from Wikivoyage