Upala (canton)

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Flag of Upala
Official seal of Upala
Location of Upala Canton in Alajuela Province
Location of Upala Canton in Alajuela Province
Country Costa Rica
Province Alajuela
Founded 17 March 1970
 • Total 1,580.67 km2 (610.30 sq mi)
Population (June 2013)
 • Total 48,910
 • Density 31/km2 (80/sq mi)

Upala is the 13th canton in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica.[1] The canton covers an area of 1,580.67 square kilometres (610.30 sq mi),[2] and has a population of 48,910 (estimate as of 2013).[3]

The capital city of the canton is also called Upala.


Upala Canton is bordered by Nicaragua on the north, the Río Las Haciendas on the northwest, Río Rito on the southeast, and the Cordillera de Guanacaste on the south. The Rincón de la Vieja, Santa María, Miravalles and Tenorio volcanoes are landmarks along the southern border.


The canton of Upala is subdivided into seven districts (distritos):[1]

  1. Upala
  2. Aguas Claras
  3. San José O Pizote
  4. Bijagua
  5. Delicias
  6. Dos Ríos
  7. Yoliyllal


The canton was established by a decree of March 17, 1970.


  1. ^ a b "División Territorial Administrativa de Costa Rica" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal (IFAM). 5 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), 2001.
  3. ^ Estadísticas Vitales 2013 - INEC

Coordinates: 10°53′52″N 85°00′47″W / 10.89778°N 85.01306°W / 10.89778; -85.01306