Where is ICLC?

ICLC is located in Alajuela, the province of the Costa Rican National Hero:
Juan Santamaría (the soldier in the picture).

The campus is in ALAJUELA (between Carrillos and Tacares), 9 kilometers north-west from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Please note that all flight tickets use SJO / San José as an International code, but the Airport is located in ALAJUELA.

Carrillos is a small farming community surrounded by hills and mountains. The town is politically divided in Carrillos Bajo and Carrillos Alto.

The campus is 30 kilometers south of Poás Volcano, making the volcanic soil an ideal place for the sugar cane and coffee plantations.

Juan Santamaría, Costa Rica national hero

Alajuela highlights

Sarchí Church, Grecia

Sarchí Church, Grecia

Believe or not, this is the sister of the Eiffel Tower, both were presented at the same exhibition in Belgium in the 1800’s and the Costa Rican coffee farmers decided to acquire this iron icon to honor the Catholics in Grecia.

Costa Rica "army"

Costa Rica "army"

Abolished in 1949, Costa Rica transformed its army of soldiers into thousand of student with free and mandatory education.

Costa Rica typical Ox

Costa Rican typical oxcart

This monument is found in Grecia, near ICLC. The oxcart was used to transport coffee from the Central Valley to Limón in the Caribbean coast during 1800’s and now is a national emblem of work.

Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense


+506 2458-8485
ICLC, Carrillos Bajo, Poas,
Alajuela - 20804
Costa Rica, Central America