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Costa Ricas or Central Americas cleanest town !!

Grecia There are pleasant back roads from Alajuela to Grecia, but if you’re heading directly from San José, take the Inter-American Highway for 34 km/ 21 miles and turn at the Greek columned sign. The residents call themselves Greeks (Greigos) because of the town’s unusual name, and many of them have added columns to their porches in an imitation of Greek architectural styles.

H owever, what distinguishes the village of Grecia most is its award for being the “Cleanest City in Latin America.” It is. The center of town is dominated by the metal-clad Cathedral de la Mercedes, a bright red church made of metal panels that were imported from Belgium in 1897. The interior is equally ornate.

Five minutes east of town is the well-run Mundo de las Serpientes, World of Snakes ( 506/494-3700), in the village of Poró. Admission to this interesting stop is about US $12. Northwest of town is Los Trapiches ( 506/444-6656), a factory that makes tapa dulce, sweet hard brown sugar. A waterwheel drives a 19th-century Scottish cane press that squeezes out the sugar juice. The juice is collected and boiled, then poured into molds. Open weekends. There’s swimming too, and you can bring a picnic or eat Tico food in their restaurant.

Stay in Grecia at the pleasant small, B&B Aeromundo (one block behind the church, . 506/494-0094,, $-$$), they offer local tours and run a travel agency. Six well-equipped rooms and three furnished apartments.

Tr, on the way in, turn right after two km/1.25 miles to the tiny town of Rincón de Salas. Turn right at the intersection and go 200 meters / 658 feet to the Posada Mimosa ( fax 506 / 494-5868,, $$). This immaculate B&B home features beautiful gardens and a protected rainforest as part of the property.

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