View of Park from San Rafael Church, Costa Rica

The Park Francisco Alvarado sits in front of the church at the town center. It is noted for its Topiary Garden produced and maintained by E. Blanco since the 1960s. Offering a series of vibrant shrubbery, sculptured and clipped into whimsical shapes, the garden is a must-see. Well-manicured shrubs in the park are fashioned as animals, dancers and oxcarts etc.

View of Park from San Rafael Church, Zarcero, Costa Rica

View of Park from San Rafael Church, Costa Rica

Park details from San Rafael Church , Zarcero, Costa Rica

Topiary at Park, Zarcero, Costa Rica

Park view from San Rafael Church , Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church interior, Zarcero, Costa Rica

A lovely little church with stained glass windows and columns painted to look like marble and some religious paintings. The main colors are pastel blue and pink.

San Rafael Church Interior, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church Nave, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church Nave, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church Altar, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church Altar, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church, Zarcero, Costa Rica

Zarcero is the capital city of the canton of Zarcero in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. It is also the name of the distrito (district) that includes the city. The city lies at an elevation of 1,736 meters above sea level. Zarcero, known for its brisk mountain climate, lies in a dairy and agricultural area also noted for the local enterprises that practice organic farming.

San Rafael Church, Zarcero, Costa Rica

San Rafael Church 2, Zarcero, Costa Rica

The town has a beautiful cottage style church. Admirers of religious architecture will be delighted by the interior of the church which is covered with detailed religious paintings and elaborate pastel stencil work.

San Rafael Church 2, Zarcero, Costa Rica