Costa Rica’s “Territorio de Zaguates” (Land of the Strays)


San Jose, Costa Rica – This from, an experience you will never forget. Imagine taking a hike with more than 500 dogs, an experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the country, and maybe the world.

This is “Territorio de Zaguates” (Land of the Strays).

The finca (property), where the hike takes place, is huge and scenic.  The dogs have to be exercised anyway.

Periodically, the public is able to participate.  The dogs benefit from this by being socialized with more people and they are better able to be adopted.

You are able to bring your own well-behaved dogs for some exercise and socializing too.  There are water troughs along the hiking route so that all the dogs can stay hydrated.


Equipment:  Good walking shoes.  Water and snacks for the hike.  Rain gear, if it looks like rain.

Fitness Level:  Moderate to advanced.  You don’t have to go on the hike if you don’t feel up to it.  You are welcome to remain at the shelter and hang out with the dogs that stay behind.  It’s still a wonderful place for anyone who loves dogs, no matter the fitness level.

Cost:  Free

Time: 9am until 12:30pm.

Next Scheduled Hike:  As of this writing (June 2015), they are planning to do another hike in July.

Facebook:  Territorio de Zaguates. Follow them on Facebook to get notified when they set the date.


Getting There:  There are two ways to get there.  1)You can go directly to the shelter location.  You need to be there at 8:45am on the day of the hike.  2)You can meet representatives from the shelter in Alajuela.  You can either drive with the group of cars going to the shelter or get a ride in the bus provided, for a small fee.  Meet-up time is 8am in Alajuela on the day of the hike.

Meet-Up Location in Alajuela: At 8am on the day of the hike, the location is opposite the front of Centro Commercial Plaza Real, which is 400 meters east of the McDonalds, next to the Tropicana gas station.  From there, the whole group of cars and transport busses leaves together in caravan.

What if you don’t have a car?:  The shelter provides a shuttle bus on the day of the hike at the meet-up point.  Cost is 2,500 colones ($5) and covers transportation to the shelter and the return trip back to the meet-up point in Alajuela when the hike is done.

How to reserve a space on the shuttle:  Text message to 8815-2514 with how many people are going.  A deposit or transfer of half the shuttle fee needs to be made to Territorio de Zaguates’ bank account when you reserve seats on the bus.  Show the voucher from the transfer or deposit when you get on the bus in Alajuela.


Thanks to for this great information. Click here to go to their site.


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All photos from Territorio de Zaguates Facebook page.

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  • Lorayne Diao Caburubias

    My dream where dogs and all animals roam free and happy. Must be dog’s heaven on earth.

  • RobertM

    I’m moving to Costa Rica next year. Can’t wait to visit this place with my dogs!