Turrialba is a small city in
Cartago Province of
Costa Rica with an
estimated population of 35,618. The main industries are textiles,
agriculture and tourism. The Pacuare and Reventazón Rivers are
notable for whitewater rafting, making
Turrialba a mecca for the
"Several cities developed and prospered as a result of the building of
the railroad to the Caribbean;
Turrialba is one of these, and its
architectural, spatial and ethnic makeup is different from other
towns. Declared a City of National Archeological Interest, this town
is the entryway to the Costa Rican Caribbean. Two universities are
located here: the Tropical Agronomy Research and Learning Center
(CATIE), of international influence, and the University of Costa Rica.
Turrialba’s outskirts contain appealing rural communities such as
Santa Cruz, where homemade
Turrialba cheese is produced, La Suiza and
Aquiares, as well as the rapids of the Reventazón and Pacuare
rivers."  Serpentario Viborana, a snake rehabilitation center, is
also located in Turrialba.
The towns football club is
Turrialba FC, who have spent several
seasons in the Costa Rican Primera División. They play their home
games at the Estadio Rafael Ángel Camacho.
The town is also home to the only official Major League Baseball
Factory, moved there from Haiti by Rawlings in the late 1980's. This
factory is a major employer in an otherwise depressed farming economy.
^ "World Gazetteer".
^ Kahler, Karl (31 Aug 2015). "Turrialba: Why the population explosion
of Costa Rican snakes near people?". The Tico Times. Retrieved 21 Sep
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