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Sister Cities of Durham, NC

Tilaran, Costa Rica

    The Tilaran group celebrated after Durham's City Council approved the application of Tilaran to become a Sister City with Durham. The signing ceremony was in April, 2019.

   Tilaran is in the beautiful mountains of the province of Guanacaste in northwest Costa Rica. It is the seat of the TilarĂ¡n Canton located in the mounains overlooking the west shore of Lake Arenal.    

When visiting Tilaran, you will see many windmills, as pictured here. There are nine windmill farms, which compliment the hydroelectric power produced from Lake Arenal, and together they produce 60% of the electricity for the entire country of Costa Rica.

The area is also a major area for tourism with the Arenal Volcano, water sports on Lake Arenal, and the nearby rain forest at Monte Verde.


Sister Cities projects between our two cities will include partnering with High School students to explore environmental projects.