Tilarán is the eighth canton of the province of Guanacaste, in the north of Costa Rica. It is located in a mountainous area at the extreme west of the Sierra Minera de Tilarán, a section of the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain Range. The city of Tilarán is located just 5 km south of Lake Arenal at an altitude of 564 meters above sea level, and has a large influx of domestic and foreign tourists, as it is the exact point where the highways connecting the Daniel Oduber Airport converge. Liberia, Monteverde and the Arenal Volcano. From this city it is possible to see the Miravalles and Tenorio volcanoes and a few kilometers to the east you can also see the Arenal volcano.
According to the 2011 National Census, the population of the canton was 19,640 inhabitants, of which 5.7% were born abroad. The same census highlights that there were 6,018 occupied homes, of which 65.9% were in good condition and there were problems of overcrowding in 2.5% of the houses.50.7% of its inhabitants lived in urban areas. Among other data, the literacy level of the canton is 96.4%, with an average schooling of 7.3 years. The same census details that the economically active population is distributed as follows: Primary Sector: 19.9%. Secondary Sector: 14.8%. Tertiary Sector: 65.3%.