Galeria Namu, San Jose

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Do some shopping with an ethical spin at Galeria Namu, a fair-trade traditional arts and crafts shopping area showcasing the work of local artisans and craftspeople. Survey the wide array of art and other ornamental ephemera from a variety of indigenous cultures, including woven Wounaan baskets, Bribrí canoes, Huetar reed mats, Chorotega ceramics, Guaymí dolls, and Boruca masks, as well as a wide range of modern Afro-Caribbean artisanal crafts. If considering a visit to these cultures in person, inquire about reserving tour arrangements at the gallery. Discover how to plan a San Jose trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • I had read online that this was the place to go to buy Brunka/Boruca masks. We were rushed since we had people waiting for us. So unfortunate since the shop was wonderful and full of beautiful pieces....  more »
  • Great artwork and reproductions from the indigenous people of Costa Rica, but this is really a shop and not a museum.  more »
  • The is a nice shop but it has items that are note Costa Rican so beware if you only want real Cost Rican crafts. Great selection of Devil Masks. Prices are a bit higher but they merchandise if a highe...  more »
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  • If you want a real boruca or brunka mask. Buy it here. May not be the cheapest but atleast it's made by real brunka artists. Owner was very helpful and spoke English very well. I'd buy the whole store but my creditcard company wouldn't let me.
  • Found this unique shop in San Jose and discovered wonderful pieces of art and crafts unlike anything else we've seen in other shops. The owners were very knowledgeable and explained the different styles used by the tribes of Costa Rica. We came home with some beautiful pieces. For anyone planning a trip to Costa Rica this gallery is a must see.
  • Aisling is a wonderful, interesting woman; I was intrigued by her knowledge and passion for the brunka tribe.
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  • Great place to shop for Costa Rican arts and crafts

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You'll find the majority of San Jose's accommodations between Parque Metropolitano La Sabana and the botanical gardens. This area offers luxury chain hotels in the west, simpler guesthouses in the older section of town in the east, and budget-friendly hostels located on side streets, just off from the primary commercial thoroughfares. Many hotels have sprung up close to the airport, located northwest of the city.
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