Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional, San Jose

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Discover an array of local creatures as you go exploring through Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional. At the zoo, which is surrounded by dense green bush, find over 60 species of animals living in enclosed spaces. Hiking paths lead through the area and take you past local animal and plant life. Find toucans, crocodiles, a lion, monkeys, an anteater, and many more exotic animals. Though some of the animals live in small enclosures, the administration currently aims to renovate the animals' enclosures. For Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional and beyond, use our San Jose tourist route planner to get the most from your San Jose vacation.
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  • I had the opportunity to visit the Park July 14, 2017, with my spouse, son and granddaughter, had years and years of not going, while I live just 5 or 6 kilometers, it is totally different to as I remember, I do constructive criticism: missing signs that help the visitor for the tour, is a foundation that manages delivery of the fact that the budget is insufficient for proper maintenance and projects. I noticed that a sector was in the process of remodeling, I'm sure that at some point the standard of this park will be excellent, for the moment I can say that it is a nice place to visit in the capital of Costa Rica, you should visit it, more visit conditions are improved for both visitors and animals.
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  • It was the first time I saw racoons, so beautiful expressions. I loved it. The zoo is located very close from the center of the city, good walk up to there.  more »
  • Unfortunately the Zoo not liked at all! He is not in the best condition and the aviaries and enclosures far too small, pathetic for the poor animals. Not recommended!
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  • Lots of beautiful animals and birds. It is being remodeled so I look forward to see visit again soon. My kids loved it! (not worth comparing with US zoos... But it is worth visiting)
  • Nice little walk through a small park. Sadly the lion Cuba gave them died a few days before our visit. In general the place feels a little run down.
  • We paid 5,400.00 Colones for two people to go in and see 1 or 2 animals on a 3x3 cage. NOT impressed or happy to see such small habitat for those inocent creatures!
  • Extremely cruel. For a country that's apparently at the forefront of conservation, this is disgraceful. Do not go, do not support this. San José, sort your Zoo out!
  • Very nice place to walk, could be better but i enjoyed going and living almost right next to it.

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