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The Zoo and Botanical Garden National Simon Bolivar, in Costa Rica, is the traditional zoo in the country. It is located in an area of 2 acres in downtown San Jose, embellishing the capital city thanks to the reforestation of forest cover. It has...more
Hours Today: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
San Jose downtown | From Morazán Park, 300 meters north and 175 meters northeast., San Jose 10110, Costa Rica
2900 colones for one adult.
Approximately $5.00 USD
Fantastic Zoo. All Natural Habitat, and the Tropical Birds are Awesome. The actual zoo its self is reminiscent of the rain forest. Definitely worth it if u love nature. Lots of birds are free roaming and not...More
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We enjoyed the afternoon here. Nice garden atmosphere. Visited alligators, turtles, snakes, macaws, various owls, monkeys, a sloth. Small merry-go and interpretive centre for kids, good snacks from a truck. I didn't think it was sad as other reviewers - reminds me of an animal...More
The zoo itself is small, and I do have to give credit that the animals do not appear to be mistreated in any way - which I have seen even at larger zoos. That being said, this isn't really place you should go out of...More
The animals seem healthy, but the cages and enclosures are reminiscent of XIX c zoos. Small metal boxes. Largest animal on exhibition is a jaguar, one of two felines there. Information signs are monolingual. No map is available to guide visitors (although it’s small enough...More
I enjoyed a beautiful day at this small but charming biological garden and zoo. The surroundings are lush and tropical. The monkeys seemed content and not stressed. I read that the birds, amphibians and animals at this zoo are not captured in the wild but...More
Very small zoo with mostly birds but good frog information and amphibian/reptile section. We visited as nothing else in San Jose was open on Easter Monday and spent an hour wandering. Was very odd seeing animals in captivity that we had just spotted on tours...More
I really enjoyed this place in the heart of San Jose. Very quiet place even though in the middle of the city. I enjoyed watching the Monkeys and many of the animals including the Toucans and the Macaws. There were a bunch of turtles on...More
The zoo is surrounded by trees and there are plenty of seats so when you have finished gazing at the inhabitants find a quiet place to sit and relax. When I visited it was the school holidays but it was not busy. This is also...More
The zoo is small but quite well maintained. It is situated in a green area, beside a stream and at the edge of a forest, so the animals are held in a not stressful environs. Especially nice is the ambience of vegetation inside the enclosures...More
If you have been eco-adventuring in the wilds of Costa Rica, Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico will not equal your experience. But it is still a very pleasant small zoo. The enclosures are widely spread and are reached by verdant walkways. The animals appear well cared...More