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Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional

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A very underwhelming zoo

The zoo itself is small, and I do have to give credit that the animals do not appear to be... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
Kevin A
Mexico City, Mexico

The animals seem healthy, but the cages and enclosures are reminiscent of XIX c zoos. Small metal... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2018
Alejandro Z
Mexico City, Mexico
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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
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San Jose downtown | From Morazán Park, 300 meters north and 175 meters northeast., San Jose 10110, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

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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Fundazoo R, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for visiting us! We are really happy that you enjoy your trip.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 14 August 2018

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

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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

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

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

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

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Hannah V
Reviewed 19 February 2018

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

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 4 February 2018

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

Thank cjwlutton
Reviewed 26 January 2018

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

1  Thank acorna
Reviewed 25 January 2018

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

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Response from claire a | Reviewed this property |
yes but hard to see given the foliage and hiding spots in the enclosure.