Simón Bolívar Zoo, Costa Rica

Yesterday my family and I decided to again take a trip to downtown San Jose and visit one of Costa Rica’s many museums, El Museo de Arte y Diseño (the museum of art and design). The day that before, we travelled downtown and tried visiting El Museo Nacional (the nacional museum), El Museo de Arte (the art museum), and El Museo de Oro (the gold museum) but they were all closed for the holidays.

Yesterday we thought we’d give El Museo de Arte y Diseño a try and pray that it would be open. Their website said it would be. Unfortunately once we got there, we found that it was closed. We already came down all that way and didn’t want to go immediately back home, so we decided to look around a little and explore downtown.

After looking around for quite a bit, our dad got us a bit lost. While we kept on exploring the cramped streets and hidden subdivisions of downtown, we came across a zoo! We weren’t expecting to go to the zoo that day (let alone find one in downtown) but we wanted something really fun to do, so for about nine thousand colones ($18 for all four of us) we got to visit a Costa Rican zoo!

I don’t remember all the names of the animals that I took pictures of (because there were quite a lot) but I’ll give it a shot!

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Spider Monkeys
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Beautifully painted work of art on an ox cart

 

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It was really a wonderful surprise finding a peacock!

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Grey Hawk

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Porcupine

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Toucan

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Pizotes or White-Nosed Coatis

 

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White faced monkey
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Raccoon
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Green Macaws

 

It was a really great surprise and a great way to spend the day with my family! When we were all done, we all had a delicious Italian lunch at Pan e Vino (we thought it would be rude to have lunch at the zoo in case we accidentally were eating one of the animals’ friends!)

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