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Address: Bordered by Avdas 1/3 and Calles 15 /19 | Barrio Carmen, San Jose 2004, Costa Rica
Description: This tropical park is popular during the day but best avoided at night.

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parrots!

We just wandered through...it was right across the street from the hostel where our son stayed. My clearest memory is that it had parrots all over...parrots not in cages! It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
melissabrown2015
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Massachusetts
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Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We just wandered through...it was right across the street from the hostel where our son stayed. My clearest memory is that it had parrots all over...parrots not in cages! It was shady and quite lovely with plenty of benches and areas for picnics and sitting.

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Niceville, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We visited the volcano as part of a tour by Sol Tropical. It was a little cold, because the view is from over 8,000 feet. But one gets used to it. Clouds pass constantly, but if you are lucky you will get a good view. It is impressive, with the steam constantly coming from the acidic lake in the center... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We liked sitting down to eat at the park. It gets hot midday but we were there early enough to enjoy a peaceful meal.

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Santa Cruz, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The National Park for the 2005 archeological dig site, much improved in 2013, makes for genuine pre-Columbian aqueducts, amphiheatre and stone walkway. At one time 20,000 peoples lived around the major ceremonial mound where the leader lived. Fascinating!

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Miami Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I liked that it's clean and lush like most of the Parks in and outside of San Jose & throughout Costa Rica

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Enderby, British Columbia, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My wife and I spent a month at Christmastime (2014) in San Jose and found this park early on (we walked on average 20 kms/day). We came to the park the first time from the NW corner and encountered a Costarican jewellery maker fabricating some creations at a picnic table - what a more perfect workplace I couldn't imagine (when... More 

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Ohio
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123 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Many people have this park, which is a downtown city park, confused with the Poas Volcano National Park. This park has NOTHING to do with volcanoes. It is downtown at the intersection of Calle 15 and Eladio Prado Sanez. It is a beautiful park to sto pin, but please do not confuse this with the volcano park or you will... More 

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Costa Rica
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

When visitng San Jose I walked from the Parque Nacional through the Paseo de las Damas to the other two parks, Parque Espana and Parque Morazán. I love dto walk around. Beautiful gardens and very interesting architecture from different tomes in the Costa Rican history.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I went there when there was a huge international event with shows, international food and stores with local goods from every part of southern/central-america.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Great trees, nice and shady, the monument still in great shape!!!, Great memories of my childhood. Park was clean.

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