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“Skip the San Jose City Tour - Go to INBioparque!” 5 of 5 stars
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Santo Domingo de Heredia 22-3100, Costa Rica
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Owner description: An eco-tourist park that highlights all the different ecosystems of the country.
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“Skip the San Jose City Tour - Go to INBioparque!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010

San Jose is trying to revive and beautify its city center but it has a long way to go. Frankly I applaud the country for prioritizing the conservation and expansion of its natural park areas, to protect the unparalleled biodiversity in this amazing nation. Unparalleled is not an exaggeration - with just .03% of the planet's land mass, Costa Rica boasts a whopping 4% of the planet's biodiversity. I learned exactly what that means at INBioparque, a short 10-20 minute drive from virtually anywhere around San Jose. I visited through a tour coordinated by my hotel. For $44 you have RT transportation, a guided tour, and delicious lunch.

This is a beautiful day trip to enjoy solo, with friends, or the whole family, and is even a romantic date! The park has lovely paths to walk, through tropical rain forests, bromeliad gardens, butterfly gardens, a huge lagoon, and aquarium. A 'farm' with petting zoo for the kids is a great diversion. A guided tour provides amazing insight into the ecosystems, habitats, and various uses of plants and trees. Very informative without being boring!

On my tour we saw a sloth, peccary, gigantic iguana, alligators, fish, turtles, tons of butterflies, white-tailed deer, tarantulas and colorful venomous frogs (safely behind glass). The climate is lovely in this part of San Jose (Heredia) and it's a very pleasant way to spend a half day and support the continued research and conservation efforts that are keeping Costa Rica an amazing place of natural beauty.

Lunch at INBioparque's restaurant is plentiful, delicious, typical Tico fare, and the gift shop provides a variety of souvenirs. Esteban Lobo was our guide and was so excellent that I sent a letter to the park to tell them! Cross fingers that he'll be there when you are!

The tourist office inside the park and the guides themselves are also great resources for continued exploration of Costa's natural beauty. Our guide already emailed me with contacts in the Osa Peninsula, where I'm headed next.

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“Perfect for a day trip from San Jose”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2010

I just visited INBio Parque today and everyone in my party was amazed. We are Costa Ricans and we were very pleased to see how the park has evolved in its 10 years.

INBio Parque is a perfect place to visit as a day trip within the Central Valley, We had small children with us and one can go on all trails easily with an umbrella stroller. The children had a blast seeing caymans, river turtles, fish, snakes, iguanas, birds, bugs, etc. Oh, and I havent mentioned the petting farm (La Finca).

This place is NOT a zoo per se, but you can see wildlife that is either free or in big enclosures representing a habitat type. I understand that the few animals enclosed (like deer) come from special circunstances and they were not trapped in the wild for people enjoyment, but rescued instead.

As an education experience is also highly recommended. It is not crowded, lots of families walking around, children playing, adults taking pictures, etc.

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“Inbio Parque, really educational and a worthwhile cause.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2007

InBio Parque is more off the beaten path, and is less of a tourist trap than other parks in Costa Rica. It is really educational and there are species of sloths and other animals that are easy to spot and give great photo opportunities for. Also, the animals are not caged which is very different from certain other parks I visited.

InBio Parque is a conservation project and the park has more of a North American type set up, offering a short film at the beginning of the tour about Costa Rica and the history of InBio, and it is really educational, highlighting each of the conserved areas in Costa Rica (both private and public). It is a huge number. Also, you are donating to the project by visiting the park. It is a really easy walk (mostly paved roads, not like a hike) and is an ideal trip for those who prefer an easier walk but want to see wildlife (the elderly, tourists, people with disabilities).

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