10 Things to Do in Moravia That You Shouldn't Miss

December 14, 2017 Karren Gelb

Discover the best top things to do in Moravia, Costa Rica including Toucan Rescue Ranch, Parque municipal, Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, Sibu Chocolate, Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA, Galeria Namu, Camino Travel, Museo de Arte Costarricense, Precolumbian Gold Museum, Jade Museum.
Restaurants in Moravia

1. Toucan Rescue Ranch

San Isidro, Costa Rica +506 2268 4041
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5 based on 163 reviews

Toucan Rescue Ranch

Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR) focuses on the care, rehabilitation and study of Costa Rican toucans and other wildlife. We receive and care for confiscated, sick and injured wildlife from government agencies. TRR gives animals a loving home with the goal of providing appropriate medical treatment, rehabilitation and then, when possible, returning wildlife back to its natural environment. The Toucan Rescue Ranch is a licensed Costa Rican wildlife rescue facility and a 501(c)3 charitable organization in the United States (EIN: 80-0516453).

Reviewed By GRM59 - Cheyenne, Wyoming

Amazing rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. We loved the "Coffee With the Slothies" morning tour. It was delightful to see the sloths up close and learn how they are rehabilitated so they can hopefully be returned to their own habitat. The other animals were also interesting and our guide explained the work that goes into caring for them. Highly recommended!

2. Parque municipal

Called Parque de Moravia, Moravia, Costa Rica
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4 based on 7 reviews

Parque municipal

Reviewed By Jacel d - San José, San Jose, Costa Rica

Unlike other parks around San Jose, this park is quite safer and nicer. The fact that Moravia has colder weather than the rest of San Jose, staying here for an hour or two to relax is a great choice. You can just stay under a tree or sit down and relax on one of the few benches around while feeling the cold air touching your skin is way too relaxing.
There are several restaurants, bars and stores around the park.

3. Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

Second Ave. and Fifth St., San Jose, Costa Rica +506 2010 1100
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

Since 1897, this elegant theater has been a source of pride.

Reviewed By Prawet J - Washington DC, District of Columbia

I did not have a chance to see inside of the National Theater but just the lobby and the outside. The Teatro Nacional Costa Rica is situated in the heart of the busy old town San Jose. The plaza in front of the building is very lively with a lot activities. According to the history, the Theater was built in 19th Century for performing art purpose and is considered the finest historic building in the country. It is worth stopping by for photos.

4. Sibu Chocolate

San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica | Calle Bombacho, 1.5 km NE from the Cruce de San Isidro on Guapiles Highway, San Isidro Apdo. 308-3017, Costa Rica +506 2268 1335
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5 based on 163 reviews

Sibu Chocolate

On a private tour and tasting at Sibú Chocolate, guests embark on a fascinating journey through the history of cacao, from its origins as a sacred food of the gods in Costa Rica to its use as a regional currency up to the 19th Century. You will discover how Europe transformed chocolate into the bars and bonbons we all enjoy today and witness the rebirth of chocolate as an artisan treat, packed with antioxidants.Sibú Chocolate’s signature dark chocolate is made solely with premium, locally sourced organic cacao beans and organic sugar. DuringThe Single-Origin Organic Chocolate Experience at Sibúthe visit, you will savor gourmet truffles, caramel and pure dark chocolate tasting squares accompanied by spirited discussion about cacao genetics, terroir and the future of fine flavor chocolate. Visitors will also learn about how cacao is grown, the indigenous cosmology surrounding it, and the social and environmental importance of the cacao crop to Costa Rica and the region.Join local artisans tempering chocolate on a marble slab and decorating bonbons by hand at a small workshop set just on the edge of the cloud Forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Overlooking the Mountains of Costa Rica’s Central Valley, the workshop is a cool and tranquil place from which all SIBÚ confections and bars are made with care. The Owners and Master Chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriano, welcome their guests and share how to taste the nuances in chocolate by using all the senses.Stay and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients and inspired by local cuisine including such delicacies as Hibiscus flower iced tea with a touch of fresh ginger and corn bread cake a la mode with luscious SIBÚ chocolate sauce.

Reviewed By wavecatcher - Ontario, Canada

This is NOT a chocolate factory tour, it is an Artisanal Chocolate Shop and Restaurant with a sit-down, tasting "tour at a table" that takes small groups through a fascinating history of chocolate and the chocolate making process with samples that illustrate each interesting landmark in the presentation. They do make the chocolate on location, but to call it a factory would be all wrong. ;-) There are great reviews in this category that explain the chocolate presentation in more detail so I won't repeat it here. We had lunch afterwards that was SO delicious and fresh. It is great to see small business owners envision an idea and make it come to fruition successfully with such love for the product, knowledge of its history, and conscientiousness about the environment.

5. Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA

Barrio Dent, 300 north, 75 south of Hyundai in Los Yoses, San Pedro 1000, Costa Rica +506 2280 1685
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5 based on 60 reviews

Costa Rican Language Academy CRLA

If you want to learn Spanish in Costa Rica, make sure that you will have an authentic cultural experience.If you wanted to study French in France, wouldn't you prefer that the school be owned by French people? Or if you studied German in Germany, wouldn't you choose a German-run school? The CRLA is one of the few schools completely owned and operated by Costa Ricans and all of our teachers and staff are native Spanish speakers. We will share our culture with you while you learn our language.Excellent resultsWe make sure that you are making the most of your stay and learning Spanish quickly and easily, no matter what your age, background or Spanish skills are. Our practical methodology , innovative books & intimate class size ensures excellent results. We will even offer you extra classes at no cost, if necessary, to ensure that you will achieve your language goals.

Reviewed By Emily B - Congleton, United Kingdom

Studied Spanish here for a week before being placed on a volunteering project. CRLA arranged pick up from the airport and although the transfer arrived late the lady was friendly and the vehicle was clean and comfy. The host family selected by CRLA were friendly and welcoming and my room was comfy, clean, tidy and had all the necessary facilities - also very close to a bus route to the school. The CRLA building school itself is large, clean and tidy and offers a large outdoor area, a café as well as extra classes such as dance classes, cooking classes and yoga. I had a course of 5 hour Spanish classes per day from Monday to Thursday. The classes included good content, a text book and were well organised by the teacher who was also very friendly and worked at a pace the class could keep at. The reception staff in the school were also very helpful and welcoming and helped us on several occasions with booking trips/excursions, directions and general queries. The volunteer staff here were very helpful and explained to us about the projects and how to get there. Staff member Anita couldn't have been more helpful when I was placed on a project I didn't really want to do (Buena Vista Turtle Project) due to others being full and after my first week I found myself very unhappy. Anita helped me to organise my way home, staying with my host family in San José and also how to take the bus to elsewhere in Costa Rica in my extra time. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a school to do a Spanish course at whilst in San José and looking to volunteer, lots of opportunities to meet people here. However just be sure you find out everything about the volunteer projects before you depart to them.

6. Galeria Namu

7th Avenue | Between 5th And 7th Streets, San Jose, Costa Rica +506 2256 3412
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5 based on 165 reviews

Galeria Namu

Galeria Namu is a fair trade art gallery for local and indigenous artists from Costa Rica and surrounding Central America countries. Established in 1998 at this same location, visitors to Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose can find us easily behind the Holiday Inn (across from Parque Morazan).Knowledge and passion for the artists and their work is what makes a visit to Galeria Namu special; the owner, Aisling, and her son Conall, along with their support staff love to share with visitors the background of the tribe or individual artisans and the remarkable collection of unique and very special pieces available for purchase. For the past 15 years, Galeria Namu has nurtured a relationship with the artists who create folk art, gold and jade replicas, handwoven baskets, originals paintings, tagua carvings and jewelry and much more. Visit the website for hours and a sampling of what you will encounter. Be prepared to catch their enthusiasm for fair trade with these local arts and crafts.

Reviewed By Peytonsage - Barrie, Canada

This was our second trip here and once again we were impressed by many of the items offered for sale. The baskets are such high quality crafts and it's nice to see that many of the indigenous communities they come from are identified. They also have some great reproductions of many of the pre-Columbian artifacts you see in the Gold and Jade Museums. Not your usual souvenir shop!

7. Camino Travel

San Pedro 11501, Costa Rica
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5 based on 22 reviews

Camino Travel

In Camino Travel we offer the most professionally created Costa Rica experiences. You tell us what you like and we will design it with you!

Reviewed By Kayla B

Our honeymoon was great from beginning to end thanks to Camino Travel. Transportation, lodging, and the guides were everything we could have asked for! The communication was great between countries (we were visiting from the US), the fees were very reasonable, and they added multiple personal touches to our trip along the way. A bit thanks to Noelia and Jonathan (our guide!). We would work with Camino in the future and recommend that anyone use their services when traveling to Costa Rica.

8. Museo de Arte Costarricense

Parque Metropolitano de La Sabana, San Jose 10109, Costa Rica +506 2256 1281
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4.5 based on 298 reviews

Museo de Arte Costarricense

This museum displays works by local artists.

Reviewed By Rachel Z

It's a tiny art museum but it's free. The museum was repurposed from an airport terminal, which renders a sense of history for this museum - reminds me of Musee D'orsay! Pretty amazing collection of Latin artwork! Took an hour to finish viewing all the pieces of artwork. Then it's a good idea to take a walk in the La Sabana Park which is right behind the museum.

9. Precolumbian Gold Museum

Calle 5 | between Central and 2nd Ave, San Jose, Costa Rica 506-243-4202
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Precolumbian Gold Museum

A large collection of indigenous gold art.

Reviewed By Larry R

This museum, just around the corner from the National Theatre is incredible. It is all underground and should be considered a must see if you are spending any time in San Jose. The gold creations and art created by the precolumbian people may be considered better than some of the recent art I have seen in some more modern museums. The gold jewelry is extremely sophisticated.

10. Jade Museum

Central Av | Street 13 and 13 bis, San Jose 10106, Costa Rica +506 2521 6610
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Jade Museum

The Jade Museum and of precolumbian culture is positioned as an innovative state-of-the-art cultural proposal in the protection and conservation of archaeological heritage in Central America. Located in the center of Costa Rics's capital, the building was especially constructed to house the museum's collection, its architecture evoking a cut jade block. Its five levels exhibit objects crafted by artisans specialized in solving their daily subsistence needs, their spiritual and political world.

Reviewed By Prawet J - Washington DC, District of Columbia

The Jade Museum is located very close to the National Museum of Costa Rica and right next to the Mercado Nacional de Artesanias. The Museum is nicely designed and displayed throughout the 4 floors. A lot of information with different things and different era. It is a lot to absorb and to see. The Jade Museum in is dedicated and focused to present the archaeological heritage of the region. According to the information package, the museum has the largest collection of pre-Columbian jade artifacts in the world. I recommend Reading about the displays and what they are before visiting the Museum. It is worth 15 dollars entrance fee.

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