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How to get there?
From San Jose, take the route #27 that goes to Santa Ana, or take the deviation towards Escazu on the route #105.

In the west section of San Jose, the capital, you can find the towns of Rohrmoser, Pavas, Escazu and Santa Ana. This region can be easily accessed and is the most developed city of the capital, where you can find a large variety of luxury places and services.

Escazu is currently the city where high-class people live, such as ex-presidents, ministers and ambassadors. Here you can find important and varied shopping malls, with exclusive stores and a great selection of items. There are also large, modern movie theaters that receive many young people and families during the weekends. There’s also an important private hospital and high-quality bilingual schools.

In the section that includes Rohrmoser and Pavas you can find the Tobias Bolańos Airport, from where many domestic, private and international flights part daily. The Embassy of the United States is also located here.

Escazu is commonly known as “The Witch City” because of all the legends that have been told since the colonial era, like story of the witch Zarate. 

Therefore, the coat of arms of this city has the silhouette of a witch riding a broom upon the skies.

An attractive site is the Church of Saint Michael, built in 1799 with the support and collaboration of the community. They donated money and building materials and also provided free labor. It was built in honor to Saint Michael, who is considered the Field Commander of the Army of God in several religions. Due to different earthquakes that affected the zone, this church has undergone some restorations. Its tower currently displays three archangels, with Saint Michael in the center.

In San Antonio of Escazu, the Day of the Drover is celebrated every year in the second Sunday of March. Typical carts are hand-painted with lots of details and precision, and parade down the streets while they"re pulled by a pair of oxen. The journey begins in Escazu downtown and ends in the Church of Saint Anthony. Thousands of people of all ages and nationalities observe these celebrations and enjoy their beauty and singularity, along with the typical dishes they taste during these feasts.

In the past 10 years, many buildings of private investments were developed. Large and important projects have been built here, like the Foreign-Trade Zone, which is tax-free.

Even though this area of San Jose has undergone a wide commercial development, a rustic ambience can still be perceived, especially in the section of Santa Ana. Here you can still find adobe houses and the common use of horses as transportation.

Escazu comes from the word “Izt-kat-zu” and means resting place; very appropriate name for this oasis of wealthy people. It used to be inhabited by native groups of the pre-Columbian period. They passed through this city on their way to Pacaca, in Ciudad Colon.

In its surroundings there are the hills of Escazu, which are part of a protected area of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range. There are mountain peaks like the Cerro Rabo de Mico, which is the highest one with an altitude of 2.428 m, Pico Blanco, San Miguel and the Alto de Tapezco.

Accommodations and gastronomy
There are different options of 5-star luxurious hotels along this west section of the capital.

In Rohrmoser and Pavas there’s a great variety of apartments and bed & breakfasts that include breakfast in their rates. These options are ideal for travelers or backpackers that have a reduced budget.

In San Rafael of Escazu, in Guachipelin, there’s an area known as “The Golden Mile”, where you can appreciate many luxury condos and the most exclusive developments of San Jose. 

The luxury hotels in this zone of Costa Rica offer facilities for the most demanding international travelers: from Egyptian cotton bed sheets to flat-screen TV’s and jacuzzis.

In this zone there are many restaurants and bars with different cuisines and ambiences. You can also go to international fast food chain restaurants or to small restaurants where they serve typical Costa Rican dishes. There are Hindu, Thai, Argentinean, Costa Rican, Italian and Spanish restaurants, among many other options.

 
 
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