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Parque Barnabela Ramos, Santa Cruz, Costa Rica, 2010[open in full screen]  

 
 

This is one of the most exciting squares we visited during our stay in Costa Rica. Locals are very strongly trying to emphasize their native heritage. Graphics are resembling Maya tradition we witness in Mexico, but exploring the connection requires more effort.

Very relaxing and pleasant atmosphere in this sleepy town was spoiled by the theft of the radio and a small bag from our car parked nearby. As you can tell our camera was saved [being with us]. This story ended up with mostly pleasant experience in the local police station where we were reporting event. Very polite police officer speaking very very good English helped us a lot.

  Happy end was confirmed on our return to Canada with travel insurance covering completely the expense.

There is one quite unusual item under the gazebo, always located in the middle of this type of squares. Jaguar figure made out of one piece of wood, little bit scary but very exciting.

This is probably a good place to talk about this type of urban squares with parks or at least greenery in the middle. They can be found all over South America, origins tracing back to Spain and Portugal. They are usually taking one city block, if there is a church, usually catholic, then it is extended and connected to one more where church is located. This is clearly visible in this example.

  Following is the list of those just in our collection:
Parque C├ęspedes, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Plaza de Dolores, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Plaza Roma, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Plaza Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Plaza San Blas, Quito, Ecuador
Zocalo, Valladolid (Zaci), Yucatan, Mexico
Plaza Municipal, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Largo 2 de Marco, Ponta Delgada, Azores,
Plaza de la Cubanindad, Miami, Florida, USA
Plaza Central, Boquete, Panama
Parque Simon Bolivar, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Union Square, San Francisco, CA, USA
Praca das Flores, Lisboa, Portugal

 
           
   
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