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Published on Friday, July 9, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Taking into account the sanitary guidelines to avoid getting infected by covid-19 (such as wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces and hand washing) here are some ideas on how to spend the weekend:

Outdoor activities

Check out the GO-RI-GO-GO Mountain Bike Tour at Parque Viva, in La Guacima Canton, Alajuela Province. The tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Each biker must bring their mountain bike and safety devices. Ticket cost about $4 can be purchased online by visiting the park’s website.

The Rainforest Adventure Tours at Sky Adventures Parks, are located in Monte Verde, Puntarenas Province, Arenal in Alajuela, Vandará and Conchal in Guanacaste Province. Among the tour options are hot springs, zip lines, water slides, horseback riding. Book a tour by calling 2479-4100

On Sunday, the group of cyclists ChepeCletas will carry out a bike tour around the parks in downtown San José. The tour starts at 9:30 a.m. The tour price is about $10. Reserve a spot by calling 8849-8316.

The Simón Bolívar Zoo in downtown San José opens at 9 a.m. this weekend. The place is home to more than 70 species of animals and a large number of tropical plants. Tickets are about $7 on sale at the zoo box office.

The Santa Ana Conservation Center, located in the city of the same name in San José Province, will open this weekend at 9 a.m. The place has animal farms, trails and tropical gardens. The entry is about $7 and can be purchased at the zoo's box office.

The Lankester Botanical Gardens, a set of gardens located in Dulce Nombre Canton, Cartago Provice,  is open to the public  from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The entry price is about $10 at the place box office. Reserve a spot by calling the number 2511 7949.


The National Dance Academy is offering dancing courses in contemporary dance, ballet, flamenco and jazz. The training rate is between $20 and $40 per person. Reserve a spot by calling the number 8418-2433.

Live Music

The Guanacaste Concert Band will perform a folk music concert this Friday, July 9 at 8 a.m. at the Farmer's Fair fruit market in Liberia Canton. On Sunday, July 11, the band will give their concert at the Guanacaste Amphitheater at 5 p.m. Entry to both concerts are free.

On Friday, the band
Stone Dive presents a tribute concert to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters and Soundgarden. The show starts at 6 p.m. at Mundoloco Pub in San Pedro District. The entry price is about $10. Reserve by calling 6316-3139.

Also on Friday the band The BeaGirls will present a tribute concert to The Beatles at 6:30 p.m., at Jazz Café in Escazu. Entry is about $10. Reserve a table by calling 8682-1786.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Musart band will give a tribute concert to Coldplay. Starting at 6 p.m. at Jazz Café in Escazu. Entry is about $12. Make reservations by calling 8682-1786.


The National Museum, located in downtown San José, will continue with the exhibition “Blanco, Azul y Rojo” on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of independence. The museum hours on Friday and Saturday are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, the hours change from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $11 and must be reserved ahead of time by calling 2211-5700.


The National Dance Company presents "La Ruta del Bambu" (the bamboo path in the English language). The show will be presented at the Ministry of Culture Theater in downtown San José at 5:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the show begins at 5 p.m. The entry price is about $10 at the theater box office.

The Eugene O'Neill Theater presents the concert "Entre Cuerdas" by Costa Rica's New Orchestra on Friday at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the theater will present a tribute concert to the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla by the group Berg Ensemble at 4 p.m. Entry is about $10. Make reservations by calling 8455-6666 or 2207 7561.

The Espressivo Theater, located in the Momentum Shopping Center in Curridabat, presents the special show for kids "Manos a la Obra!" (Let's do it ! in the English language). The show is presented by the theater groups Maromero and La Polea. The showtime is on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets cost about $7 and can be purchased on the theater's box office.


International Film Festival. With a program of independent films from 34 countries in 18 different languages, the ninth edition of the Costa Rica International Film Festival will be held this weekend.

This year, the tickets are free. This weekend, people can enjoy watching films in person rather than at home. A total of 20 movie theaters will be screening the selected films all across the country. Some of the more popular ones are: Magaly Cinema, Art Museum Cinema, San Ramon Cinema Center, San Carlos Cinema Center, Jaco Beach Cinema Center, Citi Cinema in Grecia, Citi Cinema in Limón, Citi Cinema in Paso Canoas, Multicines in Liberia among others. Visit the festival's website to acquire tickets to watch the film and reserve a seat.

Local movie theaters.  This weekend Black Widow was released starring by Scarlett Johansson, the film is about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War. 

More films on theaters are  F9: The Fast Saga,  Cruella, Conjuring,  A Quiet Place, Magic Arch and Peter Rabbit. Most of the movie theaters are requesting the ticket to be purchased online, such
as CCM Cinemas, Cinepolis and CineMark

Don't forget to review the ban-on-driving- rule for this weekend.

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