Hitting the books amid landscaping and birds of the Costa Rica rain forest
A fine collection of 1960s architecture
This lovely collection of buildings is named after the University of Costa Rica's first rector, Rodrigo Facio Brenes (1952-61). Among the most important buildings here are specialised facilities such as the Theatre of Fine Arts, the Conservatory of Music, the University Radio, Channel 15 TV station, the University Cinema, the Anthropology/Archaeology Laboratory, the Botanical Garden, and the Museum of Insects. It also includes enormous green expanses, perfect for strolling and harbouring colourful flowers, myriad birds, and up to 50 species of exotic trees, all typical of the Costa Rican tropical rain forest. If you're lucky enough to be able to visit in late April, you can also enjoy University Week, with a variety of musical and other cultural events.