Barrio Otoya, the former home of the rich and famous, is the subject of another Alianza Francesa tour.
The capital’s smallest barrio is just east of Parque Bolívar and contains some of the city’s finest residential architecture.
It is bordered by the Río Torres in the north and Avenida 7 to the south. The eastern border is the rail line to Heredia.
The best-known building there is Casa Amarilla, the foreign ministry.
Architect and historian Andrés Fernández is leading the tour Feb. 15 as he has done in other sections of the city and Central Valley. The walking tour includes a brunch at the nearby Le Café of Alianza Francesa.
Fernández said the barrio began undergoing development in 1907. It is adjacent to Barrio Amón which was another location for the wealthy in those days. The elevation is a little higher than the center of the city, and residents say they hear the roar of the Bolívar zoo lions in the morning.
There is an admission of 18,000 colons, about $36 to the tour. More information is available from Alianza Francesa at 2222-2283