Dancing With Topiary Animals in Zarcero, Costa Rica
It's easy to do a double-take upon seeing the park in front of the Iglesia de San Rafael in Zarcero. At first glance, it seems like a particularly well-kept green space thick with juniper bushes, but then those hedges seem to transform before your eyes as you notice that one is a trimmed into an oversized rabbit, another an octopus and... is that a dinosaur? Yes, it is. The park is packed with whimsical animals and other topiary sculptures, the overall effect being sort of Dr. Seuss meets English country garden. If you're lucky, the park's tender, Evangelista Blanco Brenes, will be around to give you a tour and introduce you to the fanciful inhabitants, which he first began sculpting into shape in 1964.