Eventhough most people will tell you to go straight to the beach after you get off your plane in San José, we insist on you spending some time in the city to get a better idea of what this part of the country is about and how to contrast it with the rest of Costa Rica.
San José is an interesting, evolving city that still feels like a town in many aspects. Which is one of the reasons why you should check it out. True, it might not be the most beautiful city in the world but, then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, as real travelers, one should never judge a book by it’s cover but by the story it has to tell.
In this short sequence by local friend and filmmaker Neto Villalobos, he takes us on a motorcycle ride through some of the streets in the city centre. Villalobos, like us, likes to show things as they are and in his video you will see taxi drivers having conversations from one car to another, sexy (and not so sexy) latinas in her tight tropical skirts, traffic jams, a guy that is always walking around San José dressed like an apostle and, of course, more traffic.
The video is titled “The man who killed Mario Mortadela” after a local personality who is famous for singing incomprehensible songs he plays with his miniature guitar on the city’s main pedestrian street. Kind of a local version of the naked cowbow from New York City but, not really. Eventhough Marito Mortadela never shows up on the video, the title adds to the local feel of the piece.
The short video is part of the study shots Villalobos is making for one of his upcoming films and, as always, it is weirdly entertaining. The music is done by Caballo Rojo, a side project by Pablo Rojas from the local band Florian Droids (who have collaborated with Villalobos before for his feature film Por las Plumas / All about the feathers).
In short, great rare views of the city paired with great local art and talent.