During the pre-Columbian era, Escaz˙ was a rest spot for Indian travelers headed for Pacaca (modern-day Ciudad colon). The name Escaz˙ comes from the Indian word Itzkatz˙ meaning "rest". Escaz˙, officially San Miguel de Escaz˙, is the capital city of the canton of Escaz˙ in the province of San JosÚ in Costa Rica. It is also the name of the district that includes the city.
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The city lies at an elevation of 1,101 meters above sea level on the northeast slopes of the Cerros de Escaz˙, 9 kilometers west of the national capital city of San JosÚ. The climate is mostly tropical: it is not unknown for Escaz˙ to experience rainfall on a day in which San JosÚ is dry and sunny. November and December frequently bring high winds.
Escaz˙ is one of the most affluent places in Costa Rica, with many expensive restaurants and shops, and has some of the most exclusive shopping and dining venues in the country. It has new developments, ...