In the center of San Jose is usually not possible to make the most of the tourists binding sites in Costa Rica. Most people do not want to waste time on a visit to San Jose, but you really do not have to see a real bright part of Costa Rica. Of course, it is crowded and tight, but a lot of people visit New York. Although you can now fly directly to Liberia, so that you can get on the beach, not even stopping in San Jose, because most people still flies to San Jose International Airport, so why not go on a walking tour of the center of San Jose?
That is the route that I'm taking friends when I visit Costa Rica. Depending on how much you get into this tour, it may take a few hours, even a full day.
If you have a car rental, parking is very cheap. I like the park through the mall Omni, so I'll start this tour. Take the road to the east of Calle 4 Avenida Central, near Piazza Culture, where you will see a lot of people and pigeons that hang together with street preachers, comedians and musicians who perform live. Across the square is the famous Teatro Nacional. He opened the door in 1894, and it is beautiful. Guided tours are available. Through theater is Grand Hotel de Costa Costa. What is the most famous hotel in Costa Rica. Previously, it was the most exclusive and luxurious hotel in Costa Rica. They have a great cafe where you can have coffee, drinks and snacks. Their sandwich de yamon (ham sandwich) delicious. The hotel also has a casino when you are gambling again.
Back to the theater and down the grassy steps to Calle 5 ICT is a tourist information center. It is open Monday-Sat 9-1, 2-5. From there you can enter the underground area of the exhibits, including the Gold Museum, which presents pre-Colombian artifacts. Login – $ 6, and it is open daily 9: 30-4: 30.
The main road to the Plaza de la Cultura has been converted into a pedestrian mall so you can walk freely, since cars are not allowed. Keep track of your valuables and do not wear jewelry that can snatch thieves. Here you will find many shops and restaurants that vie for your attention on both sides of the streets.
Some good stops include La Casona, which is outside the pedestrian center, just look right on Calle Central, and you will see. This two-storey building, full of typical kostorikanskoy souvenirs. You can take care of all your gifts for friends and family & # 39; and right here. You will also see Librieria University, who & # 39 is one of the oldest shops in Costa Rica. You can buy gadgets, maps, books and more. You will also see Libreria Lehmann another wonderful bookstore.
There you will see a large monument of Costa Rica democracy, which is a group of bronze kampezina standing humbly but firmly and proudly looking up. He goes in front of a large building, which houses the Central Bank. Keep walking, and you will pass by La Gloria, Costa Rica's largest department store. Through La Gloria is a huge black marble building of the Bank de Costa Rica.
Make your way down to the Mercado Central. The market is full of shops, restaurants, work benches and more. It covers the entire block of Avenida Central 1 and 6-8 calls. This is a great place to take a local Costa rykantsav in everyday life. You will also find interesting food and meat on display. There are herbs that are sold for medical use with the claims for the treatment of ailments.
If you re-klavstrafobnyya or does not inspire the crowd, do not visit the market! Two blocks down is a historic building Correo Central. If you are going to mark the collector, check out the second floor, where there is a museum of the history of Costa Rica with stamps with rare and old stamps.
Back to Place de Culture, which was directed to the north, we passed the ICT offices and Gold Museum.
You will see a park in the city center, which is a & # 39 is Marazan park. It's not far from the hotel Aurola Holiday Inn. In the center of the park is a musical temple model after Tryyanona in Paris.
Go 2-3 blocks north and you will come to the park and the place Bolivar San Jose Zoo, which opens every day in the form of 9-4: 30. Entry only about 2.00 dollars.
Rushing to the east, you will pass on Parque Espana, which is in the middle of a city full of plants and trees. Continue on Avenida 7, you will see La Casa Amarilla, which is a & # 39 is the home of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. Ahead there is a good park. Both Andre Carnegie donated. Nearby is the center of Centro Nacional de Cultura, open through Tuesday 10-5. There is a museum and theaters. Nearby is the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, is also open T-Sa 10-5. Entry fee $ 3, they have art and artifacts from around the world.
The mountains in the prospectus 7 is the National Library, with a & # 39 is National Library. He is faced with the largest city park – Parque Nacional. Check Monumento Nacional, which honors the battle again filibustra William Walker. The statue was made in France Rodin Studios and sent to Costa Rica.
Across the road from the park you will see a statue honoring the hero of Costa Rica Juan Santamaryi who holds a torch and legislature, receiving cast-American Congress.
Two blocks south of the Parque Nacional is Museo Nacional, open Tuesday 8: 30-4: 30 This is a very popular tourist attraction. The entrance fee is $ 4, and you will be on a tour of the former fort Bellavista. You can still see the bullet holes in the civil war in 1948. Beautiful exhibits in Spanish and English.
The next stop after the museum with a & # 39 is the Plaza de la democracy. You can see it in the museum. This is a fairly new facility in 1989 in memory of the democracy. It shows a statue of Jose Figueres, the hero of the civil war in 1948. The former president, who abolished the army after the civil war. The area is full of saturated kiosks, which sells everything from clothes, jewelery to hammocks and handicrafts.
places to eat
There are some excellent spots to grab a quick snack, a cup of coffee or a cold tservezu. For a nice cup of coffee and a delicious bagel, so that the steering-wheel-bagelmen with & # 39 is optional. Located in the central square Avendyya in downtown Barrya, California.
Cafe de la posada on the footpath to the south of the National Museum. More local character. Good things.
Giacomin. Pasteur with coffee and Italian style. Located near the center of Fishel pharmacy.
Manolos, which is located right on the pedestrian center. Casado excellent and delicious churros.
Also in the city center Pops just around the corner of the Plaza de la Cultura, directly at the pedestrian center. Best ice cream in town.
If you need, you will find in the center of all things franchises such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Macdonald & Ma 39, S Taco Bell and Wendy & # 39; s. A little more Latin fare try Rosti-Pollos, which is in the center right across the Cine Vanidades.
There you have it. Excellent walking tour of downtown San Jose, which affects all the wonderful places. So wear comfortable shoes and have fun!