Embraced by the splendorous and perennial green-blue mountains that form the Cordillera of Talamanca and the Central Volcanic Cordillera, lies the city of San Jose. Established around a small hermit in honor of Saint Joseph in May 21, 1737, in what was known as The Plain of the Mount's Mouth, it extends on a southeast-northwest axis.
San Jose is a small city where visitors can enjoy all sorts of attractions, go shopping, or please the palate in one of its excellent restaurants. Exciting and fashionable, it is indeed a city worth to be lived!
We start at 8:00am through to the beautiful Sabana Park and the beautiful building that was the old international airport: LA SABANA
The gorgeous architecture of the building doesn't detract from the fine paintings and sculptures that are on exhibit. Some of the finest Costa Rican Art is present in this collection.
Next, we continue thought the Paseo Colon (in honor of Christopher Columbus), here we have a several hotels and restaurants. Also we can see the Children's Hospital and the San Juan de Dios.
Plaza de la Cultura
In the Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Square) we can see a fantastic collection of pre-Colombian gold artifacts gleam inside the enormous vault of the Gold Museum. To one side of the Plaza is the beautiful National Theater, a national pride and architectural jewel that last year celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The National Theater was officially inaugurated on October 21, 1897, thus culminating many years of planning, embellishing and political and economic maneuverings.
The National Theater is the main arena for history, legends and memories that have been mingling long after the first spectators crowded the beautifully decorated hall. To the rise and fall of the theaters curtain, Costa Rica experienced many of its major changes, immersing the National Theater in the chronicles of its people.
Now we go to the Mercado Central, is San José's most colorful market and heady on atmosphere. Everything but the kitchen sink seems on offer within its dark warren of alleyways: baskets, flowers, hammocks, spices, meats, vegetables, and souvenirs. There are fish, flower stalls, saddle shops, and booths selling medicinal herbs guaranteed to cure everything from sterility to common colds. Outside, street hawkers call out their wares sold from brightly colored barrows.