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The Area

Downtown San Jose is the busiest part of the city. With a maze of streets and avenues, most of the city's museums can be found here, as well as a number of hotels, parks and plazas. A large number of tourism companies, restaurants and hotels can also be found in San Jose, with the Coca Cola bus terminal just north of Central Avenue. The center of the city is quite small and at the same time it is one of the most frequented places in the city, keep in mind that you will encounter traffic congestion accompanied by a lot of noise. But don't let this stop you, since this part of the city is downtown San José. The streets and avenues here are usually full of pedestrians and traffic, so the best way to explore this area is on foot.

Things to do in San José

Stroll through the Plaza de la Cultura: This square is one of the best known and busiest in San José. Partly because it is in the center of the capital. And also because apart from housing the National Theater, in its basement is the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, one of the main attractions of the city.

Knowing the Central Park, something essential to do in San José: It is the oldest public space in San José. This park is known to be the nerve center of the capital, where all the Josefins pass by to take a taxi or the bus. It is also one of the main meeting points of the premises. A huge kiosk characterizes it, as does the Metropolitan Cathedral of San José, which is located at one of its ends.

Enter the Metropolitan Cathedral of San José: It is the largest and most important church in Costa Rica. In 1813 the Spanish Courts recognized San José as a city. Then, the current capital of Costa Rica needed a Christian temple where to implant the Catholic faith. However, it was not started to be built until 1825. After several earthquakes, the Cathedral, in neoclassical style and mud, has undergone many changes in its short history.

Get to know the Mail Building :, one of the main attractions to see in San José: Next to the National Theater of Costa Rica, the Post Office Building is one of the most emblematic of the Costa Rican capital. It was designed by a Catalan in 1917 and is neo-Renaissance. Knowing this architectural jewel is one of the essential things to do in San José.

Discover the Central Market: Visiting the Central Market is another of the activities to do in San José that you cannot miss in your itinerary. It has been open since 1880 and has been declared Cultural Heritage for its incredible tradition and identity.

Enjoy with your family at the Children's Museum: And another recommended activity to do in San José, especially if you are traveling with children, is to visit this Museum. The building itself is already an attraction. It is a different museum. If most are characterized by looking and not touching, this is the opposite. Children can play and learn.

Visit the Poás and its national park: El Poás is one of the most interesting volcanoes in Costa Rica. Its main crater, 300 meters deep and 1.32 km in diameter, is one of the largest in the world. However, its appeal is not limited to the volcano. The park offers incredible trails full of biodiversity that will take you to several viewpoints.

Go to La Paz Waterfall: It is a very advisable excursion to do in San José. It is approximately 1:30 a.m. from the capital. The entrance, which includes an animal conservatory and gardens with more than five waterfalls.

Discover the San Jose Chinatown: Yes, you read that right. San José also has its own Chinatown. In fact, it was the first Chinatown in a city in Central America. The area began to develop at the end of the 20th century when restaurants and supermarkets run by Orientals were created. Chinatown was recognized in 2012 and is now a tourist attraction in the city.

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