San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, on a plateau in the Central Valley at 1200m elevation. It is ringed by lush green mountains and valleys. The population of this city is probably half of the whole country. It contains the primary airport, the University of Costa Rica, the US’ and other embassies and many museums, cultural venues, hotels, markets, etc. It is the hub of the country.
Visit the Museo de Oro Precolombino (The Gold Museum), Museo del Jade (The Jade Museum), Museo de arte y diseño contemporáneo (MADC) or the Zoológico Simón Bolivar An almost hidden zoo in Barrio Amón. Enjoy the food and visit Mercado Central which is a very old, interesting and bustling food market, which also contains a number of small restaurants and quick-serve counters for the locals. You will find fresh cooked fish and shellfish, corn based dishes, sopa de pescado (fish soup) and such exotics as “squid in his ink”, ceviche (small bits of raw fish “cooked” in lime juice), helado de sorbetera (artesanal local cinnamon ice-cream) and more. Costa Rica is renowned for its coffee and cigars, we include local shops in the map. Spend the day white water rafting, at the butterfly farm or with a visit to the waterfalls or volcanoes.
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