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Barrio Amon Tour in San Jose (Self Guided), San Jose

The Bario Amon represents one the oldest neighborhoods in San Jose. Designed by a Frenchman, Amon Fasileau, it grew to be a beautiful area with a rich architectural history. Take this walking tour to appreciate the splendor of this neighborhood.
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Barrio Amon Tour in San Jose Map

Guide Name: Barrio Amon Tour in San Jose
Guide Location: Costa Rica » San Jose (See other walking tours in San Jose)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Author: john
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Estation Del Ferrocario al Atlantico
  • Parque Nacional
  • Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo (MADC)
  • Centro Nacional de la Cultura (CENAC)
  • Parque Espagna
  • Edificio Metalico
  • Parque Morazan
Estation Del Ferrocario al Atlantico

1) Estation Del Ferrocario al Atlantico

The Estacion Del Ferrocario al Atlantico (The Atlantic Railroad Station) used to be San Jose’s railway link to the European markets. After the railway system ceased to function, it went on to house and share the location with the Museo de Formas, Espacios y Sonidos. Some of the trains are still on display here.
Parque Nacional

2) Parque Nacional (must see)

This is the National Park of Costa Rica, located in the downtown section of Barrio La Soledad. It is full of wonderful tropical trees and exotic plants from the country. It is also quite popular among locals, as they often come here to eat lunch, read newspapers, and allow their children a safe place to play.

You will also want to check out the big bronze monument that rests in the park. It depicts the battle of Central America against William Walker, who tried to invade the area in 1856. Costa Rica took on a primary role in that five-country battle, as prominently displayed in the monument erected in 1895. It was designed by Louis Carrier Belleuse, who studied under Rodin at one time. For people visiting from the U.S., seeing the monument and the history it displays may be quite a shock, as the country fought against Americans of the time.

Why You Should Visit:
As some of the park areas in San Jose are covered by paving slabs, this one is great to have grass. The sculptures are fun, too, and the koi pond adds further interest.
The park has many different species of flora, places to sit, and seems to be a very safe place during the daylight hours.
Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo (MADC)

3) Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo (MADC) (must see)

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design is a part of the National Center for the Arts and Culture. It is located on the eastern end of the old National Liquor Factory building in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. This old building dates back to 1887, and is one of the most historic buildings in town. In fact, many locals still refer to the museum and Cultural Center as the old Liquoria.

If you go in to visit, you can still see some of the old distilling equipment on display, which makes for a rather interesting take on the notion of contemporary art. The museum portion was opened to the public in 1994 under the guidance of Virginia Perez-Ratton. It houses some of the best examples of the work of young Central American artists to be found anywhere in the world.

The building itself is also quite modern, considering it is housed inside a building over 100 years old. There is a full multi-media capability built into all the displays. The furniture, lighting and overall decor are also quite modern in style.

Operation Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Centro Nacional de la Cultura (CENAC)

4) Centro Nacional de la Cultura (CENAC) (must see)

This National Center for Arts and Culture is one of the most impressive venues in town. It takes up a whole city block and is crammed full of wonderful things to see. It is located in the building that used to house the National Liquor Factory of San Jose, Costa Rica. Now, as well as housing several performing arts centers and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, it also acts as the offices for the Cultural Ministry of the country.

This museum houses some of the finest contemporary art from the best of Costa Rican artists. Yet, some of the permanent collection includes the works of Jose Cuevas and Oswaldo Guayasamin from Equador, so you will not just find the art of the country here.

The Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Seniors and children under the age of 11 can get in for free. It will be a hard deal to beat, as you will be able to spend hours here learning about the art and culture of this exotic Central American country.

Check what the museum is showing before you go, as expositions change frequently, but you will hardly regret it since this is by far one of the museums that you should know if you are in San José.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 9:30am-5pm
Parque Espagna

5) Parque Espagna (must see)

If you find yourself visiting the beautiful city of San Jose, Costa Rica, and you need a place to just sit back and relax for a bit, you may want to consider the Parque Espagna. It is a quaint park full of shade trees and fun. The locals love to come here to play football. There is a statue here of Juan Vasquez de Coronado, who was the Spanish founder of the country, as well as a bust of Queen Isabella la Católica of Spain along the eastern side.

Just to the west of the park is an interesting oddity also – a two-story metal school that was built in Belgium and was supposed to have been sent to Chile, but ended up in Costa Rica instead. The locals just decided to keep it. A garden in the park also contains a six-foot-wide section of the Berlin wall on display, which was donated by the German government to the people of Costa Rica. You will have to ask the guard for permission to get into the park.

Why You Should Visit:
A nice opportunity to free yourself from the noise of the city and enjoy the freshness of some native flora in an otherwise mostly urban location.
Edificio Metalico

6) Edificio Metalico (must see)

The Edificio Metálico (The Metalic Building) is a marvelous piece of architecture located next to the Morazan Parque. The Metallic Building was made in Belgium and then transported and assembled in San Jose in 1896. This kind of architecture is unique in Costa Rica and is said to have been inspired by the Eiffel Tower.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most eye-catching school buildings you'll see, and one of the reference points of the city center.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm
Parque Morazan

7) Parque Morazan

The Parque Morazan is the single largest park in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. It is also the most barren such location in town, as the typical tropical trees and foliage of this country are missing here. Pink and golden trumpet trees do add some color, though, in the dry months here. There is room, however, for sports to happen here all the time and that may be why the local government leaves the location in this state.

The main attraction of this place is the Temple of Music, which was added in 1920. The bandstand was the named for Francisco Morazan of Honduras, whose dream in the 1800s was to unify the countries of Central America into one. The bandstand in the park has become a bit of an icon for the country though, and is often depicted in pictures, stamps, etc.

It is located at Avda. 3, Cs. 5-9, Barrio El Carmen, San José, 10101. You will want to stay out of the park at night though, as this area can become a bit rough. Sadly, local muggers like to prey upon visitors to the country from this quiet location.

Walking Tours in San Jose, Costa Rica

Create Your Own Walk in San Jose

Create Your Own Walk in San Jose

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Jose is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

Although San José is one of the youngest capital cities in Latin America, its museums display a huge collection of traditional and pre-Columbian art. This walking tour should give you the perfect opportunity to explore the museums in the city and to familiarize yourself with its culture.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.5 Km or 5.3 Miles
Historical Architecture Tour

Historical Architecture Tour

From a small village of little significance during the Spanish invasion, San Jose grew to become a densely populated cosmopolitan city. The city of San Jose was mostly built from the profits of the coffee-export business, and that is why its architecture represents a mix of European and Latin American features. Take this tour to discover some of the best historical architecture in San Jose.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
San Jose Introduction Walk

San Jose Introduction Walk

San Jose enjoys secluded location in the Central Valley of Costa Rica with its skyline dominated by the majestic Talamanca Mountains, hugging the city to the south, and a volcano ridge to the north. Local architecture reflects strong Spanish colonial influence manifested in places like Catedral Metropolitana in Calle Central, and the ornate, neoclassical National Theater presiding over...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
San Jose's Historical Churches

San Jose's Historical Churches

San Jose's churches are vivid examples of historical and architectural value. Whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in places of spirituality from either architectural or historical standpoints, this tour will take you to the most important religious sites of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave San Jose without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Jose, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Shopping Tour in San Jose

Shopping Tour in San Jose

Shopping in San Jose is undeniably a fun experience, with a large selection of downtown department stores, traditional marketplaces and souvenir shops selling handicrafts. So if you are looking for something authentic, original and made in Costa Rica, then take this tour to visit some of the acclaimed shopping venues of San Jose.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles

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