Paseo Colon Tour in San Jose, San Jose

The Paseo Colon is a modern area in San Jose where you will find most of the business centers and foreign embassies, as well as other architectural highlights and tourist attractions. At the end of Paseo Colon is Sabana Park, which stands out among the local metropolitan communities because of its proximity to the business district and its large area dedicated to recreation. Take this tour to explore the beauty of this modern area.
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Paseo Colon Tour in San Jose Map

Guide Name: Paseo Colon 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: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: john
Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle

1) Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle (must see)

The Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle is a major attraction in San Jose. Located on the corner of Parque la Sabana, which is next to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, this interesting little natural science museum features one of the best butterfly collections you can find in the country. Since Costa Rica is a very tropical country, with lots of rainforests, they are blessed with lots of beautiful creatures to show off.

Butterflies are not the only thing to see, however. You can...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Contraloria General

2) Contraloria General

The Contraloria General’s building stands out as one of the tallest buildings in San Jose. It belongs to the branch of the government that controls the use of public funds to improve the management of public funds and to promote political and civilian control. The nearest attraction is La Sabana...   view more
Museo de Arte Costarricense (MAC)

3) Museo de Arte Costarricense (MAC) (must see)

The Museo de Arte Costarricense has been built into an old air terminal building at the Parque la Sabana. At one point in time, this location was the main airport for the whole area. The airport has since been moved to a new location.

The museum features the paintings of Costa Rican artists, with permanent exhibits including the works of Teodorico Quiros, Margarita Berthau, and Enrique Echandi. There are also some works on display from artists outside the country, such as paintings from Diego...   view more
Parque Metropolitano La Sabana

4) Parque Metropolitano La Sabana (must see)

La Sabana Metroplitan Park is one of San Jose, Costa Rica’s biggest and most prominent parks. It is 72 hectares in size. It is very near all the city’s core districts, so it offers a real needed green space for this busy city. The locals often call it the “lungs of San Jose” just because of the green space here.

The park was officially opened to the public in 1977, though its origins go back two centuries. A local priest of the 1700s, named Mata Redonda actually donated the land to...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museo Histórico Tecnológico

5) Museo Histórico Tecnológico

The Museo Histórico Tecnológico del Grupo ICE was born in the year 1993, in order to recount the history of electricity and telecommunications in Costa Rica. The Museum contains documentary files, historical background, old communication devices and many more...   view more
Iglesia de la Merced

6) Iglesia de la Merced (must see)

The Iglesia de la Merced is one of the most beautiful churches to be found in San Jose. It is one of the oldest standing churches in town also. The tall rising tower of the location can be seen all over town. The overall influence is of German and neo-Gothic architecture and it is one of the most recognizable buildings in San José.

You will want to go in and see the stained glass windows, as they are some of the most beautiful in town. There is also a stunning wooden ceiling here, which is...   view more

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.
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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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 downtown’s Plaza de la Cultura. Near the plaza stands the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum featuring a unique collection of artifacts. These and other popular sights of San Jose make up this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Children's Entertainment Tour in San Jose

Children's Entertainment Tour in San Jose

As many other cities in the world, San Jose has a lot to offer to its young tourists to keep them occupied and happy. Museum of Children, for instance, is full of fun, with plenty of educational activities and adventures. Take this tour for an unforgettable experience for you and your family.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
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: 1.4 km
Historic Architecture Tour in San Jose

Historic Architecture Tour in San Jose

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: 2.4 km
Barrio Amon Tour in San Jose

Barrio Amon Tour in 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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km

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