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.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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
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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 find reptiles in collection jars and a rather weird collection of stuffed animals, which have aged a bit through the years. A leatherneck turtle, the biggest reptile on Earth, is on display here as well. You will also want to check out the grouper they have on display because it has to be one of the ugliest creatures ever found. So if oddity and eclectic displays are your thing, you need to pay a visit to the museum. The cost of admission is $1.00, so it will be hard to beat that deal.

Why You Should Visit:
Excellent place to learn about the planet's biological diversity!

Operation hours:
Mon-Sat: 8am-4pm; Sun: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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 Park.
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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 Rivera and Alexander Calder.

Pay attention to the overall architecture here, for there are many wall paintings that portray the history of the lives of the Costa Rican people. The wood carvings are also quite stunning, as many of them are overlaid in gold.

Why You Should Visit:
The curating of both the permanent & temporary exhibits is unsurpassed – you could spend hours with either, as well as with the magnificent mural in the upstairs lounge.
This museum is free and surely one of the art highlights of San José, besides being a wonderfully kept historic place!

Tip:
Don't miss the sculptures and beautiful garden outside.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-4pm; Free admission
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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 the city that year. It has been used by people for relaxation and sports since. It has now, then, had over 150 years to develop the location. For a while, the country had its first international airport located here, which was called the La Sabana International Airport. It has since been moved elsewhere. The park now contains the country’s National Museum and Art Museum.

For the sports enthusiast, this may be your location in town. It has several athletic fields, a shooting range, and a running and skating track. There is certainly something for everyone here.

Why You Should Visit:
Great spot to view the river and Cork Harbour

Tip:
Visit over the weekend and you'll find there are numerous sports games going on and hundreds of people just enjoying the park – great atmosphere!
Don't miss the outdoor sculpture garden as it is quite large and interesting as well.
Note: Women are advised not to go alone into the wood areas or in the evenings, around or after sunset.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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 items.
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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 ornately carved. The altar area is also quite well done is design, so take a moment to go in, if you get a chance.

The location is also well known for the park located next door. It is a local hangout for the Nicaraguan people of the city. There is also a giant stone sphere located here which is of local interest. The sphere dates back to the very beginnings of the country and is as historic as any Mayan or Aztec piece to be found in the neighboring countries surrounding Costa Rica. The spheres remain a mystery because no one is for certain what they mean. They are also a bit of a mystery because they are perfectly round, and no one knows how that was accomplished so long ago.

Tip:
Be aware that the adjacent park is not a good area to be in the late afternoon or after dark.

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.
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
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
Museum Walk in San Jose

Museum Walk in San Jose

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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
Art Galleries Walk in San Jose

Art Galleries Walk in San Jose

The art scene in San Jose has always been fascinating, and there are some remarkable art galleries that are a testimony to Costa Rica’s art legacy. Centers of art such as the Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura constitute some of the most prominent artistic landmarks in San Jose. This walking tour will familiarise you with Costa Rican Art in San Jose.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 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
Places of Worship Tour in San Jose

Places of Worship Tour in San Jose

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

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Whether you are in San Jose for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best San Jose has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as San Jose, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.