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San Jose is located in the Valle Central region, between the Talamanca mountain range to the south and the volcanoes to the north.
This city is Costa Rica's vibrant, modern capital, where rich history happily blends with modern commerce and architecture.
The city's colonial past shows itself in beautiful ornate buildings.
The beautiful urban parks are spaces where residents go to exercise, have a picnic or lunch, de-stress or meet friends.
The most popular are La Sabana and the Simón Bolívar National Park in the center.
La Sabana Park is a perfect urban park, offering a space for all kinds of outdoor activities, from jogging to tennis.
The space in which it is located was donated more than 200 years ago by a priest named Manuel Antonio Chapuí, who wanted the city to have a peaceful and relaxing oasis.
Located in the Costa Rica Science Center Complex in San Jose, the Children's Museum is an interactive and hands-on museum where children can play, laugh, learn, explore and discover everything from astronomy to ecology and the science of everyday life.
Simón Bolívar National Park is a zoo and botanical garden that spans 14 hectares in downtown San Jose.
It is the oldest park of its kind in Costa Rica.
All the animals living in the zoo were found injured, orphaned or disabled.
When possible, they are nurtured back to health before being released into their natural environment.
Situated in the Central Volcanic Cordillera, Braulio Carrillo National Park has 50,000 hectares of glorious nature and is one of the largest protected parks in Costa Rica.
The Park is estimated to be home to spectacular volcanoes such as the Cacho Negro Volcano and the Barva Volcano, and offers outdoor enthusiasts the chance to explore the surrounding scenic areas via three trails that wind through the rainforest.
The city is also the cultural center of the country and has a large number of museums that preserve national culture and history, such as the Museum of Costa Rican Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, the National Museum of Costa Rica and La Salle.
The Museum of Art of Costa Rica is the premier national art museum, with the largest collection of state art in the country.
It contains over 6,400 artworks by Costa Rican and international artists.
The Jade Museum is an archaeological museum in San Jose founded in 1977 by Fidel Tristan Castro.
The museum has an extensive and diverse collection of pre-Columbian artifacts that include stone tables, ceramics, adzes, ceremonial heads and other decorative pieces, spanning the period from 500 BC to 800 AD.
In San Jose, Spanish colonial-style buildings are characteristic of the city.
These include, for example, the classicist National Theater of Costa Rica in Plaza de la Cultura, a popular central meeting place.
The Museo del Oro Precolombino, located below the plaza, displays hundreds of gleaming gold artifacts from pre-Columbian times.
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