|One more day in San Jose, it's a nice
city to take a stroll. People are friendly, cab rides are cheap, and despite a
short recorded history, museums are worth a visit. Not much is known about ancient
Costa Rica: no archaeological monuments or proof of a written language exist. Recorded history begins with Christopher Columbus (him again),
who stayed for 17 days in 1502. The story goes that he was so impressed by the gold decorations worn
by the natives that he called the country Costa Rica, 'the rich coast'.