A crafts fair is held here from Thursdays to Sundays, and there’s often live music or street theater playing free for the masses.
People-watching is one of the favored pastimes, along with skateboarding and soaking up the sunshine.
The square was founded in 1861, following the earthquake, marking the center of the new city.
The square takes up several city blocks and is planted with a mix of pines, palms, poplars and flower beds. Ornamental lamps provide lighting, fountains dance in the sunlight and wrought-iron park benches provide seating.
The terrace in the center of the plaza hosts events, and is home to the city’s Municipal Museum of Modern Art.