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San Jose: Central Market Bites and Sights Walking Tour

San Jose: Central Market Bites and Sights Walking Tour

Get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, and vegetables, and enjoy several local food samples on this guided tour. Stroll through the streets with a local as they show you the ins-and-outs of daily life. Start with a morning pick-me-up coffee in a café located in the Central Market. Then, take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits. Next, sample empanadas and continue along local roads towards the Borbon Market. Seeing diverse sites the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful parks will help you get to know the country and its rich history. Finally, visit a special coffee store where you will find coffee and chocolates produced by women. Learn to prepare coffee, enjoy a tamal, and make plantain empanadas before concluding your tour.

San José: Nighttime Food Culture Tour with Cocktail Class

San José: Nighttime Food Culture Tour with Cocktail Class

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city. Explore San Jose by Night, complete with local markets, cultural icons, and a tasty dinner with wine! Starting with the Central Market, which, is the only way to learn about the city’s food. Stroll the market with your local guide and get to know the secrets, uses of the roots, herbs, and fruit common in local cuisines, including ingredients that will play a role in your authentic Costa Rican dinner later. The locals say that you can get anything you need at the Central Market, even love potions for attracting a boyfriend or girlfriend. After the market, we’ll make our way down Central Avenue, learning about the city’s history and anecdotes, as well as visiting one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in San Jose, the National Theatre. From there, our appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, with a walk through Morazán Park and we will visit Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop to make el "Morenito" one delicious coffee cocktail and try "Golden Rush" cocktail. We’ll continue to charm Barrio Amon, one the oldest neighborhoods we’ll be spending the rest of the evening at a favorite Farm to table concept private home dinning that specializes in wine and gourmet food like Caribbean pre-Hispanic food and drinks such as craft beers based on products such as corn and honey combined with ginger, basil, blackberry, watermelon, vanilla, cocoa and coffee and also in sangrias. This cozy establishment offers the best in Costa Rican cuisine a unique space that offers art, culture, history as well as fine dining.

San Jose: City Tour

San Jose: City Tour

Learn about the rich culture and history of Costa Rica on a guided tour of the city of San Jose by night. Start the tour with pickup from your hotel and travel to La Sabana Park where you will meet your guide. Here, get an overview of the history of Costa Rica's capital city. Learn about the history and current political climate of Costa Rica as you wander through the city with your guide. Stop outside sites of historical interest such as the National Theater, a monument built in 1897 known as "the Jewel of San Jose." See the Costa Rican Gold Museum, several national embassies, the National Stadium, and the University of Costa Rica. At the end of the tour, enjoy a delicious traditional lunch or dinner in one of the most fashionable areas of the city.

San José: Guided City Bus Tour With Lunch & Welcome Drink

San José: Guided City Bus Tour With Lunch & Welcome Drink

Get to know Costa Rica’s bustling capital San José on a bus tour with a local guide. Make stops at La Sabana Metropolitan Park, the Museum of Costa Rican Art, the National Theater, and more. Round off your fun-packed day with lunch at a local restaurant, then get taken back to your hotel. Begin your tour by getting picked up directly from your hotel. Hop on board the double decker bus to the sound of live folk music and enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail. Sit back and let yourself be entertained by your charming guides, who will begin with a short history of the city. Make your first stop La Sabana Metropolitan Park, where you will be able to take a quick stroll as well as have a look inside the Museum of Costa Rican Art. Hop back on the bus and head to the outdoor Central Market. Take in the atmosphere and buy local goods and food (not included in the price). Next, visit the city’s Central Park to witness the National Monument, a bronze statue of five women. Listen to your guide tell you about the meaning behind the statue and the history of Central American resistance to colonization. Continue on to the National Theater. Follow your guide around the lavish lobby in European design, which was constructed with money from taxes on coffee exports. After another short bus ride, stop at the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and marvel at the impressive gold collection. At the end of the tour, stop off at a nearby eatery for lunch, and chow down on some traditional Costa Rican dishes. Use the opportunity to ask your guide any questions you may have about the city’s history and culture. Finally, allow the bus to drop you off at your hotel.

San Jose: Central Market Tour with Food and Coffee Tasting

San Jose: Central Market Tour with Food and Coffee Tasting

Explore the biggest and oldest market in San Jose City on a guided tour. Founded in 1880, stroll through a site that offers a glimpse into the true Costa Rican way of living, their customs, and traditions. Browse through the intricate aisles and taste unique snacks and sweets. Join your professional guide for a trip into the heart of Costa Rican culture. Dive into the busy Central Market for an authentic experience of the local lifestyle. Hear about the history of this ancient market and learn about each of the traditional products sold. Observe and shop for typical handcrafts as you walk around. Sample exotic fruits and dishes that may include empanadas, cheese tortillas, 'chicharrones' (pork rind), and tamales. Sip on artisanal coffee and taste the emblematic 'sorbetera' ice cream.

San Jose: Central Market, explore the capital and local food

San Jose: Central Market, explore the capital and local food

This is an easy walk where you will discover the most important about our culture and history. During these 2.5 hours, You will have the opportunity to visit the most popular areas in the capital of Costa Rica such as museums, parks, and central market, with a local tour guide where you will have the opportunity to live as a local, visit the central market to get bites of seasonal fruits, and also enjoy the different activities we have in the area and get a coffee tasting and discover why we have one of the most delicious coffees in all around the world. we will walk in different areas to take pictures and get knowledge about different medicinal plants.

Small Group Cultural Walking Tour in San Jose Costa Rica

Small Group Cultural Walking Tour in San Jose Costa Rica

Meet up is gonna be in the Plaza de la Democracia, The tour guide will explain you why this square is important for the Costa Ricans and also the history of why we dont have an army in this country. Then we will walk in the San Jose National Park, where the guide will talk about this park and the National Monument full of history and culture. Our guide will guide you to the Otoya neighborhood. This lively neighborhood stands out for its tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and a large number of art galleries, charming cafes, and haute cuisine restaurants. Here, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a unique fusion between the ancient and the modern. Your guide will take you to Parque España and Parque Morazán. These are two urban oases that offer a refreshing escape from the bustle of the city while giving you the opportunity to explore the rich history and exuberant nature of San José. Parque Morazán is a historical jewel in the heart of San José. This park has fascinating architecture. Next stop The National Theater of San José is a historical treasure and an emblematic symbol of Costa Rica. Built at the end of the 19th century, this majestic theater is a living testimony of the wealth and passion for the arts that defines the Costa Rican nation. The theater façade will take your breath away, with its splendid neoclassical style and its imposing colonnade. Upon entering, you will be greeted by a dazzling display of luxury and elegance in every architectural detail. The lobby impresses with its opulence, its magnificent wall paintings and its sumptuous decoration. We will have a short break in a cafeteria, where you can try one of the best coffees in the country. If you dont like coffee we also include you fruit juice or ice coffee (beverage is included) Next stop The cathedral of San Jose is a very important place for San Jose, a construction that took more than 50 years, with beautiful architectural finishes. Then we will continue walking to the Central Bank of Costa Rica, located in San José, it is a key financial institution and a symbol of the country's economic development and monetary stability. It plays a fundamental role in the supervision and regulation of the financial system, as well as in the issuance and control of the national currency. Finally we will continue walking to the central market. With over a century of history, this market is a must-stop for visitors who want to explore authentic Costa Rican daily life and discover a wide variety of local products. Upon entering the Central Market, you will immerse yourself in a lively and colorful environment. Its narrow, labyrinthine corridors house a wide range of stalls and shops offering all kinds of products, from fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood to handicrafts, clothing and souvenirs.

San José: Guided City Tour

San José: Guided City Tour

This tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by visiting some museums and historical sites of San José City. During this journey you will visit the National Theater, also known as “The jewel of San José”, a masterpiece in art and architecture built by Costa Ricans and completed in 1897. Then visit the Museum of Gold (an archaeological interest site), then the Central Market, place full of the Costa Rican cultural heritage and traditions, where you will be able to browse and buy some local art crafts. You will also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. As we travel around the city, we will point you out several historically important or main buildings in our city, for example The Costa Rica University, The Old Train Station, The National Liquor Factory, The National Supreme Election Bureau, the Asamblea Legislativa (equivalent to The Congress), The Metallic Building, some parks and various sites of interest. This will be an introduction to our Capital City, and information about our economy, cultural, politics, religion and general current events. Also, we will visit an Art Gallery, where you will be able to get some souvenirs to take back home.

San Jose: City Tour with lunch included and coffee tasting

San Jose: City Tour with lunch included and coffee tasting

This is an easy walk where you will discover the most important about our culture and history. During these 2.5 hours, You will have the opportunity to visit the most popular areas in the capital of Costa Rica such as museums, parks, and central market, with a local tour guide where you will have the opportunity to live as a local, visit the local market to get lunch or breakfast according to the time you booked, and also enjoy the different activities we have in the area and get a coffee tasting and discover why we have one of the most delicious coffees in all around the world. we will walk in different areas to take pictures and get knowledge about different medicinal plants.

San José: Guided Walking Tour With Lunch and Hotel Pickup

San José: Guided Walking Tour With Lunch and Hotel Pickup

Get to know San José on a guided walking tour. Start from your hotel in Alajuela or San José, then head to the most popular attractions to learn about the city’s history and culture. Visit Central Park, the National Theater, and more. Round off your day with lunch at a local restaurant. Begin your tour by getting picked up directly from your hotel by your bilingual guide. Arrive at San José's outdoor Central Market, where the walking tour will start. Take in the atmosphere, buy local goods and food (not included in the price), and mingle with the locals. Next, wander over to Central Park. Witness the famous National Monument, a statue of five women that symbolizes the five Central American nations that resisted having their countries recolonized. Continue walking and pass by the National Museum as well as the Supreme Court. Head over to the National Theater and see San José's most impressive structures. Follow your guide around the lavish lobby in European design, which was constructed with money from taxes on coffee exports. Continue on to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and marvel at the building from the outside. At the end of the tour, stop off at a nearby eatery for lunch and chow down on some traditional Costa Rican dishes. Use the opportunity to ask your guide any questions you may have about the city’s history and culture.

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4.9
(77 reviews)

It was fun. We met some other travelers who were great and we shared the experience with them as a small group. The tour was informative, our guide was easy to talk to, and we got to sample new foods that I had never seen before. We learned how to properly brew and taste local coffee, as well as prepare and eat homemade empanadas, tamales and ceviche. The amount of walking was minimal and the weather was fine. We will do it again next time we visit San Jose.

We had a wonderful experience! We loved hearing about the culture, the market, and the history of San Jose. We ended with Costa Rican tamales and empanadas that were phenomenal! I would highly recommend this tour!

Oscar was a great tourguide! He knows his history and food. If you like a couple of hours of a nice chill walk through the city while trying typical fruits and snacks you come to the right place. Would recommend!

This was fun, incorporated some history with some sights and foods I would not have otherwise tried. Oscar was fantastic and friendly.

The tour was amazing! Dinorah was our tour guide and she was able to explain everything we saw. She’s an amazing tour guide!