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  • Location:San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch

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Delve beneath the surface of San Jose on an in-depth walking tour of the city. Experience local life in Costa Rica, visit a popular park and meet an artisan craftsman on your guided stroll. Enjoy typical Costa Rican cuisine in a 80-year-old inn and travel like a local on San Jose’s public transportation, accompanied by your local guide.


  • Walking tour in San Jose
  • Explore España Park on a guided stroll
  • Pass by the Costa Rica National Museum
  • Meet an artisan mask maker in his home
  • Enjoy a typical local meal at a historic restaurant
  • Professional English-speaking guide and public transportation fares included

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What You Can Expect

San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch

Explore the Central Market during your walking tour!

Your walking tour begins at España Park, one of San Jose's many beautiful urban spaces. Stroll beneath the trees, then pass by the Costa Rica National Museum.

Next, get around the city like a local by taking public transportation to the San Jose Central Market. Learn about local traditions as you explore and visit shops and artisan stalls. Then, sip on a cup of freshly-brewed coffee as you take in the energy of this traditional place.

Continue on to the old city of Escazu, stopping by La Sabana Metropolitan Park on your way. Head to an 80-year-old inn, where a delicious traditional local lunch is served. Discover the flavors of authentic Costa Rican cuisine, and experience typical tapas enjoyed by the city's local people.

After lunch, have a glass of 'chicha', a traditional local drink, before heading out to visit the home of a legendary Costa Rican mask maker. Step inside the building where the masks have been produced for three generations by the same family. You'll meet the artisan and hear the stories and secrets behind this creative craft, that plays a vital part in Costa Rican celebrations, holidays and masquerades.

The final stop on your San Jose walking tour is an 80-year-old bakery where you will learn how to make your own tortillas. Enjoy a cup of coffee and homemade bread before ending the tour at the Costa Rica National Theatre.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Overall, I had a great experience with this tour. Our tour group was very small, which allowed us to ask lots of questions and get everywhere easily. We enjoyed learning cultural and historical details from our guide who was very helpful and nice. We ate lunch at a small local restaurant where we were the only non-locals. The value of the tour is very worthwhile for the cost. I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to learn about the city and see a variety of places!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was great and so was the weather. The guide was knowledgeable and informative. We really enjoyed the trip to the artisan mask maker!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I was the only one who showed up and my guide Eric was a wonderful tour guide! He had excellent knowledge of San Jose and I soaked up all the historical and cultural details and stories! He was very patient when had to translate for I have to say this one probably one of the more relaxed and fun days I've had in a long time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Excellent tour! We had an informative walk through the city seeing markets, the Cathedral, government buildings and learned some information about Costa Rica. After the tour we were brought to an authentic restaurant for lunch. It was great to try local food with someone who knew what to order. The highlight of the day was to visit a mask maker. He had local teenagers show us how they danced in the costumes and our son got a chance to try one out too! - quite an unexpected experience! Thanks, Eric!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Carlos was terrific. We enjoyed he walk and the sites. He was patient and fun to listen to.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

We had an absolute blast. Carlos, our guide, knew all about San Jose and Costa Rica in depth. He was also just plain fun. Very flexible tour. Highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

An excellent tour around San Jose which offers a view on the city from both a tourist's and a local's perspective. The tour includes insights on Costa Rican history, philosophy of life, and is done in a very interactive and friendly way.

The highlights include walking through the city centre (read what the notes on graffiti actually say, many are quite witty!:)), visiting a local market (try to buy at least 1-2 pieces of each unknown fruit you meet, it's a great way to discover new tastes!), and visiting the festival mask maker.

This tour is an excellent way to see San Jose in its full beauty and to learn more about Costa Rican history and people. Highly recommended!

Karina S
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4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was very interesting. Exactly as described, a walking tour through the city center. My tour guides were Manuel and Eric, thank you both for your time. For lunch we had typical Costa Rica food Pupusas and Chifrijo, and they were very tasty.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

The tour was lovely. Our guide was very knowledgable, and eager to show us San Jose. We leaned a great deal about the city.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Guide was excellent. Tour was as promoted except for omission of tortilla/ coffee stop. Appreciated being dropped off at our hotel. We would recommend to others.

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