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

San Jose Walking Tour including Central Market and Lunch

Enjoy an insider’s perspective of San Jose on this half-day city walking tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll get a sense of daily life in the Costa Rican capital as you ride public transportation, stop by a beautiful local park and visit the artisan workshop of a third-generation craftsman. Taste local flavors while you browse stalls at the historic Central Market, savor a traditional lunch at an 80-year-old inn and learn to make tortillas. 

Highlights

  • 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!

Discover the hidden urban treasures of San Jose with a knowledgeable local guide. Kick off your walking tour at España Park, a popular urban refuge with lovely, tree-shaded pathways. After walking by the Costa Rican National Museum, hop aboard a local city bus and head to the historic Central Market. Learn about local produce and agriculture as you explore the labyrinth of stalls and enjoy an aromatic cup of Costa Rican coffee. 

Your next stop is the old city of Escazu, home to the beautiful La Sabana Metropolitan Park. Enjoy traditional Costa Rican cuisine and take in the daily lunch scene at an 80-year-old inn. Top off your meal with a glass of chicha, a popular local drink. 

After lunch, take a peek into the traditional artisan scene at the home and workshop of a renowned mask-making family. Colorful masks are an important part of Costa Rican festivities, and you’ll get to hear about their history and handmade creation when you meet a third-generation craftsman.

Finally, tour a local bakery that’s been churning out delicious, fresh-baked goods for almost a century. Learn how to make traditional tortillas and wash down a sampling of house-made bread with another cup of fresh-brewed coffee. Your tour will wrap up in front of the ornate Costa Rica National Theatre back in central San Jose.

Customer Reviews

Ella F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Eric was an excellent tour guide! He cared deeply about giving us a good experience, and his knowledge about San Jose is very extensive. I'm glad we did this tour the day after we arrived in San Jose so we could get to know the city better and have more confidence exploring on our own. The tour was kept to 6 people, which made it easy to get around and ask more questions.

m S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely wonderful and informative daytrip! Our guide, Randall, could not have been better than he was. Both his English and knowledge of the area were impressive. Thank-you Randall for a terrific day,

Sam C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour guide, Eric, did a great job showing us every day life in San Jose! He handled two couples with language differences with ease. He also handled a transportation return to our hotel by the airport issue for me and my wife at the end of the tour in a very professional manner. We would highly recommend this tour to future Viator customers!

Deborah L

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!

Paul W

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!

Melissa B

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!

CarolynS

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!

Rebecca W

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.

William D USA

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

Irina K

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!

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