We had a pleasant walking tour with Brenda. After showing us some of the landmarks of San Jose, we had a typical lunch. In the afternoon, we visited a local figure making masks in a traditional way. Brenda's boss drove us while we were supposed to be using public transport for the tour. This was our first contact with Costa Rica and Costa Ricans. The tour constitutes an excellent introduction to the country
We arrived in San Jose on 7th March and had pre-booked this trip for the next day. Our guide Carlos went out of his way to make sure that we really enjoyed the tour. His English was excellent. This Tour gave us a lovely flavor of the sights and sounds of the capital. We had been told by other people that San Jose is dirty and not worth looking around...We definitely did not find this to be true attall. We enjoyed looking around the Central Market stalls and spotting things that are not on sale in the UK in our markets. We saw several beautiful buildings, statues and monuments and Carlos told us a bit about their history as we walked around San Jose. We thought it was a great idea to get onto a local bus to transfer to the suburbs for lunch at a traditional Tico home. We also enjoyed meeting the patriarch of the family who had made traditional masks for festivals for many generations. This tour gives you a great flavour of San Jose with a lovely variety of experiences. We felt it was great value for money.
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.
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,
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Carlos was terrific. We enjoyed he walk and the sites. He was patient and fun to listen to.
William D USA
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
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!
Tour led by Brenda and Carlos was great. Learned a lot about the city, and the stops at the Central Market, through the park, and in to two cathedrals were great. We also enjoyed a delicious homemade lunch which was truly excellent. However, be forewarned that the tour advertises lunch at an 80 year old inn, and this ended up being at someone's personal home also where the tortilla-making lesson happened. It's a bit jarring when you think you're walking into an establishment and next thing you know you've stepped foot into someone's house with whom who you can't even communicate. We were also driven by personal car from this point to the bakery and the mask-maker's house...the transportation ended up fine, but since riding in someone's personal car was not a part of the advertised description it seemed a bit shady because the guy who drove us in his car had just met up with us at lunch so it was kind of odd. The mask-maker was great and very friendly/informative, and the bakery was excellent. Truly wonderful bread! I definitely recommend the tour, but go in to it with the understanding that flexibility might be required.
Karina S United States of ...
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.
The tour was lovely. Our guide was very knowledgable, and eager to show us San Jose. We leaned a great deal about the city.
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.
Our guide was in training and did not do a very good job of explaining the various sites. A lot of missed information.
If you have the time do this tour! we did this tour in our last day in San Jose, it was a good tour but I think that it could have been better. The tour guy need to practice a little more English because I ended up translating for him. The lunch was delicious!!!
Tour is a complete misrepresentation by calling it a walking: tour. Picked up and immediately go in van for 30-40 minute drive for lunch. Lunch was fine but certainly nothing special and worth drive. Then we stop at mask maker. Again interesting but 30 minutes. Stop at a local park. Church across the street that was interesting was not even part of tour. We walked there on our own. then back to town and finally 3 hours later walk to central market. No city bus nor visit to bakery which is part of on line description. would not recommend at all.
Very poor instructions as to where to meet. I waited in the right spot for 30 minutes starting 10 minutes before the due time. No one showed up, if I was in a slightly different corner no one looked for me. Passes by must have got sick of me asking if they were the tour guide. Even showed them the instuctions as to wher to meet. Have insisted that I be picked up from my hotel and it has been rescheduled. Problem is that by now I have seen nearly all it had to offer. Hope the company is good today.
Unfortunately we could not find the meeting up place, I would like to suggest you set a very specific place to meet, like a restaurant. As we were trying to figure out the exact spot to meet we were unfortunately picked up by a dishonest taxi driver, he said he would take us to the location to meet the walking tour and then tried to charge us 50.00 US for a short distance