• Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 34.00 View price calendar

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Get a taste of San Jose’s culture and cuisine on this 3-hour walking tour. Explore Costa Rica’s capital accompanied by an expert guide and learn about the city’s history, architecture and flavor. Explore the produce stalls of two traditional markets and discover what makes Costa Rican coffee so delicious as you sample some local brews. The tour is capped at 12 people for a personalized small-group experience.


  • San Jose walking and food-tasting tour
  • Explore the city on foot with a local guide who shares insider knowledge
  • Wander through San Jose’s Borbón Market and view its famous stands
  • Stroll through the Central Market and sample Costa Rican food while you sip its legendary coffee
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

Visit the Central Market

Awaken your taste buds on this flavorful walking tour of San Jose. Start the morning off right with an aromatic cup of Costa Rican coffee when you meet your local guide at the local Mercado Borbón. Explore the stalls of this traditional market and discover the agricultural history of the produce and medicinal products you see. Sample fresh tropical fruit and stop by a coffee stand to learn about traditional bean roasting and brewing methods.
Your next stop is the historic Central Market, which has been providing fresh produce and local goods to San Jose residents since 1882. Wander through the maze of vendor stalls and sample from the incredible variety of fresh produce and other Costa Rican kitchen specialties while your guide discusses the history of the market.

Finish your tour with another cup of rich Costa Rican coffee. You can then continue to explore the market and shop for tasty treasures on your own.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour was outstanding and the guide was exceptional in explaining and pointing out interesting foods, etc. Our guide was able to give full, thorough explanations to any questions asked. We loved the tour so much that we are considering taking it again.

Gladys C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Gladys our tour guide was excellent - She took us to local markets - we tried different fruits, coffee, empanada, and Tamales.
Then we tour the city - Post Office and street statues, etc. She was a delight. Got the other tourist an Uber car to her hotel.
She found me a cab which took credit card for a place I wanted to check out - The Jewish Community Museum - unfortunately closed and phone on website and directions landmark not stated my cab driver had a hard time finding until he asked a local person on the street.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

young lady was awesome. she took good care of us. thank you.

Marquita J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The walking tour was really nice! The food sampling was great!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I had the opportunity to see and enjoy San Jose with Vinicio. He was really a great tour guide. I learned a lot about Costa Ricas history. I could try delicious fruit and food. He answered all my questions. I also saw very interesting sight seeings! I highly recommend taking this tour with Vinicio

Toni S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We really enjoyed this walking tour of San Jose. Vinicia was the best guide and knew so much about the markets, the history, and the foods. We walked through different markets and sampled fruits, empanadas, tamales, coffee, auga dulce, and gelato. The national theater was beautiful and we enjoyed the pedestrian plaza. Great way to start a visit to San Jose.

Susan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

THIS was the BEST TOUR!! My guide, Vinicia knew all the ins and outs of both markets - I learned more in this tour than in the other 4 visits I have made to San Jose!! I got to try all kinds of food, fruits, etc that I normally would not know what or how to eat. Plus my guide Vinicia was so knowledgeable about everything in San Jose. I highly rec this and Vinicia!!!

Janel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Carolina was our tour guide and she was awesome! We toured the Central Market, visited the fruit market, the national theater and learned a lot of information on the history of the city. This was our first trip to Costa Rica and I'd highly recommend making this one of your first tours.

Garth N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A very good tour. Felipe and Sebastian took us through two of the main food markets in San Jose and included in the price are many tastings of the products on sale, from bananas to home made ice cream. The guides could not have been more informative. A fascinating insight in to local customs and history. Also included are two of the main churches in San Jose. A word of caution - if you are coming from an out of town hotel allow plenty of time to get to the meeting point. The San Jose traffic is horrific. If you are in a city centre hotel then- no problem.

Valerie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The guide was very knowledgeable! It was a fun tour.

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