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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

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San José, Costa Rica
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Central Market (Mercado Central)
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
San Jose Urban Adventures
Admission Ticket Free

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Delicious and informative!
Stephanie_F
, Mar 2020
My friends and I had an excellent time sampling the food and learning about San Jose. Eric was a great guide and we enjoyed the experience!
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Authentic experience
Nicky_B
, Mar 2020
Great way to explore San Jose and take in the history, sights, sounds and tastes of the city (including chocolate!). Angel our guide was super knowledgeable and simpatico!
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Exactly what I hoped for
Jeremy
, Mar 2020
I loved the detail and the personal attention we got on the tour. Would highly recommend. We even got a few personal “soda” recommendations which I used for lunch later that day. Great day!
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Food and history in San Jose
Adrian_G
, Mar 2020
Initially our guide was late,but turned out a car crash had held him up! The tour was excellent-after a warning about pickpockets and security,we entered the Central Market-tried interesting different food-sterile turtle eggs,unusual fruits. Then explored San Jose,getting info on the history as we walked. Learnt lots!. Finished with a hands-on demonstration of how to make hot cocoa drink by grinding Cacao nibs,plus making tea from the Cacao pod;accompanied by hot tamales! All in all,a tour nobody should miss!
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Great insight into San Jose!
StephieMac
, Mar 2020
Fantastic tour. Loved the walk through the food market, seeing all the stalls, understanding the history of the markets, tasting the fruit, seeing the architecture - especially the National Theatre and the Monument to the Workers. Our guide was excellent!!
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Wonderful taste of Costa Rica!
Ken_R
, Mar 2020
Excellent tour! Almost four hours wandering around the markets and sights of downtown San Jose. Tasted many fruits I had never even seen before. Also sampled a unique ice cream, and great empanadas. Ended with coffee and tamales. Our guide Angel was knowledgeable and entertaining. He shared some of the history of Costa Rica and its people. I would definitely recommend this tour as a great introduction to the country.
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Excellent guide!
Nathaly_D
, Mar 2020
Such a wonderful time visiting San Jose with an exceptionnal guide, Gladys! Learn alot with her. Bright educated young woman who knows her country, its politics, its chalenge and history. A real treat!
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San Jose city guided walk
Bron_T
, Feb 2020
Eli our guide was amazing. I had no expectations and thoroughly enjoyed my stroll around he city, would not have enjoyed it any other way. Thanks so much Eli.
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Fun and informative!
Nelson_D
, Feb 2020
Our guide (Vince? shown in the photo) was very knowledgable, well spoken, passionate about Costa Rica, and presented information clearly and well.
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Perfect choice!!!
Gia_C
, Feb 2020
Ended up having an extra day in San Jose and this tour was the absolute best choice! Our tour leader, Angel, is what made it special with his insider knowledge of the culture, city and history. After our first exhausting and disorienting travel day, this walking tour refreshed us!! Thank you!!! And now my favorite fruit is granadilla and sour sop!!!!

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