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


  • Discover a tale of two cities, exploring the real Costa Rica in San Jose and Escazu, the “City of Witches"
  • Walk the spiritual route of churches and learn the rich local history of Catholicism
  • Experience the lively atmosphere of the Central Market, and ride like a local about public transport
  • Visit a legendary masquerade family, renowned for their traditional Costa Rican masks
  • Feast on authentic local cuisine in a 100-year-old restaurant
  • Enjoy a sample of traditional chichaas well as a coffee tasting

What You Can Expect

San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

Explore the Central Market

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

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our guide, Eric, was experienced, educated, and kind. A great day! Highly recommended.

Ramon V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The central market was a highlight for us because we love souvenirs shopping and this place is the place to go for that ! They have everything!!! From clothing to food to little trinkets. The lunch included was delicious and filling! Highly recommend!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our guide Eric was very careful in his detailed explanations. Highly recommended!

Frances T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I am so glad I went on this tour! My guide Gladys took me all around the Central Market and historical buildings in the city center and told me about their stories and trivia. We then took the bus to a suburb overlooking downtown and made a few more stops before returning to the city. I feel like after going on the tour I had a much deeper understanding and appreciation for Costa Rican culture and history. My guide was also very professional, knowledgeable and fun! I definitely recommend this tour to other visitors of San Jose.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

amazing trip! I am glad they are keeping an old CR tradition alive with visiting Don Fernando in his residence to see the masks he creates. The food was really good and the guide was excellent. I had a lot of fun, you should check it out if you're in beautiful CR!

Milanka D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing. Such a beautiful way to see the city. I had tour guide Eric, who was so knowledgeable, very informative and flexible. We tasted amazing charcoal roasted coffee, we saw amazing masks used for Halloween celebrations in Costa Rica and we ate amazing tapas... and much more! So fun


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Erich was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. A lot of walking for these seniors, but well worth the trek. Best of al was the delicious, homemade lunch at a family owned restaurant in Escazu, which was one of the highlights of our trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

What a wonderful way to see San Jose! Our guide, Vinzio, was knowledgeable and gracious. The San Jose portion of the tour was more than I expected it was great to learn more about the city and its history. We learned a lot about Costa Rica and Tico culture, too. The bus ride to Escazu by public transportation was fun. The lunch was delicious--try the sour guava drink! Then we got into a van to visit the famous mask maker at his home and studio. Finally, a stop at a 100-year old bakery that uses its original brick ovens. Our 4-hour tour lasted 5.5 hours! My only suggestion: this trip could be expanded into a full day. There is so much to see!!

Ray M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Loved Escazu and the traditional parade masks. Fun trip all around.

Andrea N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Felipe was an excellent guide. The history was great and he is an wonderful story teller!

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