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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture provided by San Jose Urban Adventures

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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

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Visit a pair of traditional markets in San Jose on a guided walking tour that explores local flavors, culture, and history. From a fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee to tropical fruits, you’ll sample the best of what’s in season here. It’s a great chance to see a side of the city that many visitors overlook, and walking around with a local guide means an insider perspective on life in San Jose.
  • Sip an included cup of Costa Rican coffee
  • Enjoy samples of fresh tropical fruits
  • Learn about the history of Borbón Market and Central Market
  • Group size is limited to 12 for personalized service
Important Information
Departure Point
Banco Central de Costa Rica, Av. central y 1, calles 2 y 4, Paso De La Vaca, San José, Costa Rica
Return Details
Central Avenue, Central Ave, San Jose, CA 95125, USA
  • Local guide
  • Food tastings
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • The timing of this tour fits perfectly with our Total Bites and Gold Museum tour or our Pura Vida Experience tour, so you can do both in the same day, if you wish!
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • New Meeting Point effective on March 9th: Main entrance of the Costa Rica Central Bank, in between Avenue 1 and Central by the people monument.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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MADILYN S wrote a review Jun 2020
1 contribution
I think that it was one of the best tours I had in my life. You should take it. It is a great way to learn where everything is. So much history bind the places that we visit.
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Date of experience: July 2019
allisonodenthal wrote a review Mar 2020
Tacoma, Washington263 contributions79 helpful votes
We were late as we got lost (left the map at the hotel, local sent us to PLAZA Central instead of CALLE Central etc etc) and I couldn't get my phone to work. We eventually got to the meeting place, chased after what looked like a tour group (wrong direction AGAIN) then got the
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Date of experience: March 2020
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33travel3300 wrote a review Mar 2020
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic way to learn about the markets and some of the history in the city. Would recommend this activity for sure. Our guide was awesome and it was a lot of fun! Chocolate and coffee was the last stop and it was such a great way to end the activity.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Gerry wrote a review Mar 2020
7 contributions2 helpful votes
We did this walking tour first day in San Jose and it was fantastic. Its good way to start learning where everything is. So much history here and if you don't take the tour you will out on it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and didn't rush the tour
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Date of experience: February 2020
VW F wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions
Our guide Eli exceeded expectations. He was knowledgable and easy to talk (great english!). He showed us his favorite places in San Jose, sharing with us hidden treasures. I would highly recommend this tour. Well worth the money paid. Thanks Eli, all the best in your future
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By: San Jose Urban Adventures
Teresa M
Another side of San Jose
Really enjoyed seeing the market and learning the use of traditional herbs. Seeing and hearing about the tradition
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Wonderful, Fun, and Informative
We had a great time. Learned a lot about San Jose and Heredia and a lot about coffee. Gladys was our guide for the
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Beautiful Historical and Cultural Introduction to Costa Rica's Capital
I admit I signed up for this tour for the food and the food did not disappoint!! I'm not usually a history perso
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Fun way to see Costa Rica’s first capital!
The guide Gladys was sweet and knowledgeable. She took us on a loop around Cartago on bicycles, to the basilica of
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Felt like hanging with a friend
My friend and I booked this tour, looking for a way to explore San Jose and, of course, eat. We were not disappoint
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Amazing Tour for all!
This was an amazing tour! First time in Costa Rica for my wife and I and if you thank God everyday for coffee then
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Exceeded our expectations
Vinicio was friendly and knowledgable and the food was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the food.
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Wonderful and knowledgable guide & great food!
Our guide Ernesto was wonderful. We learned so much about the history of the city and the people. Our meal at a loc
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Great experience...well worth the money
Our guide Ernesto was very knowledgable, kind and patient. He answered all our questions. We saw a great overview
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Rebecca R
Excellent Tour!
We had one night in San Jose. We chose this activity to get a taste of San Jose and we are so happy we did. Ernesto
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Great “taste” of San Jose!
The city tour was pretty much what we expected and wanted! - to get a taste of the city, literally and figurativel
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terrible tour operator
My tour got canceled because the owner of the masquerade was on vacation. I contacted the tour company more than 5
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Very enjoyable tour and dinner
We really enjoyed this tour and learned a lot about Costa Rica - it's history, culture, food etc. Our guide Ernesto
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Great tour!
Loved the train, bicycle and bus modes of travel. Visiting the market and meeting locals provided an authetic expe
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Very good walking tour and tasty dinner
We really enjoyed this walking tour of San Jose that began in the Central Market and stopped at several points of i
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Key Details
  • Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose Urban Adventures
  • Duration: 3h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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