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

San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • 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
What to expect
  • 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 a visit to a local cantina to taste traditional snacks and drinks another cup of rich Costa Rican coffee. You can then continue to explore the market and shop for tasty treasures on your own.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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
What to expect
  • 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 a visit to a local cantina to taste traditional snacks and drinks another cup of rich Costa Rican coffee. You can then continue to explore the market and shop for tasty treasures on your own.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5207BITES
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Visit Borbons and Central market
  • Hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • National Theatre of Costa Rica, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, 1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica Front entrance of the National Theatre, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
  • Central Avenue, Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica Central Avenue, San Jose
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour, and we advise you wear comfortable shoes. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen may need to be worn if the weather is hot.
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Visit Borbons and Central market
  • Hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
Departure details
  • National Theatre of Costa Rica, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, 1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica Front entrance of the National Theatre, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
  • Central Avenue, Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica Central Avenue, San Jose
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Central Avenue, Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica Central Avenue, San Jose
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour, and we advise you wear comfortable shoes. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen may need to be worn if the weather is hot.
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Sep 26, 2021
A note from San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture
Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    National Theatre of Costa Rica
    Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, 1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
    Front entrance of the National Theatre, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
    See address & details
  • 1
    Mercado Borbón
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Central Market (Mercado Central)
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Central Avenue
    Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica
    Central Avenue, San Jose
    See address & details
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Aline D
Baltimore, MD27 contributions
This was really good
Apr 2021
I would recommend this since you get to learn more and have a chance to buy from local. i was able to see local fruits and medicine in the market
Written October 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

livelife h
Atlanta, GA3,780 contributions
Great tour
Nice walking tour of the downtown area. Stop by restaurants and tried food. Enjoyed the photo ops and the market. Definitely a great way to see downtown
Written September 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joan and Sara
1 contribution
Fun market and church tour
Aug 2021 • Friends
Our guide, Jason Umalde Vargas, was absolutely excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Costa Rica. He introduced us to many new fruits at the markets. His presentation made the whole tour very interesting and enjoyable.
Written August 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jim S
Washington DC, DC12 contributions
Good introduction to San Jose
My guide from Urban Adventures was excellent. Very knowledgeable. Engaging. Pleasant. It was a wonderful tour with four stops for a bite/coffee along the way in the Mercado Borbon and Mercado Central. Would definitely recommend
Written July 5, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

joel o
1 contribution
San Jose tour
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great experience. The guide was informative and patient with all our questions. We tried some of the local. Food and coffee.
Written June 28, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vanya S
4 contributions
A very amazing and informative tour with a very friendly and competent Guide (Thanks to our Guide Steven!)
Apr 2021 • Couples
We did the free walking tour in San José on our first day in Costa Rica. Our Guide Steven was amazing! He told us so much about the city, the country and the culture and showed and explained us many plants. He took us to the best places and without him we would have missed the best of San José!
I recommend everybody to do this tour!
Thanks again to Steven!
Written June 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sanjay Nair
Jersey City, NJ2 contributions
Worth every penny.
Apr 2021
We often book walking tours in most of the places we travel to. This tour was hands-down the best so far. Our tour guide, Jason, was funny, extremely knowledgeable, and detailed. At each spot, he explained the surrounding with a touch of history and politics. The markets were out of the world. Don't think twice to try out the food sample he offers and dine at the local spots he suggests. The food will blow your mind.

We thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this tour.
Written April 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Brigita M
Greater London, UK3 contributions
Great tour!!!
Apr 2021 • Solo
I had a great tour experience with Jason. First of all, he’s not only a very good and knowledgeable guide, but he has a very good customer service. He texted me once the tour was booked and then a day before sent a quick note to say that I’ll be the only one on a tour and he’s not cancelling it. That was really nice of him and it all worked out even better than I thought. The whole 5hrs were just for me. Because of the Easter, most places were closed, so we just walked around, exploring the city, parks, architecture and lots of history, sometimes felt a little too much info in a short time, although, he made it entertaining with interesting stories. Best part for me was going to a fruit shop (the only one that was opened) learning and tasting different types of fruits. I didn’t even had to pay for anything as the company had some budget for it.
I will definitely book this tour again or try a different tour with Jason when I’m in San Jose and when everything is opened. 😊
Written April 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

pilates26
new york9 contributions
A gem to discover
Feb 2021 • Solo
I love this tour. It’s the easiest way to get to know San Jose .amidst all the negative reviews of this amazing city, what’s important is really how people shaped this gem with its architecture and food. Eric was a great guide as he took us to where local people go. The market was amazing . Learned some things I wouldn’t have learned otherwise . Met a few friends along the way too.
Written February 27, 2021
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Christina D
9 contributions
Informative tour
Feb 2021
Our guide Eric was very knowledgeable. The tour was very interesting and was a good way to start our time in Costa Rica. Wear comfortable shoes and don't be shy about asking questions. Eric was very easy to talk to.
Written February 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Intrepid Urban Adventures - San Jose
gc2414
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Great casual evening tour of San Jose
Excellent guides. Casual walking tour of San Jose. Interesting historical and political information. Plus a brewery
MalikH953
MalikH953
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Historical Walk and Good Eats
It was only my friend and I who took this tour with our Guide, Gabo, and we absolutely loved it. Granted, it did ra
76lenath
76lenath
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Fantastic!!!
This was an amazing tour! I actually booked this tour on my birthday, and Jason (our fantastic tour guide) made it
jewelmaki
jewelmaki
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Satisfied in San Jose
I had a great time learning the history of Costa Rica and walking around the city. Our guide was very knowledgeabl
Taniecia710
Taniecia710
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San Jose by night
Our tour guide, Gabby, he was great. Informative and cool guy. Food at suggested restaurant was great.
M1409FKashleyg
M1409FKashleyg
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The best
Be prepared to walk a bit, but it never felt tiring and the food at the end made it all worth it. The information i
Sherpa691408
Sherpa691408
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City history and sights!
We had a fantastic evening with Gabrielle! He was very knowledgeable and entertaining as we walked the city. The fo
Felix G
Felix G
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Great tour
Relaxing tour with history and architecture. Good food and drink. Nice neighborhoods. Lively. Easy going pace.
Jason D
Jason D
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Great tour guide, good tour, ok dinner
The tour was very good but a little bit less than we were expecting. The tour guide was very good - the best weve
mraimondi13
mraimondi13
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Terrific knowledgeable guide, educational tour
Eric was a terrific tour guide with so much knowledge about everything Costa Rica -- from history to culture to foo
Teresa M
Teresa M
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Another side of San Jose
Really enjoyed seeing the market and learning the use of traditional herbs. Seeing and hearing about the tradition
LissyMarie77
LissyMarie77
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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
Z6142BWsharonc
Z6142BWsharonc
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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.
TrendyPet
TrendyPet
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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
MaureenS_13
MaureenS_13
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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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