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San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour

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    Uncover secrets of daily life and folkloric legend in San Jose with this captivating evening tour. Connect with your guide at the historic Central Market, a covered maze of produce stalls and specialty food vendors dating back more than 120 years. Your guide will show you staples of Costa Rican home cooking, as well as medicinal herbs and traditional handicrafts.
    Your tour continues with a walk through San Jose’s historic streets to view architectural highlights in the glow of twilight. Visit Culture Plaza and its crown jewel, the magnificent National Theater. Inspired by the ornate opera houses of Europe, the Neoclassical theater dates back to 1897 and is home to a handful of Costa Rica’s elite performing arts companies.
    Stroll through Spain Park to view the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which boasts ties to Andrew Carnegie. You’ll also see the National Distillery and the striking metallic building at Morazán Park, constructed atop swamps in the 1800s. Finish your walk at a local artisan market inside the beautiful National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase handmade souvenirs. You will continue your walk to Paseo de la Luz, an area on the east side of San Jose that’s well known for its gastronomy.
    Board a vehicle for the short drive to Paseo de la Luz, the east side of San Jose well known for its gastronomy. Along the way, learn why Escazú is called the ‘City of Witches’ and hear folktales of supernatural happenings in the area.
    Properly spooked, settle into an acclaimed restaurant in Paseo de la Luz for a gourmet, 3-course meal. Savor expertly prepared Costa Rican specialties with a Mediterranean twist, paired with South American wine. (See a sample menu in the Itinerary below.)
    Once you polish off dessert, your tour officially ends.
    Sample dinner menu (subject to change)
    First course (one of the following):

    • Tomato filled with sea bass ceviche and chicasquil (tree spinach)
    • Palm fruit cream soup
    • Tuna ceviche salad with olives, nuts and beetrootMain course (one of the following):

    • Sea bass filet in tamarind sauce, with sweet potato puree and hearts of palm
 • Beef tenderloin with blackberries and strawberry sauce, with banana croquettes and glazed palm fruit
 • Pork tenderloin encrusted with palm fruit seeds, mango and guava
Dessert (one of the following):

    • Turrialba cheese and guava jelly
    • Banana ice cream with pumpkin honey
    • Coconut fudge with soursop ice cream

    Each course is paired with wine from Argentina or Chile.
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    Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

    Absolutely DO NOT book this tour! Please save yourself some money as the company hosting this tour has unethical business practices. After booking this tour my girlfriend and I received a very vague address to meet up at, and it read as follows "Central Market...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Christian A
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Hello Christian we know san jose sometimes not for everybody is hard to find the dirrections the problems is when we have more people in the tour and we can not wait more than 20 minutes it deppends how your make your phone call thats...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    No stars. I booked this San Jose by Night Food and Culture small group. Walked to central market entrance by walking central avenue south east corner, street no. 6 at 4pm. It was raining. I waited for 10 minutes but nobody showed up. I asked...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Ali K
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Hello I hope is all well for you, I feel bad because you can not find the meeting point on time we usually wait 20 minutes and we have the phone ready, about the sittuation of the guide they only work for Urban Adventures the...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The walking tour was very informative and fun. I feel like I saw a good deal of San Jose. Our guide, Angel was knowledgeable and very friendly. He knew a lot about the history and was willing to help me with my Spanish as well....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Nicole C
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Hello Nicole for us is very important the food part I am really glad you had a good time with your guide. Thanks to share your experience with us Eric

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Had a free day before joining a group tour. Decided to do a quick tour of San Jose, since it was our only day in the area. Our tour began at 4pm. Traffic was rough at that time and thankfully when I called their main...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank rxlady
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Excellent tour! Our tour guide Angel was very knowledgeable and passionate which made it very fun! Wonderful dinner!

    Thank nigistt2018
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    August 8, 2018|
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    Response from rvg1634 | Reviewed this property |
    Yes, I think so. Restaurant owner was very accommodating. Email Urban Adventures @ Costa Rica and make sure if you want.
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