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.