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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

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183
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$38.00
From
$38.00
Get a taste of San Jose’s culture and cuisine on this 3-hour walking tour. Explore Costa Rica’s capital accompanied by an expert guide and learn about the city’s history, architecture and flavor. Explore the produce stalls of two traditional markets and discover what makes Costa Rican coffee so delicious as you sample some local brews. The tour is capped at 12 people for a personalized small-group experience.
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* A traveler said: "Alex the tour guide was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around! Fantastic tour! The food was declicious too!"


San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

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90
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$66.00
From
$66.00
Explore the Costa Rican capital’s rich history, landmark buildings, and modern culture on a combo bus and walking tour of San Jose. Get a great introduction to city highlights like the National Theater and Art Museum, and stop to walk through bustling markets and public plazas to feel the pulse of this modern Central American metropolis. Get an extra boost of Costa Rican culture by listening to traditional folkloric music onboard the bus.
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* A traveler said: "Sergio did an awesome job! I felt it was a great value for the $$ spent and a great way to spend a day in San Jose."


San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour
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San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour

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133
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.00
From
$74.00
Discover San Jose’s hidden delights with this unique evening tour of the Costa Rican capital. Get up close and personal with the nightlife in San Jose, starting with the Morazán Park where we will learn post-colonial Costa Rican history. From there, our appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, with a walk by the Metallic Building, then on to Spain Park for a fantastic view of the Yellow House (now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). We’ll continue to charming Barrio Escalante, one of the oldest residential areas in San Jose. Finish the night with a 3-course meal and wine or beer pairings at a gourmet Costa Rican restaurant.
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* A traveler said: "Gabo was great! Very knowledgeable and friendly, and even took the time out of his evening to escort another couple to an extra location after the end of the official tour."


Skip the Line:Day Ticket-La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge
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$49.24
Get a taste of Costa Rica’s famed biodiversity without straying too far from the city with this all-access day pass to La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park. Featuring hiking trails through the cloud forest, cascading waterfalls, a rescued jungle cats educational program, and numerous specialty wildlife exhibits, La Paz Waterfall Gardens guarantees good fun for the whole family. This pass can be redeemed anytime during the park’s normal operating hours and is good for accessing all of the exhibits.
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Irazú Volcano National Park (Half Day).

Irazú Volcano National Park (Half Day).

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15
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
From
$99.00
The tour is ideal for people who only have half a day to go on an excursion, since you can take the tour and ask us to drop you off at the international airport. This excursion takes us to one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica, listed as one of the most beautiful and impressive, just one hour from downtown San José. We will be able to walk through the main crater, and after the tour we go to the highest point of the National Park, then we descend from the volcano to visit the most important church in Costa Rica, we know a little about the architecture and the different constructions that the structure has had. In addition, the church is famous for its pilgrimage and for the history of the Virgin of the Angels, in addition the facilities have a small museum and the holy water fountain.
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* A traveler said: "A very nice tour. Our guide was friendly, and on time. It is really nice up there on the volcano. The airport drop off was also very convenient."


Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner

Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner

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398
  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.00
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$160.00
In just one day, it’s possible to visit top Costa Rica attractions like Arenal Volcano, La Paz Waterfall, and Arenal Hot Springs when you book this guided tour from San Jose. All-inclusive private transport smooths over otherwise tricky transportation logistics, and your guide keeps you well entertained and informed as you explore. This tour includes all entrance fees plus two meals, adding up to a great value.
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* A traveler said: "Our host Fernando moss was exceptional ! He was very knowledgeable and friendly he treated us very well and made accommodations for myself and my friends. This tour was way more than we expected and highly recommended."


San Jose: Insider Spots, City Highlights - small groups

San Jose: Insider Spots, City Highlights - small groups

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46
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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$32.00
See the best of San Jose on this incredible walking tour that takes travelers through more than 40 different sites, including galleries, parks, art houses and iconic buildings. Whether you're a first time visitor or returning to this beautiful city this two-hour tour is the perfect way to hit all of the highlights.
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* A traveler said: "It was a great history learning experience to get to know San Jose. Lorena is very friendly a d for me snacks during the tour and provided great city sightseeing advice too. Highly recommended."


San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

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43
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
Discover historical monuments and the latest San Jose hangout spots during this small-group walking tour in the capital of Costa Rica. Your local guide shows you important landmarks and shares the inside scoop on the city’s best cafes, eateries, and shops. Meet downtown at The National Theater, or upgrade for hotel pickup and drop-off.
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* A traveler said: "We have a very pleasant city tour with Ama this week. He was extremely friendly, funny, knowledgeable and very well versed on history on every corner. Stopped to have local ice cream unique to San Jose, and really enjoyed the history coffee shop Don Juanito. His special ability to animate the narrative made the tour a wonderful morning and early afternoon."


Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe
Visit the Central Market in San Jose on this guided tour and learn about its 136-year history. There, sample regional staples like tropical seasonal fruit, tortillas, ice cream, Costa Rican coffee, and other local specialities. Plus, find out how and why San Jose became the capital city of Costa Rica.
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* A traveler said: "Wow, we loved this tour. Our guide, Ivannia, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was much more comprehensive than we expected it to be, as we got to see some of the main buildings in downtown San Jose as well as going through Central Market and sampling some of the food and drinks. I highly recommend this tour!"


Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

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21
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$66.00
From
$66.00
Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Jose on an evening bus tour. Starting from your hotel, a comfortable double-decker bus with onboard WiFi serves as your transportation for the evening. See over 25 of the city’s landmarks and stop for a bilingual guided tour at key locations, including the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Enjoy an included dinner of local cuisine, before drop-off at your hotel.
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* A traveler said: "The tour of downtown San José was enhanced with local music by a charming gentleman named Sergio. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about San José and Costa Rican history. I highly recommend this tour."


San Jose Bike & Bites Ride

San Jose Bike & Bites Ride

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18
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.56
From
$41.56
San José is characterized by its Spanish colonial buildings, Victorian mansions, and rich historical sites. This zero-emission bike tour allows you to see the city up close, avoid car traffic, and cruise through San José’s vibrant neighborhoods—past notable buildings, parks, and squares. Your guide navigates through the city and provides useful background information as you stop to appreciate local highlights.
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* A traveler said: "Malo was my guide and he was not only a lot of fun, but very knowledgeable. We ended the tour at an amazing coffee shop (which unfortunately I can’t remember the name of) and they explained their coffee process. The coffee was delicate and floral with hints of blueberries. A perfect end to a wonderful tour."


Irazú Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Lankester Gardens Combo Tour from San Jose

Irazú Volcano, Orosi Valley, and Lankester Gardens Combo Tour from San Jose

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9
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$114.00
From
$114.00
Explore highlights of Costa Rica's Cartago province on this combo tour from San Jose that offers a mix of majestic natural beauty and cultural gems. Get a front-row view of one of the country's most mystical peaks at Irazú Volcano National Park, and then stroll among vibrant bromeliads, orchids, and hundreds of other plant species at Lankester Gardens in Orosi. You'll also visit the Virgin of the Angels Basilica, a popular pilgrimage site, in Cartago, and taste local flavor with included lunch at a restaurant.
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* A traveler said: "Very complete tour where you get a taste of everything. Irazu is a must do in Costa Rica. Highly recommended!"


Irazu Volcano, Orosi &Lankester From San Jose

Irazu Volcano, Orosi &Lankester From San Jose

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6
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$112.00
From
$112.00
Visit the Irazú Volcano National Park and Lankester Botanical Garden on this all-day tour from San Jose. First, head to Irazú Volcano, the highest active volcano in Costa Rica at 11,260 feet (3,400 meters) tall and see its most popular attraction, the giant Diego de la Haya crater. On the return trip, stop at the Lankester Garden, which was established to protect types of flora.
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* A traveler said: "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience! Maria was a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable. Even with the clouds, the volcano experience was a cool and unforgettable one."


San Jose Costa Rica City Tour. Private Tour with Lunch

San Jose Costa Rica City Tour. Private Tour with Lunch

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6
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$135.00
Price varies by group size
From
$135.00
Price varies by group size
San Jose is the cultural capital of Costa Rica and boasts a rich and varied history. Get acquainted with the city’s charms on a private tour, featuring a customizable itinerary of must-see attractions and private transportation through the city’s maze of trafficked avenues.
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Costa Rica Campesino Farm Tour

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Costa Rica Campesino Farm Tour

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5
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.81
$101.12
$27.31 savings
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$73.81
$101.12
$27.31 savings
Experience the ‘pura vida’ of Costa Rica’s traditional farming lifestyle on this half-day nature and agriculture tour. Learn about sustainable farming practices used on the farm; try your hand at milking a cow; extract cane juice to make refreshing drinks; and create artisanal cocoa using indigenous tools. At the end of your tour, taste the bounty of the land with a farm-fresh lunch of local, organic products.
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* A traveler said: "My sister and I appreciated both all that we learned about the practices at the Eco farm and the interaction with the lovely, dedicated farming family."


San Jose Night City Tour

San Jose Night City Tour

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4
  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size
Come, relax and enjoy this popular 4-hour sightseeing tour of the city and see the historic construction sites that include museums, theaters, markets and other interesting places in the city of San Jose. Tour includes: Bilingual profesional guide, comfortable air conditioning transportation, bottled water and dinner
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* A traveler said: "My tour guides was very knowledgeable of San Jose. I got to learn more about the country's and city's history. It was a pleasant experience to see the see city. They took me to a "no frill" restaurant that specializes in authentic Costa Rican cuisine. It better than food from the restaurant in the hotel I stayed at."


Tastes of San Jose - Small Group foodie & historic walk by Carpe Chepe
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$48.00
This is a small-group gastronomic experience of our country and our city. Our groups are of 8ppl max. to ensure a personalized attention. We'll walk through the gastronomic district of San Jose Costa Rica, sharing with you not only the history of the neighborhood and it's architecture but also visiting the places that are pushing the envelope on the local gastronomy and/or rescuing our gastronomic heritage. We'll visit three restaurants and sample their flagship dishes as we talk about the different periods on the costarican cuisine.
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* A traveler said: "Had a great time out with Amy. Great food and drinks and we learned a lot about the city. Overall great experience. Thanks Amy."


Day Trip to Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs

Day Trip to Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs

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3
  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.00
From
$170.00
Take a day trip from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park, which has some of Costa Rica’s most scenic and pristine coastline. After pickup from your hotel, travel along the coastline to the nature preserve, where you will hike in as cars are not allowed in the park. Once inside, swim, sunbathe, or hike the trail to Cathedral Point.
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* A traveler said: "First of all this is a very long day. You will be traveling in a small minibus, and it tends to be cramped. That being said, it was still a wonderful trip. After breakfast we passed a river filled with crocodiles, part of the many variety of animals we were able to see. The park is massive and it's a lot walking. Dress comfortably, and prepare yourself with both hiking and beach clothes. We didnt see any sloths, however we did see monkeys, birds, butterflies, and my personal favorite, the coati. On the way back we stopped at a lookout point overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Overall, it was a great day that I would recommend to anyone, however I wouldnt recommend to young children."


San Jose hightlights and Hidden Gems With Locals

San Jose hightlights and Hidden Gems With Locals

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3
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$65.00
From
$65.00
Unmask the beauty of contemporary Costa Rican life on this walking tour of San Jose and Escazu. Get the low down on some of Costa Rica's local legends, freshest food and rustic restaurants on this San Jose tour that has you walking in holy footsteps and riding public transport for the ultimate insiders experience. Highlights: *Discover a tale of two cities, exploring the real local people in San Jose and Escazu, the “City of Witches" *Visit the legendary Porras *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 chicha *At the end enjoy a cup of coffee in this space of Art, Design and Gastronomy inside an old house, National Heritage in El Centro de Escazú
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* A traveler said: "Excellent option if you want to truly feel part of the day-by-day life of San Jose and Escazú. Angel made us feel like we were visiting and hanging out with an old friend (a friend who knows history and culture!). So light and relaxing, and including delicious food and a marvelous cup of traditional coffee. Definitely worth it!"


City tour - San José

City tour - San José

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2
  • 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.00
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$34.00
We made a tour taking into account the past and the present in San Jose. We know the artistic part, including its most recognized spaces in this area, the culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour will show you the most beautiful areas of San José. The tour describes the past and the present of San José, in order to know it´s actual life. You get to know from art, culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour shows you the most beautiful areas in San José.
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* A traveler said: "Guide was very knowledgeable and considerate. She made arrangements with Uber to pick us up at our hotel."


Private foodie experience in San Jose Costa Rica by Carpe Chepe

Private foodie experience in San Jose Costa Rica by Carpe Chepe

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2
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.04
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$161.04
This is a private foodie experience of our country's and our city's gastronomy with lunch or dinner options available for you to choose from. We'll walk through the gastronomic district of San Jose Costa Rica and visit the places that are rescuing our gastronomic heritage or pushing the envelope in the scene. We'll visit five places total: three restaurants, for a three course meal (a course at each stop), a cocktail bar and a speciality coffee shop. Each place has something that makes them unique, either their own farm with organic ingredients, or fair trade practices that ensure you the quality of the products used, or a whole culinary research project going on. And, while we do all this, we'll be sharing with the history of the neighborhood and it's architecture as we walk from one place to the next one.
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VIP City Bus From San José

VIP City Bus From San José

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2
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$68.00
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$68.00
Though Costa Rica may be more famous for its natural attractions, its capital city of San Jose is not to be overlooked. Head out from downtown San Jose on a double-decker sightseeing bus to discover the city’s important historical landmarks, learn about the history and culture of Costa Rica, and find the best panoramic views of the city.
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* A traveler said: "We had a nice look around the city at night with the guide who have lots of knowledge about the city of San Jose...Nice dinner too!"


Bird watching in San Gerardo de Dota from San Jose/Alajuela

Bird watching in San Gerardo de Dota from San Jose/Alajuela

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2
  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.37
From
$141.37
The mountain town of San Gerardo de Dota sits in the Savegre River Valley, just south of San Jose. A popular bird watching destination, this area of virgin cloud forest is home to more than 170 native and migratory bird species. With this half-day tour, explore miles of forest trails and catch sight of many species of birds, including some rare and endangered species. Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Knowing the best of San José

Knowing the best of San José

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2
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.00
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$79.00
We will visit a beautiful craft shop, where you can get beautiful souvenirs to take back home. During this trip we will visit the National Theater, also known as "La Joya de San José", a masterpiece in art and architecture built by Costa Ricans and completed in 1897. We will also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. While traveling through the city, we will point out several major and historically important buildings of our city, for example, the University of Costa Rica, the Old Train Station, the National Liquor Factory, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the Legislative Assembly ( equivalent to the Congress), the Metal Building, some parks and several sites of interest. This will be an introduction to our Capital City and information about our economy, culture, politics, religion and current general events.
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