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San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)
San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) Tours and Activities

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Bountiful produce stalls, local-approved cafeterias, and vendor stalls selling everything from coffee beans to cowboy boots give visitors to San Jose’s Central Market (Mercado Central) a taste of real Costa Rican culture. Visit as part of an epic errand run or for a chance to look behind-the-scenes at everyday life in Costa Rica.

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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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San Jose City Tour Half Day

San Jose City Tour Half Day

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Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and history on this guided tour of the capital city. Highlights include the National Theater, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the University of Costa Rica, the Supreme Court, and Central Market. A bilingual guide is on hand to answer questions and provide insight about what you see along the way.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose, Small Group

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Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose, Small Group

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Great Value, great guide! You will see parts of the city you would never expect to find and will try things along the way that are delicious. You will learn not only about the food but also about the history of the city. If you have a few hours to spare in San Jose you really NEED to do this tour. On this San Jose tour you’ll get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables, and the smoothies they can create in the midst of the vibrant city markets. Nothing could get you closer to authentic San Jose than strolling through the streets with a local as they show you the ins and outs of daily life. Take a wander through the city with us on this tour that takes typical San Jose and turns it into a local experience you’ll never forget.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day San Jose Food Tour and Gold Museum, Small group

Half-Day San Jose Food Tour and Gold Museum, Small group

Visiting San Jose’s markets with a guide turns an everyday scene into a rich cultural experience as your guide tells you the stories behind the markets’ offerings and takes the guesswork out of deciding what’s worth a try. After visiting top San Jose markets, head to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum to take a look at the city’s early history. Highlights: San Jose market and city tour with Pre-Columbian Gold Museum Visit top markets to learn about local culture through food Lots of food and coffee tastings included, plus museum entrance Good way for first-time visitors to learn about San Jose history and culture
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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VIP City Bus Tour From San Jose

VIP City Bus Tour From San Jose

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Kickstart your time in San Jose on a panoramic bus tour that’s designed to provide an introduction to first-time visitors. As well as enjoying unobstructed views of San Jose’s historical centre from the top deck of the bus, you’ll be party to facts and anecdotes that you’re unlikely to find in the guidebook. Plus, exploring by bus allows you to cover more sights in less time, making this tour ideal for time-pressed travelers.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San José By Night Food Activity, Gourmet Dinner, Small Group

San José By Night Food Activity, Gourmet Dinner, Small Group

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There’s also a ton of culture and history, a tasty local dinner, and the chance to experience San Jose’s nightlife with a local. Highlights: Experience San Jose by night with a local to guide the way Explore markets, significant city buildings, and local neighbourhoods Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city Indulge in a tasty local menu filled with authentic local ingredients Sip expertly selected wine pairings as you dine
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Pura Vida Experience: San José Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

Pura Vida Experience: San José Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 11 San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) costs USD 32.00. Guided San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) tours start around USD 32.00 per person. See all 11 San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) tickets and tours on Viator.
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