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San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour

San José, Costa Rica

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover San Jose’s hidden delights with this unique evening tour of the Costa Rican capital. Wander through a maze of vendor stalls and to learn about staples of local cooking at the Central Market, and see the opulent National Theater and other architectural highlights on a twilight walking tour. Drive to the ritzy Paseo de la Luz the east side of San Jose well known for its gastronomy. Finish the night with a 3-course meal and wine pairings at a gourmet Costa Rican restaurant.
  • 4-hour evening tour of San Jose with dinner
  • Gain an insider’s perspective of local food and stall favorites at the bustling Central Market
  • See San Jose’s iconic landmarks, including the National Theater, Metallic Building and the Yellow House
  • Hear about the legend of the Witch of Escazú and Paseo de la Luz from a knowledgeable guide
  • Delve into a delicious 3-course dinner with expertly selected wine pairings at a restaurant in Paseo de la Luz
  • Three-course meal, three glasses of wine and transport from San Jose to the restaurant included
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Local English speaking guide
Dinner
3 glasses of wine
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Banco Central de Costa Rica, Av. central y 1, calles 2 y 4, Paso De La Vaca, San José, Costa Rica

Departure Time

4:00 PM

Return Details

Amón, San José, Costa Rica
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.

Itinerary

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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Minimum age to drink wine is 18 years
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You must call and get the phone number of the tour guide." See review
  • "Quite a lot of walking 2/12 to 3 miles up and down hills so take that into consideration." See review
  • "This is a must for all first timers in San Jose." See review
Product code: 5207COSTA7

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