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Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

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San José, Costa Rica

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
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
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Overview

Enjoy an insider’s perspective of San Jose on this half-day city walking tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll get a sense of daily life in the Costa Rican capital as you ride public transportation, stop by a beautiful local park and visit the artisan workshop of a third-generation craftsman. Taste local flavors while you browse stalls at the historic Central Market, savor a traditional lunch at an 80-year-old inn and learn to make tortillas.
  • Discover a tale of two cities, exploring the real Costa Rica in San Jose and Escazu, the “City of Witches"
  • 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
  • Enjoy a sample of traditional chicha as well as a coffee tasting
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Local English speaking guides
Traditional Costa Rican Tapas
Local Transportation
Masquerade Show
Chicha drink
Cup of organic coffee
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Beverages

Departure Point

National Theater of Costa Rica, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Central Park Escazu, San José Province, Escazu, Costa Rica
Discover the hidden urban treasures of San Jose with a knowledgeable local guide. Kick off your walking tour at España Park, a popular urban refuge with lovely, tree-shaded pathways. After walking by the Costa Rican National Museum, hop aboard a local city bus and head to the historic Central Market. Learn about local produce and agriculture as you explore the labyrinth of stalls and enjoy an aromatic cup of Costa Rican coffee.

Your next stop is the old city of Escazu, home to the beautiful La Sabana Metropolitan Park. Enjoy traditional Costa Rican cuisine and take in the daily lunch scene at an 80-year-old inn. Top off your meal with a glass of chicha, a popular local drink.

After lunch, take a peek into the traditional artisan scene at the home and workshop of a renowned mask-making family. Colorful masks are an important part of Costa Rican festivities, and you’ll get to hear about their history and handmade creation when you meet a third-generation craftsman.

Finally, tour a local bakery that’s been churning out delicious, fresh-baked goods for almost a century. Learn how to make traditional tortillas and wash down a sampling of house-made bread with another cup of fresh-brewed coffee. Your tour will wrap up in front of the ornate Costa Rica National Theatre back in central San Jose.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Central Market (Mercado Central)
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parque Espana
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parque La Sabana
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Butterfly Kingdom Costa Rica
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
San Jose Urban Adventures
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable, casual clothing for walking
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
  • The temperature drops in the late afternoon, so please bring light jackets and/or long sleeved shirts.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Porras Bakery is closed on Sundays
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • In Escazu, you will learn about local folklore and meet with local artisans, giving you a look into local culture that you might not get on your own.
  • You will visit a a legendary masquerade family where three generations have been making some of the country’s most beautiful masks for celebrations and special holidays. By participating in this tour, you are helping to preserve local cultural heritage and traditions.
  • This tour will take you to locally-owned, traditional restaurants, where you will try a range of local produce and organic coffee.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Latin America

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 policy on sanitization during Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit.

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  • "A lot of walking for these seniors, but well worth the trek." See review
  • "I had to wait for this tour, as the allocated tour guide had an accident, but it was worth the wait." See review
  • "I definitely recommend this tour to other visitors of San Jose." See review

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A Fun Day in San Jose
Mary_F
, Mar 2020
Tour guide Gladys was excellent. She was knowledgeable, able to answer our questions, and after the tour we knew so much more about the Costa Rica people and life. She was also very solititous of our comfort. The foods she helped us sample were all new to us, but delicious. We might have liked to see more of Central Market.
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Great day tour!
patE16JZ
, Jan 2020
Our Urban Adventures guide Gladys was very friendly & knowledgeable about the history & culture of San Jose & Escazú. We all had a great time!
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DO NOT book this tour
Marsha E
, Jul 2019
This was a terrible experience, our tour guide was not very informed. The fact that we started in San Jose at the national Theater and ended up in Escazu and had to pay for an Uber back was not very professional. I would not recommend this tour to anyone.
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Not quite what it says on the tin.
Explore301754
, May 2019
I booked this because it looked a bit different to the usual city tour it ended up being a private tour as i was the only client that day. Carolina met me at the National Teatro where she told me a little about the building's history as well as the history of Costa Rica. We walked to the market, where again she pointed out unusual, interesting and historic traders. A few moee stops around the city centre before hopping in the bus to San Antonio where we had lunch. we then went to see the mask maker who showcased his masks and puppets, gave a little of their history. the bakery visit was about 2 mins, in to pick up traditional biscuits and out again, there was no tortilla making or even an opportunity to buy anything. then onto a coffee shop which had been a settler house built next to the church for coffee to go with the traditional biscuits. the write up had conflicting information at one point it says the tour ends in San Jose and at another outside San Miguel church. It's the latter so make sure you have enough money to get back. It's definitely different, I wouldn't describe it as a tapas tour, it just includes lunch and coffee. Bit's were missing and it didn't really have a natural ending, I'd suggest perhaps a look around the church as it's right next door, but the coffee shop is a bit enclosed. I enjoyed chatting to Carolina about;life in Costa Rica. Quite a bit of walking so not necessarily suitable for those who struggle with hills or heat. I suspect the masks wouldn't overcome the rest of the tour for younger visitors.
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Pura vida
Dreamer32589258490
, Jan 2019
My wife and I had the most intimate and enjoyable time with our Guide Catalina. Her English was very good and was pleasant to talk to! We learned a lot about the culture and ate some amazing local food! Would love to come back someday!
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Fabulous Tour of San Jose - Best Day ever learning about the people and the city
955yvettes
, Dec 2018
Angel did a wonderful job guiding our tour!! We were two Moms with 3 teens from the US and it was a great day. He shared so much about the city, the history, the culture and the sites. He showed local sites that really helped us understand the people and the city. Our tour of the market was fantastic and he allowed us to move at our own pace. Everything he shared was done in a way that both the adults and teens could understand and appreciate. Lunch was GREAT!! Some of the best local food we had on our trip - the girls wanted to return the next day. Finally the trip to the masquerade shop was wonderful and really gave us further insight into the people and the culture. A GREAT tour we would recommend for anyone only made better by our guide Angel!!!
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Interesting trip
martinr4598
, Jun 2018
I was the only person on this tour, but that did not diminish the excitement that Claris had. I did not have any concerns about being the only one and in fact felt privileged that I was able to take this tour. Claris was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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Wonderful, customized tour. Loved the...
Michelle K L
, May 2018
Wonderful, customized tour. Loved the city and this tour. Tour guide was very friendly.
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Great way to see the city. Our...
Jean Marie V
, May 2018
Great way to see the city. Our guide, Ernesto, was friendly and knowledgeable. I'm glad I did this tour.
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This was a great way to experience a...
Nicole M
, Mar 2018
This was a great way to experience a piece of San Jose that you wouldnt experience on your own. Clariz was very knowledgeable on the history of San Jose. She taught us the history of the central market, allowed us to taste some authentic Costa Rican ice cream and coffee. We had a surprise on our tour where we encountered an oxen festival that also included food. I would highly recommend this tour.
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