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Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Tour with Local Dinner
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Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Tour with Local Dinner

By Intrepid Urban Adventures - San Jose
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Benefit from the insights of your guide on an evening walking tour of San Jose that highlights the capital’s city’s culinary delights. See cultural institutions including 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). Continue by car to charming Barrio Escalante, one of the oldest residential areas in San Jose where you finish the night with traditional meal and paired with wine or beer.
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Ages 6-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Includes dinner with a glass of wine or beer
  • Discover Morazán Park where we will learn post-colonial Costa Rican history
  • Ideal introduction to San Jose for first-time visitors
  • Hear live commentary about Costa Rica's culinary traditions and history

  • Experience San Jose by night with a local to guide the way
  • Explore significant city buildings and local neighbourhoods
  • Indulge in a tasty local dinner with authentic local ingredients
  • Sip a glass of wine or beer while you dine
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city
  • Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Templo de la Música, WWPF+6V5, C. 7, El Carmen, San José, 10101, Costa Rica Morazan Park at the The Temple of Music
Return details
  • Agüizotes Gastro Pub, Av 5 &, C. 33, Barrio Escalante, San José, 10101, Costa Rica Aguizotes Gastropub

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5207COSTA7

  • 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
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Tour with Local Dinner?
Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Tour with Local Dinner price starts from C$91.25. Discover and book Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Tour with Local Dinner on Tripadvisor
What is the Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Tour with Local Dinner cancellation policy?
Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Tour with Local Dinner cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Tour with Local Dinner on Tripadvisor
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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Templo de la Música
    WWPF+6V5, C. 7, El Carmen, San José, 10101, Costa Rica
    Morazan Park at the The Temple of Music
    See address & details
  • 1
    Morazan Park
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Parque Espana
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Edificio Steinvorth
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Barrio Escalante
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Agüizotes Gastro Pub
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Agüizotes Gastro Pub
    Av 5 &, C. 33, Barrio Escalante, San José, 10101, Costa Rica
    Aguizotes Gastropub
    See address & details
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About the operator
Intrepid Urban Adventures - San Jose
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Joined in September 2010

#3 of 35 Food & Drink in San Jose
  • Elizabeth M
    Elizabeth M
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    I had a lot of fun, it was 11,000 steps and worth every dollar. Thank you
    Our guide was very interesting and gave a great tour of San Jose. He also told history of different stops. I would recommend him to other friends
  • T8909EMcindyw
    T8909EMcindyw
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    Great opportunity to become acquainted w the city
    Our guide was great and was very helpful in giving us an overview of the market and downtown sights in San Jose. Loved the cafe where we were served drinks and snacks and where we got to talk w the many interesting people in the group about their part of thrworld and experiences
  • Daniel H
    Daniel H
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    Walking Tour
    Very informative tour of the city including tasting local treats in the old markets. Also helpful recommendations for where else to visit.
  • diruiz1966
    diruiz1966
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    Fun way to experience authentic local cuisine
    We met Gilbert at the market. He took us on a quick tour, we tried some local cheese & a taco. Outside we were able to try fresh tortillas right off the grill. We then walked to 3 other places where we were able to taste different authentic foods. We walked to the chocolate factory & finished up with a tequila tasting. Super fun day trying yummy food & enjoying great company!! Would highly recommend.
  • heforr
    heforr
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    Tour to Nowhere
    We waited for an hour at the pre-determined spot and no tour guide showed. After several phone calls and several minutes on hold it was determined that something slipped thru the cracks and no guide had been arranged. Another family waited with us in vain for the same tour. Our tour had been booked 48 hours in advance and confirmed by email. A rare misfire for Viator, but they did process a refund. These things happen, but the lack of any local phone number to contact the company responsible for fulfillment added to the confusion.
  • JCOLG
    JCOLG
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    Communication could be better
    My flight was delayed and I tried to get in touch with this company several times with your email and by phone to either rebook or cancel. In fairness, I was within the 24 hour cancellation but they wouldn’t even work with me to refund my money. I don’t feel that it’s right to be this circumstances out of ones control cause you to miss the tour. I wanted to get in touch to see if I could join them a little bit later, but by the time the tourguide I got in touch with me, that was not option. Beware of booking with this company. If you have any issues, they will not work with you.
  • sharonz527
    sharonz527
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    Food tasting and exploring
    Very enjoyable as my daughter and I got an understanding of the local culture and food. Enjoyed the fruit tasting and making plaintain empanadas. We ended it with amazing Costa Rican coffee.
  • TravelbugFL
    TravelbugFL
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    San Jose walking tour and gourmet dinner!
    What a great experience! Daniel was a great tour guide polite, professional, and informative! Not too much walking just enough to get a taste of the area. The drinks were fun and tasty the restaurant was super charming and the food and service was excellent!
  • Daniel S
    Daniel S
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    The wonderful fruits of San Jose
    Andrew, our tour guide, was a wonderful companion for the 3 full hours we wondered around the markets of San Jose Costa Rica. He knew the history and had many interesting stories to tell us about how San Jose came to be. We met at the National Theatre. He explained how coffee was the base from which San Jose grew. We then walked to a fruit market where we ate many tropical fruits which were all delicious! My favorite was the Mormón china. A red fruit that looked crazy on the outside but once you peeled the skin there was a sweet delicate fruit that tastesed wonderful. We then walked to the Central Market and had Caldados. That is ceviche in a bag of doritos. It was wonderful. We also stopped by and had a tasty cup of coffee. All in all a wonderful experience. We are very happy we did this excursion and recommend it highly.
  • dantescholar
    dantescholar
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    Make sure you will get to taste *anything*
    There was no food. Paid for the private experience, and, apparently, the tour guide thought private meant only them--never stopped talking, and made us wait almost an hour and an half for the cup of coffee that's supposed to happen at the beginning. Took us to the market and described the food, telling us endless anecdotes. But, and I repeat, there was no food. Not that there was much sightseeing either, as I recall.
  • Sam D
    Sam D
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    Good tastings, fun, and knowledgealbe guide
    Our tour guide was knowledgeable, showed us exciting places to get tasty fruits and exotics items only in Costa Rica at a good price. And he looks like Roger Federer.
  • I9266RLsusand
    I9266RLsusand
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    Great morning exploring the architecture and food of Costa Rica!
    We had a great tour of the central city. Then we hit the food markets and sampled the exotic fruit of Costa Rica! Very tasty and the guide was so knowledgeable!
  • briannT3861QB
    briannT3861QB
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    Great Tour
    Our guide, Luz, was very engaging and gave us a nice tour of typical Costa Rican foods and the markets. We had a really nice time, including my teenager.
  • Maurice5543
    Maurice5543
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    Fantastic tour!!!
    Jorge was fantastic. Very knowledgeable about San Jose and Costa Rican history. Gave us a great foundation to begin our tour of the country.
  • Z6091CGmatthews
    Z6091CGmatthews
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    Great start to Costa Rica
    Super awesome to get to chat with a local about everything Costa Rica, learn some history, eat lots of food with customized commentary, and ask my random questions about the surroundings
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Patrick B
Lincoln, NE20 contributions
Sep. 2022
This experience completely changed the way I see San Jose. Our group was perfect and small and included myself, my grandmother, and one other tourist. Our guide, Vinny, was an expert in all things San Jose (and Costa Rica overall) and delivered a perfect walking tour of the cultural/political area of downtown SJ. We started with drinks (included!!) at a local bar, then spent roughly 2.5 hours walking at a slow pace throughout the downtown area while Vinny pointed out culturally significant buildings and monuments, before finishing at a wonderful restaurant in Barrio Escalante. Highly recommend if you are interested in learning more about the history of Costa Rica and San Jose and if you are looking to get a feel for what the city is really like.
Written September 14, 2022
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Jason D
Peoria, AZ12 contributions
Jan. 2021
The tour was very good but a little bit less than we were expecting. The tour guide was very good - the best weve had so far in Costa Rica. Very informative and catering to our group.

The biggest issue was at dinner it calls out 3 glasses of wine and yet when we got to the restaurant we were told it was 2 and those two glasses were pretty slighly poured so it added to about half of what was promised in the advert.

Normally, i would leave a harsh review at that but I know the industry is struggling and they are likely working with their partners to find ways to survive. I am hopeful of their efforts
Written February 2, 2021
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TrendyPet
Grand Rapids, MI15 contributions
Feb. 2020
Our guide Ernesto was wonderful. We learned so much about the history of the city and the people. Our meal at a local organic restaurant was excellent, and they were able to accommodate my wife's dietary needs. Overall an amazing tour and I highly recommend it.
Written February 16, 2020
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Lena T
Greenville, SC2 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Family
This was an amazing tour! I actually booked this tour on my birthday, and Jason (our fantastic tour guide) made it very special. Ironically, it was just Jason, my sister, and I, so it also wound up being personal. The tour included a lot of interesting facts and architecture, but what really tied it all together was Jason! He created a very engaging lesson about San Jose. Things that people wouldn’t necessarily care for, he’s able to hook you on! While he remained professional, he still kept it light hearted and fun. He even did us the courtesy of walking us back to our hotel so we didn’t have to get an Uber! By the time we ended the tour I was very well-versed in a city I had never been to before. I was even able to use some of the things that he taught us, outside of the tour. By far THE best tour guides there is.
Written August 11, 2021
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77MEP77
Hinsdale, IL7 contributions
Jan. 2020
We really enjoyed this tour and learned a lot about Costa Rica - it's history, culture, food etc. Our guide Ernesto was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He went out of his way to make us feel welcome and to answer our questions. We visited the Central Market, followed by other important buildings and parks in the downtown area. We visited a chocolate shop where we drank wine, ate different types of chocolate and learned about chocolate production. Then we had a wonderful meal in Sylvestre with local food and drink. Ernesto then made sure we all got back to our hotels safely. He was a great guide and it was a good overview of the city for our one night there.
Written January 26, 2020
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Sharon O
1 contribution
Jun. 2022 • Couples
Luz was an absolute gem! Her extensive knowledge of Costa Rican history was impressive. It was truly an interesting and comprehensive experience that we enjoyed. Stimulating conversation, delicious food and cultural atmosphere. I highly recommend it as it gives travelers an excellent frame of reference for understanding how the historical origins shaped the socio-cultural present. Definitely book it for the first or second night in San José. Thank you Luz:)
Written June 13, 2022
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Jewelz
7 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Solo
I had a great time learning the history of Costa Rica and walking around the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable of local lore as well which really makes the tour fun. He always made sure we were enjoying ourselves and went the extra mile. The food and drinks were great! I feel like I have a greater understanding of not only San Jose, but the rest of Costa Rica as well. I definitely recommend this tour.
Written July 28, 2021
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Jamie H
12 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
The tour was pretty bad. Started out fine but then was raining so hard and did not have good alternate which meant two people ended up leaving tour in beginning. The guide was negative about San Jose and people at times which was hard to be around. There were moments were he was informative but tour was not good. Also, we went to one place for a small drink and dinner at decent place to eat. Overall was disappointed as did not match descriptions. If food and culture tour should have more of both. There was also not dessert until we asked or taxi as indicated. They ended up giving us dessert after asking but not taxi. I would not recommend this tour.
Written October 14, 2023
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Marciugali
Valparaiso, IN201 contributions
If you were looking for a foodie tour do not do this tour! While the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history in the area we were walking through we did not discuss food! We also felt like it was a bit of a race and at one point we lost the tour guide, standing in a corner lost! We were all mistaken what the purpose of the tour was. If you think this is one of the tours where you were sampling different foods you’re wrong. The whole tour group was under the impression that’s what we would be doing. They were three separate groups that participated. The dinner was not good and I could not eat my food it taste more like Mexican food. My friend thought her chicken was probably frozen fried chicken thrown into a salad. Very disappointed and sad! I thought they were supposed to be three courses but we only got two maybe that was enough because they weren’t good.
Written November 13, 2022
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Customer C
Hi - thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback and review. We're very sorry that your time on this Urban Adventure in San Jose did not meet up to expectations and that you felt let down by the food included in the tour. We'll share your comments with our local operator to understand whether this trip ran as per the itinerary and to see where improvements can be made. We'd like to treat your review as a complaint case, but we cannot link your name with a booking for this tour. Could you please email customercare@intrepidtravel.com so that we can get in touch with you directly? Thanks and hope to speak soon.
Written November 21, 2022
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katia o
Kelowna, Canada20 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Family
We are really glad we took the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about San Jose and we learned a lot and saw neighbourhoods we wouldn’t have known about. I would have liked the tour to start a few minutes earlier to include the central market.The meal was a bit rushed and only two courses (not three). We didn’t really like the food.
Written December 30, 2022
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