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Total San Jose Tour: Bites and Sights Including Columbian Gold Museum Visit

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    What to Expect
    Make the most of your day in San Jose! This tour takes our usual Bites & Sights Tour and combines it with a trip to a pre-Columbian Gold Museum for the ultimate Costa Rican cultural experience.

    Get your cameras ready because you don’t want to miss a single moment of this colourful local experience. 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.

    Your San Jose tour starts with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Borbons market, where you’ll get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, we’ll take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits while learning about the agricultural history of the area. We’ll visit a number of stands, from a coffee stand where we’ll learn the Costa Rican chorreado brewing method, to a local folk medicine stand where we’ll learn about curing everything from a hangover to a broken heart.

    Your tour continues along local roads towards the Central Market. There’s no better place to experience local cuisine than the Central Market, a 120-year old building full to the brim with typical Costa Rican food and drink. Here you can sample local delicacies, learn about the herbs used in local medicines, or simply sip on more Costa Rican coffee. The Central Market is an experience that no visitor the San Jose should miss, and with a local guide by your side, you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure.

    We’ll refuel from all that exploring with a lunch stop at one of the most historic coffee shops in San Jose.

    After lunch, we’ll visit a museum that’s home to some 1,600 pieces of gold artifacts, dating back to 500 CE. In Costa Rican history, gold was considered a symbol of authority, and the items in the museum display the craftsmanship of the pre-Columbian period.

    By the end of your tour, you’ll be full of local knowledge, from food to culture — but if you want to see, do and eat more, be sure to ask your local guide for more tips on things to do in San Jose.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    San José Central Market, Av. Central, San José, Costa Rica
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    National Theatre of Costa Rica, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, 1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Food and drink samples
    • Lunch
    • Breakfast
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Souvenirs and personal shopping
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • 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.
    • This tour can be customised to cater to dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary needs.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 5 weeks ago

    Our guide, Vinicio, was awesome. He was incredibly knowledgeable with a great personality. We learned a lot about the history of the city, the country, the markets, and other various sights. However, this tour did NOT include breakfast or a "morning pick-me up cup of...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank TravelBug42201844
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hello the main idea, is to try food as we walk because if you eat a big breakfast in the walking tour, after all you will feel to heavy to continue walking, usually most of the comments of the tour is too much food, but...More

    Reviewed June 14, 2019

    Vinicio was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and gave a great introduction to San Jose.. I recommend this tour for new travelers in the area.

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank 311sharj
    Reviewed March 9, 2019

    This trip is fabulous. Tour guide Gladys was really good - friendly, knowledgable, relaxed and able to answer all questions. A great way to familiarise with the city and a great way to get to know Costa Rican food. The walk through the markets tasting...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank bridget_march
    Reviewed August 25, 2018

    I booked this tour as a last resort since other tours didn't work out. Boy was I in luck, Vinicio loves his job, and it shows. At the beginning of the tour, he asked our party of 7 what we were expecting/hoping for in the...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    1  Thank Elease J
    Reviewed June 18, 2018

    Ernesto was our guide and he was exceptional! It felt like hanging out with a friend, he was very knowledgeable and passionate about his city and its culture. He took his time we never felt rushed, he was very gracious and I would recommend this...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank proudycakes
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