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San Jose: Barrio Bites and Sights 4 hours Food Tour - Eat like a local

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    Throughout this awesome San Jose tour, your local guide will give you insights into local gastronomic specialties and share the best anecdotes of the city's history and local everyday life. You are sure to meet some of the local characters in the barrio and perhaps even get drawn into a conversation. You just never know what the night has in store!
    Your guide will lead you towards Barrio Amon and Aranjuez, the pictures  home to some of Costa Rica’s most historic buildings. Our first stop will be at a cosy little chocolate makers, where they just happen to dabble in excellent Caribbean cuisine on the side. We will try a selection of traditional Caribbean dishes alongside some fine Costa Rican chocolate — heavenly!
    Our stroll will continue through the National Park and past the charming Atlantic Railroad Station until we reach Barrio Amon.
    We’ll then navigate our way through a labyrinth of pretty backstreets that still retain their old-world ambience. We’ll then enter the Barrio Otoya, the multicultural heart of the neighbourhood, to admire its street art. We’ll also spot the creepy House of the 7 Hangings and find out why it has such a macabre moniker. 
    Next up is La Fabrica Nacional de Licores where you’ll learn about the popular pastime of producing homemade alcohol and why it used to be penalised. The locals’ favourite illegal tipple, guaro, which is made from sugar cane, used to be made in secret locales before being traded on the black market. We’ll pull up a chair here and try a few shots of our favourite local liqueurs.
    Our walking tour will continue (possibly with wobbly legs!) past historical parks and iconic local buildings, along a walkway known by locals as the ‘Lady Path,’ where you’ll see more graffiti and find out the meaning behind it.
    Then, because we think the best way to get to know San Jose is to eat like a local, we’ll do just that, with a visit to one of our (and the city’s) favourite contemporary restaurants, mixing the charm of a lively neighbourhood joint with delicious local food and a pinch of sophistication.
    Your tour ends here but the night is young! Don’t hesitate to ask your local guide where to go next on your San Jose night out. Don’t forget either to ask for hints and tips on what else there is to see and do in the city during your stay.
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    Reviewed July 10, 2019

    On our 2nd night in San Jose, our party of 6 did a private tour with our guide Angel, who was fantastic. We tasted costa rican coffee, tried lychee fruits and coconut water, mini-bananas, delicious ice cream and warm empanadas - all in the central...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    Reviewed July 7, 2019 via mobile

    Excellent guide! He told information about graffiti and was very accommodating. The food was delicious! Even had hot chocolate! I would highly recommend the tour!

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Lynda E
    Reviewed April 1, 2019

    This was exactly what we were looking for as an intro to SJ. This walking tour mainly concentrated on two of the largest markets and local fruits and street food. Our tour guide Gladys was terrific. Extremely knowledgeable in showing us some of the historical...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Sheila L
    Reviewed February 16, 2019

    Our tour guide, Angel, was a local and was very knowledgeable about the city, localities, and Costa Rica as a whole. He did an excellent job of talking us through the history and habits of the lovely Costa Rican people and took us to great...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Rithika G
    Rock U, Front Office Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2019

    We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience. Gracias Pura Vida! Gaby

    Reviewed February 15, 2019 via mobile

    This tour was awesome— would definitely recommend. Had the chance to make our own chocolate bars and sample great food and drinks. As a solo traveller it was a great way to get out into the city in the evening and visit neighbourhoods off the...More

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    Rock U, Front Office Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2019

    Thanks for taking the time to review your experience with us. We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience.We'll be sure to pass your comments to Angel. Pura Vida! Gaby

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