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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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    Departure Point
    National Museum of Costa Rica, Cuesta de Moras, Bella Vista, San José, Costa Rica
    Departure Time
    5:00 PM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Amón, San José, Costa Rica
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Sangria
    • Tapas
    • Local beer
    • Wine
    • Dinner
    • Snacks
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • 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
    • Comfortable shoes are recommended
    • Children are not allowed on this tour.
    • 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 March 21, 2018

    Such a fun, informative, and mouthwatering tour. Make your own chocolate bar from scratch, and try some Costa Rican specialties at a fine restaurant. Awesome tour guide and conversation with the other traveler made the night.

    Date of experience: March 2018
    1  Thank Pat W
    Reviewed March 10, 2018

    Our guide, Vincenzo, (I might have butchered his name), assured we had the best time during our tour. He was very engaging and easy to talk to. He answered all our questions and even gave us tips on how to navigate our way around town...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank kazzanova2006
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