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

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    What to Expect
    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 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

    Reviewed December 2, 2018

    We booked the Sights & Bites walking tour of San Jose with Urban Adventures on our first morning in Costa Rica. Gladys was our guide and was amazing. She speaks perfect English and is very knowledgeable about the food, culture and history of Costa Rica....More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank John g
    Reviewed September 12, 2018

    We had an awesome time on the Bites and Sites tour in San Jose! Our tour guide Angel was awesome and a wealth of knowledge. We learned a lot of history about both the food and the country, which we would not have gotten without...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank Iliana B
    Reviewed September 2, 2018

    The first activity for my friend and me in Costa Rica was the 'Bites & Sights' tour. I'm not usually a fan of walking tours, but Vinilio was really friendly and engaging. I would definitely recommend this tour as a great introduction to Costa Rican...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    1  Thank katarinabickley
    Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

    Such an excellent tour last night with Vinicio! We started off making our own Chocolate then enjoyed some empanadas and a chocolate drink. We then walked over to what can best be described as a hipster bar and had delicious tacos and sangria. We ended...More

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