Barrio Bird Walking Tours
Barrio Bird Walking Tours
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Group & Private City Walking Tours of San Jose, Costa Rica and Central Valley day-trips. Food, History, Culture and Art. Get an insider view to the best and hidden places to visit in San Jose Costa Rica. We limit our group size to 8 people (larger groups can be booked privately) so that we can customize the route along the way based on the interests of our guests. Our guides live in San Jose, are artists, activists, business owners and simply love San Jose! We even share with you things to do in San Jose after your tour has ended. We were the first tour company focused solely on San Jose and we continue to stay on top of trends, news and local happenings to always offer our guests a contemporary experience.
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Dorothy M
Saskatoon, Canada23 contributions
We spent a delightful two hours with our guide and saw murals and art galleries and lovely buildings in Moorish, Spanish and Victorian styles.
Written February 18, 2024
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_cjm2008
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK10 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
We had a spare morning in San Jose, so decided to do this to fill in time. So pleased we did it. The guide was friendly, informative and went at a gentle pace to suit our needs. Saw bits of San Jose we would never have seen and learned lots about the city. The murals were impressive, too. Definitely recommend this.
Written January 24, 2024
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Thank you for exploring San Jose, Costa Rica with us! We love keeping our groups small to accommodate personal needs. Till next time!
Written February 13, 2024
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Ann B
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
Thanks to Cristobal for a very informative and fun tour of Central San Jose. He was highly enthusiastic and gave us a good foundation of information about the buildings and history of this area. He paced the tour very well for a couple of seniors.
Written December 11, 2023
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We're happy that our small groups allowed the guide to go at an appropriate pace for your needs. Thank you for exploring San Jose with us!
Written January 7, 2024
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Jenny H
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
This tour was quite interesting. Chris took us to a couple of places we would not hve found by ourselves, old homes that had been re purposed as galleries and restaurants. I dont feel that he had the depth of knowledge that Stacey might have.
Written November 20, 2023
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We're happy that the tour allowed you to discover hidden gems! Thank you for exploring San Jose, Costa Rica with us!
Written January 7, 2024
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Jet17535151406
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Solo
Great cultural experience in San Jose! I booked this excursion two days in advance and received great communication. I ended up being the only participant for the day which allowed my tour guide, Christopher (I think that was his name) to be a little more flexible. I learned there's a lot of European influence in the architecture throughout the city. I really enjoyed myself! I really enjoyed Ñ and ended up purchasing a few souvenir items from there.
Written September 5, 2023
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Dana P
Lynnwood, WA5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
This tour is not safe! As my friend and I were walking with Christopher the tour guide a man walked up behind my friend and snatched her gold chain, leaving a bad abrasion on her neck. This was at 10am in the morning! The area is ridden with unhoused and drug addicted low life human beings. If you take this tour do not bring anything valuable with you, keep your cell phone put away, and please be careful.
Written August 22, 2023
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We have been operating these tour for 14 years, and this is the first time something like this has ever happened, unfortunately. It is recommended to not wear any jewelry while in CR, and to use great caution walking with valuables. We keep our groups small, in part, to better care for the safety of our clients and this has served us well. There are important conversations to have on our tours about the unhoused in San Jose; politics, culture, immigrants, etc. that help tell the story of Costa Rica and Central America. We hope our curious clients continue to seek information and learn from us, exercising caution instead of fear. We are sorry this happened, you didn't deserve it. A full refund has been issued.
Written August 24, 2023
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Anna J
3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
The guide showed up more than two hours later than the given time in the booking process and the confirmation e-mail. I tried to reach the company several times via the contacts they gave me (phone number, e-mail), but nobody answered. Ticos were super friendly in the park where we should have met -- they also helped me to reach the company using their own phones, but still nothing. When the guide finally arrived, he apologized for their mistake and we agreed that I wouldn't do the tour with such a delay and would get back all the 45 USD I paid them. He called his boss to arrange this with her and everything seemed to be 'fine' (as much as it's fine that they spoiled my day). After all this the company didn't contact me, so I wrote an e-mail to the boss, Stassi, telling her what happened. She answered me very impolitely, then sent me a cancellation document as if it was me who cancelled the tour and never gave my money back. Both the content and the style of her e-mails were surprisingly rude and non-sense. Good news: Since then I heard that there was a free walking tour in San José which is really cool, so maybe it's a better option than no tour for 45USD.
Written August 4, 2023
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This client booked a tour and clearly understood the start time as she found the guide at that time. She was upset from her own mistake, and sent threatening emails and messages to staff. We do not condone this behavior and would much prefer she find a free tour, or any tour that is not with us. We are always happy to work out a solution with kind humans.
Written August 24, 2023
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JeniT
Te Kuiti, New Zealand65 contributions
Jul 2023
It was interesting to see the interesting variety of architecture in the neighbourhoods we walked Our guide was excellent unfortunately I can’t remember his name. He was very knowledgeable about the buildings.He did not rush us and was happy to answer any questions we had even if they were not related to the tour. The tour was a very good way to see some of Sa Jose and well worth the cost. I would strongly recommend it as a way of exploring the city
Written July 23, 2023
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We are so happy you were able to enjoy the tour at a pace pleasant for you. We keep groups small exactly for this reason! Safe travels.
Written July 28, 2023
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BronteBucket
Harrogate, UK646 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Our guide, Chris, met us in the lobby of the National Theatre for the ‘Glam
Bird’ walking tour for ‘history buffs’. Chris was a really lovely guy and worked hard to answer all of our questions. We joined the tour around the theatre and Chris translated for us as the theatre tour was in Spanish - we enjoyed looking at the beautiful interior although may have missed some of the information due to the language barrier, maybe? We learnt about how the theatre was built from
Italian materials and about the beautiful paintings on the walls and roof, also about the melting pot culture of the country. We finished with a cup of coffee in the Cafe Alma in the theatre which was lovely.

After the theatre tour we headed out with Chris to Park Morazan where we were fortunate enough to see some dancers in National costume making a commercial (for insurance) which was a real treat. We also saw some flamenco dancers practising for an arts festival. Then we walked through the Barrio Amon area of the city looking at the large houses mainly from an architectural point of view. Thai tour really helped us to get our bearings on our first morning in the City.
Written July 16, 2023
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We are so happy you were able to enjoy so much culture! Safe travels!
Written July 28, 2023
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Jennifer F
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Friends
My friend and I went on a tour with Christopher, and we had a fantastic time! It happened to rain during our tour, and Christopher was great at finding places that would shelter us from the rain, and he adjusted the tour to make it enjoyable. He was SO knowledgable about the history, cultural dynamics and politics of the country. We learned so much, and had a blast meandering through the city with him. I had been to SJ a couple of times before, but because of this tour, I have a new found appreciation, fondness and excitement for this city. This was different than other tours I have experienced in that we were able to have conversation about the information rather than just receive a lecture, and the information was presented in a dynamic and interesting way. Christopher was able to answer any question we threw his way! Highly recommend...
Written July 16, 2023
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This makes our heart sing! We always hope to have conversations and not give lectures in order to bring SJO to life as a place where real souls live and create, not just a site to see. Thanks for choosing us!
Written July 28, 2023
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