Barrio Bird Walking Tours
Barrio Bird Walking Tours
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City Tours • Cultural Tours • Walking Tours • Food Tours • Day Trips
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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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2 hours
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Recommended by 91% of travellers
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Ellie C
Rhinebeck, New York, United States118 contributions
Dec. 2022
We very much enjoyed a small group tour when in San Jose for a couple of days before heading to the coast for the main part of our vacation. The guide was great - Knowledgeable and good-natured. She had tidbits about the local culture, the architecture, street art, etc. Definitely recommend this if you have some time to kill in San Jose. The 2 hour length of the tour was perfect.
Written January 14, 2023
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vautin
4 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Solo
I really enjoyed my walking tour of downtown San José with my guide Sharon! She shared a lot of interesting history that I wouldn’t have otherwise gleaned without her knowledge of the city. Definitely one of the highlights of my Costa Rica trip.
Written January 12, 2023
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Jordan Davis
Savannah, GA1 contribution
Nov. 2022 • Couples
This was the only activity we had planned in the city and the tour guide was a no show and there was no communication.
Written November 29, 2022
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Hi Jordan, our apologies. We are not sure what happened with the system. Safe travels.
Written December 28, 2022
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Geoffrey Cheminet
Vanves22 contributions
Great experience for discovering San Jose in a different way! We had a history and art tour with Angie, who told us many stories about the city, the main buildings, but also less known ones. We visited Barrio Amon, Otoya, and city center, during a 2 hour pleasant walk. Perfect for a small activity before taking your flight! I highly recommend.
Written March 19, 2022
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We are so happy you enjoyed exploring San Jose before your flight! We strive to make this a fun experience as you arrive or depart Costa Rica.
Written March 25, 2022
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johnlindsay44
London, UK8 contributions
Mar. 2022
We loved the fact that David our guide showed us the beautiful, the not so beautiful and the ugly in the centre of San Jose. We felt that the tour was realistic and honest. It gave us a brief understanding of the history of San Jose and Costa Rica.
It took us to places and streets which we would not otherwise have seen in the short time we had available. We really enjoyed it tremendously and David was a very nice person who was enthusiastic about what he was doing. He is also an architecture student which was ideal for this kind of tour.
Written March 16, 2022
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Thank you for this review! We strive to create 'real-world' experiences so travelers understand Costa Rica beyond 'a jungle'. Safe travels!
Written March 25, 2022
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manu85
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar3 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Solo
I have booked a bus ticket from San Jose to La fortuna, price was 16 us dollar. Unfortunately there are no prepaid tickets for that route so I had to pay again at the bus. They didn't reply to me when I was asking for the money. I tried to contact them via mail, Facebook or even Instagram but no chance... Be careful when you want to book something there.
Written January 19, 2022
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We do not offer bus service as stated on site. This person wrote us with threats an aggression, we do not cater to either. In 2022, due to COVID, we are offering ONLY the Bird's Nest and Artist Bird Tours as stated on our website under COVID updates. Other reviews will reflect our great and honest service for these tours. For anyone experiencing a booking error, we recommend acknowledging your mistake and being polite while trying to resolve the issue.
Written January 23, 2022
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Melanie B
2 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
This tour was wonderful! We learned about aspects of the culture and history you don’t get from museums. Our guide, Alejandro, was knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about the topics he covered. One of the best walking tours I’ve been on.
Written January 18, 2022
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Thank you so much for the review! We strive to offer a unique, contemporary and insider experiences that complement your adventures outside the city!
Written January 23, 2022
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Aimee B
3 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Solo
Alejandro's insights about the local history and culture was really compelling. We appreciated the recommendations for eateries, too.
Written January 8, 2022
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It was our pleasure to show you want urban life is like in Costa Rica. We know it gives travelers a better understanding of Costa Rica's place in the world.
Written January 23, 2022
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JEBrooklyn
New York City, NY19 contributions
Dec. 2021
We decided to stay a couple days in San Jose at the start of a 2 week trip to Costa Rica; most tourists skip the capital city to head straight for beaches and rain forests elsewhere, but we wanted to get at least a glimpse of the major cultural, business and population center and were so glad we booked this tour. Alejandro was excellent. Smart, quirky, well-versed in the city's history and current trends--we could not have asked for a better guide. We added an hour of "art" to the standard tour which allowed us to see two galleries we never would have found on our own. Highly recommended!
Written January 7, 2022
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THIS!!! The majority of Ticos live in the Central Valley and our tours aim to let you see life beyond a rural farmer. There is so much creativity and innovation in the capitol, much hidden behind closed doors.
Written January 23, 2022
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Ashleigh A
1 contribution
Dec. 2021
Our guide was friendly and enthusiastic about the City, having lived in San Jose for many years, I was wondering what more could I possibly learn? My expectations were exceeded, there were so many amazing gems around the city that I had completely overlooked, places our guide pointed out and discussed with us. It was a very interactive and fun tour. Great conversation and informative tour. I learned a lot with Barrio Bird walking tours and I highly recommend it to anyone coming to San Jose. The meeting location was very easy to find and our guide was right on time! Thank you Barrio Bird Walking Tours!
Written December 21, 2021
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Awesome!! We repeatedly say that if you only walk around San Jose you'll miss it. Having a guide will help you find hidden places and really connect to urban life. To understand CR beyond the tourist experience you have to get the urban perspective.
Written January 23, 2022
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