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Central Park, San Jose

Central Park, San Jose

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San Jose: City Tour

1. San Jose: City Tour

Learn about the rich culture and history of Costa Rica on a guided tour of the city of San Jose by night. Start the tour with pickup from your hotel and travel to La Sabana Park where you will meet your guide. Here, get an overview of the history of Costa Rica's capital city. Learn about the history and current political climate of Costa Rica as you wander through the city with your guide. Stop outside sites of historical interest such as the National Theater, a monument built in 1897 known as "the Jewel of San Jose." See the Costa Rican Gold Museum, several national embassies, the National Stadium, and the University of Costa Rica. At the end of the tour, enjoy a delicious traditional lunch or dinner in one of the most fashionable areas of the city.

San José: Guided City Bus Tour With Lunch & Welcome Drink

2. San José: Guided City Bus Tour With Lunch & Welcome Drink

Get to know Costa Rica’s bustling capital San José on a bus tour with a local guide. Make stops at La Sabana Metropolitan Park, the Museum of Costa Rican Art, the National Theater, and more. Round off your fun-packed day with lunch at a local restaurant, then get taken back to your hotel. Begin your tour by getting picked up directly from your hotel. Hop on board the double decker bus to the sound of live folk music and enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail. Sit back and let yourself be entertained by your charming guides, who will begin with a short history of the city. Make your first stop La Sabana Metropolitan Park, where you will be able to take a quick stroll as well as have a look inside the Museum of Costa Rican Art. Hop back on the bus and head to the outdoor Central Market. Take in the atmosphere and buy local goods and food (not included in the price). Next, visit the city’s Central Park to witness the National Monument, a bronze statue of five women. Listen to your guide tell you about the meaning behind the statue and the history of Central American resistance to colonization. Continue on to the National Theater. Follow your guide around the lavish lobby in European design, which was constructed with money from taxes on coffee exports. After another short bus ride, stop at the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and marvel at the impressive gold collection. At the end of the tour, stop off at a nearby eatery for lunch, and chow down on some traditional Costa Rican dishes. Use the opportunity to ask your guide any questions you may have about the city’s history and culture. Finally, allow the bus to drop you off at your hotel.

Crocodile Bridge & Carara National Park: Full Day Tour

3. Crocodile Bridge & Carara National Park: Full Day Tour

This full day tour will begin when you are picked up at the place you agree with us in San Jose Central Park or SJO Airport, from there you will be driven to the Carara National Park. From there you will go down and start a walk with your guide, who will be giving you information about the importance of this protected area since it is located in a transitional place in the transition from a tropical dry forest and the humid tropical forest. One of the attractions of this park is the variety of animals and plants that you will have the opportunity to find, among these howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, toucan iguanas and trogons. Then you will be transported to the river Tarcoles, when you are there, begin a boat tour in which you can see many crocodiles while the guide you pointed out several species of birds and other animals that perch around the river. *At the end of the tour you will be taken back to the place you agreed with the operator. * This tour has a minimum of 2 passengers. AVAILABILITY May vary, please contact us. DURATION Full Day TOUR LANGUAGE English and Spanish

Tortuguero: Three Days & Two Nights All Included Tortuguero

4. Tortuguero: Three Days & Two Nights All Included Tortuguero

The small village of Tortuguero (translated as “Region of Turtles”) lies on the northeastern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, approximately 50 miles north of the principal Port of Limon. the village is comprised of a variety of cultures: Hispanic, Miskito Indian (Nicaragua), and Afro-Caribbean. Both Spanish and Creole English are spoken. The region surrounding Tortuguero is called the Tortuguero Plain, which is a vast low lying area of little topographic relief still covered by a large expanse of tropical rain forest. Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemisphere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles also nest here. The green turtle population is believed to have come perilously close to extinction in the 1960s when nearly every female turtle arriving to nest in Tortuguero was taken for the export market for turtle soup. STC was established in 1959 specifically to study and protect Caribbean green turtles. Working closely with the Costa Rican government, STC helped establish Tortuguero National Park in 1970, a move that offered protection to the turtles and strictly limited the number of turtles that could be taken. With the park established, development along the coast would never stretch much beyond the existing village, and the presence of STC researchers and park guards would discourage poaching. The park now includes over 19,000 hectares (46,900 acres) and protects 22 miles of nesting beach from the mouth of the Tortuguero River south to Parisimina. The park, and the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge to the north, comprise the largest remaining adjoining tract of lowland wet tropical forest on Costa Rica’s Atlantic Coast.

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What people are saying about Central Park, San Jose

Overall rating

4.4
(15 reviews)

This tour is fantastic. I recommend it. it stops and you can get off if you like then 45 minutes later you can board another bus with your same purchasing ticket. Do not i repeat do not buy for hotel. Especially Novatel hotel. they tried to charge 2 guest i met $140 for a $30 tour and i stopped them and they came with me. just call their number and catch a cheap cap to location and hop on save your money James Lawrence

It was great. Pick up was prompt. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The lunch was good as well. I would recommend this tour for anyone who wants to get a good overview of San José.

Oscar was an amazing tour guide. Very knowledgeable and took us to a lot of great sites! Enjoyed the evening. Costa Rican dinner was excellent! Thank you, Oscar!

Excellent! Oscar and the chofer were great ! They made sure we understood the Costa Rican culture and that we enjoyed our time in the city.

Some communication problems with pickup. But Edgar was excellent. Good overview of city