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San José: Nighttime Food Culture Tour with Cocktail Class

1. San José: Nighttime Food Culture Tour with Cocktail Class

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city. Explore San Jose by Night, complete with local markets, cultural icons, and a tasty dinner with wine! Starting with the Central Market, which, is the only way to learn about the city’s food. Stroll the market with your local guide and get to know the secrets, uses of the roots, herbs, and fruit common in local cuisines, including ingredients that will play a role in your authentic Costa Rican dinner later. The locals say that you can get anything you need at the Central Market, even love potions for attracting a boyfriend or girlfriend. After the market, we’ll make our way down Central Avenue, learning about the city’s history and anecdotes, as well as visiting one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in San Jose, the National Theatre. From there, our appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, with a walk through Morazán Park and we will visit Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop to make el "Morenito" one delicious coffee cocktail and try "Golden Rush" cocktail. We’ll continue to charm Barrio Amon, one the oldest neighborhoods we’ll be spending the rest of the evening at a favorite Farm to table concept private home dinning that specializes in wine and gourmet food like Caribbean pre-Hispanic food and drinks such as craft beers based on products such as corn and honey combined with ginger, basil, blackberry, watermelon, vanilla, cocoa and coffee and also in sangrias. This cozy establishment offers the best in Costa Rican cuisine a unique space that offers art, culture, history as well as fine dining.

San Jose: City Tour

2. 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 Gastronomy and History Walking Tour

3. San José: Guided Gastronomy and History Walking Tour

Enjoy the beautiful east side of the city and get food tastings around the city with the expertise of a local guide. Taste local chocolate, 2 traditional dishes to sample, and dessert. Start at the National Theatre's lobby. Afterward, visit Steinvorth building, one of the hidden gems in the heart of San José. Here, sample a native cacao preparation, produced in Costa Rica. Next, stop at a nice Mesoamerican cuisine restaurant where you can try a very tasty "Chifrijo", a local soup-like that includes chicharron beef one of the staples of Costa Rican food. Then, continue to Barrio Escalante, a trendy neighborhood of San Jose. Try traditional Costa Rican tacos, called gallos, made with a delicious tortilla and assorted ingredients. Finally, stop in for ice cream as dessert. Walk around Escalante as you eat, admiring the early 20th-century architecture. If you like we can finish at the cute France Park, from where you can safely return to your hotel.

San Jose Unveiled: A Private Walking Tour

4. San Jose Unveiled: A Private Walking Tour

Discover the artistic and cultural treasures of San Jose on this exclusive 3-hour private walking tour. Begin your journey at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, where textile art from around the world comes to life. Next, immerse yourself in contemporary art at the San Jose Museum of Art, where diverse artworks await your exploration. Finally, stroll the vibrant San Pedro Square Market, a haven offering a unique ambiance and atmosphere. Learn about San Jose, its history, culture and heritage while in the company of a local professional guide. This tour combines culture, art, and heritage to provide you with a well-rounded experience of San Jose.

San José: Guided Walking Tour With Lunch and Hotel Pickup

5. San José: Guided Walking Tour With Lunch and Hotel Pickup

Get to know San José on a guided walking tour. Start from your hotel in Alajuela or San José, then head to the most popular attractions to learn about the city’s history and culture. Visit Central Park, the National Theater, and more. Round off your day with lunch at a local restaurant. Begin your tour by getting picked up directly from your hotel by your bilingual guide. Arrive at San José's outdoor Central Market, where the walking tour will start. Take in the atmosphere, buy local goods and food (not included in the price), and mingle with the locals. Next, wander over to Central Park. Witness the famous National Monument, a statue of five women that symbolizes the five Central American nations that resisted having their countries recolonized. Continue walking and pass by the National Museum as well as the Supreme Court. Head over to the National Theater and see San José's most impressive structures. Follow your guide around the lavish lobby in European design, which was constructed with money from taxes on coffee exports. Continue on to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and marvel at the building from the outside. 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.

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(18 reviews)

It was a wonderful overall package and a good start for us as it was also our first day in Costa Rica. At first glance, San Jose has little to offer and can actually seem intimidating, as it is a stark contrast to the rest of the country. However, in Eric we had a great guide who discovered the beautiful sides of the city and was able to tell us a lot of interesting facts. The cocktail experience as well as the dinner were really really good, it was great to taste the flavors and specialties of the country. We were also a very international group, which created a great atmosphere with entertaining conversations. The price-performance ratio is right and we can recommend it to everyone, regardless of whether they are starting out or finishing up! Special thanks to Eric for the great experience! ;-)

Amazing! Guide shared so much information and knowledge about San José and Costa Rica during the walking tour, learning about culture, architecture and history; the Central Market visit was quite interesting, and got to taste ice cream at “Helados de Sorbeteta”, recipe and business open since 1901! So Yummy ! Mixing and enjoying drinks at Mr Sloth Coffee Shop were delicious, and the 4 course Costa Rican meal with drinks was AMAZING! Highly recommend! One of our highlights during our 3 day stay in San José!

Daniel our guide was brillant. If you are stuck for time in SJ. I would recommend this tour as it takes you to central market, also a little street tour & history of Costa rica. Then a coffee shop for cocktail making, lastly it finishs up with a 4 course traditional meal paired up with artisan beers (very tasty) and wines. Great value 😄👍

Oscar was a great tour guide and showed us some really cool parts of the city which prompted ideas for what else to do while we were in town. The cocktail demonstration and the dinner was so delicious and we really enjoyed ourselves! In my opinion, it was good value for all that we got to see and do!

Angel is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of Costa Rica. We learned so much listening to his stories. The contrast between old and new Costa Rica was also an interesting takeaway. Would highly recommend!