San Jose: Food and Sightseeing Tour

4.5 / 5

15 reviews

San Jose: Food and Sightseeing Tour

From $38 per person

Experience Costa Rica through its local food and herbal remedies on a food tour of San Jose. Visit markets to get inside knowledge about exotic fruits and vegetables. Stop for a cup of coffee and stroll the streets with a local to learn about daily life.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the secrets of San Jose's Borbon Market and Central Market
  • Become an expert on more than 30 local exotic fruits and vegetables
  • Savor seasonal foods and organic coffee
  • See a side to San Jose known only to locals
Full description
Join your guide for a morning pick-me-up coffee at a café in Borbon Market, where you'll get to know your guide. From here, stroll through the vibrant market and taste the local fruits. Learn the agricultural history of the area as you stop at stands such as a coffee stall. Hear all about the Costa Rican chorreado method of brewing coffee. Go to a stand that sells folk medicine and learn about cures for everything from a hangover to a broken heart.  Next, visit Central Market and immerse yourself in the life of the 120-year-old building. Sample local delicacies from Costa Rica at a market full to the brim with food and drinks. Learn more about the herbs used in local medicines or sip on your second coffee of the day. With a local guide by your side, you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure. By the time you end your tour at Central Market, you will be full of local knowledge. Perhaps you will have even picked up some of the local lingo along the way!
Includes
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Food and drink, other than specified above
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the front entrance of the National Theatre.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please note these on the check-out page at the time of booking
  •  Children must be 6 to 11 years old inclusive. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
  • Tours are conducted in English
  • Maximum group size is 12 people
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5
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The day flew by so fast. My guide, Angel, was so passionate about his live of Costa Rica, and of San Jose that it was contagious. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat. I recommend Urban Tours very highly. Go early or plan to stay later to do some shopping in Central Market.

October 14, 2019

The guide was very knowledgeable with great English. We went to the market and tasted fruits, ate sorbet and empanadas. They accommodated me as i dont eat meat. Then we went to the Theatre, park and chocolate tasting. Was a great tour.

March 4, 2020

We entered Costa Rica while searching for a tour. Have booked accordingly and flown to San José. Here we wanted to booked the tour and the meeting point was displayed in California? Very stupid! For safety, we went to the market in San José anyway, but nobody came to pick us up!

July 18, 2019

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