1. Costa Rica
  2. San José Province
  3. San Jose

San Jose: Sightseeing, Markets, Gold Museum & Lunch

Product ID: 313178
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Discover the culture of both contemporary and pre-Columbian Costa Rican life. Wander through the busy streets, bustling markets, tranquil parks and the Museum of Gold. Learn straight from locals about their community, culture, cuisine and more.
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Duration: 5 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Wheelchair accessible

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  • Discover the secrets behind crafts, herbal remedies, and fresh produce at local markets
  • Enjoy seasonal snacks as well as some famous Costa Rican coffee
  • See a side of San Jose not found in guidebooks
  • Visit the pre-Columbian Gold Museum, home to 1,600 gold artifacts
  • Learn how to brew coffee from 3 different coffee shops
Full description
Start your tour with a coffee in a café located in Mercado Borbón, get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits while learning about the agricultural history of the area. Visit a coffee stand where you’ll learn the Costa Rican chorreado brewing method, and a local folk medicine stand where you’ll learn about curing everything from a hangover to a broken heart.

Continue along local roads towards the Central Market, a 120-year old building full to the brim with typical Costa Rican food and drink. Here you can sample local delicacies, learn about the herbs used in local medicines, or simply sip on more Costa Rican coffee. The Central Market is an experience that no visitor to San Jose should miss, and with a local guide by your side, unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure.

Refuel from all that exploring with a lunch stop at one of the most historic coffee shops in San Jose. After lunch, make your last stop with a visit to a museum that’s home to some 1,600 pieces of gold artifacts, dating back to 500 AD. In Costa Rican history, gold was considered a symbol of authority, and the items in the museum display the craftsmanship of the pre-Columbian period.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food and drink samples
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks

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Meeting point

Central Market. Meet at the main entrance, at the southeast corner of the market. Corner of Av. Central and Calle 6

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Important information
Know before you go
• Maximum of 12 people on the tour
• This is a child-friendly tour
• Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge, please inform at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6

From US$ 54 per person

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Product ID: 313178