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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture provided by Urban Adventures San Jose

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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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A note from San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture
All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
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Updated 13/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Visit a pair of traditional markets in San Jose on a guided walking tour that explores local flavors, culture, and history. From a fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee to tropical fruits, you’ll sample the best of what’s in season here. It’s a great chance to see a side of the city that many visitors overlook, and walking around with a local guide means an insider perspective on life in San Jose.
  • Sip an included cup of Costa Rican coffee
  • Enjoy samples of fresh tropical fruits
  • Learn about the history of Borbón Market and Central Market
  • Group size is limited to 12 for personalized service
Important Information
Departure Point
Banco Central de Costa Rica, Av. central y 1, calles 2 y 4, Paso De La Vaca, San José, Costa Rica
Return Details
Central Avenue, Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • The timing of this tour fits perfectly with our Total Bites and Gold Museum tour or our Pura Vida Experience tour, so you can do both in the same day, if you wish!
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • New Meeting Point effective on March 9th: Main entrance of the Costa Rica Central Bank, in between Avenue 1 and Central by the people monument.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Christina D wrote a review 17 Feb
9 contributions1 helpful vote
Our guide Eric was very knowledgeable. The tour was very interesting and was a good way to start our time in Costa Rica. Wear comfortable shoes and don't be shy about asking questions. Eric was very easy to talk to.
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Date of experience: February 2021
Pamela L wrote a review 8 Feb
Highlands Ranch, Colorado36 contributions18 helpful votes
As a non-coffee drinker, I was shy on taking this tour, but the tour is SO much more than I imagined. Eric is a terrific guide. Our first taste was a coffee, but made so uniquely, that I really enjoyed it. I would drink this coffee daily if we could get it in Colorado. We
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Date of experience: January 2021
Dale L wrote a review Jan 2021
1 contribution
The cultural and food markets were incredible. Eric had us try several different foods and fruits you don't find in the US. This tour is a must for those looking for a great way to spend 4 hrs. We found San Jose safe, clean and very interesting. Eric speaks perfect english and
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Date of experience: January 2021
Jenifer P wrote a review Jan 2021
17 contributions1 helpful vote
Great walking tour! Our tour guide, Eric, was very knowledgeable and very easy to contact. We got a bit turned around on our way to the tour, but Eric had provided us with his cell phone number when we purchased our tickets. He spoke English fluently. He also walked at a
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Date of experience: January 2021
Bryan B wrote a review Jan 2021
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Excellent tour! Erik was an amazing tour guide and showed us the best of San Jose and Costa Ricas’s cuisine.
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Date of experience: January 2021
About the operator

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By: Urban Adventures San Jose
Jason D
Great tour guide, good tour, ok dinner
The tour was very good but a little bit less than we were expecting. The tour guide was very good - the best weve
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Terrific knowledgeable guide, educational tour
Eric was a terrific tour guide with so much knowledge about everything Costa Rica -- from history to culture to foo
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Teresa M
Another side of San Jose
Really enjoyed seeing the market and learning the use of traditional herbs. Seeing and hearing about the tradition
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Wonderful, Fun, and Informative
We had a great time. Learned a lot about San Jose and Heredia and a lot about coffee. Gladys was our guide for the
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Beautiful Historical and Cultural Introduction to Costa Rica's Capital
I admit I signed up for this tour for the food and the food did not disappoint!! I'm not usually a history perso
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Fun way to see Costa Rica’s first capital!
The guide Gladys was sweet and knowledgeable. She took us on a loop around Cartago on bicycles, to the basilica of
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Felt like hanging with a friend
My friend and I booked this tour, looking for a way to explore San Jose and, of course, eat. We were not disappoint
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Amazing Tour for all!
This was an amazing tour! First time in Costa Rica for my wife and I and if you thank God everyday for coffee then
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Exceeded our expectations
Vinicio was friendly and knowledgable and the food was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the food.
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Wonderful and knowledgable guide & great food!
Our guide Ernesto was wonderful. We learned so much about the history of the city and the people. Our meal at a loc
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Great experience...well worth the money
Our guide Ernesto was very knowledgable, kind and patient. He answered all our questions. We saw a great overview
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Rebecca R
Excellent Tour!
We had one night in San Jose. We chose this activity to get a taste of San Jose and we are so happy we did. Ernesto
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Great “taste” of San Jose!
The city tour was pretty much what we expected and wanted! - to get a taste of the city, literally and figurativel
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terrible tour operator
My tour got canceled because the owner of the masquerade was on vacation. I contacted the tour company more than 5
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Very enjoyable tour and dinner
We really enjoyed this tour and learned a lot about Costa Rica - it's history, culture, food etc. Our guide Ernesto
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  • Central Market (Mercado Central), Urban Adventures San Jose
  • Duration: 3h
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