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San Jose

Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour

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    What to Expect
    Take a break from the urban hum of San Jose with a visit to the charming neighboring town of Cartago. Connect with your knowledgeable guide at the beautiful Parque de Español (Spain Park) in central San Jose, and then kick off the day with a walking tour of some of the capital’s lesser-known attractions. You’ll pass by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Liquor Factory while learning historical trivia along the way.

    A short hike into the hills above San Jose leads to an Atlantic Railroad station. Here you’ll board a train for the 45-minute ride to Cartago. Rolling into the mountains, you’ll pass verdant coffee plantations and other beautiful scenery of the Costa Rican countryside.

    Once you arrive in Cartago, join many of the locals who navigate the historic city streets by bicycle. Your guide will lead you past architectural and cultural highlights and share interesting background on the town’s colonial history.

    Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of the Central Market — an important focal point of daily life for many of Cartago’s residents. Wander among the market stalls, and sample fresh produce and local specialties for an authentic taste of regional cuisine. Join local commuters on a bus ride for the return trip to San Jose. Your guide can provide tips on other urban sites to explore or direct you back to your city hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The Yellow House, Casa Amarilla, Calle 11, Otoya, San José, Costa Rica
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Atlantic Railroad Station, Av. 3, Aranjuez, San José, Costa Rica
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Food samples
    • Use of bike and helmet
    • 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 10 years
    • Maximum group size is 12 persons
    • Casual clothing. Please bring a hat and sunglasses for hot weather.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This tour was a perfect combination of public transportation, walking & riding bikes. We had a great time, and our tour guide Vinicio was very laid back and very knowledgeable! We learned a lot about Cartago and it's history. There were many neat stops along the way. Cartago
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    Response from Rock U, Front Office Manager at Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour
    Responded 5 Jul 2019
    Thank you so much for your words, Kara. Glad to hear you enjoy this experience! Hope to have you back.
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    I did this tour my second day in San Jose. Fully rested, my mom and I ventured out with Vinny. The train ride was unique and fun. Vinny was kind, knowledgeable and patient with my mom and I as we huffed and puffed up the steepest hill. The empanadas and coconut water at the
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    Response from CostaRicaFriendly, Director de Recepción at Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour
    Responded 12 May 2019
    Hello Kel! Thank you so much for your words. Vinny sure is a great one and we are lucky to have him. Hope to see you soon.
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    This was a great way to begin our trip! Getting to spend the morning with a local guide and ask her a variety of questions was very helpful to learn more about life in Costa Rica - definitely recommend putting one of these tours at the front end of your stay in San Jose! We
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    Response from CostaRicaFriendly, Director de Recepción at Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour
    Responded 13 May 2019
    Hi Rebecca! So nice to hear you had a good time. We hope to have you back soon.
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    This had to be the best City Tour and definitely worth the price of admission.First you go on a railrod trip through San Jose to Cartago on a old locomotive. Then you join the tour guide for a wonderful Bike tour throughout the old City of Cartago. This was the best and will do
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    We were staying in San Jose for a wedding and had an extra day, but didn't want to spend all day on a bus/in a car to get to some of the more popular attractions. When we came across Urban Adventure tours we knew it was the perfect fit - a half day trip to Cartago got us out of
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