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Total San Jose Tour: Bites and Sights Including Columbian Gold Museum Visit

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    What to Expect
    Make the most of your day in San Jose! This tour takes our usual Bites & Sights Tour and combines it with a trip to a pre-Columbian Gold Museum for the ultimate Costa Rican cultural experience.

    Get your cameras ready because you don’t want to miss a single moment of this colourful local experience. On this San Jose tour, you’ll get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables and the smoothies they can create in the midst of the vibrant city markets. Nothing could get you closer to authentic San Jose than strolling through the streets with a local as they show you the ins and outs of daily life. Take a wander through the city with us on this tour that takes typical San Jose and turns it into a local experience you’ll never forget.

    Your San Jose tour starts with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Borbons market, where you’ll get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, we’ll take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits while learning about the agricultural history of the area. We’ll visit a number of stands, from a coffee stand where we’ll learn the Costa Rican chorreado brewing method, to a local folk medicine stand where we’ll learn about curing everything from a hangover to a broken heart.

    Your tour continues along local roads towards the Central Market. There’s no better place to experience local cuisine than 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 the San Jose should miss, and with a local guide by your side, you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure.

    We’ll refuel from all that exploring with a lunch stop at one of the most historic coffee shops in San Jose.

    After lunch, we’ll visit a museum that’s home to some 1,600 pieces of gold artifacts, dating back to 500 CE. 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.

    By the end of your tour, you’ll be full of local knowledge, from food to culture — but if you want to see, do and eat more, be sure to ask your local guide for more tips on things to do in San Jose.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    San José Central Market, Entre Calle 8 Y Avenida 1 Entrada Noroeste Mercado Central, Paso De La Vaca, San José, Costa Rica
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    National Theatre of Costa Rica, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, 1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Food and drink samples
    • Lunch
    • Breakfast
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Souvenirs and personal shopping
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
    • This tour can be customised to cater to dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary needs.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    This tour starts at the Central Market (our guide was Ernesto). Ernesto took us around the market, explaining a lot of the history of Costa Rica and San Jose. During the tour we were offered coffee, fruits, beef empanadas, ice cream, chocolate coffee, hot chocolate milk,
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at Total San Jose Tour: Bites and Sights Including Columbian Gold Museum Visit
    Responded 12 Dec 2019
    Hello Paul I am glad you had a good time and really thank you for taking your time to share your opinion with us.
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    Gladys, our tour guide, did a fantastic job introducing us to the local cuisine and exotic fruits, as well as bananas and coffee, giving us an unvarnished account of their role in Costa Rican history. The Gold Museum is a must see, especially for the indigenous history and
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at Total San Jose Tour: Bites and Sights Including Columbian Gold Museum Visit
    Responded 12 Nov 2019
    Hello that’s our main idea is to enjoy the city as locals with a lot of contrast. Thanks for taking your time to share your opinion with us. Eric
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    Our guide, Vinicio, was awesome. He was incredibly knowledgeable with a great personality. We learned a lot about the history of the city, the country, the markets, and other various sights. However, this tour did NOT include breakfast or a "morning pick-me up cup of coffee"
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at Total San Jose Tour: Bites and Sights Including Columbian Gold Museum Visit
    Responded 15 Aug 2019
    Hello the main idea, is to try food as we walk because if you eat a big breakfast in the walking tour, after all you will feel to heavy to continue walking, usually most of the comments of the tour is too much food, but that it depends of the people, thats why we are always asking to our clients if they would like to repeat the main food is at the end in the choco place with a tamal coffee and pure chocolate drink because is 100% pure we give you a little cup but always with the option to repeat as many times you want. Thanks to share your opinion with us to help us to improved our service. Eric
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    Vinicio was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and gave a great introduction to San Jose.. I recommend this tour for new travelers in the area.
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    This trip is fabulous. Tour guide Gladys was really good - friendly, knowledgable, relaxed and able to answer all questions. A great way to familiarise with the city and a great way to get to know Costa Rican food. The walk through the markets tasting foods was especially good.
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    By: San Jose Urban Adventures
    424 reviews
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    Pros and cons to consider
    Of the three food tours I’ve been on (two in Europe, and this one) unfortunately this one was my least favorite.
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    David A
    Marathon, Florida
    Good guide, encouraged group interaction. Food and tequila shots were very good. I recommend for a fun evening.
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    Sounded great but not executed as advertised
    This tour is advertised as The Art of Craft Beer where you will experience the CR craft beer revolution, sample
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    Great Food and Walking Tour!l
    Gladys did a fantastic job showing us the food, history and Architecture of San Jose. She definitely hit the
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    My Girlfriend and I Loved it!
    Eli was a great guide - he took us to both of the markets in San Jose and gave us opportunities to try new and
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    Des Moines, Iowa
    Sights & Bites Tour - 3 hours
    We did the three hour Sights & Bites Tour with Gladys. She was a fantastic guide. On time, spoke great English
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    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Would've been lost without a guided tour
    We visited San Jose during a holiday week and the streets were packed with people. We definitely would have felt
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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Take this tour!
    Angel was great. My wife and I were able to take in a lot of culture in a short amount of time and not at all
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    Variety of activities
    My husband and I enjoyed our trip with Eliu. We also enjoyed the variety of activities--from the stop at the
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    Davie, Florida
    San Jose Walking Tour
    There was a lot of interesting information packed into this tour and we thought it was a great way to begin our
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    Great Tour, great food
    My husband and I loved this walking tour of San Jose. We chose to go on our first day in Costa Rica and it was a
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    Bryn P
    Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
    Great way to see the city
    My grandfather and I really enjoyed this tour as it allowed us to see parts of the city we may not have visited on
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    Great tour
    Our tour guide Angel was great- very knowledgeable and engaging. He made sure all the booked guests had arrived
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    Highly recommend
    A wonderful overview. Gladys was an excellent tour guide and we learned a lot about the food, the culture, the
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    Great conversations about history and local food
    Angel did a great job on what turned out to be a private tour for the four of us. We learned local history and
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