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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

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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.
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Bill R wrote a review Feb 2021
Tampa, Florida401 contributions142 helpful votes
We wanted to see the National Theater. We checked at our hotel and they said that because of COVID, there were no performances but, for a small fee, you could go in and see it. We went to the theater, engaged the two men who were at the front. One said we could only go in if we took the tour. When we asked when it was he replied at one oclock and one hour, It was 12:30 so we waited the thirty minutes before the ticket office opened. Once it did, the ticket lady said the tour was at three and only in Spanish. We didn’t go. We would have been happy to pay a fee just to walk in and see the theater. It is impressive on the outside.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Jenifer P wrote a review Jan 2021
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Great tour put on by great tour guides! It's quick, and definitely should be on your list of to-dos while in San Jose. The tour takes about 45 minutes and there's not a great deal of walking. Highly recommend getting a refreshment in the cafe afterwards
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Phyllis T wrote a review Jan 2021
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We saw this near the end of our tour which took us all over Costa Rica. An elegant piece of colonial history still in use for people of San Jose.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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dorip wrote a review Oct 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia45 contributions13 helpful votes
Took a one hour tour of this most beautiful theater!! We were hosted ( in English by 3 wonderfully talented actors playing various roles from the late 1897 when the theatre opened. It was informative and fun and so enjoyed being hosted by these three characters from the past. Highly recommend. A really fun thing to do on a rainy day. And even when it’s not raining!! The building’s interior spaces are stunning!! There is a great cafeteria in a stunning space that is closed now due to Covid but will hopefully reopen soon?
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Myo M wrote a review Sep 2020
Coquitlam, Canada19,982 contributions689 helpful votes
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For about an hour guided by the "costumed staff" of about 3 gentlemen & 3 ladies (although only one of the gentlemen being the guide of the tour) all dressed as in the 1890's when the Theater was initially opened, it was a pretty great tour of the "elaborate interior" of this theater (with grand staircases, some big "ornate-designed" lanterns above the banisters of some of those staircases & also a number of "super-sized" paintings on the ceilings to look up above where I was actually "quite impressed" by one depicting such scene as a group of farm workers at work). As for the "main performance room" of the Theater though, this one here is the smallest of the 4 such rooms that I have been to (with the other three being those of Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Solis in Montevideo & Teatro Colon in Bogota), but yes it was great to get both an in-room view & that from a gallery level above (as was also the case in Bogota but not so in Buenos Aires & Montevideo); and yes for another comparison among these four theaters which is that of the "interior reception rooms" (the room where people gather or such located in a fairly close proximity to the performance room), I would say it's the one at this theater which is the "most sizeable" among those four rooms (although each of them an ornate & beautiful one in its own way). Located in a "vibrant area" of the city, just to the right after coming out of this theater is a pretty-good-sized plaza bordered on the far side by the "pedestrian street" Av. Central for various shopping on both sides of the street including Mercado Central (with actually quite a number of souvenir shops & mini-restaurants inside) at just a short few-minute walk to the left from the far end of that spacious plaza, and also along Av. Central but to the right instead from the far end of that plaza followed by about a 10-minute walk is Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (really a great museum with displays for a "comprehensive timeline" from pre-Columbian to the modern republic). And also nearby this theater, to the left after coming out which is the side with the big street Av. 2 where a right turn followed by a few-minute walk brings you to the city's "main cathedral" Catedral Metropolitana (with a pleasant interior although just a plain one for the most part with not much of ornateness & such inside).
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Date of experience: January 2020
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