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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

  • San Jose walking and food-tasting tour
  • Explore the city on foot with a local guide who shares insider knowledge
  • Wander through San Jose’s Borbón Market and view its famous stands
San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture
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Get a taste of San Jose’s culture and cuisine on this 3-hour walking tour. Explore Costa Rica’s capital accompanied by an expert guide and learn about the city’s history, architecture and flavor. Explore the produce stalls of two traditional markets and discover what makes Costa Rican coffee so delicious as you sample some local brews. The tour is capped at 12 people for a personalized small-group experience.
What to Expect
Awaken your taste buds on this flavorful walking tour of San Jose. Start the morning off right with an aromatic cup of Costa Rican coffee when you meet your local guide at the local Mercado Borbón. Explore the stalls of this traditional market and discover the agricultural history of the produce and medicinal products you see. Sample fresh tropical fruit and stop by a coffee stand to learn about traditional bean roasting and brewing methods.
Your next stop is the historic Central Market, which has been providing fresh produce and local goods to San Jose residents since 1882. Wander through the maze of vendor stalls and sample from the incredible variety of fresh produce and other Costa Rican kitchen specialties while your guide discusses the history of the market.

Finish your tour with another cup of rich Costa Rican coffee. You can then continue to explore the market and shop for tasty treasures on your own.

Reviews (58)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent tour, so much learning on culture and history

My daughter and I have been delighted by this tour that use the market and other downtown areas to provide knowledge of the history and culture. It is a <<hands on<< tour where you will taste many delicacies and among others, learn how to make...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 566chantals
Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile
Spectacular walking tour with Eric

I can’t say enough about this experience. The meet up was seamless! Eric took us to soo many local spots, I truly felt like a local. From the charcoal coffees to the local fare it was the experience of a lifetime. We learned so much...More

Thank jevb76
Reviewed 29 November 2018
Great walking tour, good food, good information

This was a great way to take a casual tour of San Jose on our first day of our vacation and to get use to the culture.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bryan A
Reviewed 26 November 2018
Walking and tasting tour of Mercado Centrale in San Jose, Costa Rica

My tour guide, Eric, gave me a very fun tour !! The others who signed up for it couldn't make it due to flight problems, so I had a private tour. The central market is absolutely fascinating. It's all under one roof, and you have...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter B
Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile
Very informative

Eric was a wonderful guide as he described the cultural changes of the past century and local history. However, I could not help but think that I was but an excuse to bring business to his cafe, which was the endpoint of the tour.

Thank Paul H
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Rhus V
17 December 2018|
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Response from F7432JQrobertb | Reviewed this property |
It was a morning start for us. I think around 8AM
6 December 2018|
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Response from F7432JQrobertb | Reviewed this property |
In the downtown Market area.