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San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

  • Discover a tale of two cities, exploring the real Costa Rica in San Jose and Escazu, the “City of Witches"
  • Walk the spiritual route of churches and learn the rich local history of Catholicism
  • Experience the lively atmosphere of the Central Market, and ride like a local about public transport
San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
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San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
USD 63.00
Enjoy an insider’s perspective of San Jose on this half-day city walking tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll get a sense of daily life in the Costa Rican capital as you ride public transportation, stop by a beautiful local park and visit the artisan workshop of a third-generation craftsman. Taste local flavors while you browse stalls at the historic Central Market, savor a traditional lunch at an 80-year-old inn and learn to make tortillas.
What to Expect
Discover the hidden urban treasures of San Jose with a knowledgeable local guide. Kick off your walking tour at España Park, a popular urban refuge with lovely, tree-shaded pathways. After walking by the Costa Rican National Museum, hop aboard a local city bus and head to the historic Central Market. Learn about local produce and agriculture as you explore the labyrinth of stalls and enjoy an aromatic cup of Costa Rican coffee.
Your next stop is the old city of Escazu, home to the beautiful La Sabana Metropolitan Park. Enjoy traditional Costa Rican cuisine and take in the daily lunch scene at an 80-year-old inn. Top off your meal with a glass of chicha, a popular local drink.
After lunch, take a peek into the traditional artisan scene at the home and workshop of a renowned mask-making family. Colorful masks are an important part of Costa Rican festivities, and you’ll get to hear about their history and handmade creation when you meet a third-generation craftsman.
Finally, tour a local bakery that’s been churning out delicious, fresh-baked goods for almost a century. Learn how to make traditional tortillas and wash down a sampling of house-made bread with another cup of fresh-brewed coffee. Your tour will wrap up in front of the ornate Costa Rica National Theatre back in central San Jose.
Reviews (61)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Walking tour.

Had very good time with our tour guide Angel. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the city.

1  Thank Kimberly P
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile
Pura vida

Great cultural tour that shows you San Jose from a local’s point of view. Thank you Vini for the special insights of the city. Totally worth it.More

Thank Airborne L
Eric G, Gerente at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2018

Hola and great that you get to experience how the locals live, thats the main idea of all of this is to see the city with a different point of view, thank you for all our team to take your time to share your experience...More

Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile
Great intro to Costa Rica !

We booked this tour at the last minute on day 1 in Costa Rica. Woke up early having landed the day before and at 10am we were with Vincinzio and luckily for us, on a private tour as it was just the five of us....More

Thank Princesslucia
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile
Pura Vida

This was a great tour Vinicio was the guide and he was very kind and courteous he is very knowledgeable about Costa Rica and the history of the country. This tour is very informative and fascinating and I enjoyed the experience.

Thank Jeff B
Eric G, Gerente at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Hello Jeff and thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with us,we are working hard on this tour to have everyday a better experience. Thank you

Reviewed 1 June 2018
Great day with Gladys

Very good tour of the city, we visited some very interesting sights including the Post Office and National Theatre. Gladys was knowledgable, enthusiastic and has a great sense of humour which made for a fun day. The central market was an Aladdin's cave of interesting...More

Thank Leintwardine
Eric G, Gerente at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Hello this is one of the most authentic experience,you really get in touch with the locals people of the city, and the bakery at the end is like 100 years old, fantastic experience, from all our team I would like to say thank you,to take...More

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Margaret D
4 June 2018|
Response from Leintwardine | Reviewed this property |
I don't think this company do a later tour, but there may be others who do. We also did the evening craft beer tour which was fun, it starts at 4:30. If you are driving a hire car make sure you check the rush hour... More