San José Province
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San Jose: Food and Sightseeing Tour

1. San Jose: Food and Sightseeing Tour

Join your guide for a morning pick-me-up coffee at a café in Borbon Market, where you'll get to know your guide. From here, stroll through the vibrant market and taste the local fruits. Learn the agricultural history of the area as you stop at stands such as a coffee stall. Hear all about the Costa Rican chorreado method of brewing coffee. Go to a stand that sells folk medicine and learn about cures for everything from a hangover to a broken heart.  Next, visit Central Market and immerse yourself in the life of the 120-year-old building. Sample local delicacies from Costa Rica at a market full to the brim with food and drinks. Learn more about the herbs used in local medicines or sip on your second coffee of the day. With a local guide by your side, you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure. By the time you end your tour at Central Market, you will be full of local knowledge. Perhaps you will have even picked up some of the local lingo along the way!

From San José: Sarchi Souvenir Shopping Private Guided Tour

2. From San José: Sarchi Souvenir Shopping Private Guided Tour

Explore Costa Rican arts and crafts on a private guided tour of the quaint little town of Sarchi. This place is most widely recognized for its decorative oxcarts. Begin your day trip with a hotel pickup in a comfortable air-conditioned ride through the scenic countryside of Costa Rica. Visit the birthplace of Costa Rican oxcart handicrafts, Sarchi. A national symbol of Costa Rica, the oxcart plays a key role in the country’s history. Oxarts were used to transport coffee beans & other goods to markets and ports, and continue to be a part of local celebrations and parades to date. See the ornate and elegantly carved oxcarts in Sarchi. The painting of the ox cart is a Costa Rican tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Sarchi is home to the largest and oldest oxcart factory, the Joaquin Chaverri Oxcart Factory was built in 1902. Walk around town to explore dozens of wooden furniture and souvenir stores. These items reflect Costa Rica’s diverse culture and traditions. Stop for a delicious lunch on the way. Shop for authentic souvenirs to take home memories of your trip with you.

San Jose: Private Bus and Walking Tour with Lunch

3. San Jose: Private Bus and Walking Tour with Lunch

Be picked up at your accommodation at 9:00 AM and begin your tour of the main streets and avenues. Along the way, your guide will provide information on the culture, architecture, and history of the city. See Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, the largest park in the middle of the city. Originally the main international airport for Costa Rica, this park is now a green space located in the heart of the city. Visit key residential areas of San Jose, including those that prominent citizens, a former President, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner called home. While traveling through the residential areas, you’ll listen to narration on the city’s history and iconic places. Drive down Central and Second Avenue and witness how San Jose has transformed from Victorian and Art deco houses to modern buildings and contemporary architecture. Visit a local restaurant for lunch and have a chance to recharge and relax. After lunch, head to Barrio Otoya and Barrio Amon, two of the most traditional neighborhoods in San Jose. The last stop on the tour is the Central Market, which occupies an entire block on Avenida Central.


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What people are saying about San José Province

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 30 reviews

The day flew by so fast. My guide, Angel, was so passionate about his live of Costa Rica, and of San Jose that it was contagious. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat. I recommend Urban Tours very highly. Go early or plan to stay later to do some shopping in Central Market.

The guide was very knowledgeable with great English. We went to the market and tasted fruits, ate sorbet and empanadas. They accommodated me as i dont eat meat. Then we went to the Theatre, park and chocolate tasting. Was a great tour.

The tour guy was very professional and the tour was amazing. I highly recommend to go to this tool for the first time been San Jose.