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San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour

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    What to Expect
    Uncover secrets of daily life and folkloric legend in San Jose with this captivating evening tour. Connect with your guide at the historic Central Market, a covered maze of produce stalls and specialty food vendors dating back more than 120 years. Your guide will show you staples of Costa Rican home cooking, as well as medicinal herbs and traditional handicrafts.

    Your tour continues with a walk through San Jose’s historic streets to view architectural highlights in the glow of twilight. Visit Culture Plaza and its crown jewel, the magnificent National Theater. Inspired by the ornate opera houses of Europe, the Neoclassical theater dates back to 1897 and is home to a handful of Costa Rica’s elite performing arts companies.

    Stroll through Spain Park to view the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which boasts ties to Andrew Carnegie. You’ll also see the National Distillery and the striking metallic building at Morazán Park, constructed atop swamps in the 1800s. Finish your walk at a local artisan market inside the beautiful National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase handmade souvenirs. You will continue your walk to Paseo de la Luz, an area on the east side of San Jose that’s well known for its gastronomy.

    Board a vehicle for the short drive to Paseo de la Luz, the east side of San Jose well known for its gastronomy. Along the way, learn why Escazú is called the ‘City of Witches’ and hear folktales of supernatural happenings in the area.

    Properly spooked, settle into an acclaimed restaurant in Paseo de la Luz for a gourmet, 3-course meal. Savor expertly prepared Costa Rican specialties with a Mediterranean twist, paired with South American wine. (See a sample menu in the Itinerary below.)

    Once you polish off dessert, your tour officially ends.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    San José Central Market, Av. Central, San José, Costa Rica
    Departure Time
    4:00 PM
    Return Details
    Amón, San José, Costa Rica
    • Local English speaking guide
    • Dinner
    • 3 glasses of wine
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 6 years
    • Minimum age to drink wine is 18 years
    • Small-group tour limited to 12 people
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    What a fun evening! Great information, loves his city, good food, good conversation. I love meeting locals who know and can show you the cool things about their city. La Mancha coffee was so cool. The sodas fun. The nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, vanilla cream...More

    Thank AMKAG
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Hello , this is a great tour to taste and explore the city off the beaten track, the main idea is having a expectacular dinner at the end. Thank you to share your opinion with us.

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I enjoyed seeing the market place, things never before seen and others never in their natural form. I especially enjoyed the restaurant and tasting so e delis food.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Elizabeth T
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hello Elizabeth yes the food is focusing on areas of Costa Rica is just a fantastic food. Thanks to share your experience with us.

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Awsome tour of the market and parts of the city! The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The dinner was amazing and at a beautiful restaurant. I would definitely go on another tour with them. We had to change our reservation due to transportation...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Sightseer813350
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for your words, Glad to hear you enjoy this experience! and we will do something about it and really thank you to take your time and share this experience with us.

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    The tour was wonderful. We received an email with exact meeting location the morning prior to the tour. When arriving at the central market, our tour guide, Eric, found us quickly and exactly where expected. We found this funny because half the negative reviews here...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Kevin M
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Hello Kevin and I am glad you had a good time during our San Jose by night tour , and really thank you to share your opinion with us. Thanks

    Reviewed 15 August 2019 via mobile

    Absolutely DO NOT book this tour! Please save yourself some money as the company hosting this tour has unethical business practices. After booking this tour my girlfriend and I received a very vague address to meet up at, and it read as follows "Central Market...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Christian A
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2019

    Hello Christian we know san jose sometimes not for everybody is hard to find the dirrections the problems is when we have more people in the tour and we can not wait more than 20 minutes it deppends how your make your phone call thats...More

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    9 August 2018|
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    Yes, I think so. Restaurant owner was very accommodating. Email Urban Adventures @ Costa Rica and make sure if you want.
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