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San Jose

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

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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    National Theater of Costa Rica, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
    Departure Time
    11:30 AM
    Return Details
    Central Park Escazu, San José Province, Escazu, Costa Rica
    • Local English speaking guides
    • Traditional Costa Rican Tapas
    • Local Transportation
    • Masquerade Show
    • Chicha drink
    • Cup of organic coffee
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Beverages
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please wear comfortable, casual clothing for walking
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
    • The temperature drops in the late afternoon, so please bring light jackets and/or long sleeved shirts.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • Porras Bakery is closed on Sundays
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • In Escazu, you will learn about local folklore and meet with local artisans, giving you a look into local culture that you might not get on your own.
    • You will visit a a legendary masquerade family where three generations have been making some of the country’s most beautiful masks for celebrations and special holidays. By participating in this tour, you are helping to preserve local cultural heritage and traditions.
    • This tour will take you to locally-owned, traditional restaurants, where you will try a range of local produce and organic coffee.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    My husband and I enjoyed our trip with Eliu. We also enjoyed the variety of activities--from the stop at the National Theater to staring into the oven at the bakery in Escazu. The mask-maker was a delight as was lunch. I appreciated Eliu's observations as we walked in San Jose
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    Great food and wonderful people. Prices are high...prepare a conversion table before you go. Getting ready for plenty of traffic. Lots to see and do.
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour - Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Hello and interesting opinion, and thank you, to share your opinion with us. Thanks Eric
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    Angel was our tour guide & he was fab! We learnt so much & got to see & try a lot of things we would never have done had we been exploring on our own. It’s a bit of everything - definitely worth doing!
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour - Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
    Responded 10 Dec 2019
    Hello that’s the main idea is off the beaten track experience, thank you soo much for taking your time to share your opinion with us. Happy Holidays
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    I fell really lucky being the only person booked on this tour with my guide for day Angel. We started outside the National Theatre with Angel providing information about the history of the country and city and also the relevance of starting at the theatre. We moved onto the
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour - Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
    Responded 12 Nov 2019
    Hello this tour San Jose pura vida experience is a really cultural tour, gets to visit two different cities and locals. thanks to share your experience with us. Eric
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    Angel was our guide and he was very responsive to what we wanted to see, do and learn. We substituted the Jade museum instead of the Gold museum which provided to be a real "gem" and brought us into the government buildings neig hborhood filled with past and present history.
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    About the operator
    By: San Jose Urban Adventures
    424 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Sounded great but not executed as advertised
    This tour is advertised as The Art of Craft Beer where you will experience the CR craft beer revolution, sample
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    Great Food and Walking Tour!l
    Gladys did a fantastic job showing us the food, history and Architecture of San Jose. She definitely hit the
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    My Girlfriend and I Loved it!
    Eli was a great guide - he took us to both of the markets in San Jose and gave us opportunities to try new and
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    Des Moines, Iowa
    Sights & Bites Tour - 3 hours
    We did the three hour Sights & Bites Tour with Gladys. She was a fantastic guide. On time, spoke great English
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    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Would've been lost without a guided tour
    We visited San Jose during a holiday week and the streets were packed with people. We definitely would have felt
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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Take this tour!
    Angel was great. My wife and I were able to take in a lot of culture in a short amount of time and not at all
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    Variety of activities
    My husband and I enjoyed our trip with Eliu. We also enjoyed the variety of activities--from the stop at the
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    Davie, Florida
    San Jose Walking Tour
    There was a lot of interesting information packed into this tour and we thought it was a great way to begin our
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    Great Tour, great food
    My husband and I loved this walking tour of San Jose. We chose to go on our first day in Costa Rica and it was a
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    Bryn P
    Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
    Great way to see the city
    My grandfather and I really enjoyed this tour as it allowed us to see parts of the city we may not have visited on
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    Great tour
    Our tour guide Angel was great- very knowledgeable and engaging. He made sure all the booked guests had arrived
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    Highly recommend
    A wonderful overview. Gladys was an excellent tour guide and we learned a lot about the food, the culture, the
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    Great conversations about history and local food
    Angel did a great job on what turned out to be a private tour for the four of us. We learned local history and
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    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Great guides, fun and informative tour!
    Great tour, knowledgeable guides! We got to really experience the city and culture. We tried fruits we had never
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    Graeme C
    San Jose, Costa Rica
    Very enjoyable and informative. Great guide/host too.
    Our host for the walking tour was Gladys and she was very sweet, her English was good, and she was a great
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