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Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour provided by San Jose Urban Adventures

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Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour

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Discover the charming town of Cartago on a half-day tour that begins with a scenic walk to the train station in San Jose. Take the train to Cartago, then follow your guide on a bike tour around the small city. Sample local foods during at the Central Market and learn about Costa Rica’s colonial history while viewing the landmarks before returning to San Jose by local bus.
  • Includes snacks, and use of bike and helmet
  • Hear insightful commentary from your guide
  • See more of San Jose and its surroundings on this excursion
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people allows for a personalized tour
Important Information
Departure Point
The Yellow House, Casa Amarilla, Calle 11, Otoya, San José, Costa Rica
Return Details
Atlantic Railroad Station, Av. 3, Aranjuez, San José, Costa Rica
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Use of bike and helmet
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Maximum group size is 12 persons
  • Casual clothing. Please bring a hat and sunglasses for hot weather.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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emiyinct wrote a review Mar 2020
White Plains, New York20 contributions22 helpful votes
The guide Gladys was sweet and knowledgeable. She took us on a loop around Cartago on bicycles, to the basilica of Juana Pereira de Los Angelos and to the market. There is one big hill but I am in decent (not amazing) shape and made it with only a brief rest stop on the way up.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Daniel M wrote a review Jan 2020
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Loved the train, bicycle and bus modes of travel. Visiting the market and meeting locals provided an authetic experience. Angel's passion for his country and its history provided a great orientation to the country, Cartego and the locals. I strongly recommend this tour for
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Date of experience: January 2020
Kara B wrote a review Jun 2019
Midland, Michigan7 contributions1 helpful vote
This tour was a perfect combination of public transportation, walking & riding bikes. We had a great time, and our tour guide Vinicio was very laid back and very knowledgeable! We learned a lot about Cartago and it's history. There were many neat stops along the way. Cartago
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Date of experience: April 2019
Response from Rock U, Front Office Manager at Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour
Responded 5 Jul 2019
Thank you so much for your words, Kara. Glad to hear you enjoy this experience! Hope to have you back.
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Kel D wrote a review Apr 2019
Milwaukee, Wisconsin6 contributions
I did this tour my second day in San Jose. Fully rested, my mom and I ventured out with Vinny. The train ride was unique and fun. Vinny was kind, knowledgeable and patient with my mom and I as we huffed and puffed up the steepest hill. The empanadas and coconut water at the
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Date of experience: March 2019
Response from CostaRicaFriendly, Director de Recepción at Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour
Responded 12 May 2019
Hello Kel! Thank you so much for your words. Vinny sure is a great one and we are lucky to have him. Hope to see you soon.
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Rebecca K wrote a review Apr 2019
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This was a great way to begin our trip! Getting to spend the morning with a local guide and ask her a variety of questions was very helpful to learn more about life in Costa Rica - definitely recommend putting one of these tours at the front end of your stay in San Jose! We
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Date of experience: March 2019
Response from CostaRicaFriendly, Director de Recepción at Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour
Responded 13 May 2019
Hi Rebecca! So nice to hear you had a good time. We hope to have you back soon.
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About the operator

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By: San Jose Urban Adventures
If you are late you're screwed
We were late as we got lost (left the map at the hotel, local sent us to PLAZA Central instead of CALLE Central etc
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Teresa M
Another side of San Jose
Really enjoyed seeing the market and learning the use of traditional herbs. Seeing and hearing about the tradition
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Wonderful, Fun, and Informative
We had a great time. Learned a lot about San Jose and Heredia and a lot about coffee. Gladys was our guide for the
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Beautiful Historical and Cultural Introduction to Costa Rica's Capital
I admit I signed up for this tour for the food and the food did not disappoint!! I'm not usually a history perso
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Walking food tour San Jose
Fantastic way to learn about the markets and some of the history in the city. Would recommend this activity for su
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A must do tour
We did this walking tour first day in San Jose and it was fantastic. Its good way to start learning where everythin
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Eli #localsknow
Our guide Eli exceeded expectations. He was knowledgable and easy to talk (great english!). He showed us his favori
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Great way to learn local culture
Awesome guy guided us through the city, showed all the jewels and told the history of the place - very unique. The
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Perfect introduction to Costa Rican culture
We met in the centre of San Jose, and I would highly advise against driving. Traffic is very busy in the mornings a
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Felt like hanging with a friend
My friend and I booked this tour, looking for a way to explore San Jose and, of course, eat. We were not disappoint
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Great Local Experience
We met Eric at the meeting point which was literally at the front of the market entrance. Good thing he spotted us
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Awesome walking food tour
This is an awesome day tour to do if you want to get to know the downtown area and history of San Jose and Costa Ri
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Amazing Tour for all!
This was an amazing tour! First time in Costa Rica for my wife and I and if you thank God everyday for coffee then
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Exceeded our expectations
Vinicio was friendly and knowledgable and the food was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the food.
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A great experience
We have taken many walking tours throughout the US and abroad and this 3 hour tour far exceeded our expectations.
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Key Details
  • Central Market (Mercado Central), San Jose Urban Adventures
  • Duration: 6h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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