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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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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Plaza de la Cultura
Central Market (Mercado Central)
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Discover San Jose’s hidden delights with this unique evening tour of the Costa Rican capital. Wander through a maze of vendor stalls and to learn about staples of local cooking at the Central Market, and see the opulent National Theater and other architectural highlights on a twilight walking tour. Drive to the ritzy Paseo de la Luz the east side of San Jose well known for its gastronomy. Finish the night with a 3-course meal and wine pairings at a gourmet Costa Rican restaurant.
  • 4-hour evening tour of San Jose with dinner
  • Gain an insider’s perspective of local food and stall favorites at the bustling Central Market
  • See San Jose’s iconic landmarks, including the National Theater, Metallic Building and the Yellow House
  • Hear about the legend of the Witch of Escazú and Paseo de la Luz from a knowledgeable guide
  • Delve into a delicious 3-course dinner with expertly selected wine pairings at a restaurant in Paseo de la Luz
  • Three-course meal, three glasses of wine and transport from San Jose to the restaurant included
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Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile
Worth a punt

Perfect to fill an afternoon and evening. Angel was very informative and interesting to listen too. All the highlights of San Jose in 4hrs with a lovely 3 course meal at the end

Thank Adam N
Eric G, Gerente at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Hello Adam, Angel is one of our newest guides under entreining, this kind of review is really good for him. Thank you for taking your time and share your opinion and experience Thank you

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Great start to our trip in SJ!

Eric was very knowledgeable on everything it seemed! No matter where he took us from the local market to the government buildings, he had the history and a great story to tell us. And the dinner at the end was perfect - great company, great...More

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

Hello great review, tooo much to see in the cities usually and San Jose is one of them. Thank you to share your opinion with us.

Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile
Great evening

Very informative. You don’t really know a place until someone local explains the history and culture. San Jose was just another big city, never planned on sticking around. Happy we did. Dinner and company were fantastic. Thanks.

1  Thank Cameron J
Eric G, Gerente at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Hello Cameron, we are working hard to make San Jose to look different, and make the people to stay longer, moving as a locals, you will get a different perpective of the city. Thank you to share your experience with us

Reviewed 15 June 2018
Informative, Fun, Elegant: A Perfect Evening!

My 20 year old daughter and I met up with another family and Vinicio, our guide at the central market. Our guide spoke excellent English as well as Spanish, and was a very well educated person with a wealth of knowledge about many subjects. Ge...More

Thank Adveturegal
Eric G, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Hello what a beautiful review and comments of our guide Vinicio, this tour San Jose by night, the main idea is to do a city exploring with an authentic cultural focus as the way the guide is focusing the tour and ending in the cheff...More

Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile
A magical evening in San Jose

TLDR; Fun tour! Amazing meal in the beautiful home of a chef. No transportation to or from the tour. Transportation was provided from the tour to the meal. My mom and I were looking for things to do in San Jose and we were excited...More

Thank Julia G
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Response from rvg1634 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I think so. Restaurant owner was very accommodating. Email Urban Adventures @ Costa Rica and make sure if you want.
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Response from Cameron J | Reviewed this property |
Not hard at all. There are lots of taxis and Uber is everywhere.
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