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Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose 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
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Central Park Escazu, San José Province, Escazu, Costa Rica
    Inclusions
    • Local English speaking guides
    • Traditional Costa Rican Tapas
    • Local Transportation
    • Masquerade Show
    • Chicha drink
    • Cup of organic coffee
    Exclusions
    • 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.
    • 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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    My tour got canceled because the owner of the masquerade was on vacation. I contacted the tour company more than 5 times to ask for the refund, but they never give my money back. So irresponsible. DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR.
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hello could you please send me and email to eric@sanjoseurbanadventures.com with your booking number Thank you
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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 Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
    Responded 16 Dec 2019
    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 Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose 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 Lonely Planet Experiences: San Jose 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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    By: San Jose Urban Adventures
    TrendyPet
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    31
    Wonderful and knowledgable guide & great food!
    Our guide Ernesto was wonderful. We learned so much about the history of the city and the people. Our meal at a
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    Lynsey S
    10
    Walking tour of San jose
    We spent three hours on a walking tour with a local guide. The guide was excellent, the tour very interesting &
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    Maureen S
    Walkerton, Canada
    4621
    Great experience...well worth the money
    Our guide Ernesto was very knowledgable, kind and patient. He answered all our questions. We saw a great overview
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    Rebecca R
    122
    Excellent Tour!
    We had one night in San Jose. We chose this activity to get a taste of San Jose and we are so happy we did.
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    Jhan P
    20
    Urban Adventures
    Eric was an amazing tour guide. This tour was wonderful and very informative. He made sure everyone felt included
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    rcs
    10
    Great “taste” of San Jose!
    The city tour was pretty much what we expected and wanted! - to get a taste of the city, literally and
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    Clare
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    20
    Perfect introduction to central San Jose
    We booked this for our first morning in San Jose, and it was just what we needed to orientate ourselves for 2 more
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    KatesSweetCatering
    Lunenburg, Canada
    101
    San Jose Walking Tour:Food,History and Architecture
    Excellent tour. Learned and experienced so much I never would have on my own. Ernesto was a fantastic guide. So
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    mmz
    10
    terrible tour operator
    My tour got canceled because the owner of the masquerade was on vacation. I contacted the tour company more than 5
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    77MEP77
    Hinsdale, Illinois
    70
    Very enjoyable tour and dinner
    We really enjoyed this tour and learned a lot about Costa Rica - it's history, culture, food etc. Our guide
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