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

Highlights
  • Discover a tale of two cities, exploring the real Costa Rica in San Jose and Escazu, the “City of Witches"
  • Walk the spiritual route of churches and learn the rich local history of Catholicism
  • Experience the lively atmosphere of the Central Market, and ride like a local about public transport
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San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
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San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
US$64.00
Overview
Enjoy an insider’s perspective of San Jose on this half-day city walking tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll get a sense of daily life in the Costa Rican capital as you ride public transportation, stop by a beautiful local park and visit the artisan workshop of a third-generation craftsman. Taste local flavors while you browse stalls at the historic Central Market, savor a traditional lunch at an 80-year-old inn and learn to make tortillas.
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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great intro to Costa Rica !

We booked this tour at the last minute on day 1 in Costa Rica. Woke up early having landed the day before and at 10am we were with Vincinzio and luckily for us, on a private tour as it was just the five of us....More

Thank Princesslucia
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile
Pura Vida

This was a great tour Vinicio was the guide and he was very kind and courteous he is very knowledgeable about Costa Rica and the history of the country. This tour is very informative and fascinating and I enjoyed the experience.

Thank Jeff B
Eric G, Gerente at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Jeff and thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with us,we are working hard on this tour to have everyday a better experience. Thank you

Reviewed 1 June 2018
Great day with Gladys

Very good tour of the city, we visited some very interesting sights including the Post Office and National Theatre. Gladys was knowledgable, enthusiastic and has a great sense of humour which made for a fun day. The central market was an Aladdin's cave of interesting...More

Thank Leintwardine
Eric G, Gerente at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Hello this is one of the most authentic experience,you really get in touch with the locals people of the city, and the bakery at the end is like 100 years old, fantastic experience, from all our team I would like to say thank you,to take...More

Reviewed 14 May 2018
Our guide, Ernesto was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We really enjoyed our tour with our guide, Ernesto!!! He was so very kind and informative!!! We learned so much from this tour and it made our short stay in San Jose very memorable!!!! We loved learning about the history and culture of the city!!!...More

Thank Jill K
Eric G, General Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Hello Jill and thank you to share your experience with us, Ernesto is very motivated, and one of his favorites tours to do is the Pura Vida Experience tour that is a tour that goes on two different cities, is for me one of the...More

Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile
Pure Vida

We were lucky to have a private tour with Ernesto since we were the only people that booked that day. Ernesto was very knowledgeable and passionate about Costa Rican history and culture. My husband and I had been doing touristy things around CR, so it...More

Thank Marl S
Eric G, General Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Hello Marl and thank you to, for taking your time to share this review, is really motivated for Ernesto and the all team, to see that all the experiences we are making are really become very popular, and get to feel like locals. Thank you...More

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Response from Leintwardine | Reviewed this property |
I don't think this company do a later tour, but there may be others who do. We also did the evening craft beer tour which was fun, it starts at 4:30. If you are driving a hire car make sure you check the rush hour... More
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