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San Jose: Discover Sights and Delights with a Local

1. San Jose: Discover Sights and Delights with a Local

Join your guide for a morning pick-me-up coffee at a café in Borbon Market, where you'll get to know your guide. From here, stroll through the vibrant market and taste the local fruits. Learn the agricultural history of the area as you stop at stands such as a coffee stall. Hear all about the Costa Rican chorreado method of brewing coffee. Go to a stand that sells folk medicine and learn about cures for everything from a hangover to a broken heart.  Next, visit Central Market and immerse yourself in the life of the 120-year-old building. Sample local delicacies from Costa Rica at a market full to the brim with food and drinks. Learn more about the herbs used in local medicines or sip on your second coffee of the day. With a local guide by your side, you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure. By the time you end your tour at Central Market, you will be full of local knowledge. Perhaps you will have even picked up some of the local lingo along the way!

Combo Cooking Class and Salsa Dance Lesson

2. Combo Cooking Class and Salsa Dance Lesson

The best way to learn about a new culture is to learn about what the locals eat. Costa Rica has an amazing cuisine that is healthy, natural, and actually very easy to learn how to cook. Take some of the best local recipes back home with you after this cooking experience. These cooking classes are a great way to get to know other travelers and hang out with a knowledgeable local chef. As soon as you finish cooking, you will be able to sit down to the delicious meal you helped cook up and chat about the "Pura Vida" of Costa Rica. Make sure you have brought your dancing shoes to Costa Rica, because next up you will head to the dance floor to learn how to dance to latin beats. There is no better way to spend an evening in La Fortuna than cooking, eating, and dancing like a local.

La Fortuna: Small Group Family Farm & Sloth Experience

3. La Fortuna: Small Group Family Farm & Sloth Experience

Starting with a 7:30 AM hotel pick up, you will take a short drive to the sloths' territory, a beautiful area just 5 minutes from downtown La Fortuna. The project has a path of 1500m, a little less than a mile, suitable for adults, families, and children of all ages. You will make a tour of approximately 2 hours in the midst of plants and a river bordering the property. The specialized guides are experts in finding them, so you can guarantee a sighting. This sloth observation tour in Costa Rica guarantees the proper management of resources, respecting the space of the species, and preserving its natural habitat. The naturalist guide will supply high-quality optical gear to grant a 100% satisfying observation without any impact to the naturally smiling sloths. After this short hike, learn to milk cows. Next, taste-test homemade liquor, chocolate, and fresh milk as you see the alambique distillation process. Participate in the sugar cane extraction to obtain a delicious juice, and try it alone, with spearmint, liquor, or other of the farm's organic products. Visit a small archeological ranch to see ancient indigenous pieces and put them to work in the artisanal process of making chocolate. Finally, walk through and admire the orchid and medicinal plant gardens.

Arenal Volcano 3.5-Hour Rainforest Natural History Walk

4. Arenal Volcano 3.5-Hour Rainforest Natural History Walk

Visit the Arenal Volcano and soak up its surroundings during your stay in La Fortuna. Enjoy a 3.5-hour rainforest natural history walk, following your naturalist guide through the El Silencio Mirador nature reserve. Listen to the lava flows and catch impressive views of the Arenal Volcano. On this exciting tour, hike along trails within primary rainforest near Arenal National Park. During the hike, it is possible to see a great variety of flora and fauna characteristic of the area including old growth trees, such as Ceiba, Trumpet, and Guarumo trees. Walk through the lava fields of 1992 and also enter areas that were once devastated by the fury of the volcanic eruption of 1968. While in the park, it is possible to listen to the constant activity of the volcano with its lava flows and sporadic eruptions. On clear days, you will have a magnificent view of the impressive Arenal Volcano, the Arenal Lagoon, and the extinct volcano, Cerro Chato. By night, lava flows are visible down the side of the Arenal Volcano in streaks of red, hot, molten lava.

San Jose Bites and Sights Walking Tour

5. San Jose Bites and Sights Walking Tour

On this experience you’ll get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables, and more. Nothing could get you closer to authentic San Jose than strolling through the streets with a local as they show you the ins and outs of daily life. Your experience starts with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Central Market where you’ll get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, we’ll take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits, empanada and continuing along local roads towards the Borbon Market. Seeing diverse sites the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful parks will help you get to know the country and its rich history and from this experience, you’ll have another sense – taste – to get more in tune with San Jose. For the end visit a special coffee store where you will find coffee and chocolates produced by women, in this special place learn to prepare coffee, enjoy a tamal, and make plantain empanadas...

La Fortuna: Organic Farm Visit & Farm-to-Table Cooking Class

6. La Fortuna: Organic Farm Visit & Farm-to-Table Cooking Class

If you want to learn the basics of organic farm-to-table cooking, you don’t want to miss this experience. This farm-to-table tour gets your hands dirty and bellies full! Before we start cooking, we will take a walk in our organic farm to collect ingredients. On this tour, you learn about all the facets of our sustainable and organic farm. You are invited to the kitchen, where you prepare and cook your own lunch on an open wood stove. with all the delicious finds from the garden!

San José: Nighttime Food Culture Tour with Dinner and Wine

7. San José: Nighttime Food Culture Tour with Dinner and Wine

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city. Explore San Jose by Night, complete with local markets, cultural icons, and a tasty dinner with wine! Starting with the Central Market, which, is the only way to learn about the city’s food. Stroll the market with your local guide and get to know the secrets, uses of the roots, herbs, and fruit common in local cuisines, including ingredients that will play a role in your authentic Costa Rican dinner later. The locals say that you can get anything you need at the Central Market, even love potions for attracting a boyfriend or girlfriend. After the market, we’ll make our way down Central Avenue, learning about the city’s history and anecdotes, as well as visiting one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in San Jose, the National Theatre. From there, our appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, with a walk through Morazán Park and we will visit Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop to make el "Morenito" one delicious coffee cocktail and try "Golden Rush" cocktail. We’ll continue to charm Barrio Amon, one the oldest neighborhoods we’ll be spending the rest of the evening at a favorite restaurant that specializes in wine and gourmet food. This cozy establishment offers the best in Costa Rican cuisine a unique space that offers art, culture, history as well as fine dining.

San José: Guided Walking Tour With Lunch and Hotel Pickup

8. San José: Guided Walking Tour With Lunch and Hotel Pickup

Get to know San José on a guided walking tour. Get picked up from your hotel in Alajuela, then head to the most popular attractions to learn about the city’s history and culture. Visit Central Park, the National Theater, and more. Round off your day with lunch at a local restaurant. Begin your tour by getting picked up directly from your hotel by your bilingual guide. Arrive at San José's outdoor Central Market, where the walking tour will start. Take in the atmosphere, buy local goods and food (not included in the price), and mingle with the locals. Next, wander over to Central Park. Witness the famous National Monument, a statue of five women that symbolizes the five Central American nations that resisted having their countries recolonized. Continue walking and pass by the National Museum as well as the Supreme Court. Head over to the National Theater and see San José's most impressive structures. Follow your guide around the lavish lobby in European design, which was constructed with money from taxes on coffee exports. Continue on to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and marvel at the building from the outside. At the end of the tour, stop off at a nearby eatery for lunch and chow down on some traditional Costa Rican dishes. Use the opportunity to ask your guide any questions you may have about the city’s history and culture. Finally, hop back on the bus and get dropped back at your hotel.

San Jose: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

9. San Jose: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

San Jose offers you the chance to discover a secluded location in the Central Valley of Costa Rica with its skyline dominated by the majestic Talamanca Mountains, hugging the city to the south, and a volcano ridge to the north. Why Costa Rica is a trendy destination for ecotourism and adventure travel? Is that true that San Jose have not street addresses? Which is the Costa Rican influence at The National Theater? What means Pura Vida? Gaze at San Jose’s local architecture which reflects strong Spanish colonial influence manifested in places like Catedral Metropolitana in Calle Central, and the neoclassical National Theater presiding over downtown’s Plaza de la Cultura. Get ready to experience Costa Rica from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal interesting facts about San Jose. Pura Vida!

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What people are saying about San José Province

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 30 reviews

This tour was absolutely incredible. My guide Vinny was so knowledgeable about everything from fruits to the smallest details of Costa Rican history. It felt like stepping into the authentic world of a San José local. I recommend this tour for anyone wanting to know the real San José!

Great family time. The facilitator was very nice, pleasant and understanding. Even the children enjoyed this good time. The preparation of the typical Costa Rican dish was very instructive and very good to taste. The salsa steps were a good time

Very interesting, our guide Malo was very good with local stories. A good selection of foods and drinks to try.

was very fun. First they cooked, it was really delicious! And then there was a dance course for 4 dances.

Very knowledgeable and great and helping locate us!