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Our most recommended San José Province Sightseeing Walking Tours

San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

1. San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

Departing from the nearby meeting point, visit the University of Costa Rica campus, home to some of the largest patches of forest in San Jose. Guided by young biologists, discover the nature hiding in the middle of Costa Rica's largest city. Experience wildlife you wouldn't have imagined existed minutes away from downtown.   On the first stop, you’ll look for resident and migratory birds, lots of incredible insects and amazing flowers. Then, see the largest indigenous stone sphere in San Jose, thought to derive from the extinct Diquis culture. Lastly, visit the main campus to seek out the friendly sloths climbing freely. The goal of this tour is to change the way tourism is done in Costa Rica, while supporting young scientists, researchers, and local entrepreneurs.

Welcome to San Jose: Private Tour with a Local Host

2. Welcome to San Jose: Private Tour with a Local Host

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or Airbnb accommodation in San Jose city center, and then discover the best places to eat and buy groceries in your local neighborhood. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark to start your walking tour with a local host. Get tips about the easiest ways to get around, learn where to find hidden gems and more. After booking, a local representative will contact you to ask questions and discuss your needs to select the right host based on your interests. Get a completely customized itinerary, created exclusive to you and your group. Avail of the inside knowledge of a San Jose resident who is passionate about where they live and loves to meet travelers to share what they love the most. Learn what it’s like to live in the city, chat about cultural differences, hear about local events and much more. Feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own, confident that you have all the information you need by the end of your experience.

San José: Night Food and Culture Tour with Dinner

3. San José: Night Food and Culture Tour with Dinner

Follow an expert local guide and explore San José at night on a small-group, food-themed walking tour. See important cultural sites and feast on a traditional dinner with wine or beer pairings. Get up close and personal with the nightlife in San José, starting with Morazán Park where we will learn post-colonial Costa Rican history. From there, the appreciation for San José’s historical architecture continues, with a walk by the Metallic Building, then on to Spain Park for a fantastic view of the Yellow House (now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Continue to the harming Barrio Escalante, one of the oldest residential areas neighborhoods in San José. Nowadays, Barrio Escalante has reinvented itself and is now home to many up-and-coming restaurants and at night is a favorite meeting spot for locals and visitors alike. The evening will end with a contemporary traditional meal with wine or beer tastings at a hip local restaurant that is very popular with locals and offers a sampler of traditional Costa Rican pub fare.

La Fortuna: Sloth Watching Tour

4. La Fortuna: Sloth Watching Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel near downtown La Fortuna before being taken to the nature reserve.  Sloths are one of the main attractions at this park. Visitors sometimes see 4 to 5 sloths at varying distances. If they are at a distance, it's not a problem because the guides are equipped with binoculars and telescopes to observe them. Additionally, the guides will talk about the natural environment and you'll learn all about the lazy lifestyle of the sloth. The route is around 2 km and the tour lasts for approximately two hours. During this time you'll also have the chance to see different species of birds, frogs, and reptiles. The guides will keep an eye out for animals during the tour. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel.

Arenal Mundo Aventura Ecological Park: Zip-Line Adventure

5. Arenal Mundo Aventura Ecological Park: Zip-Line Adventure

The Arenal Mundo Aventura Extreme Canopy Ziplining is the perfect combination of adrenaline and fun. Soar over the canyons, through lush forests, above waterfalls, on this adventure in the 560 hectares large ecological park. Your adventure will start by conquering a 18 meter high tower from which you will be able to observe spectacular views of the Pino Blanco Waterfall, the Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato. 7 exciting Canopy zipline cables await you reaching speeds from from 65 & 70 km/h. Our signature cable will take you over a breathtakingly beautiful canyon with a view of the La Fortuna waterfall. An experience unique in the entire area of La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

San Jose: Discover Sights and Delights with a Local

6. 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!

From El Castillo: Lake Arenal Kayak & SUP Tour with Snacks

7. From El Castillo: Lake Arenal Kayak & SUP Tour with Snacks

You will learn how to do stand-up paddle boarding or kayak from bi-lingual and trained guides in the lake arenal while you enjoying the stunning views of the Arenal volcano. The tour begins with a 30-minute briefing in which you learn safety tips, paddling techniques, and do's/ dont´s in SUP and kayaking. Your guides are always giving you feedback along the tour. You'll paddle from 2 km to 5km depending on your proficiency level and preferences. You'll experience Arenal volcano and the tropical rainforest in a unique way! Enjoy the stunning views, and the challenging games guides will offer you to participate on. First part of the tour is upwind, and last part is downwind, you don´t even have to do a big effort to get back to the starting point! Once you're back, you'll receive a towel per person. You could request our professional photography service at the beginning of the tour for an extra charge, as well as a la carte lunch service for a few extra bucks! Don´t miss the opportunity to do the most popular water activity in La Fortuna.

From La Fortuna: Guided Naturalist Walk on Hanging Bridges

8. From La Fortuna: Guided Naturalist Walk on Hanging Bridges

Witness the exuberant primary forest of El Arenal from a fresh perspective on a guided walk through the rainforest canopy. Follow trails and bridges of varying lengths and heights. On this 3-kilometer walk, benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in La Fortuna and learn all about the natural history of the environment from your expert guide. Discover a variety of flora and fauna, such as birds, mammals, reptiles and many different types of plants and trees. Come and discover the marvelous secrets hidden in this wildlife sanctuary and admire breathtaking views of both Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake.

Lake Arenal: Kayaking and Biking Combo Tour

9. Lake Arenal: Kayaking and Biking Combo Tour

Explore and discover Costa Rica by water and land with this combo tour of Lake Arenal. Enjoy the unique experience of mountain biking through lush forest and gliding across the mystic waters of the Arenal lake all while reveling in the extraordinary beauty of the Arenal Volcano.    First, enjoy a 2-hour kayak across Lake Arenal and its surrounding islands. Keep an eye out for local birds such as ospreys, kingfishers, and neotropic cormorants. You will also have the opportunity to spot wildlife such as howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-nosed coatis and sloths. Once you are finished kayaking, relax lakeside and enjoy a light fruit and power bar picnic before setting out on your mountain biking adventure through natural paths, traditional Costa Rican neighborhoods and small rivers.

San Jose Bites and Sights Walking Tour

10. 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...

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What people are saying about San José Province

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 39 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!

This tour was amazing! We not only got to see sloths and birds, we also got to see the university as well. Our guide was knowledgeable and provided amazing information throughout the tour. It was an easy walking tour for all physical types, anyone can keep up!!

Our guide was outstanding. It was Sunday in San Jose, therefore our tour options were somewhat limited but he found great things for us to do and he was an absolute pleasure to be with for four hours.

Ismeal was wonderful, knowledgeable and passionate. Lots of facts about Costa Rica and the campus itself. We did in fact see a sloth!!! Definitely worth a day!

very educational tour with knowledgeable guide. took us to places I would have never knew to go myself