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Explore San Jose on Foot: Food, History and Sightseeing Tour provided by Intrepid Urban Adventures - San Jose

Explore San Jose on Foot: Food, History and Sightseeing Tour

Explore San Jose on Foot: Food, History and Sightseeing Tour
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Tour snapshot
Sip an included cup of Costa Rican coffee
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
12
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Visit a pair of traditional markets in San Jose on a guided walking tour that explores local flavors, culture, and history. From a fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee to tropical fruits, you’ll sample the best of what’s in season here. It’s a great chance to see a side of the city that many visitors overlook, and walking around with a local guide means an insider perspective on life in San Jose.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Enjoy samples of fresh tropical fruits
  • Learn about the history of Borbón Market and Central Market
  • Group size is limited to 12 for personalized service
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Enjoy samples of fresh tropical fruits
  • Learn about the history of Borbón Market and Central Market
  • Group size is limited to 12 for personalized service
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5207BITES
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Visit Borbons and Central market
  • Hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • National Theatre of Costa Rica, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, 1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica Front entrance of the National Theatre, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
  • Central Avenue, Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica Central Avenue, San Jose
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour, and we advise you wear comfortable shoes. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen may need to be worn if the weather is hot.
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Visit Borbons and Central market
  • Hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
Departure details
  • National Theatre of Costa Rica, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, 1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica Front entrance of the National Theatre, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
  • Central Avenue, Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica Central Avenue, San Jose
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Central Avenue, Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica Central Avenue, San Jose
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour, and we advise you wear comfortable shoes. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen may need to be worn if the weather is hot.
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 26 Sep 2021
A note from Explore San Jose on Foot: Food, History and Sightseeing Tour
Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    National Theatre of Costa Rica
    Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, 1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
    Front entrance of the National Theatre, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
    See address & details
  • 1
    Mercado Borbón
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Central Market (Mercado Central)
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Central Avenue
    Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica
    Central Avenue, San Jose
    See address & details
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5.0
127 reviews
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Brigita M
Greater London, UK3 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
I had a great tour experience with Jason. First of all, he’s not only a very good and knowledgeable guide, but he has a very good customer service. He texted me once the tour was booked and then a day before sent a quick note to say that I’ll be the only one on a tour and he’s not cancelling it. That was really nice of him and it all worked out even better than I thought. The whole 5hrs were just for me. Because of the Easter, most places were closed, so we just walked around, exploring the city, parks, architecture and lots of history, sometimes felt a little too much info in a short time, although, he made it entertaining with interesting stories. Best part for me was going to a fruit shop (the only one that was opened) learning and tasting different types of fruits. I didn’t even had to pay for anything as the company had some budget for it.
I will definitely book this tour again or try a different tour with Jason when I’m in San Jose and when everything is opened. 😊
Written 3 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Pamela L
Highlands Ranch, CO59 contributions
Jan 2021
As a non-coffee drinker, I was shy on taking this tour, but the tour is SO much more than I imagined. Eric is a terrific guide. Our first taste was a coffee, but made so uniquely, that I really enjoyed it. I would drink this coffee daily if we could get it in Colorado. We were offered a unique, one-of-a kind tomato juice shooter, then started our tour of the market. Extremely interesting and educational. We tried so many fruits that we hadn't even known existed. We had cheese empanadas as well. Eric toured us though the San Jose area, explaining history and architecture, as well as touring the theatre. Our tour ended after a brief walk over to a family owned restaurant where we got some traditional snacks and drinks. The Costa Ricans are very sensitive to the virus and have kept everything clean and safe. We never felt at risk. Again, Eric is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Great tour!
Written 8 February 2021
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Graeme H.
Diss, UK7 contributions
Feb 2020
We met in the centre of San Jose, and I would highly advise against driving. Traffic is very busy in the mornings and San Jose can be very confusing if you're unfamiliar with it, even our hotel shuttle driver struggled to find the meeting point. Once we were there though the tour was well worth it. Our guide Ernesto was friendly and charming, our group size of 5 was perfect to ensure a personal experience and not feel rushed or herded about. We began st the Central Mercado, the oldest and most authentic food market in San Jose. We tried a number of delicious fruits, most of which were complettely new to us and strolling through the market we encountered many amazing smells, sights and sounds. We also tried a refreshing drink from a fresh coconut, a hot empanada, and the highlight for me a stop at the famous Helados de Sorbetera. They only make one flavour of ice cream, but oh my god is it good, possibly the best I've ever tasted. It has a totally unique flavour, but I won't spoil the surprise as you have to taste it. We then took a gentle stroll around a couple of small parks and visited some important landmarks and old ornate buildings that embodied the various styles of Costa Rican architecture. Ernesto was engaging and highly informative about the food, history and culture of Costa Rica and how it shaped this unique country. Our tour ended at the Tours own building where we were treated to incredible samples of freshly ground Costa Rican coffee, chocolate tea, and a delicious hot chocale made fresh from cocoa beans ground by hand in the traditional style by Ernesto himself. Overall a fanscinating and delicious way to spend a morning in San Jose and a great introduction to the people and culture of Costa Rica.
Written 27 February 2020
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Guglielmo R
Medellin, Colombia2 contributions
Jun 2022
There was no food. Paid for the private experience, and, apparently, the tour guide thought private meant only them--never stopped talking, and made us wait almost an hour and an half for the cup of coffee that's supposed to happen at the beginning. Took us to the market and described the food, telling us endless anecdotes. But, and I repeat, there was no food. Not that there was much sightseeing either, as I recall.
Written 7 June 2022
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Steevdog
Napa, CA1 contribution
I don’t usually write reviews but Gabriel is an exceptional guide.

My wife and I love to travel. During our travels we find guided tours to learn more about the history of the area and the locals. For the most part, we have enjoyed almost al of them. It’s the guide who can really make the experience memorable.

We recently took a tour in Costa Rica through Intrepid Tours and our guide was Gabriel. He was sensational! He is knowledgeable about his country and we could see how passionate he is about it.

He introduced us to fruit that is only grown in Costa Rica and gave us the opportunity to taste them as well. We were amazed with all of it.

¡Gracias a Gabriel e Intrepid Tours!

We hope others have the opportunity to tour with Gabriel.
Written 22 January 2022
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David B
3 contributions
Feb 2020
We have taken many walking tours throughout the US and abroad and this 3 hour tour far exceeded our expectations. Gladys, our tour guide, took us through two indoor markets in downtown San Jose sampling various fruits, spices, food and even ice cream. She then walked us around the downtown showing us the architectural landmarks of the city with a brief Costa Rica history lesson. And if that wasn't enough we then ground our own chocolate and had authentic hot chocolate and tamales.
We took the tour on our last day in Costa Rica and it was one of the highlights of our entire trip.
The staff at Urban Adventures could not have been nicer. After the tour they gave us great recommendations on what to see and do for the remainder of our day.
Written 17 February 2020
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L1072TNanonymous
Houston, TX17 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
This tour was excellent. The guide, Eric, was knowledgeable, friendly, and made slight adjustments to the itinerary to accommodate my schedule. I learned a lot about Costa Rican history and culture and tried a lot of delicious foods along the way. I highly recommend this tour!
Written 27 November 2020
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Uniko R
West Chazy, NY22 contributions
This is an awesome day tour to do if you want to get to know the downtown area and history of San Jose and Costa Rica. My wife and I really enjoyed walking around the central market and trying all the fruits and local popular foods. The tour guide Ernesto was great. You finish the tour at a cafe where you learn about how they extract the cacao and eventually make chocolates. We got to sip on some of the best hot chocolate and got to try some costa rican style tamales. Tour ended close to the National History Museum so it was perfect to walk over to the next thing.
Written 20 February 2020
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pilates26
new york9 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
I love this tour. It’s the easiest way to get to know San Jose .amidst all the negative reviews of this amazing city, what’s important is really how people shaped this gem with its architecture and food. Eric was a great guide as he took us to where local people go. The market was amazing . Learned some things I wouldn’t have learned otherwise . Met a few friends along the way too.
Written 27 February 2021
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Anique C
Fort Lauderdale, FL7 contributions
We met Eric at the meeting point which was literally at the front of the market entrance. Good thing he spotted us cause it is a busy pedestrian area. Eric took us around the streets of San Jose and was very knowledgeable about the history and the day to day of his Country and the people. We toured the market, a beautiful church, government sites and also got a chance to see how Chocolate was made. This was very educational and gave us a chance to mingle with the locals and sample tropical fruit and empanadas and some amazing coffee. He was very patient and stopped if we felt like we needed pictures. Fare warning it is a walking tour so wear comfortable shoes and bring small change to purchase fruit and souvenirs. I would recommend this tour to anyone in the city for a day, it's well worth it!!! Thank you Eric for being such a great host and teaching us about your beautiful country, Costa Rica.
Written 21 February 2020
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By: Intrepid Urban Adventures - San Jose
josiej1010
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Excelente!
An excellent tour of San José, so much information on the history of the city and Costa Rica in general. Luz was an
sharonoZ1580MZ
sharonoZ1580MZ
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Rich Historical Cultural Experience
Luz was an absolute gem! Her extensive knowledge of Costa Rican history was impressive. It was truly an interesting
Joey C
Joey C
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90% Walking. 10% Food.
Jorge, the guide was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate in Costa Rica's history and people. He was a 5
Melsel70
Melsel70
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Great night out!
Jorge gave us the best tour of the city. His knowledge of the city is fabulous. Jorge wants to please his custome
marla771
marla771
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Very disappointing. Didn’t even respond.
Our group really wanted to do this night tour to kick off our January 2022 Costa Rica trip. Despite numerous email
W5108VZjimmyd
W5108VZjimmyd
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Great tour
Great tour. Jorge did a great job and you can tell he is passionate about his Country. Nice walk around the city
Roam608635
Roam608635
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Great Tour and So Much Knowledge Gained About Costa Rica
My best friend and I did the tour with Gabo and we learned so much! What a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide he
gc2414
gc2414
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Great casual evening tour of San Jose
Excellent guides. Casual walking tour of San Jose. Interesting historical and political information. Plus a brewery
MalikH953
MalikH953
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Historical Walk and Good Eats
It was only my friend and I who took this tour with our Guide, Gabo, and we absolutely loved it. Granted, it did ra
76lenath
76lenath
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Fantastic!!!
This was an amazing tour! I actually booked this tour on my birthday, and Jason (our fantastic tour guide) made it
jewelmaki
jewelmaki
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Satisfied in San Jose
I had a great time learning the history of Costa Rica and walking around the city. Our guide was very knowledgeabl
Taniecia710
Taniecia710
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San Jose by night
Our tour guide, Gabby, he was great. Informative and cool guy. Food at suggested restaurant was great.
M1409FKashleyg
M1409FKashleyg
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The best
Be prepared to walk a bit, but it never felt tiring and the food at the end made it all worth it. The information i
Sherpa691408
Sherpa691408
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City history and sights!
We had a fantastic evening with Gabrielle! He was very knowledgeable and entertaining as we walked the city. The fo
Felix G
Felix G
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Great tour
Relaxing tour with history and architecture. Good food and drink. Nice neighborhoods. Lively. Easy going pace.
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