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Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour

  • 5-hour Cartago day trip by train from San Jose
  • Travel by rail through the mountains past coffee plantations outside the capital
  • Bicycle through the historical streets of Cartago with an informative local guide
Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour
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Escape the ordinary on this immersive bike-riding day trip to the charming town of Cartago. Experience the Costa Rican rail system with a short train ride, and then hop on your bike for a two-wheeled tour around Cartago’s historic streets. Learn about the town’s colonial history with your expert guide, and visit a local market to sample delicious produce and traditional treats before heading back to San Jose by bus. A small group limit of 12 people provides a personalized experience on this half-day tour.
What to Expect
Take a break from the urban hum of San Jose with a visit to the charming neighboring town of Cartago. Connect with your knowledgeable guide at the beautiful Parque de Español (Spain Park) in central San Jose, and then kick off the day with a walking tour of some of the capital’s lesser-known attractions. You’ll pass by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Liquor Factory while learning historical trivia along the way.

A short hike into the hills above San Jose leads to an Atlantic Railroad station. Here you’ll board a train for the 45-minute ride to Cartago. Rolling into the mountains, you’ll pass verdant coffee plantations and other beautiful scenery of the Costa Rican countryside.

Once you arrive in Cartago, join many of the locals who navigate the historic city streets by bicycle. Your guide will lead you past architectural and cultural highlights and share interesting background on the town’s colonial history.

Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of the Central Market — an important focal point of daily life for many of Cartago’s residents. Wander among the market stalls, and sample fresh produce and local specialties for an authentic taste of regional cuisine. Join local commuters on a bus ride for the return trip to San Jose. Your guide can provide tips on other urban sites to explore or direct you back to your city hotel.
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1 - 5 of 8 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Urban Adventure's slogan is : Best Day ever! and boy or boy, do I agree. So, I am just gonna say it: Best day ever!!! Angel who was my tour guide is just the most thoughtful, dedicated and encyclopedic guide I have ever had. He...More

1  Thank Trail64711
Reviewed 17 June 2018
Exciting Adventure to Cartago

Angel was an excellent guide and he went out of his way to make sure we had an exciting adventure. The train ride up the mountain was thrilling and then Angel took us a Mercado where we had empanadas made by a local family. Then...More

4  Thank Craig K
Eric G, Gerente at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2018

Hello Craig this would be very good for our guide Angel because he is been working for us under entraining for like 3 months. Thank you to share your opinion with us

Reviewed 16 June 2018
Fun bike and market tour

Angel was an awesome guide! He was interesting and funny as well as very knowledgeable about Costa Rica and the history of the local area/ Cartago. We had a great time and highly recommend him as well as urban adventures in general! Jo Kelly, Reading...More

Thank jokelly4
Eric G, Gerente at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2018

woo I see Angel is getting good reviews, and special he is under entraining good for him. Thank you to share your opinion and experience with us.

Reviewed 30 May 2018
Great tour of Cartago

Angel, our tour guide did an excellent job showing us around Cartago. We took a train to Cartago which was very interesting. Once we got their, we got on some bikes and rode around the city. He gave us a lot of interesting information about...More

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

Hola what a great experience is to go to a 400 years old city by train and then exploring by bike and walking, what a great way to understand and share with the locals, Angel is our newest guide and he is happy to see...More

Reviewed 23 May 2018
Better than expected.

This was highly anticipated and it more than filled the bill. If you go on a trip and want to know how the local live in Cartego, this is a great sample of it. Angel was very informative and resourceful to questions. And the train...More

2  Thank James M
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26 July 2018|
Response from jmontev |
If I remember we met the tour guide in Espana Park. Southwest corner, across from the yellow awning.