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

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    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    National Theater of Costa Rica, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica
    Departure Time
    11:30 AM
    Return Details
    Central Park Escazu, San José Province, Escazu, Costa Rica
    • Local English speaking guides
    • Traditional Costa Rican Tapas
    • Local Transportation
    • Masquerade Show
    • Chicha drink
    • Cup of organic coffee
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Beverages
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please wear comfortable, casual clothing for walking
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
    • The temperature drops in the late afternoon, so please bring light jackets and/or long sleeved shirts.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • Porras Bakery is closed on Sundays
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • In Escazu, you will learn about local folklore and meet with local artisans, giving you a look into local culture that you might not get on your own.
    • You will visit a a legendary masquerade family where three generations have been making some of the country’s most beautiful masks for celebrations and special holidays. By participating in this tour, you are helping to preserve local cultural heritage and traditions.
    • This tour will take you to locally-owned, traditional restaurants, where you will try a range of local produce and organic coffee.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Angel was our tour guide & he was fab! We learnt so much & got to see & try a lot of things we would never have done had we been exploring on our own. It’s a bit of everything - definitely worth doing!
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    I fell really lucky being the only person booked on this tour with my guide for day Angel. We started outside the National Theatre with Angel providing information about the history of the country and city and also the relevance of starting at the theatre. We moved onto the
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour - Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Hello this tour San Jose pura vida experience is a really cultural tour, gets to visit two different cities and locals. thanks to share your experience with us. Eric
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    Angel was our guide and he was very responsive to what we wanted to see, do and learn. We substituted the Jade museum instead of the Gold museum which provided to be a real "gem" and brought us into the government buildings neig hborhood filled with past and present history.
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    We took this tour on our first day in Costa Rica and it was fantastic! Trip Advisor never disappoints. Our guide, Angel was incredibly informative and personable. There were only four of us on this tour so it was highly individualized. We were able to see local customs and
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour - Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
    Responded 24 Oct 2019
    Hello if you are thinking to understand in a better way our local culture this is a great experience, focusing on Urban legends. Thanks to share your opinion with us.
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    My dad (retired) and I found ourselves an additional day in San Jose and did this trip to fill the day, neither of us are big museum fans so this was the alternative to go to the jade / gold museum. We were here in the rainy season, and although it rained for the first part it
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    Response from Rock U, Manager at San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour - Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit
    Responded 26 Sep 2019
    Hello this is a tour where the walking is minimum but at the end all what you see is just incredible, churches four in total all of them different, market, travel on bus to the mountains, great mountain restaurant and mask maker work shop and ending in the 200 years old house having a cup of coffee is alot . thanks to share your experience with us.
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