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San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)
San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) Tours and Activities

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Bountiful produce stalls, local-approved cafeterias, and vendor stalls selling everything from coffee beans to cowboy boots give visitors to San Jose’s Central Market (Mercado Central) a taste of real Costa Rican culture. Visit as part of an epic errand run or for a chance to look behind-the-scenes at everyday life in Costa Rica.

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Avenida Central, San Jose, 10101
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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

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Get a taste of San Jose’s culture and cuisine on this 3-hour walking tour. Explore Costa Rica’s capital accompanied by an expert guide and learn about the city’s history, architecture and flavor. Explore the produce stalls of two traditional markets and discover what makes Costa Rican coffee so delicious as you sample some local brews. The tour is capped at 12 people for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.00
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$38.00
Price varies by group size

Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

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Visit the Central Market in San Jose on this guided tour and learn about its 136-year history. There, sample regional staples like tropical seasonal fruit, tortillas, ice cream, Costa Rican coffee, and other local specialities. Plus, find out how and why San Jose became the capital city of Costa Rica.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

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Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Jose on an evening bus tour. Starting from your hotel, a comfortable double-decker bus with onboard WiFi serves as your transportation for the evening. See over 25 of the city’s landmarks and stop for a bilingual guided tour at key locations, including the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Enjoy an included dinner of local cuisine, before drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.00
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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

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Explore the Costa Rican capital’s rich history, landmark buildings, and modern culture on a combo bus and walking tour of San Jose. Get a great introduction to city highlights like the National Theater and Art Museum, and stop to walk through bustling markets and public plazas to feel the pulse of this modern Central American metropolis. Get an extra boost of Costa Rican culture by listening to traditional folkloric music onboard the bus.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.00
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Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group or Private

Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group or Private

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Unmask the beauty and culture of contemporary Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking tour that takes you through the streets, bustling markets, and tranquil parks. Discover a side to this city only heard from the mouths of locals, while indulging in typical cuisine and one of Costa Rica’s most delectable exports .. Discover the secrets behind herbal remedies, and fresh produce at Borbon and San Jose Central Market. San Jose tour 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 the smoothies they can create in the midst of the vibrant city markets. 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. Take a wander through the city with us on this tour that takes typical San Jose and turns it into a local experience you’ll never forget.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

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Discover historical monuments and the latest San Jose hangout spots during this small-group walking tour in the capital of Costa Rica. Your local guide shows you important landmarks and shares the inside scoop on the city’s best cafes, eateries, and shops. Meet downtown at The National Theater, or upgrade for hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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San José By Night Food Activity- Wines & Gourmet Dinner- Small Group or Private

San José By Night Food Activity- Wines & Gourmet Dinner- Small Group or Private

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There’s also a ton of culture and history, a tasty local dinner, and the chance to experience San Jose’s nightlife with a local. Highlights: Experience San Jose by night with a local to guide the way Explore markets, significant city buildings, and local neighbourhoods Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city Indulge in a tasty local menu filled with authentic local ingredients Sip expertly selected wine pairings as you dine
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.00
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Half-Day San Jose Food Tour and Gold Museum, Small group

Half-Day San Jose Food Tour and Gold Museum, Small group

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Visiting San Jose’s markets with a guide turns an everyday scene into a rich cultural experience as your guide tells you the stories behind the markets’ offerings and takes the guesswork out of deciding what’s worth a try. After visiting top San Jose markets, head to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum to take a look at the city’s early history. Highlights: San Jose market and city tour with Pre-Columbian Gold Museum Visit top markets to learn about local culture through food Lots of food and coffee tastings included, plus museum entrance Good way for first-time visitors to learn about San Jose history and culture
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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San Jose City Tour Half Day

San Jose City Tour Half Day

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Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and history on this guided tour of the capital city. Highlights include the National Theater, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the University of Costa Rica, the Supreme Court, and Central Market. A bilingual guide is on hand to answer questions and provide insight about what you see along the way.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.00
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San Jose Guided City Tour: Architecture, Culture, Food and History

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San Jose Guided City Tour: Architecture, Culture, Food and History

We made a tour taking into account the past and the present in San Jose. Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and history on this walking guided tour of the capital city. Highlights include the National Theater, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the National Museum, the Supreme Court, and Central Market. A bilingual guide is on hand to answer questions and provide insight about what you see along the way. We know the artistic part, including its most recognized spaces in this area, the culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour will show you the most beautiful areas of San José. The tour describes the past and the present of San José, in order to know it´s actual life. You get to know from art, culture, history and architecture of the city.
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  • 6 hours
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$28.00 savings
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Should I book San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) costs USD 32.00. Guided San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central) tours start around USD 32.00 per person.
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