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

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

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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.
  • San Jose walking and food-tasting tour
  • Explore the city on foot with a local guide who shares insider knowledge
  • Wander through San Jose’s Borbón Market and view its famous stands
  • Stroll through the Central Market and sample Costa Rican food while you sip its legendary coffee
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
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Local English speaking guide
Food samples
Visit Borbons and Central market
Hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional food and drinks
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

8:30 AM
Central Avenue , Av Central, Los Yoses, San José, San Pedro, Costa Rica

Central Avenue, San Jose

Awaken your taste buds on this flavorful walking tour of San Jose. Start the morning off right with an aromatic cup of Costa Rican coffee when you meet your local guide at the local Mercado Borbón. Explore the stalls of this traditional market and discover the agricultural history of the produce and medicinal products you see. Sample fresh tropical fruit and stop by a coffee stand to learn about traditional bean roasting and brewing methods.

Your next stop is the historic Central Market, which has been providing fresh produce and local goods to San Jose residents since 1882. Wander through the maze of vendor stalls and sample from the incredible variety of fresh produce and other Costa Rican kitchen specialties while your guide discusses the history of the market.

Finish your tour with a visit to a local cantina to taste traditional snacks and drinks another cup of rich Costa Rican coffee. You can then continue to explore the market and shop for tasty treasures on your own.
Stop At:  
Mercado Borbón
Your San Jose food tour starts with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Borbons 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 while learning about the agricultural history of the area.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Central Market (Mercado Central)
Your San Jose market tour continues along local roads towards the Central Market. Seeing the diverse sites of these markets will help you get to know the country and its rich history and on this tour, you’ll be another sense – taste – to get more in tune with San Jose.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - Latin America
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Explore San Jose on Foot: Food, History and Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Explore San Jose on Foot: Food, History and Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Explore San Jose on Foot: Food, History and Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "This is a great way to get your bearings when you arrive to Costa Rica!" See review
  • "Best to go to the southeast corner - corner of Calle 6 (aka Calle Teodorico Quiros in Maps.Me) and Avenida Central (aka Avenida Rogelio Fernandez Guell in Maps.Me)." See review


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A Perfect Introduction to Costa Rican Culture
, Jun 2022
My husband and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed our tour with Vinny. It was our first time visiting Costa Rica and this was an excellent way to be introduced to some of the cuisine and history of the country. Vinny was very knowledgable, personable and he truly felt like an old friend. He took us to Mercado Borbón where we interacted with some of the locals and sampled some native fruit and we also visited Mercado Central and had the chance to try some empanadas and some other tasty bites. We also stopped at the famous La Sorbetera De Lolo Mora - a definite must-try! After all of that incredible food, we had the chance to walk it all off with a nice and not to mention informative stroll through the city, thanks to Vinny and his insights. All in all, we would HIGHLY recommend this tour. It's the ideal way to be introduced to Costa Rican culture via food and history.
Great tour of a beautiful city
, May 2022
Saw several historic buildings and monuments then a wonderful tour of the Fresh Market where we had a taste of several different fruits, juices and local foods. Learned the history of the city and the people. Fabulous day.
, Apr 2022
Great experience with a wonderful guide, the tour was exactly as described. Would recommend to anyone.
The guide (Luz was her...
, Apr 2022
The guide (Luz was her name, I think?) was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She did a great job. She brought the city to life for us.
Great orientation to the city & food
, Apr 2022
Luz was great! Very fun and knowledgeable. We got to taste lots of local fruit, pastries and coffee as well as getting orientation to the markets and centre of San José.
Amazing tour of San Jose !
, Mar 2022
My tour guide was wonderful, she knew a lot about the history and shared her knowledge with me. We tasted many different fruits and vegetables and I really enjoyed my tour with her! Highly recommend this tour !
great introduction to history of San Jose, Costa Rica.
, Feb 2022
excellent introduction to the history of San Jose, Costa Rica. Our guide, Jorge, was very knowledgeable about the city. Showed us around the important landmarks of the city. also took us to sample some great coffee, desserts and candies only found in Costa Rica, and a variety of different fruits.
It was so informative and...
, Nov 2021
It was so informative and the sites we were taken to really have me a better understanding of San Jose and Costa Rica
Excellent tour by Alex
, Oct 2021
Alec was a wonderful tour guide, very knowledgeable and fun !! I would recommend this tour to other people who travel to San Jose
Good intro into Costa Rica!!
, Aug 2021
Alex the tour guide was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around! Fantastic tour! The food was declicious too!
Great way to see the city!
, Jun 2021
Had a great time on this walking tour! Alex was a fantastic guide and showed me all around the city. This is a great way to get your bearings when you arrive to Costa Rica!
Fun tour with Alex
, May 2021
I had an amazing time with Alex. He was super fun and we got along really well. He made the tour funny and interesting.
, Jan 2021
It was such a great experience trying the different fruits and learning new traditions. The instructor was very attentive, and knowledgeable.
Enjoyable tour
, Dec 2020
It was a good tour and the guide was friendly and knowledgeable. It was limited to the markets and some outdoor places due to the virus. We went to many places for eating and drinking.
Learning about witches
, Oct 2020
Eric is my tour guide...just me and him! Eric is very professional and is always making sure your ok. This young man is very knowledgeable and pretty much knows everyone....he has taught me a lot about the culture and I really found a new friend.
Delicious and informative!
, Mar 2020
My friends and I had an excellent time sampling the food and learning about San Jose. Eric was a great guide and we enjoyed the experience!
Authentic experience
, Mar 2020
Great way to explore San Jose and take in the history, sights, sounds and tastes of the city (including chocolate!). Angel our guide was super knowledgeable and simpatico!
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Exactly what I hoped for
, Mar 2020
I loved the detail and the personal attention we got on the tour. Would highly recommend. We even got a few personal “soda” recommendations which I used for lunch later that day. Great day!
Food and history in San Jose
, Mar 2020
Initially our guide was late,but turned out a car crash had held him up! The tour was excellent-after a warning about pickpockets and security,we entered the Central Market-tried interesting different food-sterile turtle eggs,unusual fruits. Then explored San Jose,getting info on the history as we walked. Learnt lots!. Finished with a hands-on demonstration of how to make hot cocoa drink by grinding Cacao nibs,plus making tea from the Cacao pod;accompanied by hot tamales! All in all,a tour nobody should miss!
Great insight into San Jose!
, Mar 2020
Fantastic tour. Loved the walk through the food market, seeing all the stalls, understanding the history of the markets, tasting the fruit, seeing the architecture - especially the National Theatre and the Monument to the Workers. Our guide was excellent!!

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