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

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Sample a wide variety of Costa Rican flavors while learning about the country's cultural heritage with this San Jose walking tour. You'll shop for fruits and veggies at the Mercado Central and the Mercado Borbón, visit the National Theater and La Laguna Plaza, and try all sorts of local treats along the way.
  • Explore San Jose on foot with a local guide
  • Choose from private or small-group options
  • Early-morning and late-morning departures are available
  • Food and beverages are included in the price
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Coffee and/or Tea
A tamale, Costa Rica Style, cooked by local families and wrapped in a banana leaf
Make Tortillas and learn how to make mature plantain empanadas with cheese
Seasonal fruits Samples
The traditional empanada made of Corn, you can choose from various flavors such as cheese with bean
If you have luggage let us know so you can leave it in our office same if you need of parking.
Private transportation
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Los Presentes , WWM9+RQM, C. 4, Paso De La Vaca, San José, Costa Rica

San Jose city, between avenue central and avenue one on street 4, we have the central bank of costa rica, in front of the main entrance we have a monument with small green people, this monument is known as the monument de los presentes,there is where the we will be waiting to start the tour.

Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop , 6121250, El Carmen, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

The tour ends at Mr Sloth Coffee Shop, a very special cafeteria of fine coffees and chocolates, where we will taste coffee food and cook dessert.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Private option
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY San Jose Urban Tours
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "This is a 3 hour journey through San Jose that will take you into the places you’d never find on your own." See review

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star-4
Wonderful walking tour
rosemarymai2012
, Aug 2022
Loved everything the best part is cooking class Suggestion when we just about to leave the market ask restroom stop
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, I'm glad you enjoyed the food and the cooking classes, and thank you very much for your suggestion, we will take it into account. All the best from San Jose Urban Team
star-5
Fun and food in San Jose 😋
Cathy_P
, Aug 2022
So much fun eating our way thru the city! Great tour, would highly recommend! We sampled all types of fruit i the market along with empanadas and ceviche too!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, yes, the food has a very important theme, and the way we choose it and with the cooking classes it becomes very interesting, fun and tasty. All the Best from San Jose Urban Team
star-5
Tour of San Jose
Christina_L
, Aug 2022
It was a wonderful experience and very educational my children loved it especially my 5 year old San Jose
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, if I consider it a tour suitable for families with children, it is very interactive and fun. All the Best From San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Must check this out!
Jeannine_P
, Jul 2022
Ernesto was great! He was knowledgeable and patient as he shared Costa Rica's historical background and respective foods. I'm letting family and friends know about this tour.
star-5
An excellent place to start!
Terri_D
, Jul 2022
The tour was a great introduction to local culture. Walking through the central market allowed you to feel the vibrance of the daily lives of the people of San Jose along with their history. The opportunity to cook like a local was a perfect ending to this experience.
star-5
Best way to see San Jose in a day!
Nithya_R
, Jul 2022
This was the perfect way to experience San Jose in a few hours! My friend and I had so much fun trying snacks/fruits/coffee, visiting important monuments, and making our own cheese empanadas. I am vegetarian and allergic to nuts, and San Jose Urban Tours did a great job of accommodating my dietary needs. Our tour guide, Dinora, was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, I'm glad you had a good time, it is a very well balanced experience, with its themes and the route to walk in the city, it is also an experience of social help. All the Best from San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-4
Informative and Tasty Walking Tour
Kalena_E
, Jul 2022
This was an insightful tour into the history and foods of San Jose. I walked San Jose on my own prior to this trip and felt like I enjoyed the city a lot more after this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Kalena, so glad you enjoy the tour,and thank you for taking the tour with us. All The Best from San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Walking tour with food, can’t go wrong
Cassandra_C
, Jul 2022
I love walking tours but I had my mother with me who is not so spry and she was able to keep up. Really great tour and the food was amazing! Ernesto was also fantastic as a guide, very positive and helpful. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, it's good that you had a good time, Ernesto is very special and a very kind person, the tour is designed to be very manageable for older people
star-5
Perfect Experience
William_W
, Jul 2022
I can't recommend this tour enough. What a truly great way to get the feel of the city and learn about this interesting country. I can't believe this tour was three hours ..the time flew by. So much to see and eat! Many thanks to our beautiful, young guide who lead the way with so much confidence...."alright"...she's my new hero. Lol
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello William, We have worked a lot, in the storytelling, of each of our experiences, the idea is that it makes time pass quickly. All the Best From San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Fun and delicious experience of San Jose
Inna_S
, Jul 2022
We went on a sights and bites tour with my husband, two teenagers (14 y.o.) and one 8 year-old. We really enjoyed trying different local foods from the 2 food markets and also to hear about the local history and see different landmarks and neighborhoods in the city. Our guide Angel was amazing in his descriptions of how the city was evolving and putting it in the context of the development of Costa Rica in general. His stories were fun to listen to and he was trying to connect with all members of our group. He also gave us a chance to try very cool local food options - the raw turtle egg in tomato juice was definitely not something I would have come across otherwise! Many less exotic options were also available, and everyone in my family, including an 8 year old, was interested enough by the stories to try most of them :) Definitely recommend this tour to everyone!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, I'm glad you had a good time with your family on the tour, being very well organized, we know how to make it more comfortable for teenagers thank you far taking the tour with us All the Best From San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Great value and delicious food
Jen_d
, Jul 2022
Such a lovely experience with excellent guide and food - best empanadas I’ve ever seen eaten in my life!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, how nice that you liked that combination of food, pre-Hispanic and colonial, it is a very interesting tour All the Best from San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Worth your money!!
Ashley_F
, Jul 2022
This tour was awesome!! We got to try coffee and TONS of different fruits along with other traditional foods. We also saw different parks and monuments and buildings along the way. Our tour guide Angel was great!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello I am glad you had a good time with us and enjoy the experience,thank you for supporting a local owned business All the Best From San Jose Urban Team
star-5
Incredible experience
Heidi_M
, Jul 2022
Being our first time in Costa Rica me and my niece were told San Jose wasn’t a great place to stick around and explore, but we booked a tour anyway since we had time to kill in the town before we left. After our whole trip we still found this tour to be the most memorable, personal, and informative. Eric is well educated on the area and history since being his home town and gave everybody a taste of what San Jose is really like at it’s roots. I would highly recommend this tour for people who are unsure if they want to explore San Jose or it’s your first time in Costa Rica, we now have a new found appreciation for the food, culture, and of course Eric.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Heidy, it is a city that is better to go to know it with professionals, the tour you took, is a tour with a lot of organization the same way about the storytelling of the tour, thank you very much for taking the tour with us and supporting small local owned companies
star-5
Best experience ever
April_H
, Jun 2022
Her tour guide was excellent. She did a great job explaining the history and was very informative. We had the best time with her!!! Would definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, I'm glad you liked it, Dino is a new young guide and it was his first tour, she will be very happy for his first review. Thank you for supporting locally owned companies
star-5
Great tour
Lisa_P
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Ángel was knowledgeable, friendly, and super helpful. The meal was delicious. He also gave me recommendations for the rest of the day.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Lisa, we want to thank you for taking the tour with us, and for supporting small local businesses, Angel always tries very hard to do an excellent job and we are always looking to improve the food.
star-5
Amazing foodie tour around the city
Paula_G
, Jun 2022
Wow, both of the guides were super nice and took the utmost care of the group, making sure eveyone was safe and happy. I learned a lot about San Jose and the food market was my favourite part! No, actually making the empanadas at the end was even better :) Thank you for a wonderful time!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, I'm glad you liked it, yes, we make the tour more and more interactive and fun, but at the same time it has a great social help all the best from San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Great tour, perfect duration, excellent guide
Lawrence_V
, Jun 2022
Top-noth operation and experience. Our guide (Eric) arrived on-time/early and was friendly, well-informed, and easily conversant keeping conversation fun and insightful. Well-paced and creatively designed for the experiences (sights, sounds, smells, textures & tastes). Our 13yo son loved it and can’t wait to do it again. Eric created a special hands-on cooking experience - a memory highlight.
star-5
Introduction to Costa Rica
Kurt_D
, Jun 2022
Angel was amazing, he was so knowledgeable and friendly. He introduced us to many fruits as well as coffee. He also had some much history to share with us. It was a wonderful was to introduce us to Costa Rica.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Enjoyable/Authentic City Walk/Tour
brad_c
, Jun 2022
We learned how to make tostadas and ate them along with other traditional foods and coffee the host provided. Very enjoyable few hours.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, the idea is that the tour becomes more interactive with food, like with the tortilla classes. All the Best From San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Culture, Markets, Food, History - it's all here!
MaryAnn_S
, Jun 2022
Had a wonderful morning with Eric as our guide. He's very knowledgeable and open to sharing that knowledge with visitors. Culture, food, markets, history - all part of the time with him. They've added a little class at the end of the tour - we made tortillas and hot chocolate as well as tasting a Costa Rican tamale. A great way to begin the vacation. Thanks!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, it was a pleasure to have met you, and also that you had a good time with us, the idea is to improve everything we do every day, such as the food workshop at the end of the tour, which we are improving, thank you very much for supporting a local company. All the Best From San Jose Urban Tours Team

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