San Jose, Costa Rica

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Time4 hours (Approx.)
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Discover San Jose’s hidden delights with this unique evening tour of the Costa Rican capital. Wander through a maze of vendor stalls and to learn about staples of local cooking at the Central Market, and see the opulent National Theater and other architectural highlights on a twilight walking tour. Drive to the ritzy Paseo de la Luz the east side of San Jose well known for its gastronomy. Finish the night with a 3-course meal and wine pairings at a gourmet Costa Rican restaurant.
  • 4-hour evening tour of San Jose with dinner
  • Gain an insider’s perspective of local food and stall favorites at the bustling Central Market
  • See San Jose’s iconic landmarks, including the National Theater, Metallic Building and the Yellow House
  • Hear about the legend of the Witch of Escazú and Paseo de la Luz from a knowledgeable guide
  • Delve into a delicious 3-course dinner with expertly selected wine pairings at a restaurant in Paseo de la Luz
  • Three-course meal, three glasses of wine and transport from San Jose to the restaurant included
Uncover secrets of daily life and folkloric legend in San Jose with this captivating evening tour. Connect with your guide at the historic Central Market, a covered maze of produce stalls and specialty food vendors dating back more than 120 years. Your guide will show you staples of Costa Rican home cooking, as well as medicinal herbs and traditional handicrafts.

Your tour continues with a walk through San Jose’s historic streets to view architectural highlights in the glow of twilight. Visit Culture Plaza and its crown jewel, the magnificent National Theater. Inspired by the ornate opera houses of Europe, the Neoclassical theater dates back to 1897 and is home to a handful of Costa Rica’s elite performing arts companies.

Stroll through Spain Park to view the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which boasts ties to Andrew Carnegie. You’ll also see the National Distillery and the striking metallic building at Morazán Park, constructed atop swamps in the 1800s. Finish your walk at a local artisan market inside the beautiful National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase handmade souvenirs. You will continue your walk to Paseo de la Luz, an area on the east side of San Jose that’s well known for its gastronomy.

Board a vehicle for the short drive to Paseo de la Luz, the east side of San Jose well known for its gastronomy. Along the way, learn why Escazú is called the ‘City of Witches’ and hear folktales of supernatural happenings in the area.

Properly spooked, settle into an acclaimed restaurant in Paseo de la Luz for a gourmet, 3-course meal. Savor expertly prepared Costa Rican specialties with a Mediterranean twist, paired with South American wine. (See a sample menu in the Itinerary below.)

Once you polish off dessert, your tour officially ends.

Itinerary

Sample dinner menu (subject to change)
First course (one of the following):
  • Tomato filled with sea bass ceviche and chicasquil (tree spinach)
  • Palm fruit cream soup
  • Tuna ceviche salad with olives, nuts and beetroot
Main course (one of the following):

  • Sea bass filet in tamarind sauce, with sweet potato puree and hearts of palm

  • Beef tenderloin with blackberries and strawberry sauce, with banana croquettes and glazed palm fruit

  • Pork tenderloin encrusted with palm fruit seeds, mango and guava

Dessert (one of the following):
  • Turrialba cheese and guava jelly
  • Banana ice cream with pumpkin honey
  • Coconut fudge with soursop ice cream


Each course is paired with wine from Argentina or Chile.

Reviews

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M
, Aug 2018

This tour is outstanding. I was on my way to a coastal town and had one night in San Jose. This was the perfect way to spend my time. Our guide, Angel has an intimate knowledge of the material and he unveils the history and culture of Coast Rica in an interesting and humorous way. He is a true joy to be around, and the kind of guy you'd like to have a drink with. In fact, I did!

The dinner was muy excelente. Very high end and very tasty. This restaurant has a hand-crafted new menu very night. The decor and the wait staff were first class and Angel did a great job orchestrating our dining experience. A great way to cap off a fantastic, enriching and worthwhile experience. This is a must for all first timers in San Jose. Puravida!

S
, Jul 2018

You must call and get the phone number of the tour guide. We spent about 30 minutes trying to meet up with our guide because the meeting location was non specific. Which is stressful for people new to the area. Once the tour started everything was great. The indoor market is truly an experience and the food was delicious. My family had a great night and took lots of great pictures.

C
, Jul 2018

This tour started late be 30-40 minutes due to misinformation about meeting spot. I'd like to see the spot picked to meet more easy to determine since most tourist wouldn't know the area.

j
, Jun 2018

this walking tour and then dinner was just lovely - you see some of San Jose's biggest tourist sites as the sun goes down and then eat at a great restaurant. well worth the price - great tour!!

V
, Apr 2018

It was everything it claimed to be. We met downtown, visited a local coffee store where they actually roasted beans and had a tasting. Visited a market where restaurants got their produce. Went to a local restaurant and had tortillas, walked thru downtown and got a history lesson, had a wonderful meal in the restaurant district. Our guide Erik was great. Quite a lot of walking 2/12 to 3 miles up and down hills so take that into consideration. My husband had had a stroke in the past but the guide and others in the group were considerate.

T
, Mar 2018

Our guide was very knowledgeable, it was a nice way to see San Jose as we only had one night in town. The dinner at the end was amazing. Very unique and delicious!!

E
, Feb 2018

Loved the guide. HIs passion for his heritage was inspiring. He went out of his way to make certain everyone on the tour had their questions answered. The restaurant looked great, food was the best I had in Costa Rica, but that's not high praise. One sour note, the restaurant projects unnecessary and distracting vintage cartoons on one wall and one shown was the tiger chasing little Black Sambo character. Really, in 2018, one would think there might be a bit more cultural sensitivity shown. The write up for the restaurant promised up to 3 glasses of wine, but only two were offered and plates were cleared with the expectation that we would leave without the offer for the third. Half of the group left including our guide, the rest of us inquired about the third glass and staff had to have a discussion among themselves before deciding to pour it. We weren't making an unreasonable request for them to honor their advertising and I didn't appreciate the obvious cold treatment we received at the end.

J
, Feb 2018

Our guide and the tour were Fantastico!!!!!!

S
, Jan 2018

Would highly recommend this tour. Was a fun and informative way to experience San Jose for the first time. Eric was fantastic, his information was interesting, he really knew the history and current information about San Jose. The dinner was awesome. We had so much fun

n
, Jan 2018

great guide -very knowledgeable and familiar with the market area. Things had changed from the original booking, and although everything was awesome, including the new dining venue, it was disappointing not to be dining in Escazu


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