Made In San Jose Adventurous Shopping Tour: Waterfalls, Coffee, Colonial Towns

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    8.00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Northeast corner of España Park
  • Return Details :
    History Gastro, 121 San Jose, San Rafael
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Don't know what to do with a full day in San Jose? Weve got you covered with an adventurous shopping tour that does it all! Visit waterfalls, tour a coffee plantation, wander through colonial towns, browse street markets for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, and finish your day with an authentic Costa Rican dinner. Its a bit of everything in one Best. Day. Ever.!

Know More about this tour

If your perfect day in Costa Rica includes coffee, tropical rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, plenty of wildlife, a bit of shopping, and a delicious dinner, then youll love this full-day San Jose adventure!

Well start our San Jose tour by driving up into the mountains of Barva de Heredia. Colonised by Spain in 1561, this town is home to many quaint and charming colonial homes. In the centre of town is the lovely Central Park, with a gorgeous white stucco church. The church and the central plaza around it have been declared national monuments, along with the many old buildings and houses in the area.The town is also surrounded by vast coffee plantations, and coffee cultivation is the towns main industry. As well, the town boasts excellent artisans and craftsmen.

Well then drive through many picturesque towns on the fertile slopes of the extinct Barva Volcano in the lush Central Valley. At the top of the mountains, well cross the continental divide to visit a series of waterfalls, as well as a cloud forest and rainforest. Youll get to take the hiking trails to discover an aviary with numerous species of birds, insect exhibit, serpentarium and butterfly observatory, plus animals like capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbirds, jaguars, pumas, ocelots and margays.

After this adventure walk, well visit a 100-year-old coffee plantation. Here well have a typical lunch before taking a coffee tour. Youll also be able to buy their coffee to take back home with you if you wish.

Well then head to the picturesque town of Grecia, which has the distinction of being one of the cleanest towns in Central America. Its also an important agricultural hub, where sugarcane is grown and harvested and is known for its unique gothic-style metal church, coloured in a deep, dark red.

Well continue to Sarchi, a key artisan town best known for the vibrant oxcartsmade here in fact, the largest and oldest oxcart factory in San Jose is in Sarchi. Oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans and other goods to markets and ports, and oxcarts were often the sole means of transportation for families in the 1800s. Today, theyre often used as decorations, elegantly carved and hand-painted in bright colours. If you find yourself in love with the carts, you can even buy one straight from the factory to take home with you talk about a unique souvenir!

After all that exploring and shopping, well drive back to San Jose, where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner with wine at one of our favourite restaurants in Escazu, also known as the city of witches.

Inclusions

  • Local English-speaking guide, Transportation during the tour, Entrance fees to waterfalls, Frog pond, and butterfly farm, Coffee tour, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Exclusions

  • Additional food and drinksSouvenirs and personal shoppingTips/gratuities for your guide

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please wear hiking shoes and bring a sweater or long-sleeved shirt and sunscreen.

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 youll be bringing a child under the age of 6. 

This tour can be customised to accommodate vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free travellers. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.

For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.