Throughout this awesome San Jose tour, your local guide will give you insights into local gastronomic specialties and share the best anecdotes of the city's history and local everyday life. You are sure to meet some of the local characters in the barrio and perhaps even get drawn into a conversation.
Your guide will lead you towards Barrio Amon and Aranjuez, the picturesque home to some of Costa Ricas most historic buildings. Our first stop will be the Blue Castle, an elegant building that began construction in 1937. Unfortunately, works had to cease when World War II broke out as most of the building materials were being imported from Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Our stroll will continue through the National Park and past the charming Atlantic Rail Road Station until we reach Barrio Amon. It is here that well begin our foodie adventure, at a cosy little chocolate makers, who just happens to dabble in excellent Caribbean cuisine on the side. We will try a selection of traditional Caribbean dishes alongside some fine Costa Rican chocolate heavenly!
Well then navigate our way through a labyrinth of pretty backstreets that still retain their old-world ambience. Our next stop is a hamburger restaurant where youll try a Costa Rican-style hamburger made with a delicious homemade tomato and achiote bread. Costa Rican burgers taste even better washed down with a fruity sangria, so well go and pick up one of those too!
Well then enter the Barrio Otoya, the multicultural heart of the neighbourhood, to admire its street art. Well also spot the creepy House of the 7 Hangings and find out why it has such a macabre moniker.
Our next culinary pit stop is a typical cafeteria, where well indulge in a coffee tasting that will definitely leave you feeling energised! Costa Rican coffee beans are some of the best in the world and your taste buds will find out why on this tour.
Next up is La Fabrica Nacional de Licores where youll learn about the popular pastime of producing homemade alcohol and why it used to be penalised. The locals favourite illegal tipple, guaro, which is made from sugar cane, used to be made in secret locales before being traded on the black market. Well pull up a chair here and try a few shots of our favourite local liqueurs.
Our walking tour will continue past historical parks and iconic local buildings, along a walkway known by locals as the Lady Path, where youll see more graffiti and find out the meaning behind it.
Then, because we think the best way to get to know San Jose is to eat like a local, well do just that, with a visit to one of our (and the citys) favourite contemporary restaurants, mixing the charm of a lively neighbourhood joint with delicious local food and a pinch of sophistication.
Your tour ends here but the night is young! Dont hesitate to ask your local guide where to go next on your San Jose night out.