San Jose Evening Tour With Dinner In Escazú

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Walk in the shoes of a typical tico, or native Costa Rican, on this 4-hour evening tour of San Jose and dinner in Guachipelin. Meander through San Joses Central Market with an expert guide, and learn about the ingredients used to prepare local cuisine. Then stroll through historic neighborhoods to admire beautiful architecture, including the National Theater. Listen to tales of witch lore as you travel to Guachipelin, part of the City of Witches, before tucking into a gourmet 3-course meal, paired with wine, at a local restaurant.


  • Dinner included
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide

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Meet your guide at San Joses Central Market, a lively labyrinth of more than 200 stalls that took root in 1882. Watch as people stream in and out of the covered market to purchase groceries and meet friends at restaurants, cafes and bars.

Youll find wares of every kind here, including produce, herbal remedies, handicrafts and more. Your guide will take you to certain stalls to point out the herbs, roots and fruit commonly used in local cuisine, some of which may even be part of your dinner later on.

After the market, amble down Central Avenue, learning about city history along the way. In Culture Plaza, gaze at the Neoclassical faade of the National Theater. Opened in 1897, this ornate playhouse is always busy hosting performances from the National Symphony Orchestra and National Theater Company, among other acts.

For more impressive Costa Rican architecture, stroll through Morazn Park built over swampland in the 19th century for a look at the Metallic Building that houses two prominent schools. At Spain Park, gaze at the Yellow House, home of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and hear about its connection to Andrew Carnegie.

Well continue to charming Barrio Amon, one the oldest neighborhoods in San Jose. Designed by Amon Fasileau, a Frenchman who settled in the area, it has become one of the most scenic parts of the city, boasting a rich, architectural history.

Well be spending the rest of the evening at a favorite local restaurant that specializes in wine and gourmet food. This cosy establishment offers the best in Costa Rican cuisine, a unique space that offers art, culture and history as well as fine dining. The view from the terrace is like looking out onto an open-air museum, where 1930s architecture fuses with modern builds which infuses this delightful neighbourhood its eclectic charm.

Between your tasty three course meal, and wines that go down a treat, youll be ending the evening in fine fashion, feeling every bit the San Jose local.

Your local guide will be happy to provide suggestions on where to head to next, but if not, they can assist you with getting a taxi back to your accommodation

Inclusions for San Jose Evening Tour With Dinner In Escazú

  • Local English speaking guide
  • Dinner
  • 3 glasses of wine

Exclusions for San Jose Evening Tour With Dinner In Escazú

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


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.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 years

Minimum age to drink wine is 18 years

Small-group tour limited to 12 people

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Very good experience - visit the old markets and get local Costa Rican experience..

  • It was our bad luck to pick the day for San Jose's pre-Xmas festival and parade. Consequently, we were unable to enter even the courtyards of some important buildings e.g. National Theatre, original Post Office. Our guide, Hector did the best that he could - under the circumstances. Dinner was excellent, however.

  • Ernesto was our guide and he was very informative. We had a lot of fun, learned a lot and had a nice meal.

  • A good guide showing us what he could during a very heavy rainy night. Dinner was poor and definitely not as advertised. Oct 2017 V and M

  • The walking tour was interesting and the guide, though inexperienced, did a decent job and was enthusiastic and took good care of us. But the dinner which was supposed to be three courses of typical Costa Rican fare with three glasses of wine in a restaurant in nearby Escazú was at a place in San Jose that we walked to and consisted of a bowl of tomato soup, a plate of risotto, a solitary meringue cookie, and a glass of Sangria at a restaurant in San Jose itself -- it was OK, but certainly not what I paid for. I was disappointed, to say the least.

  • Hector our guide was very knowledgeable and has a passion that shines through. Loved exploring this interesting city, the only thing I would recommend is to have the dinner stop earlier, maybe half way through the tour.

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