San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History And Architecture

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Learn about local life in San Jose through its architecture, history and food. This 3-hour walking tour shows you the typical lifestyle of the capital as you stroll through the streets with a knowledgeable local guide. Get to know the city through its grand markets and coffee history, ending at Mercado Central (Central Market) where youll sip Costa Rican coffee and sample some tasty food. Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group.


  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Free snacks included
  • Led by a local guide

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Start your San Jose walking tour at a caf in Mercado Borbn (Borbn Market), where youll meet your guide and relax with a rich cup of morning coffee. Then take a stroll through the market, tasting fresh fruit and learning more about the agricultural history of the area.

Youll visit a number of stands, from a coffee stand where you'll learn about the Costa Rican chorrado brewing method, to a local folk medicine stand. Your guide shares insight about the market and coffee and their impact on the history of San Joses citizens.

Discover more local history when you continue to the Central Market, a San Jose historical treasure. Youll find no better place to experience the local cuisine than this market, established in 1882 and full to the brim with typical Costa Rican food and drink. As you explore the labyrinth of culinary choices with your guide by your side, sample local specialties and sip your second Costa Rican coffee of the day.

Complete your walking tour here, armed with a wealth of historical information, culinary know-how and perhaps even some local lingo to continue exploring on your own.

Inclusions for San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History And Architecture

  • Local guide
  • Food tastings

Exclusions for San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History And Architecture

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 years

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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  • The tour was outstanding and the guide was exceptional in explaining and pointing out interesting foods, etc. Our guide was able to give full, thorough explanations to any questions asked. We loved the tour so much that we are considering taking it again.

  • Gladys our tour guide was excellent - She took us to local markets - we tried different fruits, coffee, empanada, and Tamales.
    Then we tour the city - Post Office and street statues, etc. She was a delight. Got the other tourist an Uber car to her hotel.
    She found me a cab which took credit card for a place I wanted to check out - The Jewish Community Museum - unfortunately closed and phone on website and directions landmark not stated my cab driver had a hard time finding until he asked a local person on the street.

  • young lady was awesome. she took good care of us. thank you.

  • The walking tour was really nice! The food sampling was great!

  • I had the opportunity to see and enjoy San Jose with Vinicio. He was really a great tour guide. I learned a lot about Costa Ricas history. I could try delicious fruit and food. He answered all my questions. I also saw very interesting sight seeings! I highly recommend taking this tour with Vinicio

  • We really enjoyed this walking tour of San Jose. Vinicia was the best guide and knew so much about the markets, the history, and the foods. We walked through different markets and sampled fruits, empanadas, tamales, coffee, auga dulce, and gelato. The national theater was beautiful and we enjoyed the pedestrian plaza. Great way to start a visit to San Jose.

  • THIS was the BEST TOUR!! My guide, Vinicia knew all the ins and outs of both markets - I learned more in this tour than in the other 4 visits I have made to San Jose!! I got to try all kinds of food, fruits, etc that I normally would not know what or how to eat. Plus my guide Vinicia was so knowledgeable about everything in San Jose. I highly rec this and Vinicia!!!

  • Carolina was our tour guide and she was awesome! We toured the Central Market, visited the fruit market, the national theater and learned a lot of information on the history of the city. This was our first trip to Costa Rica and I'd highly recommend making this one of your first tours.

  • A very good tour. Felipe and Sebastian took us through two of the main food markets in San Jose and included in the price are many tastings of the products on sale, from bananas to home made ice cream. The guides could not have been more informative. A fascinating insight in to local customs and history. Also included are two of the main churches in San Jose. A word of caution - if you are coming from an out of town hotel allow plenty of time to get to the meeting point. The San Jose traffic is horrific. If you are in a city centre hotel then- no problem.

  • I was hoping to taste more food , not just fruits. It was nice, but not worth doing again

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