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San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour - Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

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    What to Expect
    Discover the hidden urban treasures of San Jose with a knowledgeable local guide. Kick off your walking tour at España Park, a popular urban refuge with lovely, tree-shaded pathways. After walking by the Costa Rican National Museum, hop aboard a local city bus and head to the historic Central Market. Learn about local produce and agriculture as you explore the labyrinth of stalls and enjoy an aromatic cup of Costa Rican coffee.

    Your next stop is the old city of Escazu, home to the beautiful La Sabana Metropolitan Park. Enjoy traditional Costa Rican cuisine and take in the daily lunch scene at an 80-year-old inn. Top off your meal with a glass of chicha, a popular local drink.

    After lunch, take a peek into the traditional artisan scene at the home and workshop of a renowned mask-making family. Colorful masks are an important part of Costa Rican festivities, and you’ll get to hear about their history and handmade creation when you meet a third-generation craftsman.

    Finally, tour a local bakery that’s been churning out delicious, fresh-baked goods for almost a century. Learn how to make traditional tortillas and wash down a sampling of house-made bread with another cup of fresh-brewed coffee. Your tour will wrap up in front of the ornate Costa Rica National Theatre back in central San Jose.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Parada estacion de servicio Tournon, Calle Central, Santa Teresa, San José Province, Cinco Esquinas District, Costa Rica
    Departure Time
    11:30 AM
    Return Details
    Central Park Escazu, San José Province, Escazu, Costa Rica
    • Local English speaking guides
    • Traditional Costa Rican Tapas
    • Local Transportation
    • Masquerade Show
    • Chicha drink
    • Cup of organic coffee
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Beverages
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please wear comfortable, casual clothing for walking
    • 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 you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
    • The temperature drops in the late afternoon, so please bring light jackets and/or long sleeved shirts.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • Porras Bakery is closed on Sundays
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    My dad (retired) and I found ourselves an additional day in San Jose and did this trip to fill the day, neither of us are big museum fans so this was the alternative to go to the jade / gold museum. We were here in...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank gidarossouw
    Rock U, Manager at San Jose Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Hello this is a tour where the walking is minimum but at the end all what you see is just incredible, churches four in total all of them different, market, travel on bus to the mountains, great mountain restaurant and mask maker work shop and...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    I was a solo traveler that took this tour on 9/19 at 11:30a. It was an amazing experience! I was the only person on the tour so it felt more personal. Not only was this my first time in Costa Rica it was my first...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Keia J
    Reviewed 28 July 2019 via mobile

    It was such a great walking tour. Great food, great guide, awesome cultural experience. Anyel was the best tour guide. I would definitely recommend and do this again in the future.

    Thank 101austint
    Reviewed 27 July 2019

    Our tour guide for the day was Angel. He was very friendly, had a great knowledge of all things Costa Rican and made a great effort to get our group interacting. We had five in our group and it was a lovely number. The tour...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank aim_en2015
    Reviewed 26 July 2019 via mobile

    Top 5 Reasons you should take this tour: 1. If you’re a solo traveler you get to meet other tourists and break the monotony of being by yourself. 2. The views from Escazu was breathtaking. 3. The tapas at the local restaurant were delicious! 4....More

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    Debra S
    3 May 2019|
    Response from Marytm2014 | Reviewed this property |
    We met our guide in front of the National Theater, where many tours start.
    Margaret D
    4 June 2018|
    Response from Leintwardine | Reviewed this property |
    I don't think this company do a later tour, but there may be others who do. We also did the evening craft beer tour which was fun, it starts at 4:30. If you are driving a hire car make sure you check the rush hour... More
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