Taste of San Jose

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Day 1 –  San Jose

Arrive at San Jose International Airport, where you will be met by a representative from Aurora Expeditions and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Doubletree Cariari Hotel by Hilton (2 nights)

Day 2 –  San Jose

After breakfast, choose one of the following options:

Option 1: San Jose: Pura Vida Experience: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

Unmask the beauty of contemporary Costa Rican life on this walking tour of San Jose and Escazu. Get the low down on some of Costa Rica’s local legends, freshest food and rustic restaurants on this San Jose tour that has you walking in holy footsteps and riding public transport for the ultimate insiders experience!

Highlights:

  • Visit the famous Porras Bakery Don Fernando, and chat with its charismatic owner, known by locals simply as ‘Nando’
  • A walking tour visiting some of the city’s famous churches
  • Experience the lively atmosphere of the Central Market and meet the locals using public transport
  • Visit a legendary masquerade family, renowned for their traditional Costa Rican masks
  • Feast on authentic local cuisine in a 100-year-old restaurant
  • Sample traditional chicha as well as Costa Rican coffee

Starting time: 11.30 am

Duration: 5 hours

Small group tour with a maximum of 12 people

Inclusions: Return transfer from your hotel, bilingual guide, lunch, entrance fees

Option 2: Cartago Bike & Train Tour

Experience a bit of Costa Rican rural life by getting out of bustling San Jose, and boarding a train for a journey to Cartago, where you’ll enjoy a bike ride with a local guide through this fascinating town, steeped in local history. You will also visit Cartago’s Central Market, where you will get the chance to taste the local cuisine.

Highlights:

  • Discover historic Cartago, a rural town located outside San Jose
  • Cycle through the streets of Cartago with the help of a local guide
  • Learn about the colonial history of the area and daily local life
  • Experience Cartago Central Market and sample the local cuisine
  • Travel by rail, enjoying the mountain scenery outside San Jose

Starting time: 7.00 am

Duration: 6 hours

Small group tour with a maximum of 12 people

Inclusions: Return transfer from your hotel, return train ticket from San Jose, bicycle hire, lunch, bilingual guide, lunch, entrance fees

Option 3: Total San Jose – Bites & Sights with Gold Museum

Discover the culture of both contemporary and pre-Columbian Costa Rican life on this walking tour of San Jose. You’ll wander through busy streets, bustling markets, tranquil parks and a museum of gold as you learn directly from locals about community, culture, cuisine and more.

Highlights:

  • Discover the secrets behind handicrafts, herbal remedies, and fresh produce at the local markets
  • See an authentic side of San Jose not found in guidebooks
  • Visit the pre-Columbian Gold Museum, home to 1,600 gold artefacts dating back to 500 CE

Starting time: 8.30 am

Duration: 5 hours

Small group tour with a maximum of 12 people

Inclusions: Return transfer from your hotel, lunch, bilingual guide, lunch, entrance fees

Option 4: Doka Coffee tour, Grecia & Sarchi

Tour a coffee plantation, wander through the colonial town of Grecia and shop at Sarchi, a little town well-known for its art, crafts and souvenirs.

Highlights:

  • Visit the largest coffee plantation in Costa Rica and learn the complete process of growing and producing coffee
  • Visit the colonial town of Grecia and admire the unique metal church featuring high ceilings, ornate stain-glass windows, and classical lines
  • In Sarchi, visit the oldest oxcart factory in the country

Starting time: 9.00 am

Duration: 7 hours

Group tour with a maximum of 25 people

Inclusions: Return transfer from your hotel, lunch, bilingual guide, lunch, entrance fees

Day 3 –  San Jose

After breakfast, check out of your hotel.

Total price per person (Twin Share) from USD $405.00

*Single traveller pricing available on request.

**Public Holiday Surcharges apply

 

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