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Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour


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Escape the ordinary on this immersive bike-riding day trip to the charming town of Cartago. Experience the Costa Rican rail system with a short train ride, and then hop on your bike for a two-wheeled tour around Cartago?s historic streets. Learn about the town?s colonial history with your expert guide, and visit a local market to sample delicious produce and traditional treats before heading back to San Jose by bus. A small group limit of 12 people provides a personalized experience on this half-day tour.


  • 5-hour Cartago day trip by train from San Jose
  • Travel by rail through the mountains past coffee plantations outside the capital
  • Bicycle through the historical streets of Cartago with an informative local guide
  • Discover Costa Rica?s colonial history and learn about daily life in the town
  • Sample local cuisine at Cartago?s Central Market
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Take a break from the urban hum of San Jose with a visit to the charming neighboring town of Cartago. Connect with your knowledgeable guide at the beautiful Parque de Espa?ol (Spain Park) in central San Jose, and then kick off the day with a walking tour of some of the capital?s lesser-known attractions. You?ll pass by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Liquor Factory while learning historical trivia along the way.

A short hike into the hills above San Jose leads to an Atlantic Railroad station. Here you?ll board a train for the 45-minute ride to Cartago. Rolling into the mountains, you?ll pass verdant coffee plantations and other beautiful scenery of the Costa Rican countryside.

Once you arrive in Cartago, join many of the locals who navigate the historic city streets by bicycle. Your guide will lead you past architectural and cultural highlights and share interesting background on the town?s colonial history.

Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of the Central Market ? an important focal point of daily life for many of Cartago?s residents. Wander among the market stalls, and sample fresh produce and local specialties for an authentic taste of regional cuisine. Join local commuters on a bus ride for the return trip to San Jose. Your guide can provide tips on other urban sites to explore or direct you back to your city hotel.


  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Transport tickets
  • Use of bike and helmet


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Maximum group size is 12 persons
  • Casual clothing. Please bring a hat and sunglasses for hot weather.

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Departure point

Cafe near Espana Park in San Jose

Departure time



5 hours (approx.)

Return details

Atlantic Rail Road Station

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