Escape the city for a bike ride through the mountains and a trip up a volcano, wander local markets, take in a total history lesson, then indulge in a dinner to remember. This jam-packed San Jose tour includes culture, history, nature, nightlife, and adventure, plus a tasty three-course meal (with wine, naturally). It?s the best way to experience the best of San Jose!
What You Can Expect
Make the most of San Jose! This Total San Jose Tour combines two of our most popular experiences (Cartago Bike & Train Tour?and?San Jose by Night), with a bonus volcano visit thrown in, all to make for one epic adventure.
We?ll start with a train trip beyond San Jose to the beautiful town of Cartago, a sleepy oasis filled with Costa Rican local culture and the freshest air outside the big city. The scenic 45-minute journey will take you out into the mountains, and through the coffee plantations.
Once in Cartago, you?ll hop on your bike and cruise through the streets, learning all about the town?s history along the way. Many of the locals travel by bike here, so you?ll fit right in! You will make regular stops with your guide, so they can fill you in on all the history behind this fascinating town.
After getting your fix of all that Costa Rican history, we?ll visit the Central Market, where you can sample local life through foods and flavors. Here you?ll be able to brush shoulders with the locals and dive into local cuisine.
Next up, we?ll ditch our bikes and drive along the winding roads to Irazu volcano ? the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. You?ll get to take in a stunning panoramic view amid the moon-like landscape of this national park.
After you?ve soaked up the view, we?ll hop on a local bus to return to San Jose for the evening portion of our tour, filled with good food, good wine, and great nightlife!
We?ll visit another Central Market, where we?ll learn the secrets and uses of the roots, herbs, and fruit common in local cuisines, including ingredients that will play a role in your authentic Costa Rican dinner later on.
After the market, we?ll make our way down Central Avenue, enjoying a trip down San Jose?s memory lane, as well as visiting one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in San Jose, the National Theatre.
From there, our appreciation for San Jose?s historical architecture continues with a walk through Morazan Park and Spain Park, and past some buildings that will make you feel like you?ve gone back in time to the 1800s, including the National Distillery, Paseo de las Damas, Supreme Court of Elections, as well as the National Park. We?ll end up at the artisan market and pay a visit there before?we?continue our walk to Paseo de la Luz,?an area on?the east side of San Jose?that?s?well known for its gastronomy.
We?ll spend the rest of the evening at a favorite local restaurant that specializes in Argentinian wine and gourmet food. Their menu is the Mediterranean, but the ingredients are Costa Rican, and the wine pairings you?ll receive have been specifically selected for your three-course meal (lucky you!).
Local English-speaking guide
Transportation during the tour
Bike and helmet rental
Dinner with 3 glasses of wine
Additional food and drinks
Transportation to/from the meeting and end points
Souvenirs and personal shopping
Tips/gratuities for your guide and driver
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
Please wear (or bring) hiking shoes and bring a sweater and sunscreen
Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
This tour can be customized to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Please notify us in advance of any special diet needs or allergies.
You can do so in the ?Additional requests? box at checkout
For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Local operator information
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Schedule and Pricing
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