San José, Costa Rica
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San Jose: Food and Sightseeing Tour

1. San Jose: Food and Sightseeing Tour

Join your guide for a morning pick-me-up coffee at a café in Borbon Market, where you'll get to know your guide. From here, stroll through the vibrant market and taste the local fruits. Learn the agricultural history of the area as you stop at stands such as a coffee stall. Hear all about the Costa Rican chorreado method of brewing coffee. Go to a stand that sells folk medicine and learn about cures for everything from a hangover to a broken heart.  Next, visit Central Market and immerse yourself in the life of the 120-year-old building. Sample local delicacies from Costa Rica at a market full to the brim with food and drinks. Learn more about the herbs used in local medicines or sip on your second coffee of the day. With a local guide by your side, you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure. By the time you end your tour at Central Market, you will be full of local knowledge. Perhaps you will have even picked up some of the local lingo along the way!

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From San José: Sarchi Souvenir Shopping Private Guided Tour

2. From San José: Sarchi Souvenir Shopping Private Guided Tour

Explore Costa Rican arts and crafts on a private guided tour of the quaint little town of Sarchi. This place is most widely recognized for its decorative oxcarts. Begin your day trip with a hotel pickup in a comfortable air-conditioned ride through the scenic countryside of Costa Rica. Visit the birthplace of Costa Rican oxcart handicrafts, Sarchi. A national symbol of Costa Rica, the oxcart plays a key role in the country’s history. Oxarts were used to transport coffee beans & other goods to markets and ports, and continue to be a part of local celebrations and parades to date. See the ornate and elegantly carved oxcarts in Sarchi. The painting of the ox cart is a Costa Rican tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Sarchi is home to the largest and oldest oxcart factory, the Joaquin Chaverri Oxcart Factory was built in 1902. Walk around town to explore dozens of wooden furniture and souvenir stores. These items reflect Costa Rica’s diverse culture and traditions. Stop for a delicious lunch on the way. Shop for authentic souvenirs to take home memories of your trip with you.

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San Jose: Casa Hacienda La Esperanza Coffee Experience

3. San Jose: Casa Hacienda La Esperanza Coffee Experience

Begin your journey with a warm welcome to Casa Hacienda La Esperanza at 8:30 AM, where you will be able to enjoy a selection of pastries with coffee. Then, move on to visit the Ceibo Lookout and experience the vibrant community in the local church. After the church, go to plant your own coffee tree and experience picking coffee. After that, view for yourself the mighty waterfall and benefit from the option to take a swim in the flowing water. Return to La Esperanza and indulge with a delicious, traditional lunch. Next, learn about the production of coffee during a tour at the beneficio and see the roasting of coffee beans. End your day at the cafeteria, where refreshments can be purchased.  

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San Jose: Private Chocolate Tour & Arenal Hot Springs

4. San Jose: Private Chocolate Tour & Arenal Hot Springs

Enjoy a delicious rainforest experience overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Discover the ancient secrets of chocolate on this day tour to a local chocolate farm. Relax in the thermal waters of Baldi Hot Springs. Begin your adventure with a hotel pickup and a relaxing private drive through the Costa Rican countryside. Pass by coffee plantations, sugar cane and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities. Your guide will point out these sights of interest to you. After a 2-hour drive to Fortuna town, arrive at your first destination. Discover the ancient history of the sacred cacao tree and how its seeds were used in ceremonial rituals and later as currency in Costa Rica. Share your enthusiasm for chocolate with professionals on this rainforest chocolate tour. During a 2-hour hands-on program, understand all aspects of cocoa and chocolate, from its origin and history. Participate in the production process. Learn how to harvest, dry, and grind cacao seeds. Afterward, make a traditional chocolate drink. Later, relax in the best thermal water pools of Baldi Hot Springs. Soothe your senses with surrounding vegetation, therapeutic waters, and pure air. Make the most of multiple thermal pools, waterfalls, a giant steam room, luxury pool bars, water slides, and more. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before a dip in the thermal pools. Use facilities like lockers and towels for the utmost convenience. Enjoy the attractions of this hot springs resort till 4 PM before heading back to your hotel in San José.

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San Jose: Classic Coffee Britt Tour with Lunch

5. San Jose: Classic Coffee Britt Tour with Lunch

Embark on a guided tour of Café Britt, one of Costa Rica's premium coffee plantations. Start your day with a relaxing drive through the Costa Rican countryside with a hotel pick-up in an air-conditioned vehicle. Be accompanied by a guide to the plantation. Located in Barva de Heredia, Café Britt place hosts coffee lovers from all over the world. Begin in the nursery for a close look at the finest coffee beans. Follow the journey of gourmet coffee production, from the growing cycle to the selection process. Next, head to the roastery to be enchanted by the aromas of different brews. Discover how different roasting techniques affect the beans and the brew. Your guide will let you in on roasting and packing secrets. These techniques ensure delivery of gourmet coffee from the plantation to homes of coffee lovers worldwide. Learn how Costa Rica’s unique climate and landscapes provide ideal conditions for cultivating these high-quality beans. Witness a professional coffee-tasting session, known as "cupping." Learn how experts “break the cup” to grade the quality of gourmet coffee. Make the most of the outdoor tropical views by stopping for lunch. Savor a buffet featuring local ingredients while listening to tunes of traditional music at Don Prospero Restaurant. End this delicious experience at the coffee bar with coffee, and chocolates. To remember this adventure, visit the factory store and gift shop that can ship souvenirs and fresh coffee back to your home.

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San Jose: Private Bus and Walking Tour with Lunch

6. San Jose: Private Bus and Walking Tour with Lunch

Be picked up at your accommodation at 9:00 AM and begin your tour of the main streets and avenues. Along the way, your guide will provide information on the culture, architecture, and history of the city. See Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, the largest park in the middle of the city. Originally the main international airport for Costa Rica, this park is now a green space located in the heart of the city. Visit key residential areas of San Jose, including those that prominent citizens, a former President, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner called home. While traveling through the residential areas, you’ll listen to narration on the city’s history and iconic places. Drive down Central and Second Avenue and witness how San Jose has transformed from Victorian and Art deco houses to modern buildings and contemporary architecture. Visit a local restaurant for lunch and have a chance to recharge and relax. After lunch, head to Barrio Otoya and Barrio Amon, two of the most traditional neighborhoods in San Jose. The last stop on the tour is the Central Market, which occupies an entire block on Avenida Central.

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La Fortuna: Sarapiqui Rafting to San José

7. La Fortuna: Sarapiqui Rafting to San José

Your experience will begin as you are picked up from your hotel in La Fortuna town. From there you will travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel to begin your rafting experience. There, your professional rafting guide will give you the "101" on rafting, including safety tips and technical instructions. You will then head out on your 3.5-hour journey down the Sarapiqui River on a full-day rafting adventure. During your Arenal rafting trip, you will experience over 40 exciting rapids along nearly 22 kilometers of lush, vibrant rainforest. You will make your way through exciting rapids such as “the Pipeline,” “the Terminator,” and “Dos Locos”, all of which are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. About halfway down the Sarapiqui River, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore while enjoying refreshing tropical fruit and relaxing with your group. Following the second leg of your rafting journey, you’ll step out of the river right at the Red-Eyed Frog restaurant located right on the Sarapiqui River. The venue comes complete with changing rooms, showers, and a cool Caribbean vibe. There you will enjoy an unforgettable homemade lunch, before heading to your next destination in a comfortable air-conditioned van.

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What people are saying about San José, Costa Rica

I started out with this experience realizing it was going to take some expense and time to get to Aquiares' La Esperanza. I even considered cancelling when I realized this. I am glad I didn't! Well worth the time and expense to get to the location. We arrived in the morning to La Esperanza and we were absolutely awestruck by this home. It's over 100 years old and has been recently updated while keeping all the charm. We enjoyed a light breakfast outside overlooking the volcano and gardens. Then our education of the town, people, company and plantation commenced. At every turn, we were enamored by the people and the educational aspect of the tour. This is what tourism should be all about. We loved it. We were a private group of four of us, and we felt like we received the VIP treatment the entire time. We saw how coffee starts out from seed, learned the educational aspects of the whole process, learned how the plantation operates, visited a national historic monument church located

The day flew by so fast. My guide, Angel, was so passionate about his live of Costa Rica, and of San Jose that it was contagious. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat. I recommend Urban Tours very highly. Go early or plan to stay later to do some shopping in Central Market.

The guide was very knowledgeable with great English. We went to the market and tasted fruits, ate sorbet and empanadas. They accommodated me as i dont eat meat. Then we went to the Theatre, park and chocolate tasting. Was a great tour.

it was exhilarating and so much fun. Our guides Lomar and Arnold were friendly and made us all feel safe throughout the entire experience.

The tour guy was very professional and the tour was amazing. I highly recommend to go to this tool for the first time been San Jose.