Bites and Sights: Walking Food Tour in San Jose

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Unmask the beauty and culture of contemporary Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking tour. You’ll get up close and personal, through local food, history, culture even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables in the Borbon Market. We’ll take a stroll through the vibrant Central Market, tasting empanada with cheese and beans. Seeing diverse sites like the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful Morazan parks will help you get to know the country and its rich history and from this experience, you’ll have another sense taste to get more in tune with San Jose. For the end visit Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop where you will find gourmet coffees and chocolates produced by women, in this special place tasting and learn to prepare Cafe Chorreado, enjoy a tamal cooked by local families and wrapped in a banana leaf, learn how to make plantain empanadas with cheese, try our famous Agua de Sapo make with sugar cañe and lemon.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: San Jose Urban Tours

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Stop At: Central Market (Mercado Central)

The San Jose Central Market is an important cultural site in Costa Rica as it is one of the oldest and most representative places of San Jose, the capital city of the country. The market opened in 1880, making it one of the oldest landmarks in Costa Rica as the country declared independence in 1821.

Duration: 1 hour

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The Mercado Borbón is a true sensory experience of sights and smells, and you might catch the daily hand-truck race among the workers. The focus is on produce, though it sells a bit of everything

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Correos de Costa Rica

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Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

The Metropolitan Cathedral is the main church in San Jose Costa Rica. This Catholic cathedral stands superbly with neoclassical posture overlooking Central Park and the crowded streets and avenues of the capital city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

Is include a visit to the entrance hall of Costa Rica’s National Theater. In the heart of San Jose, the National Theatre (Teatro Nacional) remains one of the capital city’s most popular tourist attractions.” The ornate Neo-Classical theatre is considered the finest historic building in San Jose, and is known for its exquisite interior decorated with lavish furnishings and beautiful murals.

Duration: 10 minutes

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La Laguna Plaza was initially called in 1887 because it was erected over a small lake in which the inhabitants of San José of the nineteenth century obtained the mud necessary to make the adobes with which they built their houses. There the New Year holidays were celebrated. The lake, of artificial origin and known as the Villanueva well, was known at least since 1790. In 1808, the then Spanish governor of the Province of Costa Rica, Tomás de Acosta, had urged the authorities to dry out the place. Around it, there was a ditch, called Las Arias, so some families had begun to settle, forming a neighborhood called La Laguna. Between 1853 and 1856, President Juan Rafael Mora Porras ordered the construction of the National Liquor Factory in the neighborhood, which came to consolidate the housing presence in the area

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Parque Espana

With this walking tour we can also enjoy of the beauty of the nature when we visit the Spain park.

Duration: 5 minutes

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In this very special place, we will be having several meals and we will have the opportunity to help and participate in making tortillas and empanadas with ripe plantain and cheese, we will also try a Costa Rican Tamal, cooked by local families and we will make Pinolillo which is chocolate and Corn.

Duration: 30 minutes
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