San Jose City Tour with lunch. Private Tour

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  • 5 hr

Explore with a professional guide the most important aspects of the culture and history of the capital of Costa Rica. In a tour with your guide and exclusive private car for you, go through the main streets and avenues of the city. The tour also includes walking around the city in order to visit more deeply the iconic places of San Jose. We will visit the National Museum, one of the main buildings in the history of Costa Rica. Formerly it was the headquarters of the armed forces and a historical place where in 1948 the Costa Rican army was abolished. Today it is a beautiful museum of archaeology, culture and history. Then we will walk to the Plaza de la Cultura in the heart of the city where the Gold Museum and the famous National Theater are located, built in 1897 to promote art and culture. We will know its history and how the cultivation of coffee developed the economy of this small country when it obtained its independence from Spain in 1821. A typical lunch is included.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Greenway Nature Day Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

The most beautiful building in Costa Rica. Our Opera House was build between 1890 and 1897 as a cultural center and special celebrations for the high society of that time. Because it is a theater with constant activities, it is often closed for tours inside, so the visit is subject to the day of your tour being open. In case the entrance is not allowed, a visit to the National Museum will be made instead of the visit to the theater

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is a museum in San José, Costa Rica. It is located in a subterranean building underneath the "Plaza de la Cultura" and is owned and curated by the Banco Central de Costa Rica. The Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica manage, preserve, research and outreach the Archaeology, Visual Arts, and Numismatics collections of the Central Bank of Costa Rica. They offer their visitors permanent exhibitions and a dynamic program of temporary exhibits that are related to their heritage. They are housed in an extraordinary building located in the heart of San José.

Stop At: San Jose

San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, and the capital of the province of the same name. It is located in the centre of the country, specifically in the mid-west of the Central Valley, and contained within San José Canton.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana)

In 1813, the Spanish Courts gave San José the title of city and, as such, required a temple that would honor the Catholic faith. This was the reason why it was decided to build the current metropolitan cathedral. The construction of this first temple began in 1825 under the supervision of Eusebio Rodríguez, who had designed a longer and wider temple with masonry walls. The church was inaugurated in 1827 and received the title of cathedral in 1850, when Monsignor Anselmo Llorente y La Fuente was appointed the first bishop of Costa Rica.

Pass By: Parque La Sabana

La Sabana Metropolitan Park is located in downtown San José, Costa Rica. It is the country's largest and most significant urban park. La Sabana is considered "the lungs of San José" by Costa Ricans. Covering an area of 0.72 square kilometres (0.28 sq mi), La Sabana Metropolitan Park is adjacent to the city's core districts, offering green space and recreation to the residents of San José. Several important institutions and organizations are located within or adjacent to the park. La Sabana Metropolitan Park was officially inaugurated in 1977, though its origins go back two centuries. Manuel Antonio Chapuí, the parish priest of San José at the end of the 17th century, donated several plots of land in the Mata Redonda District "in order to favour Costa Rica's interests". Since that time, the area has been used for recreation and sports activities.

Stop At: Mercado Municipal De Artesanias

Enjoy shopping and haggling for thousands of beautiful handicrafts at the San Jose Municipal Handicraft Market, a veritable maze of aisles packed with colorful souvenirs to take home. All products offered are handcrafted by true Costa Rican artists. Here you can find a wide variety of jewelry, Wood carvings, t-shirts, hammocks, coffee and spices, bookmarks, butterflies in frames, sloth bears and thousands of other objects.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

The National Museum of Costa Rica invites you to learn about the cultural and natural history of Costa Ricans, from pre-Columbian times to the present. Its exhibition rooms show the varied collections in the fields of national history, archeology and natural history, which for 135 years has been the oldest in the country. It carries out temporary exhibitions on artistic and cultural themes and has a varied agenda of activities throughout the year. The Museum is located in an emblematic building, declared Historical Architectural Heritage and a symbol of the abolition of the army in Costa Rica. In case the National Theater is closed, it will be replaced by the National Museum

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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