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San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

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    Discover the hidden urban treasures of San Jose with a knowledgeable local guide. Kick off your walking tour at España Park, a popular urban refuge with lovely, tree-shaded pathways. After walking by the Costa Rican National Museum, hop aboard a local city bus and head to the historic Central Market. Learn about local produce and agriculture as you explore the labyrinth of stalls and enjoy an aromatic cup of Costa Rican coffee.
    Your next stop is the old city of Escazu, home to the beautiful La Sabana Metropolitan Park. Enjoy traditional Costa Rican cuisine and take in the daily lunch scene at an 80-year-old inn. Top off your meal with a glass of chicha, a popular local drink.
    After lunch, take a peek into the traditional artisan scene at the home and workshop of a renowned mask-making family. Colorful masks are an important part of Costa Rican festivities, and you’ll get to hear about their history and handmade creation when you meet a third-generation craftsman.
    Finally, tour a local bakery that’s been churning out delicious, fresh-baked goods for almost a century. Learn how to make traditional tortillas and wash down a sampling of house-made bread with another cup of fresh-brewed coffee. Your tour will wrap up in front of the ornate Costa Rica National Theatre back in central San Jose.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    It was such a great walking tour. Great food, great guide, awesome cultural experience. Anyel was the best tour guide. I would definitely recommend and do this again in the future.

    Thank 101austint
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Our tour guide for the day was Angel. He was very friendly, had a great knowledge of all things Costa Rican and made a great effort to get our group interacting. We had five in our group and it was a lovely number. The tour...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank aim_en2015
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Top 5 Reasons you should take this tour: 1. If you’re a solo traveler you get to meet other tourists and break the monotony of being by yourself. 2. The views from Escazu was breathtaking. 3. The tapas at the local restaurant were delicious! 4....More

    Thank 862darylt
    Reviewed 31 May 2019 via mobile

    This experience was phenomenal. Our tour guide Angel made sure my boyfriend and I had a blast from beginning to end. The experience is authentic and full of great things to see, food to eat, and people to meet. Pura vida!

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Gemma L
    Reviewed 20 May 2019

    Great walking tour. We went to Escazu Costa Rica today and met Gerardo Montoya. He makes papier-mâché masquerade customs. He introduced me to his whole family of costumes. He even put one on and did a dance for me. Very special to meet him

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    Response from Marytm2014 | Reviewed this property |
    We met our guide in front of the National Theater, where many tours start.
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    4 June 2018|
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    Response from Leintwardine | Reviewed this property |
    I don't think this company do a later tour, but there may be others who do. We also did the evening craft beer tour which was fun, it starts at 4:30. If you are driving a hire car make sure you check the rush hour... More
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