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Cartago Walking Tour

From US$ 36 per person
  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Explore the fascinating La Basilica de los Angeles
  • Head over to the Central Market to indulge in the local cuisine
  • Visit popular coffee plantations by train
  • Walk around the historical streets of Cartago
In 1563, the Spanish conquistador Juan Vazquez de Coronado established the boundaries of what would later become the city of Cartago. Hop on a train and journey to this historic town beyond San Jose, where you’ll walk the streets and listen to the city’s stories. Finish it up with a visit to the local market for the perfect day away from San Jose!

This San Jose tour will begin at the Jimenez Apartments in the beautiful setting of Parque España, also known as Expression Park, one of the oldest parks in the city. Here you’ll meet your local guide, who will give you a bit of history about the park, as well as the buildings around you. You’ll take a wander across the street and admire the view of the Yellow House, and then head onwards to the National Liquor Factory. Your local guide will be giving you snippets of information about these landmarks along the way, before you head out on your journey out of town. 

Next you’ll take a quick 10-minute hike up into the hills of San Jose and arrive at the Atlantic Railroad, where you’ll hop on a train to head to Cartago. This scenic 45-minute journey will take you past the University campus, further out in to the mountains, and through the coffee plantations. At the end of the journey lies Cartago, where your cultural experience awaits!

We’ll start by visiting the Lady of the Rock at La Basilica de los Angeles where, every August 2nd, two million people visit. We’ll continue walking through the streets of this beautiful town, learning all about its history along the way. Cartago is a 400 years old, so there’s heaps of history to discover! You will make regular stops with your guide, and learn all the gossip and facts, so that they can fill you in on all the history behind this fascinating town.

After getting your fix of all that Costa Rican history, your Cartago tour will finish up at the Central Market, where you can sample local life through foods and flavours. Here you’ll be able to brush shoulders with the locals and dive into local cuisine, gaining plenty of insights from your guide as well.

After this, you’ll hop on a local bus to return to San Jose, where your guide will happily point you in the direction of your accommodation, or give you some more tips to explore the city of San Jose.
what’s included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Local transportation
  • Coffee or agua dulce and one sample of food.
what’s excluded
  • Transportation to and from meeting point
  • Food and drink other than specified above
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips / gratuities for the guide.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 4 hours
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point San Jose, Costa Rica
Good to know Dress standard: Please wear hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes, and bring a sweater and sun hat.

Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Cancellation Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.
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