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.