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San Jose Tours and Holidays 2018/19

Holidays in San Jose are not something most people who visit Costa Rica get to experience. In fact, for most holidaymakers, the Costa Rican capital and its airport only serve as a transit point to the coast and the country’s famed beaches. However, a visit to San Jose can be incredibly rewarding because it offers ... Read More

208 Trips in San Jose with 219 Reviews

Highlights
  • Discover San Jose at night.
  • Visit popular neighborhoods, markets and city buildings.
  • Become a part of the city's history and culture.
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Urban Adventures
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Night Tour Of San Jose

of 1 review
Wine. Oh, we need to say more? Alright, well, there’s also a ton ... Read More
  • Starts San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 73 4 hours View Tour
Highlights
  • Discover Central America, a land of mysterious Mayan ruins, active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles.
  • Experience an El Salvador of the past in the colonial town of Suchitoto, before savouring the blissful present on its black sand beaches.
  • Volcanoes, wildlife-rich rainforest, stunning beaches and ancient rock carvings - Ometepe Island has it all.
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Intrepid Travel
25% Discount

Central American Journey

of 152 reviews
Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Antigua/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 2 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,735 US$ 1,319 17 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 26 10+ seats left
Sep 2 Only 6 seats left
Highlights
  • Who hasn't dreamt of snorkelling, sun-baking and cocktail-sipping in the Caribbean? Enjoy plenty of time to do just this in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, as well as seeing sloths, racoons and monkeys in nearby Cahulta National Park.
  • Dial the relaxation up a notch in Bocas del Toro, Panama, spending several nights on nearby Isla Bastimentos.
  • Waterfalls, wildflowers, hot springs and mountains - beautiful Boquete has it all.
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Intrepid Travel
15% Discount

Costa Rica & Panama Discovery

of 62 reviews
Adventure-lovers rejoice! Here is a trip that delivers pure beach bliss, idyllic islands, curious creatures ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/Panama City View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 2 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,185 US$ 1,013 13 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 28 Only 6 seats left
Sep 18 Only 5 seats left
Highlights
  • Trek into a remote community to live with the locals.
  • Sleep in a cave behind twin waterfalls.
  • Make your own sugarcane candy.
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G Adventures
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Trek Hidden Costa Rica

of 2 reviews
Think you know Costa Rica? Trade in the same old settings for the real deal ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San José/San José View Map
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,949 US$ 1,389 12 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 25 Only 9 seats left
Highlights
  • Stroll through lively markets in San Jose.
  • Explore the jungle in the Tortuguero National Park.
  • Chill out to the sounds of nature in Sarapiqui.
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Intrepid Travel
20% Discount

Classic Costa Rica

of 80 reviews
Every year thousands of tourists travel to Costa Rica but few get to experience this ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 2 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,710 US$ 1,381 15 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 25 Only 7 seats left
Sep 8 Only 8 seats left
Highlights Read More
Bamba Experience

Avocado Express Ways (from Panama City)

Travel around Panama, Costa Rica on this flexible hop-on hop-off pass allowing you to take ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Panama City/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Bamba Experience Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 702 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 22 Only 5 seats left
Aug 23 Only 7 seats left
Highlights
  • Become a part of Costa Rica's craft beer revolution.
  • Visit Barrio Escalante to explore the top pubs in the area.
  • Explore the world of Costa Rican tapas.
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Urban Adventures
Free Cancellation

San Jose Craft Beer And Breweries Tour

of 3 reviews
Did you get the memo? There’s a beer revolution going down in Costa ... Read More
  • Starts San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 67 3 hours View Tour
Highlights Read More
Tucan Travel
15% Discount

Costa Rica Encompassed

of 26 reviews
This is the ultimate tour for nature lovers who want to experience Costa Rica’s complete ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Tucan Travel Active 19 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,279 US$ 1,087 14 days View Tour
Next Departures
Sep 15 Only 7 seats left
Nov 3 Only 7 seats left
Highlights
  • Explore the Selva Tropical Rain forest, home to toucans, monkeys, parrots and many more.
  • Visit the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, home to 400 bird species.
  • The original chocolate tour at the cocoa plantation.
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Urban Adventures
Free Cancellation

Cocoa Plantation And Rainforest Adventure

of 3 reviews
Get high on wildlife and chocolates from this tour that takes you through the amazing ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 133 10 hours View Tour
Highlights
  • Wander through the artisan stalls of San Jose’s Plaza de la Cultura.
  • Learn some home-cooked recipes on a visit to the Juanilama agricultural community.
  • Hike the forested jungle trails of Manuel Antonio National Park.
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Intrepid Travel

Costa Rica Experience

of 49 reviews
Even in a region well known for its natural diversity, Costa Rica is still a ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 2 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,050 9 days View Tour
Next Departures
Sep 8 Only 4 seats left
Oct 20 Only 4 seats left
Highlights
  • Volcano hiking.
  • Cultural experience.
  • Visit small local towns.
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Greenway Nature Tours
Free Cancellation

Irazu Volcano National Park And Cartago City Highlights

Irazú Volcano National Park is a National Park in the Central Volcanic Conservation Area of ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Montelimar Guadalupe/Montelimar Guadalupe
  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 175 9 hours View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Learn about the coffee industry in Costa Rica.
  • Taste high quality beans.
  • Visit a coffee plantation.
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Greenway Nature Tours
Free Cancellation

Private Coffee Tour With Lunch

Experience the original Costa Rican coffee tour at our farm located in Barva de Heredia ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Montelimar Guadalupe/Montelimar Guadalupe
  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 100 5 hours View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • White water rafting from San Jose to Arenal.
  • Presents the best of sightseeing and nature.
  • The best way to commute!.
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Costa Rica Green Adventures
Free Cancellation

Rafting From San Jose To Arenal

Your tour begins with hotel pickup from your hotel in San Jose. You will meet ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/Alajuela
  • Operator Costa Rica Green Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 125 10 hours View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 21
Aug 22
Highlights
  • Visit the historical Cartago for an incredible day tour.
  • Ride a bike around Cartago, exploring its top attractions.
  • Learn more about Cartago's colonial era history.
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Urban Adventures
Free Cancellation

Exploring Cartago By Train And Bike

of 2 reviews
Wave goodbye to the dizzying crowds on this San Jose tour that takes you ... Read More
  • Starts San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 59 5 hours View Tour
Highlights
  • Discover Central America, a land of mysterious Mayan ruins, active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles.
  • Whether its slumbering on the sands of Playa del Carmen, gazing at the pyramids of Tikal or haggling in the markets of Chichicastenango, you'll experience multiple sides of Central America..
  • You've never seen true colour until you've been to a Mexican market.
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Intrepid Travel
15% Discount

Central America Explorer

of 1 review
Enjoy a Central American odyssey on this adventure from the chaos of Mexico’s capital to ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Mexico City/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 2 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 4,065 US$ 3,475 46 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 25 Only 5 seats left
Sep 1 Only 5 seats left
Highlights Read More
Bamba Experience

Ahuevos Bamba Express Ways (from Mexico City)

Travel around Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica on this flexible hop-on hop-off pass ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Mexico City/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Bamba Experience Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,590 35 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 22 Only 6 seats left
Aug 23 Only 10 seats left
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Tucan Travel
13% Discount

Nature Trails

of 13 reviews
Take a tour through captivating Costa Rica and experience the natural beauty this Central American ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Tucan Travel Active 19 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 799 US$ 695 9 days View Tour
Next Departures
Sep 15 Only 7 seats left
Oct 13 Only 7 seats left
Highlights
  • Unrivalled wildlife viewing — Howler monkeys, caiman and sloths .
  • Visit the beaches and waterways of Tortuguero, an important nesting site for Green turtles.
  • Verdant rainforest, lush mangroves, lava fields and serene cloud forests.
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Exodus Travels

Discover Costa Rica

of 55 reviews
Costa Rica is renowned for having proportionately more protected land than any other country, making ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Exodus Travels Active 19 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 3,255 15 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20 Only 6 seats left
Oct 27 Only 4 seats left
Highlights
  • Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience.
  • Laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey.
  • Bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach.
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G Adventures
29% Discount Free Cancellation

Backroads Of Central America

Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age – ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San José/Antigua Guatemala
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,789 US$ 1,275 18 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 28 Only 10 seats left
Highlights
  • Cruise the canals in search of wildlife.
  • Hike through the pristine environment of Tortuguero National Park.
  • Search for sea turtles when in season.
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G Adventures
Free Cancellation

Tortuguero National Park Tour – 4-Day Independent Adventure

Short on time but need more of Costa Rica? Tortuguero National Park, home to the ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San José/San José View Map
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 398 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 24 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Explore a part of the city that never makes it to your guidebooks.
  • Learn how to mix natural drinks and discover 30 fruits and veggies.
  • Visit the San Jose Central Market and Borbon for fresh produce and handicrafts.
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Urban Adventures
Free Cancellation

San Jose Food And Drinks Tour

of 2 reviews
Unmask the beauty and culture of contemporary Costa Rican life on this San Jose ... Read More
  • Starts San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 32 3 hours View Tour
Highlights
  • Oh Mayan, Central America, what a land.
  • Extended time in Caye Caulker and Antigua offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy laid-back island vibes as well as buzzing colonial city life..
  • There's nothing quite like staying with a local family to really experience a place.
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Geckos Adventures
15% Discount

Discover Central America

If it’s Central America you want, it’s Central America you’ll get! This super-cali-fragil-istic-EPIC-ali-docious adventure kicks ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Playa Del Carmen/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Geckos Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,935 US$ 2,495 32 days View Tour
Next Departures
Sep 11 Only 6 seats left
Highlights
  • Discover Central America, a land of active volcanoes, idyllic lakes and emerald jungles..
  • Volcanoes, wildlife-rich rainforest, stunning beaches and ancient rock carvings - Ometepe Island has it all.
  • Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde in Costa Rica.
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Intrepid Travel
30% Discount

Nicaragua & Costa Rica

Whether it’s the twin volcanoes reflected in the water of Lake Nicaragua, the smell of ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 2 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 850 US$ 606 10 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 25 10+ seats left
Jan 12 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Try adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and waterfall rappelling.
  • Take in the views of Arenal Volcano towering over La Fortuna.
  • Chill out by the Pacific Ocean..
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G Adventures
24% Discount Free Cancellation

Costa Rica On A Shoestring

Hit two of Costa Rica's famed features – volcanoes and beaches – on this exciting ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San José/San José
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 729 US$ 554 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Aug 25 Only 6 seats left
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Excellent Reviewed Tour: Trek Hidden Costa Rica
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5 - Excellent
“Excellent”
Amazing Costa Rica Reviewed Tour: Trek Hidden Costa Rica
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5 - Excellent
“Costa Rica is truly amazing! Really happy with the tour. The group was great. The small treks we did were amazing, and Dominical is truly beautiful. The entire tour was well organised!”
Average Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
3 - Average
“Panama - I've emailed feedbacks ”
Average Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
3 - Average
“I took the tour aware that is a low budget tour! ”
Very Good Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
4 - Very Good
“I only joined for the last leg of the journey which started in Mexico City at San Jose Costa Rica Border crossing into Panama I've encounted worse.I enjoyed the 8 days travelling group got on well tour leader was knowledgeable.”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
5 - Excellent
“Great quick getaway tour was only a week but felt like I had been away for a month. Very organized and plenty of down time so I could still relax. Tour leader was fantastic.”
Very Good Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
4 - Very Good
“Definitely kept one moving”
Average Reviewed Tour: Costa Rica Encompassed
3 - Average
“Will submit further comments in email to feedback email address. ”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: Costa Rica Encompassed
5 - Excellent
“Well structured tour with group of like minded travellers. Free days allowed for optional excursions with activities to suit all tastes & ages. ”

San Jose - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

Holidays in San Jose are not something most people who visit Costa Rica get to experience. In fact, for most holidaymakers, the Costa Rican capital and its airport only serve as a transit point to the coast and the country’s famed beaches. However, a visit to San Jose can be incredibly rewarding because it offers a glimpse into everyday life in Costa Rica in a way you won’t be able to experience at the seaside resorts.

Tour Highlights

  • Teatro Nacional, or the National Theater, is an opulent building located at the central square called Plaza del Cultura. It hosts a variety of theater performances, concerts and other cultural events.
  • Jade Museum, located in a modern, architecturally distinct building, holds an impressive collection of pre-Columbian artefacts made using this semi-precious stone.
  • Situated in downtown San Jose, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum treasures over a thousand gold, ceramic and stone artefacts made by various groups who have inhabited present-day Costa Rica.
  • La Sabana Metropolitan Park is a breathtaking urban green space that sprawls for 72 acres. It is the perfect place to unwind away from the capital’s hectic traffic.

Travel Tips

  • If you truly want to soak up the vibrant ambient of the Costa Rican capital, head over to the Barrio Amon, an area nestled north of Plaza Espana. In this historic neighborhood, you will have an opportunity to see picturesque mansions in various architectural styles, some of which in recent years have been converted into boutique shops, restaurants and hotels.
  • Even though downtown San Jose is best explored on foot, the chaotic traffic makes it hard for tourists to get around. Pedestrians generally do not have the right of way, so you should be careful when crossing the street and always watch out for reckless cars and scooters.
  • The Costa Rican capital enjoys warm temperatures year-round, however, if you want to experience the city without worrying about rain, plan your visit during the dry season, which lasts from mid-December to April. 
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