Private San Jose: Bites & Sights with Cooking Class

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 6 hours
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Discover handicrafts, herbal remedies and fresh produce on a private tour of local markets
  • Savour tasty seasonal samplings of Costa Rican food as well as organic coffee
  • See a side of San Jose known only by locals and not found in guidebooks
  • Spend time with a local family in their home and learn about their life in Costa Rica
The Private San Jose: Bites & Sights with Cooking Class tour starts and ends in San Jose. The Private San Jose: Bites & Sights with Cooking Class is an adventure tour that takes 6 hours.

Get the ultimate Costa Rican foodie experience on a private tour that takes you from the local markets into a local kitchen. Wander busy streets, bustling markets and tranquil parks as you learn the secrets of Costa Rican culture and cuisine. You’ll learn how to brew coffee the traditional way, sample authentic delicacies from the market, and participate in a hands-on cooking class in a local home. Delicioso!
Please note: This tour is available in Portuguese and German as well as English 
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Mr. Josh's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4.5 - Excellent
  • Mr. Josh
  • On Feb 19 2016
“Our guide was Francesca and she was excellent. We went to some amazing bars which we would not found by ourselves. We tried a lot of different wines as well as some traditional foods. We had a great group which we also met up with the next day for a different tour. The meet location was easy to find, Francesca took control of the group well as well as showing her extended knowledge of the City. I would highly recommend. Josh & Tiff, Nottingham, UK.”
Ms. Maxine's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
  • Ms. Maxine
  • On Mar 19 2016
“A really informative and fun tour. the truffle was to die for!”
Mr. Joseph's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
  • Mr. Joseph
  • On May 21 2016
“Theresa was extraordinarily. She is knowledgeable, friendly, funny, and has a good heart. She helped us with places to eat and see that were outstanding. I highly recommend her and would request her for our next trip to the area.”

Make the most of San Jose’s culinary scene! This private tour takes our usual Bites & Sights Tour and combines it with a cooking class for the ultimate Costa Rican foodie experience.

On this private San Jose tour you’ll get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Nothing could get you closer to authentic San Jose than strolling through the streets with a local as they show you the ins and outs of daily life.

Your San Jose food tour starts with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Borbons market, where you’ll get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, we’ll take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits while learning about the agricultural history of the area.  We’ll visit a number of stands, from a coffee stand where we’ll learn the Costa Rican chorreado brewing method, to a local folk medicine stand where we’ll learn about curing everything from a hangover to a broken heart.

Your market tour continues along local roads towards the Central Market. Seeing the diverse sites of these markets will help you get to know the country and its rich history better. Plus, you’ll indulge another sense &mash; taste — as you get more in tune with San Jose. There’s no better place to experience local cuisine than the Central Market, a 120-year-old building full to the brim with typical Costa Rican food and drink. Here you can sample local delicacies, learn about the herbs used in local medicines, or simply sip on your second Costa Rican coffee of the day. It’s here that we’ll also buy the ingredients for our cooking class.

We will then continue to our chef’s house, where we’ll spend three unforgettable hours learning the intricacies of making traditional Costa Rican food — such as how to cook picadillo, a stew made with ground beef and tomatoes, and the different tamale-making techniques. We’ll make two different types of tamales, vegetarian and pork, wrapped in banana leaf – delicious!

There’s no better way to experience the flavour of a country than by going from market to kitchen, and we hope by the end, you feel like an authentic Costa Rican foodie! After your class, head back to your hotel will a stomach full of food and a head full of memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Transportation pick-up and drop-off.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food samples
  • Additional food and drinks
  • souvenirs and personal shopping
  • tips/gratuities for your guide and driver.
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Cancellation for this Private San Jose: Bites & Sights with Cooking Class tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


Full payment of 63 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Travel Insurance

Private San Jose: Bites & Sights with Cooking Class tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Private San Jose: Bites & Sights with Cooking Class tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

Your hotel in San Jose city.

Meeting end point :

Your hotel in San Jose city.

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