Total San Jose: Bites & Sights with Gold Museum

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  • duration 5 hours
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 6+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Discover the secrets behind handicrafts, herbal remedies, and fresh produce at the local markets
  • Savour seasonal snacks as well as some of that famous Costa Rican coffee
  • See a side of San Jose not found in guidebooks
  • Visit the preColumbian Gold Museum, home to 1,600 gold artifacts dating back to 500 CE
The Total San Jose: Bites & Sights with Gold Museum tour starts and ends in San Jose. The Total San Jose: Bites & Sights with Gold Museum is a food tour that takes 5 hours.

Discover the culture of both contemporary and pre-Columbian Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking tour. You’ll wander through busy streets, bustling markets, tranquil parks and a museum of gold as you learn straight from locals about community, culture, cuisine and more.
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Mr. Robert's review for another Urban Adventures tour
4.5 - Excellent
  • Mr. Robert
  • On Jan 11 2016
“I really enjoyed the tour. Plenty of time to wander the two sites. My guide was fantastic!”
Mr. Mayank's review for another Urban Adventures tour
5 - Excellent
  • Mr. Mayank
  • On Jul 22 2016
“Our Guide, Michaela, was absolutely amazing. Excellent combination of knowledge and fun. The tour was done at our pace. Inspite of the fact we were walking all day, we didn't really feel tired as we had regular breaks such as the Boat Trip, Lunch and the tram ride up the hill to Prague Castle. Michaela surely knows going the extra mile as she not only enriched us with knowledge about history, myths and legends of Prague and its attractions, but also gave us valuable tips on where to eat, do shopping, places to visit (excluding the tour) and where to stay away from. One of the best days we have ever had... 5 star rating for our 5 star guide :) Highly recommended!”
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  • Ms. Lauren
  • On Mar 07 2016
“Our tour guide was really nice and funny and was really great!”

Make the most of your day in San Jose! This tour takes our usual Bites & Sights Tour and combines it with a trip to a pre-Columbian Gold Museum for the ultimate Costa Rican cultural experience.

Get your cameras ready because you don’t want to miss a single moment of this colourful local experience. On this 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. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables and the smoothies they can create in the midst of the vibrant city markets. 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. Take a wander through the city with us on this tour that takes typical San Jose and turns it into a local experience you’ll never forget.

Your San Jose 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 tour continues along local roads towards the Central Market. 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 more Costa Rican coffee. The Central Market is an experience that no visitor the San Jose should miss, and with a local guide by your side, you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure.

We’ll refuel from all that exploring with a lunch stop at one of the most historic coffee shops in San Jose.

After lunch, we’ll visit a museum that’s home to some 1,600 pieces of gold artifacts, dating back to 500 CE. In Costa Rican history, gold was considered a symbol of authority, and the items in the museum display the craftsmanship of the pre-Columbian period.

By the end of your tour, you’ll be full of local knowledge, from food to culture — but if you want to see, do and eat more, be sure to ask your local guide for more tips on things to do in San Jose.

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food and drink samples
  • Entrance fees.
  • Additional food and drinks
  • souvenirs and personal shopping
  • tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Cancellation for this Total San Jose: Bites & Sights with Gold Museum 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.


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Total San Jose: Bites & Sights with Gold Museum 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 Total San Jose: Bites & Sights with Gold Museum 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 :

Central Market. We’ll meet at the main entrance, at the southeast corner of the market. Corner of Av. Central and Calle 6.

Meeting end point :

National Theatre.

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