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Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group

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Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group

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Sample a wide variety of Costa Rican flavors while learning about the country's cultural heritage with this San Jose walking tour. You'll shop for fruits and veggies at the Mercado Central and the Mercado Borbón, visit the National Theater and La Laguna Plaza, and try all sorts of local treats along the way.
  • Explore San Jose on foot with a local guide
  • Choose from private or small-group options
  • Early-morning and late-morning departures are available
  • Food and beverages are included in the price
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Coffee and/or Tea
Tamal
Make Tortillas
Seasonal fruits Samples
Empanada
If you have luggage let us know so you can leave it in our office.
Private transportation
Alcoholic Beverages
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Banco Central de Costa Rica , Av. central y 1, calles 2 y 4, C. 4, Paso De La Vaca, San José, Costa Rica

Meeting point San Jose, Monumento de los Presentes, in front of Banco Central de Costa Rica, between avenida 1 and avenida central by street four, if you need a parking we recommend one block from meeting point on the left side of the road on street four.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Private option
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY San Jose Urban Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group.
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What is the social distancing policy during Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group.

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  • "This is a 3 hour journey through San Jose that will take you into the places you’d never find on your own." See review

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star-5
Incredible experience
Heidi_M
, Jul 2022
Being our first time in Costa Rica me and my niece were told San Jose wasn’t a great place to stick around and explore, but we booked a tour anyway since we had time to kill in the town before we left. After our whole trip we still found this tour to be the most memorable, personal, and informative. Eric is well educated on the area and history since being his home town and gave everybody a taste of what San Jose is really like at it’s roots. I would highly recommend this tour for people who are unsure if they want to explore San Jose or it’s your first time in Costa Rica, we now have a new found appreciation for the food, culture, and of course Eric.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Heidy, it is a city that is better to go to know it with professionals, the tour you took, is a tour with a lot of organization the same way about the storytelling of the tour, thank you very much for taking the tour with us and supporting small local owned companies
star-5
Best experience ever
April_H
, Jun 2022
Her tour guide was excellent. She did a great job explaining the history and was very informative. We had the best time with her!!! Would definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello, I'm glad you liked it, Dino is a new young guide and it was his first tour, she will be very happy for his first review. Thank you for supporting locally owned companies
star-5
Great tour
Lisa_P
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Ángel was knowledgeable, friendly, and super helpful. The meal was delicious. He also gave me recommendations for the rest of the day.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Lisa, we want to thank you for taking the tour with us, and for supporting small local businesses, Angel always tries very hard to do an excellent job and we are always looking to improve the food.
star-5
Amazing foodie tour around the city
Paula_G
, Jun 2022
Wow, both of the guides were super nice and took the utmost care of the group, making sure eveyone was safe and happy. I learned a lot about San Jose and the food market was my favourite part! No, actually making the empanadas at the end was even better :) Thank you for a wonderful time!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, I'm glad you liked it, yes, we make the tour more and more interactive and fun, but at the same time it has a great social help all the best from San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Great tour, perfect duration, excellent guide
Lawrence_V
, Jun 2022
Top-noth operation and experience. Our guide (Eric) arrived on-time/early and was friendly, well-informed, and easily conversant keeping conversation fun and insightful. Well-paced and creatively designed for the experiences (sights, sounds, smells, textures & tastes). Our 13yo son loved it and can’t wait to do it again. Eric created a special hands-on cooking experience - a memory highlight.
star-5
Introduction to Costa Rica
Kurt_D
, Jun 2022
Angel was amazing, he was so knowledgeable and friendly. He introduced us to many fruits as well as coffee. He also had some much history to share with us. It was a wonderful was to introduce us to Costa Rica.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Enjoyable/Authentic City Walk/Tour
brad_c
, Jun 2022
We learned how to make tostadas and ate them along with other traditional foods and coffee the host provided. Very enjoyable few hours.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, the idea is that the tour becomes more interactive with food, like with the tortilla classes. All the Best From San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Culture, Markets, Food, History - it's all here!
MaryAnn_S
, Jun 2022
Had a wonderful morning with Eric as our guide. He's very knowledgeable and open to sharing that knowledge with visitors. Culture, food, markets, history - all part of the time with him. They've added a little class at the end of the tour - we made tortillas and hot chocolate as well as tasting a Costa Rican tamale. A great way to begin the vacation. Thanks!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, it was a pleasure to have met you, and also that you had a good time with us, the idea is to improve everything we do every day, such as the food workshop at the end of the tour, which we are improving, thank you very much for supporting a local company. All the Best From San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
A great visit to special city
STEVEN_L
, May 2022
Outstanding tour of the city, got see several historic buildings, learned the meaning of several monuments, then a visit to the central market for a taste of local fruits and food then a real treat a stop at a small shop where we sampled some local foods and drink Perfect day.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello, it is a tour that we have improved a lot every day, we call it that the tour is evolving, with its themes and the themes of food and food to try, thank you very much for supporting small local businesses
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Coffee, food, history, and architecture!
Margarita_G
, May 2022
Our guide Angel was very knowledgeable and gave us a history of San Jose and the people who live and work in the city. Also had some great food and coffee the whole time, we went back to try some more later that day! We also got to learn about some of the architecture in the area. at the end we had more food at their establishment, including home made tamales. they sell small batch and locally made coffee and chocolate products, including that of women owned and run cooperatives. Definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello, I am glad that you liked the different topics to be explained on the tour, Angel is a guide who has been with us for 4 years, and understands all the nuances that we want to generate on the tour, not to mention all the people that we interact with and help during the development. of the tour, thank you very much for taking the tour with a small local company
star-5
Me and my friends were...
Grant_G
, May 2022
Me and my friends were not able to get the true cultural experience from just walking around San Jose. We took this tour and not only did we get a historical perspective but also, we learned so much about the culture of Costa Rica. Angel was an amazing guide and had so much patience. 10/10
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Grant, what a pleasure, you have a good time, we plan everything very well and we meet very constantly to improve various details about our tours, Angel is a very special person, very hardworking, thanks for your support
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Capping off Costa rica
KennethHope_T
, May 2022
It was my last day in Costa Rica and wanted to roam around San Jose but did not know where to start. This tour is absolutely worth it. Our tour guide Ernesto is so knowledgeable with a warm smile. I suggest not filling up your tummy before tour as you'll be eating lots. :) We toured around Mercado Central and San Jose city, trying different fruits that I have never tasted before but suprisingly good. The empanada and Tamales were so hearty and tasty. We also did chocolate grinding and tortilla making which I find so engaging and cool. I def recommend this tour. 👍👍👍
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Keneth, how nice, that being your last day in the country you have taken the tour, causing a good impression, and also a good introduction to the culture and being a Costa Rican, I hope you have enjoyed our country, and thank you very much for take the tour with a local company All the best San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Incredible experience
maribell_q
, May 2022
A tour you need to take while you are in San Jose- Costa Rica. Great learning historical info about Costa Rica. The tour exceed my expectations about the culture and food wise. We really enjoyed the food experience. Make sure you don’t eat before you take the tour because you get lot of food. Overall great great experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Maribell, thank you very much, I am glad that you liked the experience and that you enjoyed the food
star-1
Bad communication
Staresha_L
, May 2022
I booked a tour with them and confirmed it via phone. Waited in the rain and no one showed. Called and text the number/whatsapp and didn't receive a response.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello, it did happen to us the day we had problems getting to the meeting because the bridge collapsed due to the rains and the guide could not arrive on time, but we tried to communicate with everyone that day and immediately returned the money and even offered to take the tour more free afternoon a thousand apologies happened to us once and we have taken measures to be prepared in case.
star-5
Take the Tour
Shanae_F
, May 2022
I would highly recommend this tour for all ages. We tried so many fruits, walked all over and learned so much about Costa Rica.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello, thank you very much for your support and we are very pleased that you liked it. Cheers San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-4
"Share your story" -- It...
Shirley_A
, May 2022
"Share your story" -- It doesn't seem that Viator is actually looking for a review. Participants are being prompted to advertise for you. I think San Jose Urban Tours deserves better. My review: The guide was knowledgeable and engaging, although he seemed unduly concerned about how he would be rated, since he wanted to verify several times that we were enjoying the tour, when it seemed to me it was clear that we were. This seemed to be an indication of the system he was working under. The participants were unfamiliar with San Jose, and the tour provided a very efficient introduction to the downtown area as well as a general overview of the history of Costa Rica. The hands-on cooking experience was enjoyable, although I would have preferred to know about of the food culture of Costa Rica, the main ingredients and most common daily dishes (their names, so we could try them in restaurants). The following day I had to spend some time online to locate the main entrance to the Mercado Central. There are numerous entrances, but a newcomer would not find them easily. A map of where we had been with street names would have been very useful for finding our way back to places where we would like to spend more time. Superstitions were mentioned a couple of times. It would have been interesting to know a bit more about this aspect of Costa Rican culture and more about the relations between the indigenous and European populations in general. The tour was very carefully planned and prepared.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Shierley, I love the way you explained your point of view, this tour in particular has been evolving and improving, to the point that we are making important changes in the history of the tour, the food and also more participatory when it comes to present the food ,always with a touch of surprise, but all your points of view is exactly where we are going, thank you very much. All the Best San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Best tour of the city and markets!
Ryan_S
, May 2022
San José was mine and my husband’s first stop in Costa Rica on our honeymoon, and we had no idea where to go or what food would be good to try. Angel was a great guide in not only telling us about the history of the city but sharing some great food with us. We tried a lot of great food might not have gotten otherwise, and even went back after to buy more of the stuff we tried. It was finished off with a stop at their office to make tortillas, hot chocolate, and eat tamales, all of which were amazing. It was a perfect start to our trip and we would recommend it to anyone!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hola Ryan. I am glad that you enjoyed the experience with us, we are really pleased to see how well you had it, it was worth our effort that we now have our gastronomic center to improve
star-5
Super tour for all food lovers
MARIJA_T
, May 2022
Great tour with a great guide Ernesto. Recommend for everyone in search for authentic local experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hola so glad you enjoy the tour, and thank you for your support All the Best San Jose Urban Tours Team
star-5
Excellent tour
Daniel_S
, Apr 2022
Loved this food walking tour, going around several sites in San Jose. Must have tried 15-20 different foods/drinks ranging from fruits to coffee to ceviche.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Daniel so glad you had a good time with us, and thanks to support a local owned company all the best From San Urban Tours Team
star-5
Eric was very...
smsleepers2
, Apr 2022
Eric was very knowledgeable and entertaining. His explanation of the migration of Costa Rican population was great. All the food he had us sample was delicious and his explanation of how it was native to this area was great. Had a wonderful time.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hola so glad you had a good time, and really thank you to support a local owned company all the best From San Jose Urban Tours Team

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