San Jose

San Jose Guided City Tour: Architecture, Culture, Food and History

San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose Guided City Tour Architecture Culture Food and History
  • 6 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a deeper dive into Costa Rica’s capital city on this epic walking tour. Across a thorough half day, you’ll follow your bilingual guide across a dozen-plus San Jose icons, from Teatro Nacional Costa Rica to Casa Amarilla to Central Market (Mercado Central) and beyond. You’ll get a local’s understanding of the city’s history, art, and architecture, plus tips and tricks to help you fall in love with San Jose.
  • An authentic Costa Rican lunch included
  • Explore Costa Rica's past and present, through fabulous architecture, parks, and more
  • Get access to a local guide for all your questions, plus intel on the city's best food, art, attractions, and more
  • Hassle-free round-trip transfers from your centrally located San Jose hotel

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Jose and Alajuela central area only
  • Parking Fees
  • Local Professional Tour Guide
  • Local Professional Driver
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off outside San Jose and Alajuela
  • Dedicated Vehicle and Driver
  • Theatre and Museums entrance fees

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

Hotel pickup and drop-off from San José only. We will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel and drive you to the meeting point where the walk starts for this great expedition and after the guided walk we will drive you back to your hotel. The exact pick up time will be confirmed on your itinerary once the reservation is confirmed.

What To Expect

Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Morazan Park

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Templo de la Musica

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Parque Espana

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Casa Amarilla

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Parque Nacional Park

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Monumento Nacional

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Atlantic Railroad Station

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Plaza de la Democracia y de la Abolición del Ejército

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Plaza de la Cultura

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Central Market (Mercado Central)

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Banco Central de Costa Rica

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Recommended items: Tennis or hiking shoes, a bottle of water, comfortable clothes, camera, sunscreen
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.


    3 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
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    Great Walking Experience of San Jose.
    Pemiel_P, Mar 2024
    The most memorable part was finalizing the tour in the Cafeoteca. Eric was very thorough and knowledgeable. My wife and I learned so much about San Jose. We’re leave more knowledgeable of the city, its places, and history. The only negative I have is that we should have briefly entered at least two museums just to see a few things. We would have been happy paying the extra entrance fees.
    More driving than touring
    LindaA_K, Dec 2023
    We appreciated being taken safely through the busy traffic. The dinner was good and the guide was friendly. But the Viator listing implied activities at a much deeper level than the actual tour operator provided. I wish I could recommend t tour but I can't. Traffic was very bad so they probably didn't have time to do most of the ad should be updated.
    Buen recorrido
    JOSELUIS_D, Dec 2023
    Muy buen guia , muy buenos sus conocimientos y explicaciones. Buena selección del recorrido, recomendable para quienes visitan San Jose por primera vez.
    Response from Host, Dec 2023
    Estimado Jose, Agradecemos sinceramente sus amables palabras sobre nuestro servicio de San Jose Guided City Tour. Nos alegra saber que disfrutó de la experiencia y que nuestro guía logró proporcionarle un recorrido valioso. La selección del recorrido es un aspecto clave, y nos complace que haya encontrado la elección acertada. Nos esforzamos por ofrecer conocimientos detallados y explicaciones enriquecedoras para que quienes visitan San José por primera vez puedan disfrutar al máximo de la ciudad. Gracias por recomendarnos. Su satisfacción es nuestra mayor recompensa, y esperamos tener el placer de servirle nuevamente en el futuro. Lidieth, propietaria La Familia Faro Travel Costa Rica WhatsApp y Telegram: +506 8578-4040

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    -You will not receive a refund if you cancel.

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