Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience

    • 4 hours
    • COSTA1
    • Total price tool tip
      AUD $77
    • *Approx package price

Unmask the beauty of contemporary Costa Rican life on this walking tour of San Jose and Escazu. Get hooked up with some of Costa Rica's local legends, freshest food (make your own tortillas anyone?) and rustic restaurants on this San Jose tour that has you walking in holy footsteps and riding public transport for the ultimate insiders experience!


* Discover a tale of two cities, exploring the real Costa Rica in San Jose and Escazu, the “city of witches”

* Walk the spiritual route of churches and learn the rich local history of Catholicism   

* Experience the lively atmosphere of the Central Market, and stroll through San Jose’s largest green space, La Sabana Metropolitan Park

* Visit a legendary masquerade family, renowned for their traditional Costa Rican masks

* Feast on authentic local cuisine at an eighty-year-old inn and learn the traditional way to make tortillas

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Northeast corner of España Park at the cafeteria – Avenue 7 and Street 11A next to Embajada de Mexico. 
  • Finish:

    National Theatre
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Inclusions:

    Local English-speaking guide, traditional Costa Rican tapas, local transportation, masquerade show, Chicha drink, tortilla classes, a cup of organic coffee, and ice cream snack.
  • Exclusions:

    Transportation to and from meeting point, food and drink other than specified above, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, beverages and alcoholic drinks, tips / gratuities for the guide.

Additional information

Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Confirmation of booking

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. <br /> Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

Dress standard

Casual dress is fine, but please bring a hat and sunscreen.

Child policy

This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.



Tipping Info

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.


Setting off from the beautiful city Parque España, you’ll instantly fall in love with San Jose’s beauty. Fortunately, this city has so much more to offer, so you still have loads to look forward to!
Our San Jose walking tour will continue through to the National Museum, past many local churches and graffiti giving you a taste of rich history before delving right back into contemporary Costa Rican life. We think the best way to get to know San Jose is to live it like a local, so we’ll do just that aboard local transportation.
You can’t visit San Jose without checking out the Central Market. A place with over a century of history really is a mandatory stop for anyone looking to enjoy typical Costa Rican food. The San Jose Central Market is also the perfect place to learn about local traditions – like herbal medicines – and to grab a freshly roasted cup of that famous Costa Rican coffee. We’ll visit little shops and explore local artisan stalls. The Central Market is always buzzing with energy, and is a truly authentic cultural experience – a must-see in San Jose.
After walking through the Central Market, we head to one of the oldest cities in Costa Rica, Escazu. On our way to the city of the witches, we’ll visit La Sabana Metropolitan Park which used to be the San Jose international airport visited by John F. Kennedy in 1963. Full of knowledge, secrets, and inspiration, we’ll shift gears to delicious, authentic Costa Rican cuisine. We’ll venture to an 80-year-old inn known for its traditional fare to get a real taste of Costa Rica with a choice of over 20 different Costa Rican Tapas. After lunch we’ll taste chicha, a traditional local drink, in preparation for one of the coolest local traditions - Costa Rican masks and masquerade - and naturally we’re going to take you straight to the legends. We’ll pay a visit to a legendary local master’s house, where three generations of the same family have been making some of the country’s most beautiful masks for celebrations and special holidays. Here we’ll be privy to his creative genius, and he’ll let us in on the family’s secrets for making Costa Rica’s most famous masks.
We’ll continue to a 80-year-old bakery to do as the locals do with an afternoon coffee with homemade bread. You’ll learn how to make your own tortillas too! By the end of this San Jose tour, you’ll feel so much like a local, we bet you’ll be speaking Costa Rican Spanish and everything!

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