San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit - Reviews

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Nicole M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2018

This was a great way to experience a piece of San Jose that you wouldnt experience on your own. Clariz was very knowledgeable on the history of San Jose. She taught us the history of the central market, allowed us to taste some authentic Costa Rican ice cream and coffee. We had a surprise on our tour where we encountered an oxen festival that also included food. I would highly recommend this tour.

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Our guide, Eric, was experienced, educated, and kind. A great day! Highly recommended.

Ramon V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

The central market was a highlight for us because we love souvenirs shopping and this place is the place to go for that ! They have everything!!! From clothing to food to little trinkets. The lunch included was delicious and filling! Highly recommend!!

ALBERTO A R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Our guide Eric was very careful in his detailed explanations. Highly recommended!

Frances T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

I am so glad I went on this tour! My guide Gladys took me all around the Central Market and historical buildings in the city center and told me about their stories and trivia. We then took the bus to a suburb overlooking downtown and made a few more stops before returning to the city. I feel like after going on the tour I had a much deeper understanding and appreciation for Costa Rican culture and history. My guide was also very professional, knowledgeable and fun! I definitely recommend this tour to other visitors of San Jose.

omaralaa92

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

amazing trip! I am glad they are keeping an old CR tradition alive with visiting Don Fernando in his residence to see the masks he creates. The food was really good and the guide was excellent. I had a lot of fun, you should check it out if you're in beautiful CR!

Milanka D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

This tour was amazing. Such a beautiful way to see the city. I had tour guide Eric, who was so knowledgeable, very informative and flexible. We tasted amazing charcoal roasted coffee, we saw amazing masks used for Halloween celebrations in Costa Rica and we ate amazing tapas... and much more! So fun

algierskc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Erich was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. A lot of walking for these seniors, but well worth the trek. Best of al was the delicious, homemade lunch at a family owned restaurant in Escazu, which was one of the highlights of our trip.

SuzyB

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

What a wonderful way to see San Jose! Our guide, Vinzio, was knowledgeable and gracious. The San Jose portion of the tour was more than I expected it was great to learn more about the city and its history. We learned a lot about Costa Rica and Tico culture, too. The bus ride to Escazu by public transportation was fun. The lunch was delicious--try the sour guava drink! Then we got into a van to visit the famous mask maker at his home and studio. Finally, a stop at a 100-year old bakery that uses its original brick ovens. Our 4-hour tour lasted 5.5 hours! My only suggestion: this trip could be expanded into a full day. There is so much to see!!

Ray M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Loved Escazu and the traditional parade masks. Fun trip all around.

Andrea N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Felipe was an excellent guide. The history was great and he is an wonderful story teller!

cerobbins2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Highly recommended to get the true backdoor experience of San Jose. Our tour guide Felipe was amazing! We learned about so much history of Costa Rica and the culture. We especially enjoyed being taken into an authentic marketplace, and having lunch at a local spot. On top of that, it was a private tour with just the 3 of us and Felipe. So you don't feel overcrowded with other people and their questions, etc. Truly a personable experience. A

Alexandre Guirland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Tour and guide were excellent. The guide even helped my arrive at a museum which was not part of the tour.

Haiyan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Loved this tour ! Friendly small group very efficient and feels like a local strolling in town ! The lunch was perfect and the mask maker home visit is the highlight ! We got much more values that expected ! Thanks Urban adventures !

Kimberly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This was a great way to see the city! Our guide, Carlos was very knowledgeble and fun. The weather was great to visit the city. The lunch at a private home was lovely, although, the tour info said we were to dine in a historical Inn.

catherine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

We had a pleasant walking tour with Brenda. After showing us some of the landmarks of San Jose, we had a typical lunch. In the afternoon, we visited a local figure making masks in a traditional way. Brenda's boss drove us while we were supposed to be using public transport for the tour. This was our first contact with Costa Rica and Costa Ricans. The tour constitutes an excellent introduction to the country

Bridget S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

We arrived in San Jose on 7th March and had pre-booked this trip for the next day. Our guide Carlos went out of his way to make sure that we really enjoyed the tour. His English was excellent. This Tour gave us a lovely flavor of the sights and sounds of the capital. We had been told by other people that San Jose is dirty and not worth looking around...We definitely did not find this to be true attall. We enjoyed looking around the Central Market stalls and spotting things that are not on sale in the UK in our markets. We saw several beautiful buildings, statues and monuments and Carlos told us a bit about their history as we walked around San Jose. We thought it was a great idea to get onto a local bus to transfer to the suburbs for lunch at a traditional Tico home. We also enjoyed meeting the patriarch of the family who had made traditional masks for festivals for many generations. This tour gives you a great flavour of San Jose with a lovely variety of experiences. We felt it was great value for money.

Ella F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Eric was an excellent tour guide! He cared deeply about giving us a good experience, and his knowledge about San Jose is very extensive. I'm glad we did this tour the day after we arrived in San Jose so we could get to know the city better and have more confidence exploring on our own. The tour was kept to 6 people, which made it easy to get around and ask more questions.

m S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Absolutely wonderful and informative daytrip! Our guide, Randall, could not have been better than he was. Both his English and knowledge of the area were impressive. Thank-you Randall for a terrific day,

Sam C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Our tour guide, Eric, did a great job showing us every day life in San Jose! He handled two couples with language differences with ease. He also handled a transportation return to our hotel by the airport issue for me and my wife at the end of the tour in a very professional manner. We would highly recommend this tour to future Viator customers!

Deborah L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Overall, I had a great experience with this tour. Our tour group was very small, which allowed us to ask lots of questions and get everywhere easily. We enjoyed learning cultural and historical details from our guide who was very helpful and nice. We ate lunch at a small local restaurant where we were the only non-locals. The value of the tour is very worthwhile for the cost. I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to learn about the city and see a variety of places!

Paul W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

The tour was great and so was the weather. The guide was knowledgeable and informative. We really enjoyed the trip to the artisan mask maker!

Melissa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

I was the only one who showed up and my guide Eric was a wonderful tour guide! He had excellent knowledge of San Jose and I soaked up all the historical and cultural details and stories! He was very patient when had to translate for I have to say this one probably one of the more relaxed and fun days I've had in a long time!

CarolynS

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Excellent tour! We had an informative walk through the city seeing markets, the Cathedral, government buildings and learned some information about Costa Rica. After the tour we were brought to an authentic restaurant for lunch. It was great to try local food with someone who knew what to order. The highlight of the day was to visit a mask maker. He had local teenagers show us how they danced in the costumes and our son got a chance to try one out too! - quite an unexpected experience! Thanks, Eric!

Rebecca W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Carlos was terrific. We enjoyed he walk and the sites. He was patient and fun to listen to.

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