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A Cup of Heredia Tour & Train from San Jose

Product ID: 80331
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Savour the sweet flavour of a ripe coffee cherry, then sip a cup of the brewed stuff! Learn about the production of Arabica coffee from bean to brew, in a town so pretty it’s been nicknamed the “City of Flowers.”
About this activity
Duration 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Travel by train through the towns beyond San Jose
  • Explore the oh-so-lovely area of Heredia and experience daily local life at the market
  • Learn about Costa Rica’s coffee production and follow the journey from bean to brew
  • Participate in a caffeine-fuelled coffee-tasting session, or “cupping”
  • Fill your Instagram with shots of lush coffee plantations and gorgeous colonial architecture
Full description
Say hi to Heredia! On this San Jose tour, head out of the city and to the town of Heredia, one of Costa Rica’s most historical cities. You’ll hop aboard the Atlantic Railroad and ride to this lovely colonial town that dates back to 1705. How lovely is it? Well, it’s been nicknamed the “City of Flowers” for its many beautiful gardens and surrounding lush countryside. 

You’ll spot colonial architecture and get a feel for the laid-back vibe that makes this place so charming. As you explore, you’ll spot sites like the historic La Immaculate Concepcion, a majestic church with bells imported all the way from Cusco, Peru. The stained glass paintings inside are some of the oldest in the country. You’ll also see Heredia’s Parque Central, surrounded by shops and restaurants, and featuring a music temple, as well as El Fortin, a wonderful colonial tower from an old Spanish fort. The park is home to La Casa de la Cultura as well, which holds historical and art exhibitions on a regular basis. 

Wander over to the central market, where you can discover the secrets behind local handicrafts. You’ll also learn about the history of Heredia Province and get a taste for daily life. Afterwards, it’s time to taste that brew! You’ll discover the secrets of Costa Rican coffee on a tour that explains the roasting process, followed by a professional tasting or “cupping” session. And what better way to cap off a caffeine-fuelled afternoon than by learning how to prepare the very best coffee-based beverages? Try your hand at making a classic espresso or frothy cappuccino, so you can impress your friends and family back home with your mad barista skills. You’ll then head back into the city of San Jose, free to spend your evening exploring more local life.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Train fare
  • Lunch and coffee sampling
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Food and beverages other than specified above
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Inside the Old Atlantic Rail train station, Parque Nacional. Address: Av. 3, San José, Costa Rica.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Jacket
Know before you go
• Please wear hiking shoes and bring a sweater, hat and bottle of water
• For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour, and children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
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Urban Adventures Americas

Product ID: 80331