San Jose City Tour

3.2 / 5

9 Reviews

San Jose City Tour

From US$ 71 per person

This comprehensive tour of San José, the capital of Costa Rica, provides you with an overview of its government buildings, historical and architectural landmarks, and much more. This tour is the perfect introduction to Costa Rica's tropical capital.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Small group
Limited to 10 participants
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 5 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup is available from most central San Jose hotels.


  • Learn the history of San José from your guide
  • See the most important and famous buildings in the city
  • Explore the art gallery at the coffee shop on your final stop
Full description
This comprehensive tour of the capital of Costa Rica provides you with an overview of the many government buildings, historical and architectural landmarks. You will board the bus to visit La Sabana Metropolitan Park, heart of the capital city, and then continue by the residential area of Rohrmoser. The tour continues along the Paseo Colón on the way to the National Theater. Enjoy a guided tour of this architectural masterpiece before taking a short walk over the Plaza de la Cultura to visit the Gold Museum and continue through the Central Avenue Boulevard to the Plaza de la Democracia. The walk will continue on the Boulevard Circuito Judicial and on to the Supreme Court of Justice. Here you will board the bus to continue the city sightseeing, taking a close look at the Casa Amarilla, The National Park, The National Library, The Electoral Supreme Court, and the old neighborhoods of San Jose (Amón – Otoya & Toumón). Your last stop is for a coffee in the Diamond and Emerald Jewelry, which houses an art gallery of several well-known Costa Rican artists. Finally, before returning to your hotel, you will receive a presentation detailing the development of the gold accompanied by a video.
  • Round-trip transportation from central San Jose hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour requires a minimum number of passengers to operate.
  • It is recommended that you bring long pants, comfortable shoes, a light jacket, and a camera.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.2 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.0 / 5
  • Transportation
    1.0 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Interesting first overview of San José

Such a tour gains quality mainly through the guide, if he doesn't have it, it's nothing. This guide by the name of Hugo did his job fantastic and presented the tour, which was actually a bit thin, well. Personally, I don't find San José particularly attractive and the core of the tour as well as the city focus on the theater and gold museum. Around it is a bit of a pedestrian zone. Unfortunately, the Jade Museum is not included in the tour, so a higher rating would be appropriate! Without Hugo's great presentation it would have been just an average tour!

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November 27, 2017

Totally disorganized and

Ticket confirmation sent us downtown for 1pm pick up. Van came to hotel. Email arrived at 10 am on day of tour while we were in National Museum of Costa Rica with cell phone off. Instead of refund. We were told we were no shows. Offered to let us take PM not AM tour next day. We were instructed to be ready ay hotel at 12;50. When we got back to hotel from Jade Museum were told tour came at 12. Had to take cab for which not reimbursed and missed first part of tour in National Park which is reason we signed up for tour in first place. A real mess. Will not use this company which subbed our tour to Grey Lines which was indifferent and unapologetic.

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January 16, 2018

A good tour though feels a bit rushed

The tour picks you up from your hotel in a comfortable multiseater shuttle with aircon and the guide speaks both Spanish and English which is great. You take in some of the sights including parks, the theatre and the museum which you will walk around to explore. The tour is good and much is seen considering that the guide and driver have to navigate San Jose downtown in busy road conditions so a lot of time is wasted in traffic. Some of the points of interest will depend on your interest in them and there was the inevitable visit to a coffee and souvenir shop and finale of a journey to another souvenir shop trying to sell you items which after being in South America for two months gets predictable and tiring but all in all the tour was good and they drop you back at your hotel.

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September 8, 2017

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