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San Jose: Insider Spots, City Highlights - small groups

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San José, Costa Rica
San Jose: Insider Spots, City Highlights - small groups

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


See the best of San Jose on this incredible walking tour that takes travelers through more than 40 different sites, including galleries, parks, art houses and iconic buildings. Whether you're a first time visitor or returning to this beautiful city this two-hour tour is the perfect way to hit all of the highlights.
  • Bird's Nest: 2-hour San Jose City Highlights Walking Tour
  • Experience a slice of local life while you tour the city
  • Learn about culture, history and politics from your professional guide
  • Tour some of the city’s top sites
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Parada Frente al Parque Morazan , El Carmen, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

we meet under the large, dome temple in Parque Morazan.

10:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Barrio Bird Walking Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "I highly value customer service and from booking our tour over the phone to our tour guide everyone was awesome, kind, and patient!" See review


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Very personal and informative tour!
, Apr 2022
We did the tour with just the two of us. It was in fact a private tour. Our guide was very friendly and she knows everything about San José, the history, culture, etc. She made the tour personal. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We love that you had a great time! Our goal is always to show you the best San Jose - for you!
Great time!
, Jul 2021
Angie was great! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend to a first time visitor to San Jose
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for choosing us to learn about urban culture in San Jose!
Not interested neither interesting
, Jan 2021
The guide never showed up and we were told that our booking was for the day before. We can take the blame, maybe we did book for the wrong day. But they never answered the phone number provided. And they never tried contacting us the previous day when our tour was supposedly booked for, never called, never emailed. When we asked for a compromise they flat out told us that they don’t make errors, our loss. Rude and unwilling to take care of their customers. Would absolutely not recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Christine booked the wrong date for the day that she wanted the tour. This was her booking error, she can see on the receipt the date she booked. She wanted us to offer her the tour on a different day without paying again. We pay our guides even when clients do not show up....this would have us losing money.
, Jan 2021
Never showed up, never answered the phone calls, still waiting for a contact, a refund??? The lack of professionalism is absolutely disappointing in such a difficult time for tourism.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Hello Christine, our tour guide was waiting for you. We recently discovered the TripAdvisor platform had changed the marker for our meeting point. It is now correct. As we did not hear from you we thought your plans had changed. My apologies. TA should refund you.
San Jose History Tour
Yan Y
, Oct 2019
It was a great history learning experience to get to know San Jose. Lorena is very friendly a d for me snacks during the tour and provided great city sightseeing advice too. Highly recommended.
A perfect tour
Ellen H
, Jul 2019
Alexandro was warm, knowledgeable, and interesting. Perhaps the best thing about the tour was how he customized it to meet our needs.
Highly Recommended
, May 2019
Great tour! I went with my husband and 2year old. Very informative tour, comfortable, & fun. As a bonus our tour guide Alejandro was perfect. I highly value customer service and from booking our tour over the phone to our tour guide everyone was awesome, kind, and patient! Definitely a highlight of our trip.
Nice walk. Very interesting details...
Sally R
, May 2017
Nice walk. Very interesting details that I would have missed otherwise. Sylvia was very knowledgable and pleasant. There were only five guests on the tour so it was very companionable. We were able to ask all questions and discuss some topics more deeply. All in all, highly recommended.
Silvia provided a very thorough...
, Feb 2017
Silvia provided a very thorough walking tour of San Jose on our first day in the city. She pointed out various historical, artistic and cultural sites while describing their importance to the growth and transition of the city over the years. She also gave us recommendations of other things to do and restaurants to visit during our stay. I highly recommend this experience!
As mentioned by previous reviewers...
Linda D
, Mar 2016
As mentioned by previous reviewers, the tour was a friendly, chatty walkabout. Carla pointed out many interesting places and kept us amused with anecdotes about her own background. Pacing was easy for the group, and the coffee stop and lunch place were very well chosen. We even retraced the tour on our own a day or two later, and went to a concert at the theatre. Nice job! Thanks!
, Feb 2020
Muy agradecidas con Alejandro por la guía que tuvimos durante el recorrido. Fue una experiencia personalizada donde aprendimos de historia, arquitectura y un poco de gastronomía. Muy contentas con lo vivido y lo recomendamos a quién quiera adquirirlo.

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