The city of San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and also the capital of San Jose province. The very first time called “La Boca del Monte” de San Jose (The Mouth of Mount) of Saint Joseph, named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth.
This city in 1737 it was just a very little town or hamlet, there were three or four huts, with lots of water supply problems. Founded in Aserri valley, they started the construction of a very modest wooden small chapel.
Even with water problems, this one was supplied by ditches, then the fertility of the fields, along with the tobacco production and factory helped the beginning of the urban concentration. At the point that, years later it was one of the First Cities in the whole world to have Electrical Power. Even before New York. Located at the Central Valley in Costa Rica, between at 1160 and 1172 m abode the sea level, this city becomes the capital since 1813, but it was called capital until 1823.
Let us please introduce you our capital, its history, the people and some of the most interesting things such some Monuments, Buildings, Museums (National Pre-Columbian Gold, Jade), Markets, the Opera House or National Theater, the Cathedral, a city with brisk expressions or art and architecture, such as the Post office building, the Center of commerce of our country which has develop a high improvement in the industry of Tourism; and much more.
During this trip, before we arrive there. We also make some stops on the way to show you, important coffee plantations, and sugar cane fields, including a stop at a small butterfly garden, located in an amazing garden with beautiful drawings with flowers that could be a perfect picture for a lifetime. Then on this place there is the chance to get the most beautiful and inexpensive souvenirs, World best quality class coffee, and all those great gifts and surprises for the family that waits for you at home.
Walk with us on the Central Avenue where thousands of people walk every day to their shopping, go to work. Or just listen to some really nice live music performed by local or foreign musicians. Make you feel like singing and dancing.
The Central market founded in 1888 is another great place for observing the idiosyncrasy of the “Ticos” (our national alias or nickname), a place with a wide range of colors and scents, lots of different fruits, vegetables, hand crafted things, medicinal plants, seafood and fish, meats, nuts, cheese, flowers, Costa Rican food sodas (mini restaurants), an unreal world of offer and demand.
Includes: Transportation, entrances fees, lunch and bilingual guide.
Duration: 8 hours
Remarks: This tour requires minimum 4 people (adults) to operate.
What to bring: Hiking shoes or tennis shoes, long pants or shorts, rain gear, poncho, jacket, camera, binoculars, and some money for shopping.