So now that you know how spectacular the beaches in Costa Rica are, why don´t you venture out and get to know a bit more about the culture in the heart of the country, San Jose? Sure Costa Rica is the world leader in sustainable tourism, but there is a more cosmopolitan side in San Jose that you should not miss out on during your Costa Rica vacation. And let´s not forget about the iconic painted oxcarts that are symbolic of Costa Rica´s coffee culture. Come with us on a journey to the central valley on our San Jose City and Sarchi Oxcart tour and discover the history behind the other side of Costa Rica´s culture.
Starting with the days before the Spanish settled in Costa Rica, we will visit the Gold Museum in San Jose which showcases a vast variety of Pre-Columbian goldsmiths reflecting on the world view and the culture of the Pre-Columbian Era.
Coffee plays an important role in Costa Rica as you may know, but it is not just about your favorite tasty morning beverage. Our guides will take you into San Jose and show you first hand just how much coffee and the wealthier plantation owners contributed to the building of Costa Rica´s most important cultural building in the city, the Costa Rica National Theater.
Aside from the landmark sites and parks that we will visit that make San Jose special, we take a break, maybe grab an ice-cream cone, and spend some time just hanging out in the Plaza Cultural "people watching" as the Ticos go by on their daily routines in the capital city.
When we have had enough of the big city life, we will head back to the roots of the coffee culture that built the city, Sarchi. Sarchi is not home to the coffee plantations themselves, but home to the oxcart factories which built the oxcarts that would carry the coffee beans into the city for trade and export. Here you will have the opportunity to take photos of the elaborately painted and largest oxcart in history. The Sarchi painted oxcarts themselves have a unique evolution in Costa Rica history, but we will not spoil it, we will let your guide be the story teller on this one.
A full day of history and culture in Costa Rica is the perfect day to round out your vacation in Jaco. Book your Sarch Oxcarts and San Jose City Tour from Jaco with The Real Deal Tours today and be sure to get the best deal on the best tours in Jaco.
- * Round Trip Transportation
- * Bilingual naturalist guide
- * National Theater and Gold Museum entrance fees
- * Lunch
- * Bottled water
Departures: Daily approx. 7:00 AM.
Length: Full Day (6 to 7 hours).
- * Swim suit
- * Towel
- * Light comfortable clothing and shoes
- * Light jacket
- * Sun block
- * Bio-degradable bug repellant
- * Cash for tour balance, tips, souvenirs and locker rental
Children: This tour is great for all ages. Children under 6 are free of charge, children 6+ pay regular price.
*Cruise Ship Passengers!!! This tour can be booked as a shore excursion from Puntarenas or Caldera cruise ports. Avoid the crowded bus tours and come with the best guides in Costa Rica! The price for transportation from the Puntarenas or Caldera cruise ship pier is $160 round trip in your own private vehicle up to 12 passengers which is less than $15 per person if you have a big group! If you have more than 12 people in your group just let us know and we can provide you with a private quote.
We also offer a fully customizable Private San Jose City Tour for cruise ship passengers that need to cater their itinerary to their cruise ship itinerary.
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The Real Deal: $110.00
The Real Deal: $96.00
Sarchi Oxcarts & San Jose City Tour deposit is $20.00 per Adult and $15.00 per Child.
(The balance of $90.00 per Adult and $81.00 per Child in cash must be paid the day of the tour)
This tour departs at 7:00 AM.