San Jose walking Tour & Mask Maker Visit

San José, Costa Rica

Experience hosted by Erick

2.5 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
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Up to 5 people
Includes food, drinks, and tickets

What you'll do

Setting off from the beautiful National Theatre Building, together we’ll stroll the ‘route of the churches’ passing historical churches like the Cathedral and La Merced and your guide will fill you in on the history behind the graffiti that you’ll see along the way, giving you a taste of contemporary Costa Rican life. After our walk we’ll board public transport and make our way to one of the oldest cities in Costa Rica, Escazu, known for its spooky witch-related folklore. We’ll venture to a 100-year-old restaurant that’s known for its traditional fare, and where you’ll get a real taste of Costa Rica, with a choice of over 20 different Costa Rican tapas! After lunch, we’ll taste chicha, a traditional local drink that has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. Our beverage will also prepare us for one of the coolest local traditions: Costa Rican masks and masquerade, and we’re taking you straight to the legends. We’ll pay a visit to a legendary local master’s house, where three generations of the same family have been making some of the country’s most beautiful masks for celebrations and special holidays. Visit a special local bakery and visit to cafeteria in a house with 150 years.
Setting off from the beautiful National Theatre Building, together we’ll stroll the ‘route of the churches’ passing historical churches like the Cathedral and La Merced and your guide will fill you in on the history behind the graffiti that you’ll see along the way, giving you a taste of contemporary Costa Rican life. After our walk we’ll board public transport and make our way to one of the oldest cities in Costa Rica, Escazu, known for its spoo…

What's included

  • Food
    Old house restaurant with a San Jose view , Tapas Lunch

  • Drinks

    Visit special Cafeteria in a colonial house considered a national her...
  • Tickets
    Mask maker Show

Meet your host, Erick

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 34 Reviews
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I am the founder of an amazing tour operator based on experiences inside and out side the city, with 25 years experience on tour and travel, I am very creative person, I am passionate tour guide, I am very positive, simple and easy going person I know very well about Costa Rican gastronomy, culture, local people and the secrets of the city. I like the outdoor activities, doing some hiking and anything who let me be in contact with nature and city too. I like to meet new people know other paradigms and other points of view and learn from each one of them.
I am the founder of an amazing tour operator based on experiences inside and out side the city, with 25 years experience on tour and travel, I am very creative person, I am passionate tour guide, I am very positive, simple and easy going person I know very well about Costa Rican gastronomy, culture, local people and the secrets of the city. I like the outdoor activities, doing some hiking and anything who let me be in contact with nature and city too. I like to meet new people know other parad…
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From £24
/ person
Sun, 8 Aug
£29 per person
11:30 - 14:00
£29 per person
Sun, 15 Aug
£29 per person
11:30 - 14:00
£29 per person
Sun, 22 Aug
£24 per person, previously £29
11:30 - 14:00
£24 per person, previously £29

Where you'll be

Walk the spiritual route of churches and learn the rich local history of Catholicism
Visit a legendary masquerade family, renowned for their traditional masks
Feast on authentic local cuisine in a 100-year-old restaurant
Visit the legendary Porras Bakery Don Fernando
Visit to cafeteria in a house with approximately 150 years, intact with its adobe walls, which will simply make you fall in love!

Rated 4.76 out of 5 from 34 reviews.

Keadra
July 2021
It was very exciting! We enjoyed every minute of the experience and would definitely do it again! Experiencing the culture of San Jose and Escuza gave me a bigger appreciation of the country. It was amazing!
Sheila
May 2021
This tour was great! Our guide Angel was awesome and he knew a lot of the history and culture of Costa Rica. We started in San Jose and then took a hike at the mountains by Escazu and the views were amazing! We went to see the mask maker who was great and loved hearing of the legends in Costa Rica. We ended the tour having lunch, we had tapas and it was good. Definitely bring closed-toe shoes for the little hike and a bottle of water and you are good to go! Erick and Angel were very professional, personable, and great in really showing us some of the Costa Rican culture. I highly recommend this tour.
This tour was great! Our guide Angel was awesome and he knew a lot of the history and culture of Costa Rica. We started in San Jose and then took a hike at the mountains by Escazu…
Erin Marie
March 2020
This was the perfect way to spend the day after doing a pub crawl the night before. We learned about the history and culture of San Jose plus took a trip into the mountainsto see how the locals live beyond the city. The mask maker was such a happy man. We had a lot of fun dancing with the masks.
This was the perfect way to spend the day after doing a pub crawl the night before. We learned about the history and culture of San Jose plus took a trip into the mountainsto see h…
Siow Wern
January 2020
I enjoyed the family masquerade n the coffee art the most as it was unique and the mask maker was absolutely charming. What was disappointing though is that we did not get the 20 tapas as advertised for lunch, apparently reservations was not made prior for the group. Other than that, erick was nice enough to drop us at a nearby hotel to enable us to get a uber easily back to our hotel. We oso did not visit any bakery or churches route as advertised
I enjoyed the family masquerade n the coffee art the most as it was unique and the mask maker was absolutely charming. What was disappointing though is that we did not get the 20 t…
Barb And Steve
January 2020
Unique experience and I learned a lot I didn’t know about some buildings and sculptures in San Jose. Mask maker was unique and I liked the coffee shop and little town we visited. Nice group on tour too. Guide was helpful getting us to a place where we could get WiFi and take an Uber back to our hotel too.
Unique experience and I learned a lot I didn’t know about some buildings and sculptures in San Jose. Mask maker was unique and I liked the coffee shop and little town we visited.…
Adam
January 2020
Angel is super friendly and knowledgeable. The masks were incredible, and beyond that I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of great local food was included in the trip. Fantastic tour.

Choose from available dates

4 available
  • Sun, 8 Aug
    11:30 - 14:00
    £29 per person
  • Sun, 15 Aug
    11:30 - 14:00
    £29 per person
  • Sun, 22 Aug
    11:30 - 14:00
    £24 per person, previously £29
  • Sun, 29 Aug
    11:30 - 14:00
    £24 per person, previously £29

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Bring: comfortable clothe