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ChepeCletas Tours

#21 of 90 Tours in San Jose
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Address: Avenida 7, Calle 11A | Edificio Esquinero, Color Gris, San Jose, Costa Rica
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+506 8849 8316

Our San Jose Walking Tour is a must during your visit to the capital! For...

Our San Jose Walking Tour is a must during your visit to the capital! For years both locals and foreigners have forgotten what the capital has to offer. San Jose is a city full of history, architectural beauty, colorful gardens and it's citizens are recognized as friendly and happy people.This tour was first started in 2010 and it consists of a historical journey through the capital and aims to show a new side of the city very few people have seen. A more authentic side full of small details that define the culture of Costa Rica.

Food and tourism go hand in hand. Costa Rica has thousands of flavors and ChepeCletas would like to invite you on a tour that can be seen, smelt and tasted. Join us to discover the Central Market, founded in 1880, it preserved the heart and essence of the Costa Rican popular culture. It is possible to find a great assortment of fruits and vegetables, meats, seafood, spices, ornaments, animals and even religious figures. It is known for its sodas (small informal restaurants) which are the oldest and most famous of the country for their food, traditions and personalized service. Many businesses have remained in the same family for up to four generations. Their owners show great pride in this legacy and have found the market to be like a second family. The Central Market is alive and is used by everyone. Visits to this place go far beyond a simple shopping experience; it's a real social experience.

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Excellent perspective of San Jose with a most knowledgeable guide!

We met Maria Jose in front of the Teatro Nacional at 9 am. She was right on time. She led us around central San Jose pointing out historical and interesting landmarks and points... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jim F
Laguna Niguel, California

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a little bummed that they canceled my bike tour the night before, but went ahead with a walking tour the next day. It was totally worth it. I paid $35 (ended up tipping a little too) and went with Andres in a tour of the city. Andres was very knowledgeable about the history & culture of Costa Rica... More 

Thank Ray G
Roberto G, Director General at ChepeCletas Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review Ray. We're so sorry you couldn't experience our public weekly night bike tour in San Jose. We just moved to a new building and last week the building was closing to early so we couldn't take our bikes for rent out at night. We're glad that you could take our walking tour and... More 

Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met Maria Jose in front of the Teatro Nacional at 9 am. She was right on time. She led us around central San Jose pointing out historical and interesting landmarks and points of interest. While she denied it, her English was better than some people I know in the States. The 2 hours flew by and I'll bet that... More 

Thank Jim F
Roberto G, Director General at ChepeCletas Tours, responded to this review

Hello Jim, thank you for taking your time to share your experience. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience walking the city with us. Thank you for being part of our experiences. All the best in this 2017, Roberto More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

We arranged this at the last minute and were happy that we were given Carla an interesting, educated and informative young guide. We learnt about the history of Costa Rica and how it was reflected in the architecture. The tour culminated in a tasting session in Soda Tala in the central market which was delicious and filling so don't have... More 

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Roberto G, Director General at ChepeCletas Tours, responded to this review

Hello, thank you so much for taking your time to write a review. We're really happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience in San Jose. Thank you so much for your review. All the best! More 

Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

The tour is amazing. I am costarican and had never seen my city nor learned about it in such a way that I ended up admiring and loving it. The concept is simple, you walk around several important places, listening and learning. I fell in love with my city. I totally recommend it, if you are a national or a... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

After a delayed start due to an accident our bike tour turned into a walking tour which was amazing. We wandered through areas we would never have found, learning much of the early history of San Jose and visiting some of the more interesting galleries. Loved that our guide Jose realized our interests and took us to places off the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

Informational, detailed, humorous, helpful, and fun walking tour. Very knowledgeable staff who enjoyed the evening tour with us. l now see San Jose as a great city with a vibrant population.

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Lake Geneva, wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

Our family booked a walking tour at the last minute with ChepeCletas. It was awesome. A perfect way to see the city and decide what areas you want to see more of on your own. Well Organized, bilingual, friendly, safe, etc. Great tour.

Thank geneva
Roberto G, Director General at ChepeCletas Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment Jennifer, we're very happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your walking experience in San Jose. Best wishes to you and your family! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

I found the people at ChepeCletas to be attentive and well-organized. I was met at the pre-ordained time for a one-person bicycling tour of San Jose, and my guide Charlie was more than capable. I enjoyed the trip!

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

We had Carla in San Jose, and I don't know what we would have done without her. Perfect way to start our time in that city, very knowledgeable, so much fun to spend time with. Carla, if you are reading this, you have an instant tour guide in us anytime you come to NY to visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

I have been exploring San Jose an number of infinite times since the 1980's. While accompanying guests yesterday, I still managed to enjoy San Jose in another perspective. I was thrilled to realize how much the city has changed over recent years to become a delightful, more pedestrian friendly city. It is now one that I would recommend that visitors... More 

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