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“A San Jose City Tour in the Afternoon”
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Art City Tours
New York City
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118 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A San Jose City Tour in the Afternoon”
Reviewed 5 February 2013

During our January stay in San Jose we took an afternoon tour of the city. A Marbella Tours van picked us from our hotel on Avenida Central. Our first stop was at Restaurante Nuestra Tierra on Avenida 2 and Calle 15, where we had lunch, accompanied by marimba music. We then proceeded by van to view the sights such as: various embassies, universities, La Sabana Metropolitan Park and Moravia, which is known for arts and crafts. Our last stop was at a high-end jewelry house called Diamantes Esmeraldas Jewelry & Art Gallery located in South Sabana. This impressive place has top-of-the-line rings and necklaces studded with semi-precious stones. There is also an outdoor art gallery. This establishment follows maximum security, opening its gates to invitees only.

Our van dropped us off at our San Jose hotel 5 hours later.

Visited January 2013
Thank TamiSmith
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English first
Heredia, Costa Rica
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32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“This is a FREE alternative tour for people visiting Costa Rica”
Reviewed 18 April 2012

I think this is sponsored by an NGO and has the support of the government to promote local and international art in Costa Rica. This is held a few times a year (check the website for schedules) and it shows a side of Costa Rica not too many foreign people see. The best thing about it is that the entire thing is for FREE !!! There are three options on doing the tour: by walking, by bicycle, or by transport. i opted for the transport, and there are three to four routes to choose from, which goes to different museums and art galleries. This is good for tourists as the entrance for museums and art galleries are for FREE also. And the transport system provided by the organizers do their rounds every 20 minutes, so no problem if u wanna linger more at a specific location. And one thing I noticed is that the transport rounds is VERY EFFICIENT and works wonderfully like clockwork! And there's also an option for tourists to buy some stuffs the some of the featured artists made. And no matter which route you take, there will be a stop on a gallery that you can purchase food and drinks. The fact that this tour is made in the evening makes the effect of this experience more profound.

So if you are a tourist, and happen to be in Costa Rica when this event happens, I strongly recommend that you do this tour! And again, it is for FREE !!!!!!!!!!

Visited February 2012
3 Thank sirmarcus7774
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