Costa Rica

Costa Rica: The Art and Culture of San José

Thousands of visitors travel to San José to seek out the Central Highlands where coffee-covered mountains lead into a lush green valley.



Upon arrival at Juan Santamaria International airport, you will be met by your private guide to start your visit of San José City.  Take a trip to the Central Market where you can explore the many tropical flavors of Costa Rica.  Founded in 1880, the market has preserved its essence and offers one of the best displays of Costa Rica’s culture and society.

Return to your hotel with time to freshen up before going to dine at Le Monastère.  Le Monastère is a unique experience as the restaurant is situated on a hillside overlooking the metropolitan area.  The exquisite interior design and international cuisine will sweep you off of your feet.

After dinner, return to your hotel with the rest of the evening at your leisure.



Following breakfast, your private guide will pick you up at your hotel for a tour of some of the most famous places in the Central Valley.

En route to the Poás volcano, you will notice the change in temperature and vegetation as the landscape transforms before your eyes.  The Poás is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in the country, surrounded by crystal blue sulfur pools that will amaze you.  After seeing the Poás you will hike to the Botos Lagoon.

Before continuing on to the beautiful town of Grecia, have lunch in a typical Costa Rican restaurant.  Take a trip to the Cathedral de la Mercedes, a gothic style church that was made from metal pieces imported from Belgium in the 1890’s.   Afterwards visit the central market area.

The last stop is Sarchi, where you can enjoy the artistic work of locals who create, among other crafts, the famous typical oxcarts perfect as a souvenir.

This evening, dine at your hotel restaurant, Restaurante Grano de Oro.  This restaurant is one of San José’s finest establishments specializing in a ‘mescla’ of Costa Rican and European cuisine.  Compliment your meal with some of the most excellent wine choices from around the world.



This morning, meet your driver to be transported to the airport for your flight home or connection to your next Willing Foot location.

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