On this tour, you’re heading out of the city to go to the town of Heredia, one of Costa Rica’s most historical cities. You’ll hop aboard the Atlantic Railroad and ride to this lovely colonial town that dates back to 1705. How lovely is it? Well, it’s been nicknamed the “City of Flowers” for its many beautiful gardens and surrounding lush countryside.
You’ll spot colonial architecture and get a feel for the laidback vibe that makes this place so charming. As you explore, you’ll spot sites like the historic La Immaculate Concepcion, a majestic church with bells imported all the way from Cusco, Peru. The stained glass paintings inside are some of the oldest in the country. You will also see Heredia’s Parque Central, surrounded by shops and restaurants, and featuring a temple, as well as El Fortin, a wonderful colonial tower from an old Spanish fort.
The park is home to La Casa de la Cultura as well, which holds historical and art exhibitions on a regular basis. Wander over to the central market, where you can discover the secrets behind local handicrafts. You will also learn about the history of Heredia Province and get a taste for daily life. Afterwards, it’s time to taste that brew! You’ll discover the secrets of Costa Rican coffee on a tour that explains the roasting process, followed by a professional tasting or “cupping” session.
And what better way to cap off a caffeine-fueled afternoon than by learning how to prepare the very best coffee-based beverages? Try your hand at making a classic espresso or frothy cappuccino, so you can impress your friends and family back home with your mad barista skills. You’ll then head back into the city of San Jose, free to spend your evening exploring more local life. For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Includes: Local English-speaking guide, train fare, lunch and coffee sampling.
Does not include: Transportation to and from the meeting point, food and beverages other than specified above, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
What to bring: Please wear hiking shoes and bring a sweater, hat, and bottle of water.
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