This tour will have you drawn into Costa Rican history and culture by experiencing the great museums and historical sites of San José city, such as the National Theater, a masterpiece in art and architecture and definitely the greatest source of national pride for all Costa Ricans. The ornate playhouse was built in 1897 when high-class Costa Ricans (coffee oligarchy) wanted to turn the capital into a must stop on the world opera circuit. To build it, the president decided to collect a tax, passing the cost to coffee exportations. We will also visit the Culture Plaza, an architecturally unremarkable concrete plaza in the heart of downtown which is usually visited by locals to have a rest on the concrete benches, eat an ice-cream cone and admiring the wide gamut of San José street life. The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is another site that cannot be missed in our city tour, this museum has an extraordinary collection of gold objects that reflects the worldview, social structure, and goldsmith of the pre-Columbian Costa Rica. On our way back, you will witness other sites of interest and you will feel the warmth of its people and the incredible art-craft and typical oxcarts at Sarchí Town, cradle of Costa Rican artisans.
Special Note: National Theater and museums are usually closed on holidays. Also National Theater is closed on Sundays during the rainy season (May to November).
Duration: Full day between 6 to 7 hrs.
Minimum Passengers: 4 pax
Maximum Passengers: 66 pax
What to bring: Camera & binoculars, extra $
Includes: transportation, guide, lunch, entrance fees for the museum and theater.