The town of Barrio Lujan is just 5 minutes outside of San Jose. This cultural tour takes you into the heart of the city and lets you experience the daily lives of local Costa Rican people - their homes, their markets, and their spirit that makes Costa Rica such a spectacular place to travel. This tour with your bilingual guide is approximately 1.5 hours, depending on group size. Visit a variety of sites in Barrio Lujan - pick and choose from your favorites from the list below!
School - Visit the 70-year-old schoolhouse. Talk with the children and teachers and learn more about the Costa Rican classroom.
One Hundred Year Old House - Marvel at the region's historic architecture, and get a glance into the daily lives of a Costa Rican family.
Cookie Factory - Let Mercedes tell you the story of how her mother made her famous Costa Rican cookies from a wooden stove, and be sure to sample the goods!
The Pulperia - At this typical "little market," meet Nena, who will tell you about her products, sing you a song, and offer blessings of good health and safe travel.
The Bazar - Do a little shopping here. Pick up some souvenirs for friends and family from this local knick-knack market.
El Blacksmith - Share a haunting story with the local blacksmith, of the local legion of the ghost woman who haunts the shop at night.
Local Restaurant - Get a taste of local Costa Rica at the restaurant, La Nurtivia.
Vegetable Store - As soon as you get to know Maria, you will never be the same. Her simple happiness, perspective on life - not to mention her delicious fresh fruits - is sure to be a highlight of your Costa Rica trip.
La Bread Store - Learn about a variety of Costa Rican breads from the Quesadilla to the love-nest bread. And don't forget about the samples!
The Cantina - Share a story, a laugh, and a drink with the local Costa Ricans at the El Piloto cantina.
Avalon Café - At this local café, experience first hand - or cup - what makes Costa Rican coffee so popular.
*If you would like lunch at Barrio Lujan's Dino Sandwich or coffee and a pastry at Avalon Café, please include an additional $4 in the cost. Maximum of 16 travelers per group.
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.