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There is a lot to do in San Jose in the mornings. It's Saturday, it's seven in the morning and the city has awakened a few hours ago (in Costa Rica it dawns and darkens soon). In the Aranjuez neighborhood sports center there is already a movement of people strolling among the stalls of the Green Fair, the ecological epicenter of the city, which has been held every Saturday for a few years, since a group of people coincided in the same idea of a sustainable and organic life to live in San Jos.

Bike near of San Jose at Mountain or city or combination of both

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Full day in Sarapiqui from San Jose Bike Hike watch wild life and Kayaking tour

Full day in Sarapiqui from San Jose Biking, Hiking to watch wild life and Kayaking tour, we pick you up at your hotel in San Jose, Heredia or Alajuela.

The day will start with your pick at the hotel in San Jose, Alajuela or Heredia to drive for around 1 hour and 30 minutes to get at the entrance to start the biking tour for about 1 hour and 30 minutes for rocky road to get until the Lag...

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Full day in Sarapiqui from San Jose Bike Hike watch wild life and Kayaking tour

Full day in Sarapiqui from San Jose Biking, Hiking to watch wild life and Kayaking tour, we pick you up at your hotel in San Jose, Heredia or Alajuela.

The day will start with your pick at the hotel in San Jose, Alajuela or Heredia to drive for around 1 hour and 30 minutes to get at the entrance to start the biking tour for about 1 hour and 30 minutes for rocky road to get until the Laguna del Hule with a beautiful views of the lake and having a typical and delicious and take a rest.

Then we will have a hiking through the mountains watching the birds and the wild life, to get until the lake to start the kayaking for about 2 hours.

About 11 km north of the Poas volcano, at the base of the Congo volcano, there are three beautiful lagoons.

The entire area that includes the lagoons and its exuberant vegetation is called Bosque Alegre. The largest of these lagoons is the Hule lagoon, which has a dimension of 1150 mt. (54.7 ha and 26.5 m depth), the Congo Lagoon (14.6 m deep and an area of 15 ha) and a much smaller one without a name.

The Hule lagoon is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful in the country and the wildlife refugeone of the places of high tourist potential is located, both for its scenic beauty and for the abundance and biological diversity present in the forest. that surrounds it. The tourist who arrives for the first time at the viewpoint, when the sun shines, is stunned by so much beauty gathered in a sector still unknown to most Costa Ricans.

Its shallow shores have favored the development of large numbers of aquatic macrophytes and in its waters abound the guapotes. In the surroundings are common armadillos, the capuchin and the congos, the otters in certain nearby rivers and at least 170 species of birds (25% of the total identified in Costa Rica). The odd wild duck usually breaks the monotomy of silence in its fleeting flight and of sonorous fluttering. Other species representative of the area are butterflies and bats, of which 60 and 24 species have been identified, respectively. Given the congenital beauty of this unique volcanic landscape, today it constitutes a protected area called Bosque Alegre Wildlife National Wildlife Refuge.


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Full day Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfalls from San Jose

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Full day Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfalls from San Jose

The Tour will start with pick up at your hotel to take you at Poas Volcano, as we ascend the mountain, we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful array of colors and visuals.

There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of the Poas Volcano.
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Full day Poas Volcano and La Paz waterfalls from San Jose

The Tour will start with pick up at your hotel to take you at Poas Volcano, as we ascend the mountain, we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful array of colors and visuals.

There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of the Poas Volcano.

The Poás Volcano, is an active 2,708-metre (8,885 ft) stratovolcano. The crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1050 feet deep. It has erupted 40 times since 1828, including April, 2017.

At the Volcano we will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as we learn about the different ecosystems in the park.

Then we will have a delicious typical lunch at the restaurants around the zone.

After taking a rest we will continue to La Paz waterfalls. As you wander the trails of La Paz Waterfall Gardens your senses will delight at the five waterfalls that line the trail. Originally, the only way one could view the falls was by literally hanging over the side of the mountain, looking through trees and ferns, not very inviting for picture taking. With the construction of Waterfall Gardens, guests are afforded views from platforms above, below and in front of the falls for great waterfall photo opportunities. The park has the closest waterfalls to San José and Poás Volcano. The La Paz Waterfall is the most famous waterfall in Costa Ricavisitors often stop on the road to take photos on their way to Sarapiquí or Arenal but the best waterfalls are actually above the La Paz waterfall along a steep canyon accessed by our safe hiking trails making these five waterfalls the most easily accessible waterfalls in Costa Rica. On our Magia Blanca waterfall viewing platform you can actually take a photo under the waterfall. Great photo opportunities can be found at Templo waterfall and Encantada waterfall as well. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a “must see” attraction when you are in the Poás Volcano area.


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Full day Poas Volcano and kayaking at Sarapiqui from San Jose

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Full day Poas Volcano and kayaking at Sarapiqui from San Jose

Full day Poas Volcano and kayaking at Sarapiqui from San Jose with pick up at your hotel in Alajuela, Heredia, San jose or Cartago.

The tour will start with your pick up at your hotel to go at Poas Volcano. The Poás Volcano National Park is the protected wild area that receives the largest influx of visitors in the entire country. It has as an attraction its great natural wealth. ...

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Full day Poas Volcano and kayaking at Sarapiqui from San Jose

Full day Poas Volcano and kayaking at Sarapiqui from San Jose with pick up at your hotel in Alajuela, Heredia, San jose or Cartago.

The tour will start with your pick up at your hotel to go at Poas Volcano. The Poás Volcano National Park is the protected wild area that receives the largest influx of visitors in the entire country. It has as an attraction its great natural wealth. Its main crater is a spectacle, complemented by the great biodiversity that prevails.

Then we will have a delicious typical Costarican lunch at the restaurants around the Poas Volcano with the beautiful views to continue at the kayak tour.

The Kayak tour can be done at Laguna de Fraijanes, Laguna del Hule or Sarapiqui river as one of this one is available.

The Laguna de Fraijanes Park offers its visitors 14 blocks of extension and is located at an altitude of 1650 meters above sea level, so it almost always has a very cool climate.
It began to be built in 1982 and since then it has been subject to improvements. Currently offers different sports and recreational facilities such as soccer fields, basketball, volleyball, ranches, trails, a lake (which is its main attraction), green areas with lush trees, picnic areas, playgrounds, amphitheaters, lounge multipurpose, and five cabins to spend the night the park.

The Laguna de Hule is part of the National Wildlife Refuge "Bosque Alegre", and is located in Los Angeles South of Río Cuarto of Grecia, in the Province of Alajuela.
There are three lagoons separated by a hill of volcanic origin, the Hule, Congo and Bosque Alegre lagoons. The Laguna de Hule is 400 m.s.n.m. and it has an area of 40 hectares. It has a depth of approximately 75 meters. It is the deepest natural lagoon in Costa Rica.

The Sarapiquí River, or Rio Sarapiquí, in Costa Rica is a tributary of the San Juan River and forms the eastern border of Sarapiquí Canton. The area around the river is mostly lowlands tropical rainforest, having lush vegetation with a large variety of plant, animal and insect life. This river is navigable and is a local trading artery, and also supports fishing and tourism activity.


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Private full day City Tour San Jose visit most interesting and cultural places

$100 PP

Private full day City Tour San Jose visit most interesting and cultural places

Private full day City Tour San Jose visit most interesting and cultural places with guide, we pick you up at your hotel in San Jose, Alajuela or Heredia.

We start the tour with your pick up at the hotel, to get into the San Jose City. First we will visit some museum with art and cultural information about Costa Rica.
The culture of Costa Rica is rich, recognizable and varied, having...

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Private full day City Tour San Jose visit most interesting and cultural places

Private full day City Tour San Jose visit most interesting and cultural places with guide, we pick you up at your hotel in San Jose, Alajuela or Heredia.

We start the tour with your pick up at the hotel, to get into the San Jose City. First we will visit some museum with art and cultural information about Costa Rica.
The culture of Costa Rica is rich, recognizable and varied, having initially influenced the indigenous and European culture, later of the Afro-Caribbean and Asian culture. There are traditional technologies in the country, agricultural, cultural and religious practices and beliefs that connect the current population with their indigenous, European and African ancestors in the genetic and cultural fields. Costa Rica is a mestizo country, multiethnic, multilingual and pluricultural, in which very diverse social communication systems coexist, ranging from Limon Creole to uses and customs of Iberian origin, passing through cultures and ways of thinking so dissimilar like the Chinese, the indigenous or the Mennonite.

Then we will visit National theater of Costa Rica:
The National Theater is a building of historicist architecture completed in the year of 1897. It is considered one of the most important buildings in national history, and the main architectural jewel of the city of San José. Its construction holds a profound significance given that it represents the decision of the Costa Rican at the time of taking action and economic stability (brought by the coffee harvest) and politics of the time in which it was built.

We will have a typical Costa Rica lunch at one of the more recognized and popular restaurants in San Jose, to go after this at most colorful place, the market of souvenir. It is a market with history that was founded in 1994 and has become one of the tourist attractions of the city of San José, a placenumerous artisans who offer their unique handicrafts, such as ceramic pieces, meet. , jewelery, articles made of leather, paintings, traditional clothing, wood carvings, glass among many other items that can be seen and bought to take a good memory.

Then we will visit some Costa Rica´s monuments very representatives for its culture.


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Full day Irazu volcano hiking and Cartago city Guided tour from San Jose

$110 PP

Full day Irazu volcano hiking and Cartago city Guided tour from San Jose

Full day Irazú volcano hiking and Cartago city sightseeing guided tour from San Jose with pick up at your hotel in Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia or San Jose.

The tour will start with your pick up at the lobby of your hotel to drive for around 1.5 hours to get at Cartago city to visit the basílica de los Angeles for about 1 hour. Then we will go to ancient basílica de lo...

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Full day Irazu volcano hiking and Cartago city Guided tour from San Jose

Full day Irazú volcano hiking and Cartago city sightseeing guided tour from San Jose with pick up at your hotel in Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia or San Jose.

The tour will start with your pick up at the lobby of your hotel to drive for around 1.5 hours to get at Cartago city to visit the basílica de los Angeles for about 1 hour. Then we will go to ancient basílica de los Angeles called as Las Ruinas de Cartago and walk for the beautiful trails and gardens.

Then we will have a delicious typical lunch at the very popular restaurants at Cartago. After taking a rest we will continue to the exotic and majestic Irazú Volcano.

Basílica de los Angeles: Thousands of people go every year to the religious center in what is called a "pilgrimage", in gratitude or request for favors. On that date and in accordance with a tradition dating from the late eighteenth century, the image is transferred to the cathedral of Carthage, located in the center of the city,it remains until the beginning of September, when it is returned to the basilica , with a procession popularly called the Passage of the Virgin of the Angels.

Ruinas de cartago or ruins of Cartago are located east of the Plaza Mayor of the city. They are constituted by the walls and staircases of a temple of Romanesque style, whose construction began in the second half of the 19th century and was interrupted as a consequence of the Santa Monica earthquake (May 4, 1910).

Volcan Irazú: With an altitude of 3,432 meters above sea level, it is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. In the surroundings of the craters, a low vegetation can be observed and a diversity of flora and fauna species can be distinguished.

Due to its geological characteristics, it is an area of interest for students and scientists, since it has maintained eruptive manifestations in recent years.


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Full day hiking and bird watching at Savegre River San Gerardo near to San Jose

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Full day hiking and bird watching at Savegre River San Gerardo near to San Jose

Full day bird watching at national park los Quetzales at San Gerardo de Dota and Hiking at Savegre River San Gerardo near to San Jose, we pick you up at the hotel

Full day bird watching at national park los Quetzales at San Gerardo de Dota and Hiking at Savegre River San Gerardo near to San Jose, we pick you at hotel in San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia or Cartago.

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Full day hiking and bird watching at Savegre River San Gerardo near to San Jose

Full day bird watching at national park los Quetzales at San Gerardo de Dota and Hiking at Savegre River San Gerardo near to San Jose, we pick you up at the hotel

Full day bird watching at national park los Quetzales at San Gerardo de Dota and Hiking at Savegre River San Gerardo near to San Jose, we pick you at hotel in San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia or Cartago.

We pick you up at your hotel to drive for around 2 hours making some stops to watch the gorgeous views to get at National Park Los Quetzales to start the bird watching tour.
Los Quetzales National Park, located 97 kilometers from San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica, was created in 2005.
Stretching across 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres), the national park has limited facilities including a small ranger station and a single, highly mountainous main road.
The park predominantly protects cloud forest and is named for the Resplendent Quetzal which is the national bird of our neighborhood country Guatemala.

Then we will have a little fishing of trucha to have a lunch and watch the hummingbird at the restaurant garden.

Then we will continue to San Gerardo de Dota to hike at the Savegre River and find some beautiful waterfalls and walk through the trails.
The Savegre River is a river in Costa Rica, belonging to the Pacific Slope. It is born with the name of Quebrada Providencia in the Cerro de la Muerte, Cordillera de Talamanca, at 3,491 masl, and after receiving the river Division, it travels 41 linear kilometers of rugged topography to empty into the Pacific Ocean.


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Tortuguero National Park Day Trip from San Jose

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Tortuguero National Park Day Trip from San Jose

Your tour departs from San Jose and from there you will head towards the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park accompanied by your bilingual guide. Drive past the lush serenity of the coffee plantations along slopes sheltered by thick cloud forests and beautiful waterfalls visible from the road.

Your next stop is the Banana Plantationthe fruit is processed and exported. The fun con...

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Tortuguero National Park Day Trip from San Jose

Your tour departs from San Jose and from there you will head towards the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park accompanied by your bilingual guide. Drive past the lush serenity of the coffee plantations along slopes sheltered by thick cloud forests and beautiful waterfalls visible from the road.

Your next stop is the Banana Plantationthe fruit is processed and exported. The fun continues as you leave the bus and your tour takes you on a exciting boat trip into the jungles of Tortuguero National Park, covering over 29,000 hectares and one of the main nesting sites of the Chelonia Midas, the endangered green sea turtle.

After a hearty lunch, take a walk through the village of Tortuguero and get to know the villagers and the history of the area before your return to San Jose in the mid-afternoon with a rest stop along the way.


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Celeste river waterfall and hot springs tour San Jose, Costa Rica

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Celeste river waterfall and hot springs tour San Jose, Costa Rica

We pick you up at your Hotel in San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia or Cartago. Río Celeste is located in the county of Guatuso in the province of Alajuela, inside the Tenorio Volcano National Park. We will take approx 4 hours to arrive to Tenorio National Park. Stock up on snacking provisions at a local store if you like (own expense) before entering the majestic beauty of Tenorio Volcano National...

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Celeste river waterfall and hot springs tour San Jose, Costa Rica

We pick you up at your Hotel in San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia or Cartago. Río Celeste is located in the county of Guatuso in the province of Alajuela, inside the Tenorio Volcano National Park. We will take approx 4 hours to arrive to Tenorio National Park. Stock up on snacking provisions at a local store if you like (own expense) before entering the majestic beauty of Tenorio Volcano National Park. Once we arrive we will enjoy a delicious lunch before the hike that later takes us into a marvelous and tropical setting. The hike through the trails last for approx 2 and a half hours and will take you through the rain forest that serves as home to all the wildlife of the park.

The color of Rio Celeste.
Rio Celeste has a particular coloration, legend has it that God washed his paintbrushes in Rio Celeste after he was done painting the sky.
For many years scientist investigated to why for 14 kilometers the river carried the intense blue color. It was in 2013 when the answer to the question of the color of Rio Celeste was discovered. It is within the composition of the water which contains the colloidal silica that is reflected off the sunlight and fool the human eye by returning an image of turquoise blue suspended in the water.

Other attractions to look forward.
There are several other attractions like the Blue Lagoon and the "Borbollones"the gases escape at the base of the river and give it the appearance of boiling and simmering water. We will also hike through a lookout point approximately 6286 ft in heightwe can enjoy the magnificent view of the Tenorio Volcano and all of it´s surroundings.

Hot springs
The trip to the hot springs is to close out the day and unwind by soaking in hot waters to help loosen up muscles and enjoy the temperature and steam from the thermal waters of the Arenal volcano. The waters are filled with high minerals content which is good for therapeutic and medical uses.


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Full day Catamaran Cruises from San Jose to Quepos Manuel Antonio

$149 PP

Full day Catamaran Cruises from San Jose to Quepos Manuel Antonio

Enjoy a full day Catamaran Cruises to watch dolphins and whales according with season with snorkeling we pick up in hotels at San Jose,Alajuela, Heredia down towns to Quepos - Manuel Antonio with one stop to watch crocodiles and wildlife in nature.
An exceptional naturalist tour with impressive views of the Manuel Antonio National Park aboard our Catamaran.

On board we offer an excell...

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Full day Catamaran Cruises from San Jose to Quepos Manuel Antonio

Enjoy a full day Catamaran Cruises to watch dolphins and whales according with season with snorkeling we pick up in hotels at San Jose,Alajuela, Heredia down towns to Quepos - Manuel Antonio with one stop to watch crocodiles and wildlife in nature.
An exceptional naturalist tour with impressive views of the Manuel Antonio National Park aboard our Catamaran.

On board we offer an excellent variety of snacks and natural drinks. You can enjoy it while sailing along the coast, with the breeze of the sea and the sun, living this unique tropical paradise. Either together with your whole family, as a couple or a group of friends, a completely unique, safe and unforgettable experience that you can not miss. Surf with us and enjoy our Live Music mini show, have fun in our diving area and on our slide, come and enjoy with those who know about Manuel Antonio:
This tour includes:
Snacks
Unlimited alcoholic beverages
Unlimited juices
Alcoholic beverages (8 in total, 4 premium drinks and 4 beers)
Dolphin sighting
Snorkeling tour
Delicious dinner or lunch according to schedule


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Full day zip line tour with butterfly and hanging bride near San Jose Costa Rica

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Full day zip line tour with butterfly and hanging bride near San Jose Costa Rica

This tour take place in San Ramon, the Juan Santamaria airport is an easy 40 minute drive on the main highway. A full day zip line tour with butterfly and hanging bride tour very near to San Jose Costa rica too, we pick up in Alajuela, Heredia, San Jose, just let us know your pick up adress.

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-Bottle of water
-Pick up/drop off hotel
-Bilingual driver ...

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Full day zip line tour with butterfly and hanging bride near San Jose Costa Rica

This tour take place in San Ramon, the Juan Santamaria airport is an easy 40 minute drive on the main highway. A full day zip line tour with butterfly and hanging bride tour very near to San Jose Costa rica too, we pick up in Alajuela, Heredia, San Jose, just let us know your pick up adress.

This tour includes:
-Bottle of water
-Pick up/drop off hotel
-Bilingual driver
-Entrance Canopy
-Superman tour(optional with the same price).
-Entrance hummingbird and butterfly garden.
-Entrance hanging briges

With about 12 cables the Canopy is surrounded by abundant and magnificent biodiversity. Located between the placid cloud forests of the Central Valley, the Canopy will make you live a safe and exciting adventure through the exuberant and green forest, crossing the Rio Cataratitas. You will be transported by a safe system of zip lines through the cloud forest. This canopy also offers the "Elevador", an attraction that elevates visitors to admire the spectacular view of the surroundings. In this activity the main thing is security, which is why it is certified by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

The hanging brides are located in the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica in the province of Alajuela San Ramon, located within an extensive landscape of mountains with 6 large brides(between 40 and 110 meters) they are the point of union with strong community bonds and a relaxing and peaceful life. With many things to do for nature lovers such as hiking trails and canoe tours in the surrounding area. In the nearby tropical forest you will find a variety of animals and birds such as monkeys, hummingbirds, deer and sloths.


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Arenal Volcano Hike and Hot Springs Tour from San Jose

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Arenal Volcano Hike and Hot Springs Tour from San Jose

First you will be picked up at your Hotel in San Jose, Heredia or Arenal. to enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast. Then let´s begin the hiking in one of the trails close to the volcano. The trail will take you through the forest over recent lava flows and the area destroyed in 1968 now in the process of regeneration. You are going to be on this trail for about 2 1⁄2 hours of the total 4 hours ...

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Arenal Volcano Hike and Hot Springs Tour from San Jose

First you will be picked up at your Hotel in San Jose, Heredia or Arenal. to enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast. Then let´s begin the hiking in one of the trails close to the volcano. The trail will take you through the forest over recent lava flows and the area destroyed in 1968 now in the process of regeneration. You are going to be on this trail for about 2 1⁄2 hours of the total 4 hours of the tour.

Then you will enjoy the Arenal hot spring which are considered a natural expression of the inherent energy to Earth. Geologically, the hot springs resort in Arenal are 97% from rain and 3% from the magma.


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Nights at San Jose

Before dinner What better than a good craft beer to whet your appetite? San Jose could not be oblivious to the movement of barley distilled by hand. In the Stiefel Pub we found a good offer of Costa Rican craft beer, a selection of national music, and a perfect environment to wet the mustache in foam. And if you can not wait for dinner, they have a good handful of mouths (tapa tica) so that the time until dinner time does not get so long.

Possibly a table wandering is not the best to enjoy a dinner, but knowing a city like San Jose deserves to face its challenges. La Mesa Errante is a new project that combines gastronomy with culture. A true itinerant space that does not stop mutating and looking for new models with which to surprise the Josefina cultural scene. When dealing with pop-up events, we must be attentive to their profile in the social network Facebook to know where and when the next appointment will be.

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