San Jose Mountains: walking and traditional masks

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: San Jose, San Jose

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Unmask the beauty of contemporary Costa Rican life on this walking tour of San Jose and San Antonio de Escazu la Ventolera that is a remarkable views of San Jose. This guided hike begins in the mountain-top town of Escazú.

*Discover a tale of two cities, exploring the real local people in San Jose and Escazu, the “City of Witches"
*Visit the legendary Mountains of Bebedero Escazu La Ventolera. We will enter the mountain, one of the most beautiful trails in Escazú, on the right we have beautiful view of the mountains and on the left we will see the city.
*Visit a legendary masquerade family, renowned for their traditional Costa Rican masks.
*Enjoy a sample of traditional chicha.
*For the end visit a Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop store where you learn to prepare coffee, or our famous agua de sapo from sugar cane and lemon juice, and make empanadas plantain, enjoy the tamal.
*Shopping around you can find souvenirs.

What's Included

Feast on authentic local cuisine in a 100-year-old restaurant. Tradicional Costa Rican Tapas.

In downtown Escazú, this art and design shop is ensconced in a 150-year-old house with adobe walls. There's also a lovely open-air cafe that serves up fresh coffee.

Local Transportation from San José to Escazú

Masquerade. Visit a legendary masquerade family, renowned for their traditional Costa Rican masks

Private Transportation from San José to Escazú

Visit the Legendary la Ventolera, beautiful views of the mountains and the city

What's Not Included

Beverages and alcoholic drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • YOUTH: Age: 13 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 75

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Setting off from the beautiful National Theatre Building, you’ll instantly fall in love with San Jose’s beauty. Fortunately, this city has so much more to offer, so you still have loads to look forward to!

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

After walking through the historical Center of San Jose we’ll board our transportation to one of the oldest cities in Costa Rica, Escazu, which holds a rich history of witches. On our way to the city of the witches, you’ll spot La Sabana Metropolitan Park, which used to be the San Jose international airport.City of witches... in Escazu we are visit the legendary , better known by the locals as LaVentolera, .Visit a legendary masquerade family, renowned for their traditional Costa Rican masks and take a Coffee on authentic local cuisine in a 100-year-old restaurant.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

This is a 200 hundred years old coffee house, where we get prepare, and pick up for our driver for a 20 minutes ride in the mountains of Escazu to Bebedero.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


San Jose views, tasty Costa Rican food, tradition and authentic conversations with ticos.
Pedro C, 01-09-2022
I am quite happy that I went on this tour as this is a great experience to really see how San Jose is a rich and beautiful city. We had a lot packed on the tour with great views of San Jose, tasty Costa Rican food, traditional Costa Rican culture and authentic conversations with ticos.
Masks, Coffee, Food, and More!!
Z2225SVjenniferf, 25-07-2022
This tour is an incredible way to see and experience San Jose in 1 day. Due to travel delays, our family of 5 came straight from the airport to the tour. Eric and Dinora immediately made sure we were relaxed and taken care of. Their love of the people and culture of Costa Rica shines through the entire tour! The actual tour was filled with so many memorable moments! From learning about natural remedies and trying ceviche in the Mercado central to all the fruits in the fruit market and seeing banana vinegar in process to the history of the national theater they were knowledgeable, answered all our questions, and had great stories to really make the information come alive. Heading up to Escazu to meet the mask maker was a special experience. His enthusiasm and love for his craft is infectious.

Definitely take this tour! It takes several hours, but the time flies by. Wear good walking shoes and be ready to try new foods and to just absorb the moments. For our family, it was a perfect start to our Costa Rica adventure!
Eric is an excellent...
Julia_T, 28-03-2022
Eric is an excellent guide and the tapas dinner is excellent. The views from the Escazu Mountains is mesmerizing even with the fog.
Great day
goldenorbspider, 16-03-2022
We really enjoyed this tour! Although it was a little slow at the beginning in San Jose, we were glad to ride the bus to and visit the historic center of Escazu .
The art center cafe was charming with its Al fresco dining experience and interesting works by modern craftspeople and artists. Eric, our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. He lives in the area and is obviously proud of its heritage. We appreciated that Eric ensured that there was no pressure to buy anything on this tour. The mask maker visit was fun and memorable! The views from the top of Cerro Escazu were magnificent. Wear good hiking shoes as it is a steep climb.

This was a nice day and good learning experience for our family!
A Very Memorable Day Hiking in the Suburbs of San Jose
joanbD15HB, 13-03-2022
This was my second time to Costa Rica. I had toured San Jose on my first trip but this tour exceeded my expectations and provided me a greater perspective of how the locals live in San Jose, as well as any previous tours of the city. My husband and I REALLY enjoyed learning about the suburbs, especially Escazu. The afternoon hike was challenging but well worth the effort given the amazing view of the city. It is doubtful we would have every found the trail without a guide. Afternoon refreshments were offered in a unique restaurant. Dinner was an opportunity to enjoy traditional Costa Rican offerings in a historic environment. Words cannot express how much we enjoyed the day!

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