Cartago Bike and Train - Small Group Tour

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What To Expect

Go on a perfect day away from San Jose, on this tour that takes you out of the city and into the Costa Rican rural life. Wave goodbye to the dizzying crowds, hop on a train, and journey to Cartago, where you'll take a bike ride with a local guide through this fascinating town steeped in local history. Top it all off with a visit to Cartago Central Market to taste the local cuisine and flavors.


  • Discover Cartago, a historical town just outside San Jose

  • Bike through the streets of Cartago with a local guide

  • Learn all about the colonial history of the area and daily local life

  • Travel by railroad through the mountains and coffee plantations outside San Jose.

  • Experience Cartago Central Market and try the local cuisine

  • Guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests


Tours in San jose
Departs From:
San Jose
Meeting Point:
Northeast corner of España Park (cafe across the street)
5 hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 AM
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Just outside the city of San Jose sits the beautiful town of Cartago, a sleepy oasis filled with Costa Rican local culture and the freshest air outside the big city. If you're totally over the San Jose hustle and bustle, and want to feel the wind in your hair, or perhaps desire a change of scenery, then this San Jose bike tour is for you!

We'll begin at the Jimenez Apartments in the beautiful setting of Parque Espana. Also known as Expression Park, it is one of the oldest parks in the city. Here you'll meet your local guide, who will give you a bit of history about the park and surrounding buildings. Wander across the street and admire the view of the Yellow House, and then head onwards to the National Liquor Factory. Your guide will provide snippets of information about these landmarks along the way, before you head out on your journey out of town.

Next, take a quick 10-minute hike up into the hills of San Jose and arrive at the Atlantic Railroad, where you'll hop on a train to head to Cartago. This scenic 45-minute journey will take you past the University campus, further out in to the mountains, and through the coffee plantations. At the end of the journey lies Cartago, where adventure awaits!

Hop on your bike in Cartago and cruise through the streets of this beautiful town, and learn all about its history along the way. Many of the locals travel by bike here, so you'll fit right in! You will make regular stops with your guide, so that they can fill you in on all the history behind this fascinating town.  

After getting your fix of all that Costa Rican history, your Cartago tour will finish up at the Central Market. You'll be able to brush shoulders with the locals and dive into local cuisine, and you can have a taste of the local life through foods and flavors.

After this, you'll hop on a local bus to return to San Jose, where your guide will happily point you in the direction of your accommodation, or give you some more tips to explore the city of San Jose.


  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Food samples

  • Transport tickets

  • Bikes and helmets


  • Transportation to and from meeting points

  • Additional food and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please note

  • Children below 6 years old are not allowed on this tour.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

  • Tour approximately takes 5 hours.

  • Please dress comfortably. It is advised that you wear casual clothing, and don't forget to bring a hat and sunglasses during hot weather.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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