Home Cooked San Jose - Small Group Tour

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What To Expect

This local food experience is about as authentic as you can get! Enjoy your time as a guest in our Costa Rican family home in San Jose, and spend an evening cooking and dining like a local on this authentic cooking experience. We aim to give you one of the richest traveling experiences you can ever have, with lots of laughter, friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime.


  • Spend time with a local Costa Rican family in their home, and get to know their way of life

  • Join in and learn how to cook authentic Costa Rican food with your hosts

  • Taste the best tropical juices

  • Guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests


Tours in San jose
Departs From:
San Jose
Meeting Point:
National Stadium, San Jose (by Sabana Park)
4 hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:00 PM
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Costa Rica is known for its amazing natural sites, but there's a lot more to be discovered in this wonderful country, particularly its culinary experiences. Fortunately for you, we know just where you can find the most authentic culinary experience in San Jose, and you're not going to find it anywhere else!  

Our 'home cooked' experience in San Jose takes you to a local family's home to join them for mealtime, cooking, laughing, and eating alongside them, just as they do on any other night. This is more than a unique local experience - it's hands down one of the most authentic things to do in San Jose. More than a meal, this is a dining experience in a family home in Escalante, where you'll learn about local culture, taste authentic food, and make new friends.  

As dinner is being prepared, your local guide and the family members will provide information on the lifestyles of Costa Ricans, the traditions of home life, the importance of family, and the dish on food, history, and culture in Costa Rica. You'll have the chance to learn how to make tortillas, and when we sit down to dinner, you can choose to do it "Costa Rican Style" and eat with your hands, doing what we call 'gallos', which is putting food in the tortillas.

Your meal will be a traditional, authentic home-cooked meal, using 100% Costa Rican ingredients, and we promise, it'll be downright tasty. The meal will also be accompanied by special drinks or wine, depending on what fits for the evening. Our hosts and local guide will be more than happy to answer your questions on the dishes provided, the ingredients, and how best to eat them.

After saying goodbye and thank you to our hosts, your local guide will assist you with getting a taxi back to your hotel, or if you want to hang out in the area, they can point you to some of the best spots in the neighborhood.


  • Professional English and Spanish-speaking guide

  • Dinner and drinks with a local family in their home


  • Transportation to and from meeting point

  • Additional food and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please note

  • Children below 6 years old are free of charge, as long as they eat from their parents' meals. A special meal will not be prepared for them.

  • Some hosts might provide tea, a soft drink, or even alcohol with meals as per the local custom. However, it should not be expected and does not form part of the base Home Cooked experience.

  • We recommend that you bring drinking water with you for the duration of this experience.

  • If you choose to catch a taxi back to your accommodation after the experience this is at your own expense.

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

  • Tour approximately takes 4 hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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