Tours

Barrio Bird Walking Tours. Despite the name, the focus of this company is not birding but rather two-hour walking tours of the city, with a focus on sights, art, and food. 6280–6169; www.toursanjosecostarica.com. From $32.

City Square Tours. A guided hop-on, hop-off bus tour lets you choose two routes: the Orange Line focuses on six stops in the center city; the Blue Line takes you from downtown to the western suburb of Escazú in the Central Valley. Tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours. 4030-4125; www.costaricacitysquaretour.com. From $30.

Gray Line Costa Rica. This respected international company operates sightseeing and shopping tours, as well as excursions to the surrounding Central Valley. San José, San José. 2220–2106; 800/719–3905; www.graylinecostarica.com. From $48.

VIP City Bus. You'll see the city between downtown and La Sabana Park from the vantage point of a double-decker bus on VIP's four-hour tours that include snacks and commentary from bilingual guides. 2282-0240; www.vipcitybus.com. From $70.

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