While nothing quite compares to the labyrinthine glories, unexpected discoveries and sheer nostalgia of San José’s Mercado Central, the municipal market of Cartago, east of San José, has a distinct advantage for those looking for a short Central Valley excursion: while San José’s market requires schlepping several crowded blocks from most public transportation, Cartago’s market is just a block from the train (and bus) station, making it a nice excuse to ride the rails from Chepe. Wander the covered aisles to sample fresh fruits, grab a casado, get a haircut, stock up on herbs and spices, and much more. Read more about the market on its Facebook page.
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