Have you noticed that San José tends to be a mandatory stop (mostly for transport connections) rather than a destination in most tourists itineraries?
Visitors rush to our beautiful coasts, mountains and volcanoes without even bothering to find out what kind of charms does this city hide. Travelers, on the other hand, tend to blend in and search to interact with the people that call this place home. THE LOCALS.
We are the locals. We live here, and we have tons of fun. You just need a friendly hand to point you in the right direction.
Our tours blend history, fun and recommendations from locals who love traveling and want to help other fellow travelers to make the most out of Chepe. Hope that our tours can help you to explore and discover why is that we love it here!
Carpe Diem, Carpe Chepe!
Carpe Chepe Staff
Age: 33, with Peter Pan syndrome. Languages: English, Spanish, some French and Portuguese and she’s been trying to learn Russian for ages with Duolingo. Iva is our expert beer-master by excellence, is one of the veteran guides of the company, and she’s been with us since the beginning so she knows it all. Talks about beer like the best lover she’s had and with details! Always knows where the best party’s at, the best food, and obviously the best beer. She loves traveling, books, languages, she always manages to decipher where someone is from and what language they’re speaking with a couple of words even if she has no idea how to speak it. She also tries at yoga and cloths and is the “official” astrologist of Carpe Chepe. Tribe: Musicians. Preferred food: Desseeeeeert!!! And anything with lots of melted cheese and beef. Drink: Some beers here and there.. even better if they’re craft beers. Catchphrase: “i’m the expert bad company, I don’t go down easily.” Worst flaw: She can’t use a beer to cure her hangover. Day-job: Saxophonist.
Age: 30 beautiful and well-drank years! Idiomas: English, French and Portuguese- but if the guy’s handsome she pulls out whatever she can use to communicate. She loves singing, dancing, camping, playing basketball and extreme sports. Seeing and meeting new people (the old people are boring is what she says haha). Hyperactive and legit the explorer kid; always ready! Prepared with everything needed to resolve literally any crisis and to organize people in the blink of an eye. Super kind, cheerful and a story-teller, with a spark so particular that only knowing her would be enough to understand. Loves and knows all the stuff about art (specially optic and cinematic). So she can let out her dork side and talk about each colour and line for hours. Tribe: Doesn’t accept it, but kinda hipster. Favourite food: Basically everything, except celery. Says to have a fat lady side inside of her. Drink: tequila sunrise, with more tequila and even better when watching the sunrise on the beach. Catchphrase: Oh, son of a bitch ? Worst flaw: Has more bad luck than Daffy Duck, and it goes without saying she’s a bit clumsy. Day-job: Goes somewhere where people stay, they pay her for her services, spends the night and then leaves, sometimes without saying goodbye.. Yeah, she works in a hotel reception. What were you thinking?
Age: 34 Languages: She goes for it with English, Spanish and Italian, but she’s super fluent with Sarcastic, “Pachuco” (street slang) and “Soncho” (kinda redneck.) “La Flaca” is our Duracell batteries bunny guide - she’s never tired, has the most extreme “bombetismo” of the country with which she raises the roof whenever and however! Megaphone’s included, so she’ll always get heard. Loves comics, video games, books, TV series and books, so she has while-worth conversation material. Also, she knows all the scare-stories and is an enciclopedia for drinking games- aka guaranteed drunkness, and she has great stories of why and how we use certain Costa Rican words and phrases. Expert in the art of trash-talk (sequels of her life as a stand up comedian). Repairs clothing and footwear flaws with literally anything! And she’s an excelent wingwoman. Can help anybody get a date. Tribe: 100% Geek… mixed with unleashed “chancla!” Preferred food: Cold pizza, rice and beans and basically anything that didn’t have eyes. Drink: Beer and Cacique…but if she’s willing to go for real, a Porter or Stout are the best choices. Catchphrase: “ %#&@$#$@%” “Tired as hell.” Worst flaw: Talks like a pirate- doesn’t drink Jager. Day-job: Drops the party and pirate-talk to become the serious and formal Operational Manager of Carpe Chepe.
Age: 25 of spirit (because who cares what the gray hair or IDs say). Languages: Spanish, English, a bit of Italian, a bit of Portuguese, “Pachuco,” (street slang), “labioso” (flatterer) and with enough booze even ancient Aramaic. He’s the top party-man, loves socializing, have it clear he’s known as Miss Costa Rica, he speaks to no end so no awkward silences guaranteed. Has the biggest collection of hats on the country and there’s no geek topic he doesn’t have his hands on. Knows completely the story of Carpe Chepe (which, duh, he lived). With his booming voice you’ll certainly hear him 100 meters away, in middle of a comparsa (music band). Knows Aikido venusino, lightsaber techniques and his specialty is excuses to be late, get out without permission and come back late. He enjoys hobbies like anime, reading, facebook-ing, Pokemon-Go, darts, fencing, cosplay, the cinema and DOCTOR WHO! Dances, sings and recites, Tribe: Geek-hipster-ish-half Otaku Preferred food: MEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAT Drink: Beer all the way! Catchphrase: “Don’t leave for tomorrow the epic party you can have today.” Worst flaw: Makes the longest Whatsapp audios. Day-job: Founder and Director of the Cultural Foundation Skené, actor and play director.
Born and raised in San José by a panamenian family. This side of his heritage surfaces when he´s drunk and salsa music is playing! CouchSurfing is to blame for unveiling his passion for showing travelers around his hometown. He loves to learn new languages and sharing cultural experiences, you never know when knowing how to ask for a beer in Chech or Mandarin might become handy, right? Speaks: Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese
Age: 10 even though her ID says 34. Languages: Spanish, sort-of-English and expert Colombian. Méndez is the one in charge of spreading smiles- yes, she’s our bartender on La Carreta. Always ready to toss a beer and has an ear for her clients, conversational, sociable and helpful to no end, is unable to say no when she’s asked a favor. Apart from making drinks she’s also the judge for pole dancing on La Carreta and the legends say the ones skilled enough on the tube usually gain a price if they convince the lady and keeper of the bar. Is an expert on old-lady music and any ridiculous stuff that might be trendy, though her true super power is serving drinks on La Carreta while moving without spilling a single drop and getting along with every single old lady/man in a bank or park. Tribe: “Soncha” by birth, geek in training. Preferred food: French fries. Drink(s): Coffee and beer. Catchphrase: "Chug, chug, I’ll tell you when” Worst flaw: Never answers phone calls or messages, doesn’t understand what a cellphone is for. Day-job: A bartender never reveals their secrets, including their secret identity.
Age: 29 but she acts 20. Languages: Spanish, English, a bit of Italian and fluid in sarcasm. The adult life is always chasing her but she always manages to escape. She does yoga, dancing, watches movies, and goes out and parties. This thin charlatan is one of the happiest beings on Earth. Her sense of humour is always a life saver in awkward situations, capable of setting up a conversation with a flower pot. Extroverted and lover of dance parties. She’s the craving girl of Carpe Chepe, and no food can be mentioned near her because she’ll already be scurrying for a way to get a taste of it. Loves food and is up to date with the vegetarian food shenanigans, desserts and fruit smoothies. She’s a laid-back, relaxed woman and she’s learnt to respect that everybody has their happy zone. Tribe: A proud hippie pachamamica flower-eater. Preferred food: She’s so weird she loves lentils. Drink: Beer by excellence and in her sober times it’s said she’s addicted to water and fruit smoothies. Catchphrase: "Off with your bad vibes." “How delicious.. I want some.” and "Why am I like this?" Worst flaw: She gets pissed by herself and at herself and nobody knows why. Day-job: Creative Editor and Audiovisual Producer.