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From San José: Poas Volcano Tour and Visit to Coffe Farm

1. From San José: Poas Volcano Tour and Visit to Coffe Farm

This excursion will offer you a day of adventure and learning about Costa Rica. We will visit the Poas Volcano where you can take a short walk to the crater to see its beautiful lagoon, of course take into account that your sighting depends on the natural weather conditions of the area. Along the way our guide will provide you with important information about the forest and the Volcano. We have 2 tour options: Visit to the coffee farm: You can take photos in the coffee plantation, have a coffee in the cafeteria and enjoy the coffee atmosphere Coffee Tour: If you select the package with the coffee tour you will receive an explanation about the coffee process and its cultivation as well as a coffee and chocolate tasting After a rest we will be ready to take you back to your hotel where you will arrive early to enjoy your afternoon in San José.

San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

2. San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

Tour the best locations in Costa Rica and learn about local life and culture from those who live there. Visit a coffee plantation, zip line, and soak in the hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Take the scenic route to the Arenal Volcano and visit a coffee plantation along the way. Gain an insight into the world of Costa Rican coffee and taste one of the best coffees in the world. Arrive at the "La Paz" and "San Fernando" waterfalls and admire the exotic tropical birds of Costa Rica, including many species of hummingbirds and rare emerald toucanets. Take in the views at the San Fernando Waterfall observation point before heading to the "Iguana Bridge", where you will have the chance to spot iguanas, sloths, monkeys, and toucans. Stop for an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located in "La Fortuna." Then, prepare for a zip-lining adventure in the local rainforest jungles with 9 canopy cables and a 50 meter (150 feet) rappel on the Arenal River. Learn about the culture while listening to a "Maleku" Indigenous tribe presentation from locals. Relax for a couple of hours in the Paradise Hot Springs at the base of Arenal Volcano, surrounded by tropical gardens followed by dinner.

San José: Guided Volcano, Waterfall & Coffee Farm Day Trip

3. San José: Guided Volcano, Waterfall & Coffee Farm Day Trip

Visit the Poás Volcano, the picturesque La Paz outdoor waterfall, and a coffee farm on a day trip from San José, Costa Rica. A wonderful choice for coffee aficionados and nature lovers alike, this tour includes a hotel pickup and lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation in San Jose and make your way to your first stop for the day, the Poás Volcano. Travel in an air-conditioned van and admire coffee plantations as well as flower and strawberry farms along the way. Poás is one of Costa Rica's most active volcanoes and last erupted in April 2017. The volcano and the surrounding park were closed for close to 17 months and a safety perimeter of nearly 2.5 kilometers was established around the erupting crater. At the volcano, you'll have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles. Then, follow a trail to the Botos Lagoon, a crater lake located inside the Poás Volcano National Park. As you hike, learn about the different ecosystems in the park. After your trek, refuel with a delicious lunch of local fare at one of the restaurants in the area. Then, head out to your next destination, the La Paz Waterfall. Gaze at La Paz waterfall as you stroll along paved trails through cloud forests and rainforests. Make the most of excellent photo opportunitiesand see the falls from different vantage points on the outside. Then, head to your final stop for the day, the Hacienda coffee farm, the first and only Coffee farm. See the visitor center and learn what Coffee is doing to empower farmers, promote sustainable practices, and develop the next generation of coffee. At the end of your Costa Rica adventure, enjoy a convenient transfer back to your hotel in San José.

La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Rainforest Night Tour

4. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Rainforest Night Tour

Take a nighttime walk through the rainforest around the Arenal Volcano on this tour from La Fortuna. See some of the forest's animals at night in their natural habitats. Experience the beauty of the forest and spot reptiles, mammals, and other animals. Get picked up at your hotel in La Fortuna and take a 20-minute drive outside of town to the Senderos y Mirador el Silencio private park. From there, begin exploring one of Costa Rica's most famous rainforests on a nighttime walk. Wander among a wide variety of native plants as you walk deeper into the forest in search of wildlife. Encounter a variety of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, and mosses. Spot a variety of nocturnal animals as you make your way through the forest. Have a chance to see tree frogs, great giant cane toads, eyelash vipers, and more. Get dropped off back at your accommodation in La Fortuna at the end of the tour.

San Jose: Irazú Volcano, Cartago City & Orosi Valley Tour

5. San Jose: Irazú Volcano, Cartago City & Orosi Valley Tour

Start with a pickup from your hotel and travel by minibus along the Panamerican Highway until you reach the base of the Irazú Volcano. Travel up the winding road through fertile farmlands where many types of fruit and vegetables are cultivated.  Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. At the summit of the volcano, on a clear day, marvel at the spectacular view of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Next, descend to the city of Cartago and stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica. Discover this local pilgrimage site which has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows.  Continue the tour through the Orosi Valley, an area of magnificent natural beauty. Visit one of the few remaining colonial churches in the region and stop for a tasty typical lunch at one of the local restaurants. Finally, be returned to your hotel to complete the tour.

San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

6. San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in San Jose, Heredia, or Alajuela at 6:00 AM. On your way to breakfast, drive past rolling coffee plantations and admire the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park. At around 7:15 AM, stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast to set you up for the day's adventure. Enjoy fresh fruit juice, coffee, eggs, and the popular gallo pinto (a typical Central American rice and bean dish.) After breakfast, visit a local banana plantation and learn about the process of growing and exporting fruit. At around 10:00 AM, leave the bus behind and hop onboard a boat as you cruise into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, which covers over 29,000 hectares, soak up the magic of this luscious green landscape. As you sail along the jungle canals, see native green sea turtles, as well as other endangered animals such as sloths, monkeys, and manatees. There are also countless colorful butterflies, toucans, herons, crocodiles, and more. Learn about each of the animals and their habitat in the jungle, as well as about local conservation efforts to protect them. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch. After lunch, take a relaxing stroll through Tortuguero Village where you’ll discover local life and learn about the history of the town and its residents. At the end of an unforgettable day, get back on the bus at around 3:30 PM and begin the return journey back to San Jose.

Poás Volcano, Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

7. Poás Volcano, Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Experience Costa Rica's nature and culture on this full-day tour from San José. Your first destination is a coffee plantation, where you'll learn all about the ancient techniques of producing some of the best coffee in Costa Rica and around the world. Experience the careful process involved in the cultivation, harvesting, and roasting of the Golden Bean before tasting the delectable product. After your coffee tour, continue to Poás Volcano National Park, where there is a noticeable change in temperature and beautiful scenery in a cloud forest. Climb up Poás Volcano, an active stratovolcano that most recently erupted in 2017. The crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1,050 feet deep, making for breathtaking views. Hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as you learn about the different ecosystems in the park. Then, continue to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Costa Rican dishes. After lunch, explore the lush tropical rainforest. See the flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, and hummingbirds before returning to San José.

Alajuela: Coffee Plantation Guided Tour with Tasting

8. Alajuela: Coffee Plantation Guided Tour with Tasting

We start the tour with a delicious iced coffee as a welcome drink and walk through a coffee plantation, visiting different stations such as the coffee nursery, wet mill, drying patios, roasting room and souvenir shop. Also, we will enjoy a coffee sample with different blends and roasts. After the tour you can explore the butterfly garden, the botanical garden and take great pictures of the place. If you are hungry we have a restaurant so you can enjoy typical food and the local flavor in addition.

La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges, Waterfall & Arenal Volcano Trip

9. La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges, Waterfall & Arenal Volcano Trip

Discover the main attractions of La Fortuna and the Arenal Area on a full-day tour. After hotel pickup, start with a 3.5 km/2 mi hike through rainforest trails of solidified volcanic lava and in the pristine El Silencio Reserve to reach the lookout, the closest viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano. Soak in views of the Arenal Lagoon, the secondary rainforest, and areas devastated by ancient volcanic eruptions. Continue your exploration to the second point of interest, the 70 m (230 ft) high La Fortuna Waterfall. Take a swim or just photograph this waterfall and its splendid surroundings. Stop for a typical lunch in a restaurant near La Fortuna, and then make your way to the Mistico Hanging Bridges Park. Walk along a trail through the rainforest and across the bridge high above the rainforest canopy treetops. Be surrounded by plants and animals that never touch the ground. Follow a 3.1 km/2 mi circuit trail that includes 16 impressive bridges, and 6 hanging and 10 stationary bridges. Let your guide introduce you to local flora and fauna such as spider monkeys, howler monkeys, toucans, colorful hummingbirds, snakes, frogs, lizards, and more.

From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

10. From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

Explore the protected Tortuguero National Park in the Limón Province, reachable only by airplane or boat. Take in the wealth of biodiversity in its eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Trip itinerary: Day 1: After an early morning hotel pickup, admire the biodiversity of a primary forest through the window as you drive past Braulio Carrillo National Park. Sample a delicious Costa Rican breakfast during the drive. Mid-morning, board a comfortable boat and travel along the Tortuguero Canals. Be enchanted by the surrounding paradise and its varied flora and fauna. Then, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch at the hotel. After lunch, tour the canals and take incredible photos for the rest of the afternoon. Arrive at Pachira Lodge (or similar) for a delightful dinner and a restful night's sleep. Day 2: Discover the flavors of Costa Rica with breakfast at the Lodge. Then, hike along the Lodge's private trail and work up an appetite for lunch. After lunch at the Lodge, visit the Sea Turtle Museum, the beach, and the picturesque village of Tortuguero. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the Lodge again. Day 3: After breakfast at the Lodge, head back to San José, stopping for lunch at El Ceibo in Guápiles on the way. Arrive back in San José in the afternoon.

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A great activity. We did this activity with children aged 8 and 14 years old. The guide was adorable, we saw frogs, tarantulas, fireflies, bird nests… We heard the screaming signs, it was great and the organization was perfect.

Our guide was exceptionally good! It seemed as if he was at home in the forest and the darkness. In the end he was more motivated than the group 😉 He listened and smelled carefully and his suspicions came true.

Juan was really good. He spotted so many animals. Some were so tiny so if he didn’t show them to us we would never seen them. He helped us take the pictures through his telescope.

Very nice and entertaining tour! Loved the volcano! We were lucky as there were no clouds when we went. My favourite activity the coffee plantation!

Great, the coffee tour was especially informative. The volcano tour was great because of the photo opportunities.