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From San José: Poas Volcano and Alsacia Coffe Farm

1. From San José: Poas Volcano and Alsacia Coffe Farm

Enjoy a tour to the Poas Volcano National Park, and immerse yourself in the beautiful local nature in the park and see the volcano. Finish the tour with a visit to a coffee farm where Starbucks coffee is grown. Visit the Poás Volcano National Park, enjoy the walk admiring local vegetation and animals, and notice where there is a notable change in temperature and exuberant cloud forest vegetation. See the Poás Volcano is an active stratovolcano of 2,708 m (8,885 ft), with a crater over a mile wide and 1,050 feet deep. Learn more about the volcano, which has erupted 40 times since 1828, including April 2017. Take time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and walk along a path to the beautiful Botos Lagoon while you learn about the different ecosystems of the park. End the tour with a visit to the first Starbucks coffee farm, Alsacia where you can enjoy the views and have a delicious coffee.

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

2. 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.

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

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

4. 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.

Poás Volcano, Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

5. 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 the Doka Estate 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.

Combination Tour All In 1 Day Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano

6. Combination Tour All In 1 Day Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano

This tour is designed to explore the main attractions of La Fortuna, for those who have limited time in the Arenal Area and want to make the highlight activities all in one day. First we will start with 3.5 km (2 mi.) Volcano Hike through rainforest trails of solidified volcanic lava and in the prestine El Silencio Reserve to reach the lookout, which is the closest view point to the Arenal Volcano that you can get. From there, the views of the Arenal Lagoon, the secondary rainforest, and areas devastated by ancient eruptions will be impressive. After the volcano hike we will move on to the second point of interest. The 70m (230ft) high La Fortuna Waterfall is a breathtaking place, where you can take a refreshing swim or just photograph this magical waterfall and its splendid surrounding. Once we are done with La Fortuna Waterfall we will enjoy a delicious Typical Lunch in a restaurant near La Fortuna. Next we will make our way to the Mistico Hanging Bridges Park to walk along a trail through the rainforest and across the bridge high above the rainforest canopy treetops. We will be surrounded by the plants and animals that never touch the ground, see life from a different perspective. The 3.1 km (2 mi.) circuit trail includes 16 impressive bridges, 6 hanging and 10 stationary bridges, an amazing trail network in the canopy. Our guides will show you flora and fauna such as spider monkeys, howler monkeys, Rufus tail jamacar, several kinds Toucas, colorful hummingbirds, snakes, frogs, lizard and a lot more… Immerse yourself in the Rainforest experience, surround yourself with the culture and stunning biodiversity.

La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Hike

7. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Hike

Costa Rica has around 112 volcanoes and Arenal Volcano is one of the most active in the country. From 1968 to 2010, there has been plenty of flowing lava, eruptions, and pyroclastic clouds. For years this mountain has been considered the most important attraction in the area. Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful scenery, take an exciting hike on its trails which will lead you to the old lava fields and some amazing lookout points. Your specialist nature guide will provide you with information about the natural sites you come into contact with during the walk, as well as some insight into the history of the volcano.

Irazú Volcano & Turrialba Volcano Day tour from San Jose

8. Irazú Volcano & Turrialba Volcano Day tour from San Jose

We will pick you up from your lodging in San Jose, Alajuela, Cartago or Heredia downtown to take to this adventure and visit two of the most famous volcanoes in Costa Rica with all entrances and typical lunch included: - Pick up from your lodging in San Jose, Alajuela, Cartago or Heredia downtown, no matter if it is airbnb, house or hotel - Drive for around 1.5 hours to visit Irazú Volcano in Cartago, our first Volcano. - We will go for a delicious typical lunch, you can choose what eat. - After taking a rest we will continue to Turrialba Volcano(Not the crater) - If time allow us we will visit some beautiful waterfalls close to Turrialba Volcano, small hiking of 15 minutes - Return to your hotel, drop off directly at your lodging, no matter if it is airbnb, house or hotel

La Fortuna Costa Rica Combo Tour Canyoning and Rafting

9. La Fortuna Costa Rica Combo Tour Canyoning and Rafting

We start with the canyoning at 7:00am where you will experience 5 rappels, 2 zip lines, and a walk inside the river canyon that has small crystalline pools where you can make small jumps, you will feel an approach to nature, flora, and fauna of the forest. To finish there will be a hike in the trails for around 15 to 20 minutes. Then we will share some fruits and snacks to continue with rafting tour where at the beginning you will live the greatest experience of rapids and adventure, and at the end you will navigate with calmer waters to enjoy the flora and fauna of the area. It will be 9km of rapids. Class 2/3 in Balsa River. Then you will enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch at the restaurant Fogón de Chela. This tour starts at 7am and will finish around 2:30pm.

Walking tour and blue waterfalls

10. Walking tour and blue waterfalls

Live the unique experience and immerse yourself in an unique ecosystem. full day hike visiting the beautiful waterfall of turquoise and blue tones surrounded by pure nature and hiking trails. On this tour we pick you up from hotels located in downtown of the city and travel to a water sanctuary located in Sarchí Alajuela, 2 hours away from the capital San José an area which is recognized for its stunning waterfalls. During our trip you can see the Poas volcano from a different side view, coffee farms, sugar cane fields, city views from the mountain points, beautiful towns like Sarchi and finally the amazing Bajos del Toro. We make our first stop in this place to take a delicious typical breakfast. After the meal we continue on the road for about 25 minutes and get to the final stop to begin the adventure. Once we are ready we begin our hiking between the rainforest and waterfalls. This walk will be an easy to medium level total distance 8 miles (*additional information you can swim on every waterfall so bring everything you need to enjoy more this adventure*). After the hike we will return to a local restaurant to have lunch. Finally we start our way back to the city to the point of drop-off / hotels.

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What people are saying about Alajuela

Best tour of my trip. Edgar was great guide, very accommodating, informative, and funny. Make sure to bring warm clothing - it can be literally freezing at volcano and very windy. Lunch was terrific at beautiful restaurant. Make sure to go explore the path in the garden below.

Great tour, best way to get to La Fortuna from San Jose as you stop off at several sites including coffee plantation, two waterfalls and zip lining. It was our first day and a great introduction to Costa Rica

Ronnie, our tour guide was funny, down to earth, and very knowledgeable. He took great care of his tourists and we could tell he enjoyed what he does. I will request him anytime I do this tour again.

Even though it was windy, it's quite an experience. Awesome views. I enjoyed walking in the crater. Then there was the trip own into Cartago. The views along the way are out of this world.

This was a wonderful excursion. Well worth the money!!