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San Jose Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2014

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Bustling big city or nature’s haven? Whichever way you see it, San Jose offers plenty of excitement for the first time and returning visitor alike. In fact, its obvious architecture of tall skyscrapers and expansive malls often overshadow its scenic treasures such as the Tortuguero National Park or the Poas Volcano. Here’s a quick guide on different things to do on a three day visit to the city.

Day 1: Discover San Jose

Spend day one orienting yourself to the city. Sign up for a city tour  to get an overview of the city’s top sightseeing spots and attractions. Grab lunch at one of the many quaint Tico eateries that dot the city and then head over to the private adventure park to ride the Aerial Tram Atlantic. Not only does this offer you a bird’s eye view of San Jose, it also passes over dense rainforest canopies offering spectacular views.

Day 2: Volcanoes & National Parks

San Jose is the gateway to Costa Rica’s many beaches, rainforests, national parks and volcanoes. Embark on a sailing expedition passing the dense jungles of the Tortuguero National Park and witness what is one of the few remaining nesting sites of the gigantic green turtle.  Alternatively hike to the famous Doka coffee estate and experience rich Costa Rican coffee at its source. Next visit the still active Poas Volcano standing tall 8,884 feet above sea level. End the day with a visit to La Paz waterfalls and the Hummingbird Gallery if time permits.

Day 3: Old Meets New

Visit some of San Jose’s cultural heritage as captured in its museums and galleries. In the second half of the day it’s time to change gears and visit some of the glitzy malls for all that holiday shopping. If you’re there for the night, be sure to join the party for the city has a very vibrant nightlife.

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Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

4 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Experience Costa Rica’s world-renowned Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs on this exciting full-day trip from San Jose. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99

Combo Tour - Best of Costa Rica from San Jose

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

Take advantage of your time in Costa Rica on this exciting full-day guided tour from San Jose! Enjoy an exhilarating mountain hike and tour impressive sites ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.99

Sarapiqui Canopy and Rainforest Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Admire scenic views as you travel to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui for a full-day riverboat trip and canopy adventure! Swing through the treetops of the Central ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.99

Tortuguero National Park

4 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Take an expedition by boat through the dense jungle of Tortuguero National Park and explore one of the most beautiful and scenic regions of Costa Rica. Cruise ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99

San Jose Tropical Rainforest Adventure including Chocolate Tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

What could be better than a chocolate tour and wildlife encounter in a Costa Rican tropical rainforest! Meet the monkeys, parrots and other tropical birds that ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.99
$132.99 Save $27.00

San Jose Walking Tour including Costa Rica National Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Delve beneath the surface of San Jose on an in-depth walking tour of the city. Experience local life in Costa Rica, visit a popular park and meet an artisan ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.99
$52.99 Save $11.00

San Jose Beer Tasting Tour

Explore San Jose’s Barrio Escalante and its assortment of microbreweries on a 4-hour beer tasting tour. Your informative local guide shares knowledge of Costa ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.99
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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

Learn about local life in San Jose through its architecture, history and food. This 3-hour walking tour shows you the typical lifestyle of the capital as you ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.99
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