Make the most of your Costa Rican vacation with a packed day exploring the country’s natural and cultural treasures! On this full-day tour from San Jose, you’ll sample Costa Rica’s favorite drink during a tour of the Doka Estate coffee plantation and see the incredible blue lagoon that fills the crater of Poás Volcano. Enjoy a hike through the rain forest, and immerse yourself in the world of butterflies and hummingbirds at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Savor a tasty breakfast and lunch along the way. 

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to various locations in Costa Rica from San Jose
  • Visit the impressive Poás Volcano
  • Explore one the world's largest butterfly observatories at La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Tour Doka Estate's coffee plantation and sample quality Costa Rican coffee
  • Breakfast, lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Combo Tour - Best of Costa Rica from San Jose

Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens

If you have limited time for sightseeing in Costa Rica, get a diverse taste of the country’s natural beauty with this packed full-day tour. After early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel in a luxury air-conditioned coach, enjoy an on-board breakfast and steaming cup of Costa Rican coffee. Stop for a guided nature hike among the mountains outside of San Jose, where you can enjoy the lush scenery and try to spot local wildlife.

Continue on to the Doka Estate coffee plantation, where the same family has been growing and roasting coffee beans for generations. Tour the beautiful, 350-acre (141-hectare) estate, where rich volcanic soil makes an ideal growing coffee-growing climate. Learn how beans are cultivated, harvested and roasted, and sample an aromatic cup of Doka’s signature brew.

Your next stop is Poás Volcano National Park, home to the still-active Poás Volcano that reaches an impressive 8,884 feet (2,708 meters) above sea level. Take a short hike to the edge of the volcanic crater for breathtaking views into the smoking cauldron below, and admire the sky-blue Botos Lake that fills a neighboring, dormant crater.

After descending from the volcanoes, head to the lovely La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private nature reserve that boasts miles of scenic hiking trails and more than 100 species of native wildlife housed in various habitats. Meet some of Costa Rica’s tiniest winged creatures at the Hummingbird Garden and Butterfly Observatory, and get an up-close encounter with reptilian residents at the frog exhibit and serpentarium. Soak up the lush tropical scenery with a riverside hike, stopping to admire one of the many cascading waterfalls along the way. 

Indulge in a tasty lunch of traditional Costa Rican cuisine, and then relax on the beautiful drive back to San Jose, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the afternoon.

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Customer Reviews

kmkilford

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We saw the Poas Volcano crater with no clouds when we first arrived, but it very quickly clouded up, so timing is everything, We were lucky but the earlier you get to the crater the better.
Not many people can say they have stood on top of an active volcano, but it was fabulous. Also the Le Paz waterfall gardens were great. 5 big waterfalls at least by UK standards.
My wife and I had a great day.

Trichi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was a very beatiful experience. The view is amazing :.

Meredith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I did three tours in Costa Rica, and this was my favorite! The weather was perfect, the food was good, and the scenery was gorgeous! I loved the diverse activities of the trip and would highly recommend it. Bring a jacket for the volcano portion.

Syed H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The whole experience was awesome but it could have been better if it wasn't raining at the volcano. We also meet so great people while on tour who we go to share our Costa Rican coffee with.

Kornelia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Perfect trip!Perfect guide! :

camacho217

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

loved it all

Rowena K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Definitely a full day of site seeing. Driver and guide were very helpful and managed our time well. However, major traffic on our return. Not the fault of the tour. Last group arrived at their hotel after 7:00.

Dr. Bernhard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very interesting and rewarding tour, particularly if you are on a business trip and have only little time to spend like I did. Our guide Max was very knowledgeable and pleasant, and a real coffee afficionado having a lot to tell about coffee growing and coffee production. He also had a good knowledge about the people and socioeconomic situation of Costa Rica, which I particularly liked, because I also learned about the people and history of the country. The trip goes to touristic highights, so you are, of course, not alone - but there never was the feeling of overcrowding. The main criticism does not concern the tour, but the way the jungle cats are kept in cages - they are much too small, and a country proud of its ecological focus should not keep animals for shows in this way not appropriate for these species.

Dorothy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was an excellent trip, although it was foggy and rainy on top, and we were not able to see the craters, there was so much to see and do.coffee plantation, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuary, to name a few. Our tour guide was knowledgable and informative, and answered many questions. If you enjoy being on the move, I highly recommend this tour!

Joyce B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great. The day was clear so we were able to see both pools.

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