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Unless you could have enough time to wait for the fog to go away, the crater or Lake view of Paos Volcano could hardly be seen clearly. La paz Waterfall is interesting and worth visiting.
I would have liked to have a brochure with a map to be able to see where we were with suggestions on the different trails available at each site. Also, the lunch was not the best…breakfast was great. The guide and drive were great.
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I enjoyed this tour. The pick up was prompt. We started the tour having breakfast at the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation for a light breakfast. The breakfast was a little under expectation but it sufficed. The tour of the plantation was nice. I liked the walk through of the coffee process, from seed to the shelf. Then we drove through the country side to our next destination. After our arrival, We then proceeded on a short hike to the Paos Volcano. Now the view of this natural spectacle left me speechless for a moment. I also enjoyed the volcanic lake located at a higher elevation. Be prepared, it is a real trek upward, but it is a beautiful walk through the cloud forest. Then we were off to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens where we enjoyed the breath taking waterfalls and the indigenous animals, butterflies, and birds of Costa Rica. The lunch/dinner was delicious and beyond expectation. Overall this tour was wonderful and a well spent day experiencing some of the best of CR.
That tour was well worth the price!
- Transport is all included from your hotel in San Jose so you don't have to bother with taxi drivers who cannot find their way around since hotel addresses do not mean anything there.
- The guide is very friendly and knowledgeable about the surroundings.
- All guided tours were interesting: coffee plantation, Poas volcano, animals and waterfall garden
- The lunch at the animal/waterfall garden was delicious!
- The included breakfast was just very ordinary. It would have needed a little bit more (fruits, food choices, etc.)
Overall, that trip was super nice, especially considering how boring the city of San Jose is. That was a nice way to get out of there without the trouble of finding appropriate transportation.
My favorite tour! Of course we didn't see the volcano, but I didn't expect to. It's tough with all the clouds.
Be advised that ALL of the animals you will see are in a zoo/refuge center but it was very cool all the same. I just wish I would have known and that's why I gave it four stars instead of five. You get to take photos of you with the toucans, and I got a photo of a leopard yawning that was incredible.
Max was one of the best guides I've had--instead of speaking for 15 min in English and then 15 min in Spanish, he would go back and forth, paragraph by paragraph. I like that style of interpretation so you don't feel like you are missing something that was told in the other language.
Tour was very well organised and did a lot in a day. Coffee Plantation trip far more enjoyable than I had expected. We actually got to see the volcano crater, which was fabulous. The trip to Le Paz was excellent, with lots to see and animals that appeared very well looked after. And we got to try strawberry wine and queso palmita on the way. All on all, a great day! Not cheap, but an easy way to see a lot easily.
Great trip, knowledgeable guide, and wonderful sights. The food was excellent! However, as I was staying at the hotel that was the last stop for the morning pickup, the only remaining seat was in the cramped back seat of a microbus, and it was not a very comfortable ride. Otherwise it was great.
This was a great trip. Our guides were excellent, the trip was timed well, and everything was excellent.
The tour was well run, the guide was great, pretty good value. We went to the Doka coffee plantation first and had a good breakfast (typical local food). We went to the Poas volcano second, and it was all clouded in (we knew this was a possibility) so we couldn't see the crater at all, it was worth a try. Then we went to the La Paz waterfall gardens (included a good buffet lunch there). The butterfly and hummingbird gardens were great, the waterfalls were cool, the animal enclosures for the cats were a bit small and very zoo-like (it is obviously a successful business, so I would like to see them expand the habitats for the bigger animals).
Good tour. Good value for money. Would recommend it to anyone with limited time wanting variety.
one of the best tours..have to bring some snacks though because breakfast is not much, but it all make up with the lunch buffet. Ricardo is a wonderful guide
It was a very nice tour. But we were not lucky with the weather, couldn't see the volcano at all...Beautiful waterfalls garden with great lunch and very interesting visit to the coffee plantation. Nice day, but not the great one. Thanks anyway!
Great tour. It was raining all day, so couldn't see the volcano. La Paz was wonderful. Oliver was a great tour guide.
Great tour and our tour guide was wonderful and very knowlegable.
Very informative tour. If you could throw a zipline in there somewhere you would have the perfect tour. Anna Lucia, the tour guide, was great. Breakfast and Lunch were good.
Most interesting history of the City, probably because guide, Jason was so extremely knowledgeable. The big turn off was at end of tour when they brought us to a jewelry store to shop.
perfect day trip for a little bit of everything. coffee plantation was interesting, poas volcano really neat and la paz waterfall / nature center was beautiful. with breakfast and lunch included it is a great value. the driver and guide were terriffic.
I got to see a lot around the Alajuela region. I don't know if this is "the best of Costa Rica." The meals were good as well. We were lucky to see most of the crater of the Poas volcano, but pay attention to the forecast before you book. We were lucky to finish La Paz before it started pouring down.
Very good tour - three sights you don't want to miss! Be prepared to meet lots of crowds at Volcan Poas, especially if you go on a weekend. I've been on both the Doka and Cafe Britt coffee tours, and I have to admit that the Cafe Britt one is much more entertaining.
The tour was very punctual, the sites visited were interesting and the tour guide was very informative. The coffee plantation and the volcano were my favorites. The waterfall site was a bit boring but not a big problem. The food there was very good, however.
Very good, but we had a lot of rain at waterfalls just before lunch and the guide could have suggested to do lunch earlier and to visit the falls just after that. We would have avoided to get completed wet.
Some items seemed really rushed, but it was well worth the money and the time.