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Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day tour from San JoseDay Trips

Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day tour from San Jose

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See more of the Arenal Volcano region with the convenience of a full-day tour from San Jose. Take a scenic route to Arenal with views of farms, rain forest, and small towns, and stop at a coffee plantation where you can sample coffee and traditional snacks. Stop at a waterfall, look for wildlife, then have the afternoon to soak in hot springs set in a lush garden near the Arenal Volcano.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$142.00
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$142.00
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Day Trip from San Jose to Sloths & other wildlife Rescue CenterDay Trips

Day Trip from San Jose to Sloths & other wildlife Rescue Center

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Get out of the city and experience Costa Rica’s rich wildlife heritage with this half day private tour to the Toucan Rescue Ranch. What started out as a rescue facility for toucans has expanded to include other charismatic species such as sloths, monkeys, parrots, and owls. Learn all about them from the dedicated staff committed to their care.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
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Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San JoseDay Trips

Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip from San Jose

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Discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica on this full-day trip from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park. After a scenic drive along the Pacific coast, arrive at this protected reserve that features lush tropical rain forest, unspoiled stretches of white sandy beach, and coral reefs teeming with marine life. Relax on the shore or explore the jungle with a guided nature hike, where you have a chance to spot birds, sloths, monkeys, and other resident wildlife.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Rain Forest Aerial Tram From San JoseDay Trips

Rain Forest Aerial Tram From San Jose

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Discover the amazing treetop ecosystems of Costa Rica’s rain forest on this aerial tram tour near San Jose. Glide through the lush jungle canopy on a 90-minute gondola ride that offers a bird’s-eye view of beautiful hanging gardens and native wildlife not often seen from the forest floor. Optional lunch and transportation add-ons are available for a stress-free wait to explore Costa Rica’s famous biodiversity right from the capital.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.30
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$66.30
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Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and DinnerDay Trips

Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner

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In just one day, it’s possible to visit top Costa Rica attractions like Arenal Volcano, La Paz Waterfall, and Arenal Hot Springs when you book this guided tour from San Jose. All-inclusive private transport smooths over otherwise tricky transportation logistics, and your guide keeps you well entertained and informed as you explore. This tour includes all entrance fees plus two meals, adding up to a great value.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.00
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$169.00
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Monteverde Hanging Bridges Day Trip from San JoseDay Trips

Monteverde Hanging Bridges Day Trip from San Jose

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Visiting Monteverde from San Jose in just one day can be challenging on your own, but this guided tour streamlines transportation to make the trip a cinch. Arrive at Monteverde in the morning and head straight to a canopy tour: hike on hanging bridges and learn about the rich cloud forest environment before heading back to San Jose.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$177.00
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$177.00
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Costa Rica Full Day Combo Tour - Zip lining, Waterfalls, Volcano & Hot SpringsDay Trips

Costa Rica Full Day Combo Tour - Zip lining, Waterfalls, Volcano & Hot Springs

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Discover many beautiful attractions of Costa Rica on this Combo Tour from San Jose. Fly over the Rainforest Canopy on a zip lining course and rappel down 50 meters (150 feet). Visit 2 beautiful waterfalls in the Rainforest; admire wildlife of Costa Rica at the exotic birds’ viewing point and the Iguanas Center. Learn about coffee of Costa Rica and taste the delicious local cuisine. Participate of a native tribe presentation. Relax in thermal mineral hot springs pools at the base of Arenal Volcano. Lunch and dinner are included.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.00
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$169.00
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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San JoseDay Trips

Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

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Find your bliss with a classic Costa Rican experience that combines a seismic dose of adventure and relaxation! On this full-day trip from San Jose, visit the very active Arenal Volcano and explore its base with a guided nature hike. Then, unwind with a soak in a variety of geothermal pools at the luxurious Tabacón hot springs. The tour also includes a stop at the artisan town of Sarchí, plus delicious lunch and dinner.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.00
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$171.00
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Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San JoseDay Trips

Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose

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Discover Costa Rica's famous natural beauty, historical treasures, and fresh flavors on this full-day tour from San Jose. Visit the ruins of a 16th-century church in Cartago, soak up an awe-inspiring views into the crater of Irazú Volcano, and spot native wildlife such as sloths, crocodiles, and monkeys on a cruise down the Sarapiquí River. Savor a traditional lunch at a private farm and drive through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park to round out a memorable day.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Costa Rica Day Trip from San JoseDay Trips

Costa Rica Day Trip from San Jose

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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, sample Costa Rica’s favorite drink during a tour of the Doka Estate coffee plantation. Hike through the rain forest to catch views of Poas Volcano, and see the butterflies and hummingbirds at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Breakfast and lunch are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.00
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$151.00

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Hanging Bridges Full-Day Tour from San JoseDay Trips

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Hanging Bridges Full-Day Tour from San Jose

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Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, a 26,000-acre (10,500 hectare) oasis of virgin cloud forest. Visited by roughly 70,000 people a year, the reserve is home to about four percent of the world’s animal species. Walk across suspended bridges and hike among native flora and fauna. You can also pay extra to zipline through the canopy. Lunch and a guide are included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.00
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$140.00
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Combo Tour Poás Volcano -Doka Coffee Plantation and La Paz Waterfall GardensDay Trips

Combo Tour Poás Volcano -Doka Coffee Plantation and La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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Pair some of Costa Rica's finest coffee with magnificent volcano and waterfall views on this combo tour from San Jose. See how beans are grown and roasted to perfection at the Doka Coffee Estate, and admire the crater lake and sputtering fumaroles of Poás Volcano National Park. Later, get close to nature among the butterfly gardens and reptile exhibits at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, where a highly rated buffet lunch awaits.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.00
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$151.00

Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Cloud Forest Tour from San JoseDay Trips

Monteverde Sky Tram & Hanging Bridges Cloud Forest Tour from San Jose

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Monteverde is a Mecca for nature lovers, and this full day trip won’t disappoint. On the way there, stop at the largest fruit stand in the country and sample a variety of tropical fruits. Once at the destination, ride the Sky Tram over the cloud forest canopy, then proceed on a guided hike along trails and hanging bridges suspended among the treetops.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$181.00
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$181.00
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Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth Sanctuary & Llanos de Cortes Waterfall TourDay Trips

Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth Sanctuary & Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Tour

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Get an up-close look at Costa Rica's hidden natural wonders on this Rio Celeste and Llanos de Cortes waterfall tour from Tamarindo. Follow an expert local guide through breathtaking scenery, rugged trails, and truly beautiful attractions. This is the perfect way to explore outside the city and see what makes Costa Rica a top attraction for nature lovers.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and LankesterDay Trips

Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester

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Discover orchid gardens, colonial architecture, and a magnificent volcano on this full-day trip to Orosi Valley from San Jose. Admire Irazu Volcano—the tallest in the country—and wander the historic streets of Orosi’s town center. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and take a leisurely stroll through the gorgeous Lankester Botanical Gardens.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.00
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$108.00
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3-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano HikeDay Trips

3-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano Hike

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Spend a full day exploring Costa Rica’s notoriously active crater on this 3-in-1 Arenal combo adventure. Hike through the jungle surrounding Arenal Volcano on a series of nature trails and hanging bridges, and trek down to the base of La Fortuna Waterfall to appreciate the height and power of the cascade and swim in a natural pool. Finish with a majestic perspective as you explore the lava fields of former eruptions and look for native wildlife along the trails of Arenal Volcano National Park.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$189.00
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$189.00
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Irazu Volcano and Hacienda Orosi Hot SpringsDay Trips

Irazu Volcano and Hacienda Orosi Hot Springs

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Spend time in Costa Rica's famed rain forests and wilderness on this 9-hour tour to Irazu Volcano National Park and Orosi Hot Springs. Head to the summit of the volcano for panoramic views of the lush forests below, and then soak in natural mineral water for a relaxing end to the day.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$147.00
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$147.00
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Manuel Antonio National Park; Beach & Sightseeing Day Trip from San JoseDay Trips

Manuel Antonio National Park; Beach & Sightseeing Day Trip from San Jose

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As one of the most popular parks in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park is a must for visitors. This guided tour from San Jose makes visiting on a time crunch a cinch—your guide takes the guesswork out of deciding which trails are worth the effort, plus helps you spot wildlife along the way. This tour is specifically timed to avoid the crowds, too, helping you have the best possible experience exploring.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs From San JoséDay Trips

Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs From San José

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Head to La Fortuna, home to the Arenal Volcano, on this guided all-day tour from San Jose. Sit back and relax as you travel through diverse plantations and cattle ranches on the roughly 3.5-hour drive. After arriving, enjoy lunch with a view of the volcano. Then, take a dip in the area’s thermal waters and indulge in an optional massage or other treatment.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$151.00
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$151.00
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Sloth Experience and Cultural Towns Half Day Trip from San JoseDay Trips

Sloth Experience and Cultural Towns Half Day Trip from San Jose

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Visit a Costa Rican animal sanctuary and learn about sloths on this half-day tour from San Jose. Discover other local wildlife being treated at the sanctuary to be released into the wild such as monkeys, toucans, kinkajous (known as honey bears), coatimundis, macaws, and more. Plus, head to the folkloric towns of Grecia and Sarchi to explore.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.00
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$89.00
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Combination Tour: Poas Volcano Doka Estate and La Paz Waterfalls GardensDay Trips

Combination Tour: Poas Volcano Doka Estate and La Paz Waterfalls Gardens

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Calling all nature lovers, this 9-hour tour of the Poas Volcano National Park and La Paz Waterfalls showcases the best of Costa Rica’s natural landscapes. Departing from San Jose, you’ll eat breakfast and take a plantation tour at the Doka Coffee Estate before visiting the sulfurous crater of Poas Volcano. Then, take a rain forest trail to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, also home to a birdhouse and butterfly garden, Breakfast, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off in San Jose are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$148.00
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$148.00
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One Day Adventure Tour from San JoseDay Trips

One Day Adventure Tour from San Jose

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This sampler adventure tour from San Jose fits the best of Costa Rica's beaches, rivers, and rain forests into one action-packed day. Catch some sun at popular Jaco Beach, one of the closest to the capital, and go croc-spotting at a famous overlook on the Tarcoles River. Then head into the lush jungle for a thrilling zipline canopy tour plus your choice of a horseback ride to tropical waterfalls or an ATV safari.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.20
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$161.20

Calypso's Tortuga Island Day Trip from San JoseDay Trips

Calypso's Tortuga Island Day Trip from San Jose

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Sail to Tortuga Island aboard a catamaran for on this full-day trip from San Jose. Go swimming and snorkeling, then refuel with a 4-course gourmet lunch. There is plenty of time to relax on the island before heading back. Use of all equipment is included, as is round-trip transportation from your hotel and a hot breakfast before departure.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.07
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San Jose Walking and Bus City TourDay Trips

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

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Explore the Costa Rican capital’s rich history, landmark buildings, and modern culture on a combo bus and walking tour of San Jose. Get a great introduction to city highlights like the National Theater and Art Museum, and stop to walk through bustling markets and public plazas to feel the pulse of this modern Central American metropolis. Get an extra boost of Costa Rican culture by listening to traditional folkloric music onboard the bus.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.26
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