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San Jose Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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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, San Jose, null
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Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

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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

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Combo Tour - Best of Costa Rica from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Combo Tour - Best of Costa Rica from San Jose

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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

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Tortuguero National Park, San Jose, Day Trips
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Tortuguero National Park

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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

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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

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Don’t miss out on one of Costa Rica’s most popular activities — an Arenal Volcano and Tabacón hot springs tour! The day trip from San Jose includes a ...  Read more

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6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica, San Jose, Day Trips
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6 in 1 Tour: Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica

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San Jose Evening Tour with Dinner in Escazú

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Walk in the shoes of a typical ‘tico,’ or native Costa Rican, on this 4-hour evening tour of San Jose and dinner in Guachipelin. Meander through San Jose’s ...  Read more

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Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose, San Jose, Night Tours
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Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

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Leave the bustle of San Jose behind on this full-day tour to the tropical beaches and warm waters of Tortuga Island, located on the Gulf of Nicoya. Featuring ...  Read more

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Sarapiqui River Sightseeing Cruise and Zipline Canopy Tour from San Jose, San Jose, Day Cruises
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Sarapiqui River Sightseeing Cruise and Zipline Canopy Tour from San Jose

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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

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San Jose Combo Tour: Horseback Riding and Sarapiquí River Boat Ride, San Jose, Ziplines
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Explore the rainforests of Costa Rica’s Sarapiquí region at a leisurely pace on this full-day guided combo tour. Departing from San Jose, your scenic ...  Read more

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Canopy Zipline Eco-Adventure Tour from San Jose, San Jose, Day Trips
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Canopy Zipline Eco-Adventure Tour from San Jose

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Pump up your adrenaline with a wild zipline ride through the rainforest canopy, just an hour outside of San Jose. Inside a private nature reserve, first soar ...  Read more

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