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VIP Private Tour: Cartago City Highlights, Irazu Volcano and Hot Springs

See the active Irazu Volcano and other highlights of Costa Rica’s Cartago province at your own pace on a private tour from San Jose. Reach the summit of the peak known by locals as ‘El Colosso,’ famous for its modern eruptions and lake-filled craters. Soak up regional culture in the artsy, historic town of Orosi, and spend the afternoon relaxing in mineral-rich hot springs and dining at a volcanic resort.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Knowing the best of San José

We will visit a beautiful craft shop, where you can get beautiful souvenirs to take back home.During this trip we will visit the National Theater, also known as "La Joya de San José", a masterpiece in art and architecture built by Costa Ricans and completed in 1897.We will also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. While traveling through the city, we will point out several major and historically important buildings of our city, for example, the University of Costa Rica, the Old Train Station, the National Liquor Factory, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the Legislative Assembly ( equivalent to the Congress), the Metal Building, some parks and several sites of interest.This will be an introduction to our Capital City and information about our economy, culture, politics, religion and current general events.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 hours
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VIP Private San Jose City Tour with Lunch. Bus & Walking Experience

San Jose is the cultural capital of Costa Rica and boasts a rich and varied history. Get acquainted with the city’s charms on a private 5-hour tour, featuring a customizable itinerary of must-see attractions and private transportation through the city’s maze of trafficked avenues.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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San Jose Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see. With our walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.
  • Duration: 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 to 6 hours
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San José By Night From San José

Experience San Jose by night with a local to guide the wayExplore markets, significant city buildings, and local neighborhoodsImmerse yourself in the culture and history of the cityIndulge in a tasty local menu filled with authentic local ingredientsSip expertly selected wine pairings as you dine
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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VIP Private Tour Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge from San Jose

Learn about the chocolate industry in Costa Rica on this private 7-hour tour from San Jose. You'll visit Tirimbina, a private biological reserve in the rain forest and take a guided hike across a suspension bridge to a cacao plantation. Get an intimate look at the chocolate-making process, from fruit to chocolate bar. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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VIP Private Tour: Cartago City Highlights, Irazu Volcano National Park & Orosi

Costa Rica’s Cartago Province is home to the lofty Irazú Volcano as well as a variety of historic settlements. See Cartago’s highlights in a single day on this private tour, which allows you to experience Irazú Volcano National Park’s panoramic viewpoints and steaming craters, visit centuries-old settlements, and admire historic Spanish-colonial churches. Your guide navigates and provides transportation, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Irazu Volcano, Orosi &Lankester From San Jose

Visit the Irazú Volcano National Park and Lankester Botanical Garden on this all-day tour from San Jose. First, head to Irazú Volcano, the highest active volcano in Costa Rica at 11,260 feet (3,400 meters) tall and see its most popular attraction, the giant Diego de la Haya crater. On the return trip, stop at the Lankester Garden, which was established to protect types of flora.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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VIP Private Britt Coffee Tour from San Jose with lunch

Coffee lovers, get your fix on a tour of the Café Britt plantation including private transfers from your San Jose hotel. Learn the history of this famous Costa Rican export, and see firsthand how coffee beans are cultivated, roasted, and transformed into fragrant elixir with a behind-the-scenes look at the farm and processing facilities. Browse products at the Britt factory store, order a freshly brewed drink from the coffee bar, and enjoy a buffet lunch from the plantation’s own restaurant.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Walk and Taste San Jose's Markets and Specialty Coffe

We'll start our little adventure at Parque Morazan's kiosk ("Templo de la Música"), and then walk along Central Avenue for a few blocks. We'll walk through the alleys and food stalls of the Central Market and Borbón Market, a more underground spot compared to the Central Market. Dragon Music is a retro music store in the middle of Borbón Market, where you can find used vinyl, CDs, magazines, and more. We'll taste some flavors of the city, from specialty coffee, seasonal fruits to empanadas and more.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Carpe Sabor

This is a Walking tour where you visit 3 different bars and restaurants and do food tasting of flagship dishes at each location while we share with you the history of the neighborhood and discuss a little bit about architecture.M-Sa 7:00pm Meet at the Old Customs Building (Antigua Aduana)
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Carpe Café

This tour aims to share with you the history of coffee in our town and talk about the different gourmet coffee production areas, the particularities of each one of them and the factors that affect those properties. You will meet your guide at the National Theater of Costa Rica and he/she will be wearing a yellow t-shirt. The tour starts at 3:00pm M-S
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Folkloric Night at Mirador Ram Luna

Home to the Tierra Tica show. Ram Luna is perched high above the mountains overlooking the Central Valley. From this unique vantage point you can admire the auspicious panoramic views at dusk, and then take in the brilliance of the lights emanating from the capital.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
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VIP Private Tour: Doka Estate Coffee Tour, Grecia and Sarchi Oxcarts Factory

Discover the step-by-step process of seed germination to the first crop of our plants. There you will observe and be explained the development process of the plant up to the point of recollection of the ripe grain. You will also learn about the history of the estate, its owners, the production and varieties of plants, the geography of the area and the traditional ways of cultivating the grain.After the visit to the plantation, processing plant and packing house, you will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch.Continuing the tour, a few minutes’ drive will take you to a small and traditional town called Grecia. Grecia is noted for its unique church, made entirely of pre-fabricated steel plates painted red. Neighboring Grecia, is the quaint little town of Sarchi, known for its beautiful and intricate arts and crafts and souvenirs. A key artisan town in Costa Rica, Sarchi is best known for the vibrant and pretty oxcarts that are handcrafted here and sold all over the country.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 hours
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VIP Private Tour: Sarchi Oxcarts & Souvenirs Shooping Experience

A national symbol of Costa Rica, the oxcart plays a key role in the country’s history, as they were used to transport coffee beans & other goods to nearby and faraway markets and ports. Starting in 1840’s most of the rural roads were very rough making the ox cart the sole means of transportation for families even though the trips could take weeks at times.Highly ornate, these oxcarts are elegantly craved and are usually hand-painted with bright colors. The painting of the ox cart is a Costa Rican tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Today most of the ox carts in Costa Rica are used as ornate decoration as well as symbols of Costa Rica in celebrations and parades. The largest and oldest oxcart factory is also found in Sarchi. The Joaquin Chaverri Oxcart Factory was built in 1902, and is considered to be the birthplace of oxcart handicrafts in Costa Rica.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 hours
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