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San Jose Walking Tour: Food, History and Architecture

Get a taste of San Jose’s culture and cuisine on this 3-hour walking tour. Explore Costa Rica’s capital accompanied by an expert guide and learn about the city’s history, architecture and flavor. Explore the produce stalls of two traditional markets and discover what makes Costa Rican coffee so delicious as you sample some local brews. The tour is capped at 12 people for a personalized small-group experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Jose: Pura Vida Experience Tour: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit

Enjoy an insider’s perspective of San Jose on this half-day city walking tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll get a sense of daily life in the Costa Rican capital as you ride public transportation, stop by a beautiful local park and visit the artisan workshop of a third-generation craftsman. Taste local flavors while you browse stalls at the historic Central Market, savor a traditional lunch at an 80-year-old inn and learn to make tortillas.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rainforest Adventure Atlantic Aerial Tram Tour

Discover Costa Rica’s rain forest from a unique treetop perspective with this aerial tram ride. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll glide through the forest canopy in the Braulio Carrillo National Park, where you will have a chance to spot amazing native plants and animals. Round-trip transport from your San Jose hotel and a traditional Costa Rican lunch are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cartago Day Trip by Rail from San Jose: Bike Ride and Market Tour

Escape the ordinary on this immersive bike-riding day trip to the charming town of Cartago. Experience the Costa Rican rail system with a short train ride, and then hop on your bike for a two-wheeled tour around Cartago’s historic streets. Learn about the town’s colonial history with your expert guide, and visit a local market to sample delicious produce and traditional treats before heading back to San Jose by bus. A small group limit of 12 people provides a personalized experience on this half-day tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Doka Coffee Tour, Grecia and Sarchi Day Trip from San Jose

Get a taste of Costa Rican culture and coffee on this fascinating guided tour. Your half-day adventure includes a visit to the Doka Estate coffee plantation, where you’ll see firsthand how beans are grown, harvested, and roasted to make Costa Rica’s signature caffeinated brew. You’ll also visit the picturesque towns of Grecia and Sarchí, home to unusual architecture and rich artisan traditions.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose

Treat your taste buds to a sampling of Costa Rica’s famed coffee paired with gourmet chocolate on this half-day tour of the Café Britt coffee plantation. See firsthand how this sustainable, gourmet producer grows, harvests, and roasts coffee beans to create the perfect aromatic cup. Visit the on-site coffee bar to taste several of Café Britt’s different roasts, accompanied by chocolate. Round out the day with a farm-fresh buffet lunch of traditional Costa Rican cuisine at the plantation restaurant.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Pacific Rainforest Aerial Tram and Nature Walk from Jaco

Explore all three levels of a tropical rain forest on a 3-hour guided small-group tour with 10 people or fewer. Cruise above the treetops onboard an aerial tram before descending to the forest floor, where a guide will lead you on a 45-minute nature walk featuring medical plants, tropical snakes, and colorful flowers. Opt for an 8 a.m. or 11 a.m. tour when you book.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Half-Day Trip to Irazu Volcano and Cartago from San Jose

Satisfy your inner explorer on this 6-hour tour from San Jose that combines a trek to towering Irazú Volcano with a visit to the historic ruins and basilica of Cartago. Take in spectacular views from the summit of Costa Rica's tallest volcano, and uncover centuries of history among fascinating parish ruins and the rich iconography of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Jose City Sightseeing Tour

Discover highlights of Costa Rican history and culture on this 4-hour city tour of downtown San Jose. Visit the city’s architectural treasures, including the historic National Theater. Take a spin through the galleries of an art museum to admire pre-Columbian treasures, and enjoy the lush landscaping of one of San Jose’s beloved emerald parks.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Safari Float by Inflatable Raft in Peñas Blancas River

Travel along the Peñas Blancas River on this relaxed rafting tour. Along the way, spot a variety of flora and fauna such as sloths and monkeys in the surrounding forest that's located in the northern region of Costa Rica. Plus, visit a local farm where you’ll be able to learn about farming practices and enjoy a snack.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens from San José

La Paz Waterfall Gardens showcases Costa Rican wilderness at its most picturesque, with lush tropical rain forest, thundering cascades, white rivers, and a rich variety of wildlife. This tour provides round-trip transportation from San José and allows you to see the highlights of La Paz in a single day. Your guide navigates through the park’s many trails and takes you to White Magic Waterfall, the butterfly observatory, and other attractions.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Caño Negro by Boat

Visit the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge on a full-day tour from La Fortuna, and explore a wetland system that’s home to a remarkable variety of wildlife. Watch for sloths, monkeys, caimans, and brilliant tropical birds on a boat tour of the wildlife refuge, which also shelters several endangered species. This full-day Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge tour includes pickup and drop-off at La Fortuna hotels, park entrance fees, and lunch.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Doka Coffee Plantation, Grecia and Sarchi Oxcart Factory Tour from San Jose

Costa Rica is famous for its rich coffee, often grown at high elevations and characterized by brown-sugary sweetness, citrus notes, and fruity flavors. This tour takes you into Costa Rica’s mountains and allows you to visit two picturesque towns along with the Doka Coffee Estate, where you can learn ancient techniques used to produce fine coffee brews. Along the way, your guide navigates and points out notable sights.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Samara Trails Including Werner Sauter Biological Reserve

Guanacaste’s tropical dry forest is one of Central America’s most vulnerable ecosystems, home to a rich variety of wildlife including howler monkeys, deer, and parrots. On this guided hiking tour, stroll through Werner Sauter Biological Reserve while your guide teaches you about the region’s wildlife and the history of indigenous people who once called these forests home. Your guide navigates, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery and spot native wildlife.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Cahuita National Park and banana plantation Shore Excursion

Explore the white sand beaches and lush rainforest on this full-day, guided excursion to Cahuita National Park that includes a banana plantation tour. Beginners, families, and seniors can all enjoy a hike through the park with naturalist guide who will point out plant species and wildlife like monkeys and toucans. Afterward, stop for some local fare and a drink in the town of Cahuita.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Orosi and Lankester from San José

Explore the Orosi Valley and the Lankester Botanical Gardens on this guided combination half-day tour from San José. The gardens, which are located outside of Cartago, serve as a center for orchid research, including more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads, and other plants. Following the gardens, head to the town of Orosi to view the 18th-century Iglesia de San José de Orosi and colonial churches.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Double Kayak Along the Sarapiqui River from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Get views of the surrounding rain forest as you make your way down the Sarapiqui River in double kayak. Led by expert guides, you'll be able to choose to navigate challenging sections (for intermediate kayakers) or stick to the calmer parts. All equipment, snacks, and round-trip hotel transportation provided.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Irazú Volcano Half-Day Tour from San Jose

Irazú Volcano National Park is home to a moon-like landscape of massive steaming craters, with an emerald green lake, a network of hiking trails, and lofty viewpoints offering panoramic views of the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. This tour allows you to enjoy the scenery while your guide navigates through the park, taking you to attractions such as the volcano’s summit, the mysterious green-hued lagoon, and the historic city of Cartago.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Kekoldi Half Day from Puerto Viejo of Limon

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  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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