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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, you’ll sample Costa Rica’s favorite drink during a tour of the Doka Estate coffee plantation and see the incredible blue lagoon that fills the crater of Poás Volcano. Enjoy a hike through the rain forest, and immerse yourself in the world of butterflies and hummingbirds at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Savor a tasty breakfast and lunch along the way. 

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to various locations in Costa Rica from San Jose
  • Visit the impressive Poás Volcano
  • Explore one the world's largest butterfly observatories at La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Tour Doka Estate's coffee plantation and sample quality Costa Rican coffee
  • Breakfast, lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Combo Tour - Best of Costa Rica from San Jose

Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens

If you have limited time for sightseeing in Costa Rica, get a diverse taste of the country’s natural beauty with this packed full-day tour. After early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel in a luxury air-conditioned coach, enjoy an on-board breakfast and steaming cup of Costa Rican coffee. Stop for a guided nature hike among the mountains outside of San Jose, where you can enjoy the lush scenery and try to spot local wildlife.

Continue on to the Doka Estate coffee plantation, where the same family has been growing and roasting coffee beans for generations. Tour the beautiful, 350-acre (141-hectare) estate, where rich volcanic soil makes an ideal growing coffee-growing climate. Learn how beans are cultivated, harvested and roasted, and sample an aromatic cup of Doka’s signature brew.

Your next stop is Poás Volcano National Park, home to the still-active Poás Volcano that reaches an impressive 8,884 feet (2,708 meters) above sea level. Take a short hike to the edge of the volcanic crater for breathtaking views into the smoking cauldron below, and admire the sky-blue Botos Lake that fills a neighboring, dormant crater.

After descending from the volcanoes, head to the lovely La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private nature reserve that boasts miles of scenic hiking trails and more than 100 species of native wildlife housed in various habitats. Meet some of Costa Rica’s tiniest winged creatures at the Hummingbird Garden and Butterfly Observatory, and get an up-close encounter with reptilian residents at the frog exhibit and serpentarium. Soak up the lush tropical scenery with a riverside hike, stopping to admire one of the many cascading waterfalls along the way. 

Indulge in a tasty lunch of traditional Costa Rican cuisine, and then relax on the beautiful drive back to San Jose, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the afternoon.

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Customer Reviews

Charles C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a fantastic tour. The bus picked us up and it fits around 20-30 people, so I was slightly worried at the size of the tour. But not for long. Mauricio was our guide and he was incredible. Very funny, charismatic guide. He made the bus ride, which is about an hour to the first stop, seem like nothing. He would often have our driver pull over for us to take pictures with the view.

Our first stop was the coffee plantation. As a coffee lover, it was very neat to see the plants, the facility, and hear the process the beans go through. The coffee was good, not great. We bought a few bags and brought them home - pretty reasonable prices. They served us breakfast here which I don't think was mentioned in the description of the tour - pleasant surprise.

Next was the volcano. It's neat, but can often be obscured by clouds rolling in. We were lucky enough to get to the volcano right before the clouds completely covered it. The clouds move quickly though, so be patient if you cannot see it right away.

After this, we headed to the waterfall/nature reserve. We first started by touring the nature reserve. Got to hold a bird, look at some monkeys, and walk through a snake exhibit. From there, we had lunch which was buffet style. Not the best food, but we were hungry. From there, we went to see the jungle cats. Finally, we toured the waterfalls. This was my favorite part. Gorgeous, gorgeous views. Be sure to take a camera along because you'll want to snap a ton of pictures. Be warned though, the hike up and down is a bit of a strenuous one!

Overall, this tour was amazing - can't recommend this one enough. It will take up most of your day, but is well worth it. We had an absolute blast and feel like we got to see a good amount of Costa Rica within just a day.

Kim G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

RahuR

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really amazing trip.. Very informative n fun.. Both guide n driver were awsumm

Ann B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour. We were only in San Jose for one full day so we thought we should maximize our time with a tour. I'm really glad we did. We were picked up at our hotel and had a great Tico style breakfast at the coffee plantation, followed by a tour. We were able to see the crater at the volcano and hike around for a bit, then off to the Peace Lodge to see the wildlife sanctuary. Beautiful! Had a nice buffet meal at the sanctuary and then back to our hotel. I recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see some of the natural wonders of Costa Rica when time is short.

Brooke C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour guide. Wonderful tour companions from different countries. Beautiful tour stops with amazing information from a guide knowledgeable in the history and current cultural setting of Costa Rica. Comfortable tour bus. Amazing tour pricing. A genuine concern for the benefit of the local community and economy.

Robert L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

If you are in San Jose and have just limited time to get the flavor and soul of Costa Rica, this is the tour to take. From coffee, to the volcano edge, to the amazing walk though the La Paz Waterfall Garden/Peace House, this definitely worth the fee and time.

Hector G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour was great!! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about everything. Doka Coffee fields were very interesting, beautiful scenery while driving to poas volcano, which was the only disappointing thing, because we were not able to see the crater due to clouds. Only 30% of people get to see it!

Ellen O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was awesome! It was very well planned. We had plenty of time at each activity. I totally recommend it.

lmchatmon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was our favorite tour while in Costa Rica. We visited Doka Coffee Estate and were fed breakfast, which was great. We toured the estate, tasted coffee, and saw where all the magic happens. Then we went to the Poas Volcano and it was awesome! It was foggy when we arrived, but maybe two minutes later the fog moved and we were able to get some great pictures. After that, we went to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and ate lunch a-MAZ-ing, by the way- lots of variety. The views of the waterfalls were breathtaking and the tour of the wildlife and plants was awesome as well. Our tour guide, Chewy can't think of his real name, was outstanding! We wanted to keep him for our whole vacation. You must do this tour!

Mackenzie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We got to see so many more things on this tour than we would have just traveling on our own. Everything was so beautiful and our guide had so many interesting facts for us. The food was great as well.

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