• Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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, and see the butterflies and hummingbirds at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to various locations in Costa Rica from San Jose
  • 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

What You Can Expect

Costa Rica Day Trip from San Jose

Jaguars at La Paz Waterfall Gardens

After early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel in an air-conditioned coach, enjoy an on-board breakfast and steaming cup of Costa Rican coffee. 

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.

After  that, head to 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 at one of the many waterfalls along the way. 

Break for a lunch of traditional Costa Rican cuisine before driving back to San Jose, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Jolem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Such a good tour. Go to this if you get a chance. Coffee plantation, nature reserve, and the waterfalls were all wonderful. There was a nice breakfast at the plantation, then hours later a nice lunch at the restaurant at the nature reserve.

szuyulin90

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

I loved this tour so much! Highly recommended! Every schedule is as expected. There is no unexpected fee for other services. Our tour guide, Donald, speaks fluent English and Spanish. He is also very knowledgeable. He knows enough information about the coffee history and facts of the animals. You won't get flooded with tons of information only if you ask for more details. The tour is very organized. You get to eat breakfast as you arrive at the coffee plantation, and we have a buffet for lunch at noon without any delay. There were some vegetarians in my group, and they love food because both breakfast and lunch have the vegetarian option. La Paz Waterfall Garden is very clean and organized as well. I have been on other tours, and the La Paz Waterfall Garden is the cleanest to visit different gardens e.g., frogs, butterfly, and snake garden for animals. You get to see many different animals very closely. The garden is like a zoo. You can get close to some of the animals, like butterflies, toucans, and hummingbirds and get many great pictures of the animals. My local friends told me that the entrance fee for the garden is 44 for foreigners. The tour costs 110, but it includes breakfast, all-you-can-eat lunch, transportation, a great tour guide, and the entrance fee of the garden. The tour left La Laz Waterfall Garden around 2 pm, so some people in my group got back to their hotel before 4 pm. Thus, you will have time to rest at night. Overall, I love it so much! It's definitely the highlight of my visit to Costa Rica.

Marybeth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

You’re picked up by the bus at your hotel at an assigned time. Our guide Kenny and driver Enrique made the first hour to the coffee plantation informative and fun with information about many aspects of Costa Rica and its culture. This portion of trip is interactive so it was helpful to drink some coffee before getting picked up. Also note that the first thing you do at the Doka Coffee Plantation is a buffet-style traditional Costa Rican breakfast and a variety of coffees, so you don’t have to eat before you head out for the day. At Doka you could visit their butterfly garden before starting a tour of the facility. The tour told us about how coffee is made from the plant to the product. There was also a very nice gift shop that we were given time to shop.
Along the road to the La Paz waterfalls you stop at a small store where you can try the fresh fruits of the area, local wines, and you can do some more shopping and use the restrooms.
When you get to the La Paz resort, you first tour the gardens and animal enclosures. This includes hummingbirds, an aviary, a butterfly garden, and mammal exhibits where all of the animals have been rescued. It was great to get a sense of the species that live in Costa Rica and the rainforests. Before continuing the tour, you get an amazing buffet lunch at the resort restaurant. It is good to keep in mind that after lunch you will be doing a lot of walking, especially up and down stairs, so try not to overfill yourself (but you might eat too much anyways because it’s so good!). The waterfalls were exceptional! They are more than worth all the stairs you have to go up and down, so make sure you take the time to admire all of them. It is a good idea to bring a rain jacket or poncho with you in case of rain.
Due to the full day itinerary the drive back into the city often coincides with rush hour and can take upwards of four hours. Our driver was excellent and our guide was fun, but it should be planned for.

Tia'ron United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Great experience with even greater pictures to show forth. We were unable to travel to the volcanic area due to cloudy weather but it definitely didn't affect the trip. Loved it. Worth the money!1

Adriana D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing! Mario, our guide - very knowledgable and entertaining person, a really really GREAT person. I found out many things about Costa Rica during this day. These were the best spent money in my life. I still cannot believe how beautiful this day was. It can be a great experience both for people having limited time in Costa Rica but also to those who stay longer. The meals were also very good, the visit to coffee plantation - very eye opening in terms of something we consume on a daily basis. La Paz Waterfall - breathtaking scenary - and I feel in love with Toucans. I feel that the words I am using in this description express less than the happiness I felt during this tour : I will definitely never forget it.

Christina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

What a wonderful day trip. Our guide, Martin, was so great. He was very knowledgeable about Costa Rica and all the places we stopped along the way. He was also very interactive with all the tour guests. The food and tour at Daka was fantastic. Breakfast was buffet style with eggs, plantains, rice, fruit and drinks, and of course, great coffee. The tour at La Paz was also really fun. Lunch was delicious and was a buffet of all sorts of food, even my picky-eater son found plenty to eat. Overall, an excellent experience. I would highly recommend and request Martin as your guide if possible, he made it better than we could have imagined!

Cristina P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Nice tour, a bit rushed but I got to see lots. I highly recommend it!

Lydia R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

What a great trip. The waterfalls were amazing and the guide was kind. I have a bad knee and he waited for me to make sure I was okay. What an awesome experience.

Amy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

La Paz Waterfalls is one of my most favorite tours. Highly recommended!

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Take this tour!!! I read other people's reviews and they said that this was their favorite part of their trip and I completely agree. Doka Coffee Plantation was a great stop and I do not even drink coffee. However, La Paz Waterfall Gardens was definitely the highlight. From the animal sanctuary to lunch, to the waterfalls it was breathtaking. Our guide Martin was spectacular. He gave us the choice to stay with him or explore on our own and I am extremely happy that I stayed with him. His knowledge and presentation were amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this day!

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