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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.
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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
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.
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!
Nice tour, a bit rushed but I got to see lots. I highly recommend it!
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.
La Paz Waterfalls is one of my most favorite tours. Highly recommended!
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!
this was my fav day tour for CR! day is action packed and you get to see many awesome places. I particularly enjoyed the park which had so many cool animals!
Great tour, but not 12 hours. Pick-up was at 6:00 a.m. worth it drive to Doka Coffee Planation for tour and breakfast.
then ride to taste strawberries - but we had to paid for them. Then the Paz Waterfalls - beautiful and well maintained gardens, animal cages. Then lunch back at the La Paz Restaurant. I was back at my hotel by 3:30 p.m.
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