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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 and see the blue lagoon that fills the crater of Poás Volcano. 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
  • 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

Costa Rica Day Trip from San Jose

Visit 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. Stop for a guided nature hike among the mountains outside of San Jose to take in 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 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 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.

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Customer Reviews

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A full day. The host was both a great driver and guide. In spite of the rainy weather, the sights were breathtaking, and the meals wonderful. Word of caution, this includes some hikes that, while short, are rather strenuous, including climbing up and down many steps in the gorge to view the waterfalls. I'm a senior, and may have been the oldest person on the bus. With a little huffing and puffing I kept up, and it was well worth it. Only 1 complaint, we were picked up about 45 minutes late. Given the inclement weather, had us wondering if the trip had been canceled.

Jennifer O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Breathtaking and life changing, and that is not hyperbole. We were blessed with a clear day with no cloud cover. I understand those can be few and far between, so bear that in mind when choosing this package. The volcano and the lagoon are marvels of nature and are worth the hike at multithousand meter altitude. Be warned that the air is thin. My lungs were burning, and I am relatively fit. The view, however, was worth the ever so slight pain.

The trip to Poas alone would have made this package worthwhile, but the Doka tour and La Paz waterfalls were the perfect bookends. The animals at La Paz were beautiful, and I made friends with a Toucan. The meals were superb - not dried out cafeteria food that you'd expect with a package.

Our guide, Marco, was also just the best. He was witty and knowledgeable. He talked enough to be informative but not invasive on the bus ride. He took my hand, told me to close my eyes, and walked me gently to edge of the crater so I could appreciate the stunning view with anticipation. He went over and above.

I would give this package 10 stars if I could. Thank you very much for the very fun day.

For those who have trouble walking, be warned that I logged 6 miles and 33 flights climbed on this day. My calves felt it afterward. This trip isn't for everyone, but it's the BEST for those to whom it applies.

pbarton4680

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. They took very good care of us and helped us to make the most of our experience. I would highly recommend this tour.

Bridge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was an amazing experience showcasing all that Cost Rica has to offer. The day beings with breakfast in the Doka Coffee plantation followed by a tour of the coffee plantation and coffee production. The tour continues to the Poas Volcano and sulfur pool, we had a fantastic view as there was no cloud cover such brilliant sunshine. The trek through the cloud forest to the lagoon was awesome. The next stop is the nature park and waterfall gardens, where you enjoy a buffet lunch overlooking the rain forest. After lunch you can visit aviary with an amazing display of exotic birds, the humming bird garden, the butterfly observatory and jungle cats. The final part of the tour is trek through the waterfall gardens and rain forest this is a truly amazing Costa Rica experience.

Arzu Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was an amazing 3 tour combined together. It was very clear sky and warm day so seeing Volcano was very easy. Our tour guide Jorge is awesome and very knowleadable. And Our driver Coto was super safe all day. Thank you so much again for a fun day....

Susan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I booked this trip for my first day in Costa Rica before joining my weeklong tour. It was a great day and a wonderful introduction to the rich ecosystems of Costa Rica. Though it was too cloudy to see the crater of the volcano , the hike was nice. The coffee plantation tour and breakfast were very good. Coffee production is such an important part of the culture and economy. The La Paz butterfly gardens, nature preserve and waterfalls were the highlight of a very good day. Absolutely beautiful and very interesting. The food for both breakfast and lunch was good, the guide was good and fellow travelers were friendly. Highly recommend.

Maria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a great experience! Everything about it was well run and fun. Recommend.

Ritu J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Awesome tour! Very enjoyable. The Doka Coffee farm was very interesting, so much fun to see the entire process of coffee making and to actually pluck and taste the beautiful red ripe coffee berries. Breakfast was delicious although basic. The drive to Poas volcano was scenic but unfortunately we couldn't see the crater. It was all covered in thick fog and despite waiting for 30 minutes as other mentioned it didn't clear up. We still enjoyed the short walk up to the viewing area. Lunch at La Paz lodge was also delicious. The grounds and all the observatories are fantastic. Waterfalls are spectacular, it is a bit of walk but everything is paved and didn't quite feel like a hike. We enjoyed all the beautiful views despite it being a rainy day, my only regret is that everything we saw at La Paz other than waterfalls had been set up. The animals were in cages it was like visiting a zoo, and the beautiful landscaping all along the private property had been designed to be there. It was all beautiful and native to the area but had been planted there.

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

WAterfalls were the highlight of. A very enjoyable day.

Jeannette G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing tour, highly recommended!

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