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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.

Highlights

  • Half day trip to architectural Grecia and artistic Sarchi
  • Tour Doka Coffee plantation with buffet lunch
  • Metal church of Grecia
  • Oxcarts of Sarchi
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff

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What You Can Expect

Doka Coffee Tour, Grecia and Sarchi Day Trip from San Jose

Grecia and Sarchi Day Trip from San Jose

Explore Costa Rica’s rich architectural and agricultural heritage on this half-day combo tour. Your local guide will pick you up at your San Jose hotel for the scenic drive to the Doka Estate coffee plantation. Here you can see workers cultivating and roasting coffee beans and learn how they have perfected the process to produce the perfect cup. Enjoy a taste of the plantation’s aromatic brew along with a traditional buffet lunch.

Properly caffeinated, you will next drive through fields of sugarcane to the town of Grecia. This picturesque village is best known for its striking Lady of Mercy cathedral, constructed completely of painted red metal plates. Have a walk around the town and snap some photos to remember the unusual architectural sights.

Continue on to Sarchí, an artisan town famous for building traditional oxcarts. Originally used to haul coffee beans across Costa Rica’s mountain ranges to the coast for shipping, these unique handmade carts are now crafted as part of the country’s artistic heritage. Admire the beautifully hand-painted embellishments and perhaps pick up a souvenir to take home before you head back to your San Jose hotel.

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Customer Reviews

Lauren M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was wonderful! We had a fantastic guide who was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and somehow switched seamlessly between Spanish and perfect English. We had a lot of fun and would recommend this tour.
(Trip Nov 2016. I thought I sent a review in Nov but apparently it didn and #39;t go through)

noryari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great experience!

Jason B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I am writing this review quite a bit after we took this tour you will understand why at the end. I love coffee, and we heard good things about this tour, so we decided to go. The tour was extremely informative, with a history of the estate itself and how the coffee is raised and harvested. After the tour, we were given a chance to taste and buy some coffee from the estate. The premier coffee from the estate is Peaberry AA. I've had other really good Peaberrys from other parts of the world that I really did not like very much. With that in mind, I didn't really expect much from this coffee either. SURPRISE!! This is one of the best coffees I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying! We bought several bags to take home, and I enjoyed it all summer long. Unfortunately, I ran out at the beginning of the November, and I thought I would have to wait until next year. Then, by a fortunate turn of events, we were able to come down again in early December. I contacted the estate and asked if I could purchase coffee without buying a tour. They responded that not only could I buy coffee, they would deliver it to me at my hotel in San Jose' right after roasting was completed in the morning. I placed a large order, including bags for my friends whom I introduced to this coffee over the summer. Come 9 am on Saturday morning before we headed down to Domincal, Mario showed up with the delivery! He told us if we needed anything, or ran into any difficulties, we could call him on his cell phone and he'd be happy to give us hand. This is why we love coming to Costa Rica. The people are so friendly and helpful. Doka offers more than just Peaberry, they also offer a breakfast blend, french roast, italiano espresso roast, and decaf versions of everything. We brought one suitcase down just to make sure that we had enough room to bring all of our coffee home. see picture below

If you love coffee, take the tour and bring your wallet!

Patricia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Really informative day learning about Costa Rican coffee and beautiful ox-carts. Our guide gave his tour in English and Spanish, allowing us to practice our own Spanish skills. It was a good value for the transportation, entry fees, meal, etc. Allow for extra time getting back to San Jose because the traffic is very dense.

LYNN B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We were promptly picked up at our hotel on the day of the tour and back again around dinner time. The local guide was very knowledgeable about the coffee plantation and its operation as well as the church at Grecia and the the ox cart and historic site and shop at Sarchi. He answered everyone's questions, gave details on the various trees, plants, sites and life of the people in the area as we drove to each of the places on the tour. The van was air conditioned and clean. We had a very good day with the guide and others on the tour a great lunch was provided at the coffee plantation as well. Would recommend the tour to others. You can add the volcano tour for the early morning as well and the others seemed to have enjoyed that part too.

I was worried about having to call Viator 24 hrs prior to the tour as we didn't have cell service in Costa Rica but we received an email a few days before we left to reconfirm our arrival which seemed to take care of things by responding to it which was easier for me.

Pier-david J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

amazing

Meghan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We had a wonderful time on this tour. Jose and Guillermo were amazing. So very nice and helpful. The stops were perfect and not drawn out. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Sharon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Did not expect it to be this interesting or educational. LOVED IT. The coffee tour was interesting and Grecia is a beautiful town (we even saw a wedding at the church). Sarchi was an eye opener. A water powered business, talented artists. I intend to come back and purchase the furniture for my new house in a couple of years. The guide was very informative. THANK YOU!

Greta F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

Guide was very informative about coffee. I felt that we had ample time to ask questions and explore Grecia and Sarchi.

Elliot I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2010

Very good tour. The guide (Paula) was excellent.

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