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The whole tour was very well thought out as far as variety of venues and scope of countryside. The most outstanding feature, however, was the guide, Eric, and driver, Oscar. Why? Because Tropical Depression Nate was wreaking havoc with the highways all over the country and many were closed. Our tour embraced members of other tours that were canceled because of the road conditions, but Oscar got us through safely and Eric kept us on pace and kept up the group morale - it was a very memorable trip. I can only imagine how good it would be in perfect conditions.
The Doka coffee tour was amazing. Definitely buy some while there. I had a hard time finding it after I left the plantation. As I wanted to try other coffee's before making a purchase. But it was one of the best and Its slightly cheaper in the tour. We thankfully escaped most of the rain that day.Our tour guide was very amicable and spoke English pretty well. We got a nice breakfast. Got to see the coffee plantations, learn about Costa Rica resources and how coffee is exported. Grecia and Sarchi was beautiful and so colorful. I had a great time at the Ox Cart factory and wish we could've had more time there. One thing to note, is we tend to get stuck in traffic throughout our entire trip in Costa Rica so try and be patient. We brought games to play while on our car rides in order to pass the time more enjoyably.
This was an exceptional tour! We got to go into the Doka Coffee Plantation, saw how they process the coffee beans and prepare it for shipping, got to see the roasted and freshly ground coffees, then off to Grecia-unforgettable! We finished the tour with Sarchi which I considered a must see and do if ever in Costa Rica! Good job!
Lauren M United States of ...
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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