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Embark on a full-day adventure to see some of Costa Rica’s natural wonders and cultural gems. Visit the Doka Estate coffee plantation to see how beans are grown and roasted for the perfect cup, and check out the artistic enclave of Sarchí, birthplace of the country’s signature hand-painted oxcarts. Admire the magnificent (and active!) Poás Volcano and the enchanting Botas Lake, which fills a neighboring volcanic crater.


  • Day trip to Poas Volcano National Park, Doka Estate and Sarchi
  • See breathtaking views of Costa Rica from atop Poas Volcano, an active crater
  • View Botos Lake (Laguna Boas) inside a dormant crater
  • Take a guided tour of the Doka Estate coffee plantation and learn about its production from your expert guide
  • Visit the artisan town of Sarchi to see the famous oxcarts
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned coach from San Jose included

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What You Can Expect

Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate and Sarchi Arts and Craft

Visit Doka Coffee Estate in Costa Rica!

Get your fill of Costa Rican flavor, natural beauty, and adventure with a unique full-day tour from San Jose. After pickup at your city hotel, a short drive will bring you to the Poás Volcano National Park, which spans 16,000 acres (6,474 hectares) and is home to the still-active Poás Volcano. Your local guide will lead you to the lip of the crater for breathtaking views down 950 feet (290 meters) into the smoking, sputtering cauldron. You will also see the cerulean Botos Lake that fills a neighboring, dormant crater. 

After your descent from the volcanic range, you’ll drive through a beautiful country landscape to Doka Estate coffee plantation, where the same family has been turning out delicious, aromatic coffee for generations. The area’s mineral-rich volcanic soil is ideal for growing the signature Costa Rican crop. Take a tour of the estate to learn about the journey of the coffee bean from planting, to roasting, to brewing the perfect cup. After your tour, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Tico lunch.

Your next stop is the artisan town of Sarchí, best known as the home of brightly painted carretas — wooden oxcarts that were once used to transport coffee beans across Costa Rica’s mountains. Today, Sarchí’s local artisan community continues this tradition with more than 200 shops and small factories that turn out a wide range of handmade wooden goods. Watch craftspeople at work as they meticulously paint embellishments on carts, wheels, and other pieces of art. You’ll have the chance to purchase a unique souvenir before being transported back to your San Jose hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kathy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent outing! The itinerary, guide, and driver all were outstanding. Thanks!

Benedicte G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This trip was great, so many highlights in one day. Mario, our guide, was very knowledgable and always had interesting information to share about everything from plants and animals to history and local fun facts. The volcano was beautiful, and I recommend doing the trail back to the parking lot rather than walking back the same way. Visiting Doka was great and the lunch was very tasty. I also enjoyed driving through the country side and visiting Grecia and Sarchi. I can definitely recommend this day trip if you want to explore the areas around San Jose!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We went to Sarchí and Doka Plantation. In the coffee plantation, we had a delicious buffet lunch with natural juice, and we also tasted different types of coffee. In Doka, they showed us the entire process to make coffee. In Poas, you have to bring sweaters because sometimes is cold. It was great.

Tatiana K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip. A lot of new information was provided.

Donna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Knowledgeable and friendly tour guides made the experience even more pleasant.

Haiyan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour is very interesting and you really got the chance to see the city as a local ! Plus the trip to the mask maker legend is just too wonderful ! I highly recommend it !

Kathleen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Michelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Yes I totally would recommend this trip! Loved the variety of places we went to!

Damir M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I do recommend this to everyone who visits Costa Rica.

Lisa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I give this a 5-star rating because our tour guide, Max was one of the best guides I've ever had. We learned so much from him and he was a delight to be around. In addition, we were lucky enough to catch the view of Poas which is not easy. Be aware that you may not get a view of Poas. It is the luck of the draw. The Doka estate was much more informative than I thought. It is literally the Robert Mondavi of coffee. And finally, the Sarchi Arts was fabulous! I like this part because this is where you really learned history and culture.

My only suggestion is if we could have made a couple more stops at the local stands after the Poas visited.

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