Scenic drive to the top of Poas, one of the world’s widest accessible volcanic craters. Stand on the edge and look down into the bubbling blue cauldron. Currently Poas has active fumaroles in the inner crater. 2nd crater, Botos, is a crystal clear rain-fed lake surrounded by jungle that is reached by a walk through a dwarf cloud forest.
From hotel: 45 mins Duration: Approx 4 hrs
Depart: Your choice but for the best view, 8am best. Return: 12pm
Price: transportation $100 for 1-3 pax or $125 for 4-9 pax (round-trip), plus entrance fee. $15 p/p. Note: Wear long pants, comfy shoes. Bring light jacket plus rain gear.
Rainforest Canopy at Colinas del Poas
Rainforest canopy adventure close to Poas Volcano. 14 cables, 24 platforms, 2 km total journey.
Nature trails for walkers. From hotel: 45 mins Duration: 5 hrs
Note: Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring rain jacket, camera, change of clothes, and cash for entrance fee. Departure: Tours available at 9am, 11am, 2pm
Price: transportation: $85 for 1-3 pax or $110 for 4-9 pax (round-trip) plus $50 Adult p/p entrance fee.
Doka Coffee Processing Tour
Scenic drive through coffee plantations to Doka Coffee Mill.
View the actual processing, drying and roasting of coffee,
plus an explanation of coffee picking.
From hotel: 25 mins Tour: 1 hr Depart & Return: Your choice.
Tours: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm Mon to Fri (Sat and Sun, last tour 2:30pm).
Price: $22 p/p includes tour, coffee sampling. Round trip transportation $40 for 1-3 pax or $60 for 4-9 pax.
Zoo Ave – Bird & Animal Zoo
Small, fascinating zoo set in gardens, operated by the non-profit Nature Restoration Foundation.
Originally a bird zoo, but now includes a variety of Costa Rican monkeys, mammals and reptiles.
All animals were former pets or injured wildlife.
From hotel: 20 mins Open: Daily 9am–5pm Price: $15 Adult or $4 Child (2-9 years), plus $45 round-trip transportation for 1-3 pax or $60 for 4-9 pax or approx. $15 taxi each way.
Tirimbina Biological Reserve & Centro Neotropico
Experience the breathtaking drive through dairy and agricultural country, skirting Poás Volcano and stopping at La Paz Waterfall. At Tirimbina Reserve you can take a guided nature walk through 750 acres of forest acres, crossing a 262m (860ft) bridge over the Sarapiquí River. You could also enjoy the amazing chocolate tour available at 8am, 10am, 1:30pm or 3pm. Then, step into a cultural exchange of pre-Columbian times at Centro Neotropico to see an archaeological discovery (1999) with stone tombs, learn about many of the local indigenous customs, art forms, and medicinal herbs. From hotel: 2 hrs Duration: Approx 7 hrs Depart: 6am Return: Approx 2pm Price w/ Ruta Verde* driver: $160 for 1-3 pax or $185 for 4-9 pax (round-trip) plus entrance fees Centro Neotropico $15 p/p Adult or $6.50 Child under 12.
Tirimbina Reserve $40 p/ Adult for entrance fee, guide and buffet lunch. (Reservations are required)
Carara Biological Reserve/Beaches & Wildlife
Many creatures live here – birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, scarlet macaws, roseate spoonbills, crocodiles, iguanas, sloths, coatis, white-faced monkeys.
From hotel: 2 hrs Duration: 10 hrs Depart: Early am Return: Evening Price: Round-trip $175 for 1-3 pax or $195 for 4-9 pax w/ Ruta Verde* driver, plus $10 p/p National Park entrance fee (cash only) Meals additional.
River Rafting: Class III & Class IV
Beautiful river canyon. For adventuresome beginner or experienced rafter.
Time on river: Approx 5 hrs From hotel: 3 hrs Duration: 12 hrs Depart: 6am Return: 6pm
Price: $109 includes round-trip, typical Costa Rican breakfast, lunch, equipment and guides.
Optional: Connoisseur Rafting, Premium Trip. Price: $169 p/p. Avoid San Jose traffics jams and multiple pick up/drop offs. 3 rafts max for intimate wilderness experience. Personal service includes: Separate van per hotel to bus to the river, deluxe Costa Rican-style meal, gourmet river buffet, photo CD, fresh towels, and a cocktail at the end of your trip. Note: Bring rubber-soled shoes, shorts, t-shirt, swimsuit, sunscreen, towel, a complete change of clothes including shoes, and a plastic bag for wet clothes. Disposable waterproof camera recommended.
Alajuela City Tour
Alajuela is the second largest province in Costa Rica and the city of Alajuela itself is known as the “City of Mangos” because of the incredible amount of mango trees growing in its parks and squares, especially the Central Park. Alajuela has a warm climate and friendly people; many points of interest like the Municipal Theater, Central Market, Cathedral, Cultural Center, History Museum and others can be reached on foot and are definitely worth seeing. On Fridays and Saturdays a short visit to the Farmer's Market is highly recommended to experience a particularly local slice of life. From hotel: 15 mins. Duration: 2.5 hrs. Depart & Return: Your choice. Price w/Ruta Verde* driver(transportation/guide): $25 per person (2 pax minimum) plus entrance fees, meals, etc. For 4 or more people $20 p/p. Note: Wear comfortable shoes. Museum is closed on Mondays
Calypso Catamaran Day Cruise
Cruise by Nicoya Bay’s Gulf Islands in a Manta Ray Catamaran with glass bottom for underwater viewing. Experienced naturalist guide. Full-service bar, jacuzzi.
From hotel: 2 hrs Duration: 12 hrs Depart: 7am from departure point
Return: 7:30 – 8pm Price: From $139 Adult or $114 Child, plus $20 one-way to departure point. Includes: Air-conditioned bus round-trip from departure point, continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, refreshments.
Note: Bring swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and bug repellent.
San Jose City Tour by Day or Night
The Day Tour: Introduces you to Costa Rican culture, history and crafts. Visit San Jose’s historical sites, museums, parks and neighborhoods. Souvenir shopping.
The Night Tour: Costa Rican nightlife from discos to musical and theatrical performances at the National Theater.
From hotel: 45 mins Duration: 4 hrs minimum Depart & Return: Your choice
Price: transportation: $25 per hour (incl. driving time) plus museum entrance fees, meals.
Note: Wear comfortable shoes. Museums normally closed Mondays.