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. $10 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: $20 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.
Centro Neotropico & Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Breathtaking drive skirting Poas Volcano, through dairy / agriculture region with stop at La Paz Waterfall. Step into Pre-Columbian time at Centro Neotropico. Naturalist guide. Cross 262m bridge over Sarapiqui River to 750 forest acres at Tirimbina Reserve. Self-guided tour of (1999) archaeological discovery with tombs open to public. Enjoy lunch in the restaurant.
Optional: Chocolate Tour last 2.5 hours starting at 8 am, 10am, 1:30pm & 3 pm, reservations are required. 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 $13 p/p Adult plus Lunch: 12.30 p/ Adult or $6.50 Child under 12. Tirimbina Reserve $22 p/ Adult for entrance fee and guide. (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.
Bungee jumping from the Old Colorado River Bridge, one of the highest bungee bridges in America at 265 feet high. Experience the adrenaline with the strictest safety norms. From hotel: 30 mins
Tours: 9:30am & 2:30pm Duration: 30 minutes Depart: From Central Park in Alajuela at 8:45am or 1:45pm. Return: At Central Park in Alajuela 11 am or 3:30pm Price: $75 per person first jump & $45 second jump. Includes round-trip transportation from Alajuela. Note: Not available for people with heart problems or in pregnancy. Bring sun block and comfortable clothing
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.