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Poás Volcano, Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

1. Poás Volcano, Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Experience Costa Rica's nature and culture on this full-day tour San José. Your first destination is the Doka Estate coffee plantation, where you'll learn all about the ancient techniques of producing some of the best coffee in Costa Rica and around the world. Experience the careful process involved in the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean before tasting the delectable product. After your coffee tour, continue to Poás Volcano National Park, where there is a noticeable change in temperature and beautiful scenery in a cloud forest. Climb up Poás Volcano, an active stratovolcano that most recently erupted in 2017. The crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1,050 feet deep, making for breathtaking views. Hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as you learn about the different ecosystems in the park. Then, continue to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Costa Rican dishes. After lunch, explore the lush tropical rainforest. See the flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, and hummingbirds before returning to San José.

La Fortuna: Sloth Tour in the Wild

2. La Fortuna: Sloth Tour in the Wild

The Arenal area is well known for its diverse wildlife, and as well as the 2 different Sloth species: two-toed sloths and three-toed sloths. Another most wanted species sought for their colors, unique features and history are the multicolored toucan and the blue jeans dart frog. On your search for these three beautiful animals, your knowledgeable guide will drive you around La Fortuna's beautiful spotting areas, where you will search for wildlife together. Birds, iguanas and monkeys are among the animals that you might also encounter whilst on this enjoyable safari. Breakfast and snacks are arranged according to the customers' best interest, and all the animals that you will encounter on this tour will be in their natural habitats. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your nearby accommodation.

La Fortuna: Evening Frog Safari

3. La Fortuna: Evening Frog Safari

After beginning your tour at 5:45PM, you will be able to live the experience of the only natural frog sanctuary in La Fortuna by night. This is your opportunity to view colorful frogs and other wild animals of the rainforest when they are more active and more easily observed. At least 28-species of frogs have decided to make the Arenal Oasis ponds their home. The native plants of Arenal are carefully maintained, in order to create the perfect habitat for these amphibious creatures. This unique private wildlife reserve sits inside a rainforest refuge that connects the tropical areas of the Arenal Volcano and the Burio River. Your local guide will prepare you with a flashlight to assist you in finding these unique creatures, and at the conclusion of your tour you will be returned back to your La Fortuna accommodation.

From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

4. From San Jose: 3-Day Tortuguero National Park Excursion

Explore the protected Tortuguero National Park in the Limón Province, reachable only by airplane or boat. Take in the wealth of biodiversity in its eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Trip itinerary: Day 1: After an early morning hotel pickup, admire the biodiversity of a primary forest through the window as you drive past Braulio Carrillo National Park. Sample a delicious Costa Rican breakfast during the drive. Mid-morning, board a comfortable boat and travel along the Tortuguero Canals. Be enchanted by the surrounding paradise and its varied flora and fauna. Then, enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch at the hotel. After lunch, tour the canals and take incredible photos for the rest of the afternoon. Arrive at Pachira Lodge (or similar) for a delightful dinner and a restful night's sleep. Day 2: Discover the flavors of Costa Rica with breakfast at the Lodge. Then, hike along the Lodge's private trail and work up an appetite for lunch. After lunch at the Lodge, visit the Sea Turtle Museum, the beach, and the picturesque village of Tortuguero. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the Lodge again. Day 3: After breakfast at the Lodge, head back to San José, stopping for lunch at El Ceibo in Guápiles on the way. Arrive back in San José in the afternoon.

Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

5. Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

Visit the most important attractions of Arenal Volcano National Park and hike along a mountain trail to get magnificent views of the mighty mountain in safety. Hope for clear skies to see as far as Arenal Lake, the secondary forest, and the area devastated by previous eruptions.  Continue to the impressive waterfall of La Fortuna, where you can go for a refreshing swim in the cool waters or take pictures of its natural beauty. Stop at a restaurant near downtown La Fortuna for a delicious a la carte lunch. Then, head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to hike the trail high above the tree canopy. Cross 15 hanging and stationary bridges and look for the local wildlife along the way. End the day at the hot springs of your choice, with or without dinner. Get picked up after your meal for the drive back to your hotel. 

San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

6. San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

The day begins with pickup from San Jose, Alajuela, or Heredia and travels to the artistic town of Sarchi. Spend some time exploring and begin to appreciate the many arts and crafts that Costa Rica has to offer. You’ll also see the world’s largest ox cart, according the Guinness Book of World Records. Continue the tour towards La Fortuna, passing through colorful pineapple and plantain plantations, mango groves, and cattle ranches along the way. Arrive in La Fortuna and enjoy a lunch break at a cozy restaurant with magnificent views of Arenal Volcano. Learn about how the volcano was assumed to be dormant until 1968 when it experienced a major eruption. Visit the stunning Mistico Park next which boasts a dense biodiversity with luscious forests and an abundance of wildlife. Take a stroll amongst the treetops on the hanging bridges that line the jungle canopy, and admire the array of plants that surround you. Finally, it’s time to relax in the gorgeous waters of Baldi. Slide into the bubbling hot springs and unwind as the thermal waters cleanse and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. At the end of a magical day, chill out on the return journey to San Jose where a delicious dinner will be served against the backdrop of the volcano.

La Fortuna: Peñas Blancas River Safari Float

7. La Fortuna: Peñas Blancas River Safari Float

Experience the abundant wildlife and undeniable beauty surrounding the Peñas Blancas River as you drift downstream for an enchanting and unforgettable river safari experience. Relax as an expert naturalist guide takes care of the rowing, leaving you free to admire the lush rainforest canopy. Keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, reptiles and other species. Snap photos of the lazy iguanas sunning themselves on the passing braches or grab your binoculars to catch a closer look at some of the rainforest's native bird species. Upon exiting the river, pay a visit to a traditional Costa Rican family home. Here, get a glimpse into daily life for locals and sample some traditional Costa Rican delicacies before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Hike

8. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Hike

Costa Rica has around 112 volcanoes and Arenal Volcano is one of the most active in the country. From 1968 to 2010, there has been plenty of flowing lava, eruptions, and pyroclastic clouds. For years this mountain has been considered the most important attraction in the area. Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful scenery, take an exciting hike on its trails which will lead you to the old lava fields and some amazing lookout points. Your specialist nature guide will provide you with information about the natural sites you come into contact with during the walk, as well as some insight into the history of the volcano.

La Fortuna: Rio Celeste Hike

9. La Fortuna: Rio Celeste Hike

After being collected from your accommodation in La Fortuna, you will make your way to Rio Celeste. Rio Celeste is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, and on a clear day, it is possible to receive spectacular views. Upon arrival to the park you will set off on a 7-kilometer hike, which passes by the River Celeste Waterfall, the Tenorio Lookout, the Blue Lagoon (a great place for taking pictures), and Borbollones (little geisers), before you finally arrive to Teñideros.  In this area, mother nature magically mixes the water of two crystal clear streams, changing the water's color to a beautiful bright, light blue (hence the name Rio Celeste, or "Light-Blue River"). After visiting the most beautiful places of this park there is a tough hike back to the park entrance, where you will have a delicious, well-deserved lunch waiting for you.

La Fortuna: Small-Group Sloth Watching Experience

10. La Fortuna: Small-Group Sloth Watching Experience

After being picked up from your hotel at your chosen time, you will start this exciting journey into the sloths' territory, which is within a small family-friendly eco-project just 5 minutes from La Fortuna. The project has a path of 1500 meters (a little less than a mile) which is suitable for adults, families, and children of all ages. You will venture into the forest for 2 hours, where you will be surrounded by plants, a river bordering the property and of course, the Guarumo Trees (Cecropia obtusifolia), which are the favorite food of sloths in Costa Rica. During this tour, you will learn about the importance of the sloths' protection, as illegal trade has grown due to its increasing popularity. Because of this, Ecoterra Expeditions, along with the Rodríguez family, are maintaining this privileged area to protect the sloths in Costa Rica. Your specialized guide will be an expert in locating these sloths, so you can be guaranteed of a sloth observation during your tour. It's important to remember that the sloth is a solitary animal and spends most of its time sleeping and resting on the treetops. The two-toed sloth and three-toed sloth can be observed in the route, and now and then, visitors may have the incredible experience of watching the mother with its offspring. Your naturalist guide will supply high-quality optical gear to provide a 100% satisfying observation without any impact to the naturally smiling sloths. At the end of this natural experience, you will be driven back to your hotel where you will be left understanding just why you cannot come to Costa Rica without seeing a sloth.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 12 reviews

If you are looking to experience the wonderful central Cloud Forests and Rainforests that lie in the mountains and valleys in Braulio Carillo National Park near San Jose and see Rainforests on the Caribbean lowlands, this Tour is the best!! I enjoyed the Cloud Forests so much. Oscar, the guide was so kind and knowledgeable to help me fully understand and experience their geography. He is enthusiastic and loves Costa Rica and its nature! He took me on the best routes to ensure I could see the best views including San Fernando waterfall! The Sarapiqui river is a peaceful place in the Jungle. I saw numerous Howler Monkeys, river Turtles and many birds including Toucans, Kingfishers and Comorants. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is an impressive centre with very good facilities. It was wonderful to see Jaguars and Ocelots there at the centre. The waterfalls are mighty and impressive and the centre sits in a beautiful part of the mountains with incredible views. I had a great day! :)

We had a great time on this tour with Edgar as our guide. He was very knowledgeable and was well prepared. We saw many things with options to buy souvenirs and ate a nice meal. Would definitely recommend as we were in town for a short period of time and wanted to see as much as possible.

It was a peaceful float that allowed us to soak up the sights and sounds of the river and the forest surrounding it. Cato knew where to spot the wildlife. We saw toucans, bats, an emerald basilisk, iguanas, tropical birds, and howler monkeys.

Lovely trip to see the sloths and nice to see them with little disruption to their daily lives - excellent guides and very knowledgeable

Really friendly and informative guide. Amazing experience! Worth it!