San Jose Site Seeing Tours

San Jose Site Seeing Tours

4 in 1 The Best of Costa Rica

Departure time: 6:20 a.m. approx

Length: 11 hours

To begin this recommended tour, which should really be called Ten in One, we take the Pan-American road to Alajuela, where we go by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the Mango Park.

A few later we stop for the first time at the famous Doka State.We take the Typical breakfast, visit the beautiful coffee plantation, the mill, and the roast room.

As we continue to climb to Poas Volcano we go by coffee plantations, flower and fern nurseries and strawberry fields.

There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest in Poas volcano, where we will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles.

We continue our trip on the Caribbean slope, stopping to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a natural park where we will walk in spectacular trails that take us to White Magic Waterfall, the most spectacular one in the area.  Inside the park we will also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country home to a collection of tropical jewels and the impressive hummingbird gallery. A buffet style lunch is included here. After lunch we will continue on the Atlantic slope and once we arrive at Puerto Viejo we will be ready for a relaxing boat trip down the Sarapiqui River.  Just sit down and enjoy the surrounds.  During our boat ride our guide will unfold for us the simple life of the people who live along the riverbank.

Before returning to San Jose we will drive thru unforgettable Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of the most important tropical rain forest reserves in Costa Rica.

Tour includes breakfast, coffee plantation visit, craters and trails in Poas Volcano National Park, entrance fee to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, including Butterfly, Hummingbird Gallery and waterfall trails.  Buffet lunch, boat trip on the Sarapiqui River with soft drinks on-board and drive thru Braulio Carrillo National Park.

We recommend: hat, a light jacket, comfortable shoes, insect repellent, binoculars and camera.


San José City Tour & Shopping

(Morning & Afternoon) Price:

Departure:8:00 a.m. Morning tour

1:00 p.m. Afternoon tour

Length of tour: 4 hours

Starting on the East side of San Jose, the first thing we will see is Democracy Plaza and the National Museum, the Courts, Los Yoses, San Pedro Mall, Hispanidad Fountain and the Rodrigo Facio Campus of the University of Costa Rica.

After we have seen the capital’s main attractions, our first stop will be the impressive Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the beautiful National Theater where we will have a guided visit through these cultural gems.

After our visit, the tour continues thru the western section of San Jose: La Sabana Metropolitan Park, Costa Rican Contemporary Art Museum or the first International Airport in Costa Rica, the National Gymnasium, the Comptroller’s office, residential area Rohrmoser, Nunciatura, Nobel Peace prize winner Oscar Arias Sanchez’s home, Rohrmoser Boulevard and Pavas section.

At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity of visiting a  interesting shopping place where you will be able to buy a souvenir of your visit to San Jose.

On Sunday, the National Theater is closed and we will only see it from the outside and all the Pre-colombian Gold Museum.


Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs

Departure time: 9:00 a.m. approx.

Length of tour: 12 hours

Located north of Costa Rica, the impressive Arenal Volcano is a natural phenomenon that attracts thousands and thousands of tourists due to its permanent, extraordinary and trusted volcanic activity, which on clear nights can seem like fireworks with intermittent explosions of ash and lava.

In order to get to this wonder from nature we must go to the north of the country, and inevitably we must make a stop in the famous town of Sarchi, of international fame, it has earned the name Birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans.  As we continue our trip we will go thru diverse plantations with agricultural products, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until we arrive at La Fortuna, for lunch in a cozy restaurant right in front of the volcano.  This excellent location will allow us the best view in order to catch any volcanic activity.

Before entering the beautiful gardens where the thermal springs are located we will visit Arenal Lake.  Here we can easily walk on a road next to the Park where we will look for toucans, monkeys, coatimundis and other animals.  Due to security reasons we will not enter the park.

Later we will relax in one of the best thermal water places in the area where you will be able to enjoy an optional massage or other treatment that you will have reserved ahead of time.

Last, a wonderful  dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano so you will not miss any opportunities of to look out for the incandescent light explosions.

After dinner we will begin our return trip to the city of San Jose.

We recommend: swim suit, mosquito repellent, sweater and towel.

Baldi Hot Springs / Tabacon Hot Springs


Irazú Volcano

Departure time: 8:00 a.m. approx

Length: 5 hours

We take the Pan-American Highway South, to start ascending the large “Iztaru”. The winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kinds of vegetables as we enjoy a lovely panoramic view.  At the top of the volcano you can observe the main craters and on a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans can be seen.

As we descend to the city of Cartago we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica that according to religious custom is a peregrination site for many believers.

We recommend hat, jacket, walking shoes, binoculars and camera.


Irazú Volcano, Orosi Valley & Lankester Gardens

Departure: 8:00 a.m. approx.

Length of tour: 9 hours

We take the Panamerican Highway South, to start ascending the large “Iztaru”.  The winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kinds of vegetables as we observe a lovely panoramic view.  On the top of the volcano you can observe the main craters and on a clear day both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen.

As we descend to the city of Cartago we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica that according to religious custom is a peregrination site for many believers. After visiting the Basilica we will stop at Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids and bromeliads and countless species of other plants.

We will continue on to the Valley of Orosi where creation overflows in unparallel beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop for lunch in one of the local restaurants.

During our tour we will be able to observe La Casa Del Soñador an example of Costa Rican primitive art.

We recommend hat, jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars and camera.


El Pueblo Antiguo

Offered only on Fridays and Saturdays

Departure time: 6:00 p.m. approx.

Length of tour: 3 hours

Costa Rican Night Tour, a spectacle that shows the turn of the XIX century traditions.  Enjoy this show that combines beliefs, dress, architecture, music, dance and foods in a spectacle full of humor that will take you directly to the roots of Costa Rica.  Visit Costa Rica Nights in Pueblo Antiguo.

Pueblo Antiguo is a theme park, which shows the architectural infrastructure that existed in San Jose in the beginning of the XX century.  It is a scenario composed of recreations of old buildings.  Besides activities such as folkloric dances, professional actors masquerades and other memories of a not so long past.

We recommend Sweater and camera


Orosi Valley and Lankester Gardens

Departure time: 10:30 am approx

Length: 6 hours

After visiting the Basilica we will stop in Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids and bromeliads and countless species of other plants.

We will continue on to the Valley of Orosi where creation overflows in unparalleled beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop for a delicious lunch. On our return trip we will be able to observe La Casa del Soñador or dreamer’s house, an example of primitive art.

We recommend hat, jacket, walking shoes, bug repellent, binoculars and camera.


Poas Volcano – La Paz Waterfalls Gardens

Departure time: 8:00 a.m. approx

Length of tour: 8 hours

We take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. In route we go by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park.  As we ascend towards the volcano we stop for a brief explanation on our golden bean, coffee, and then continue our trip through fern, flower and strawberry farms.

There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of Poas Volcano.

At the Volcano we will have time to observe the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles. Then we will hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon that will allow us to learn about the different ecosystems in the park.

We will continue our trip towards the Caribbean, stopping to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a natural park where we will walk thru spectacular trails which will take us to White Magic Waterfall, the most spectacular one in the area.  Inside the park we will also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country that houses a collection of tropical jewels and the impressive hummingbird gallery, serpentarium,old house, bird house & frogs exhibit

Once we have finished our walk we will partake of a delicious lunch buffet and then begin our return trip to San Jose.

We recommend: hat, light jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars and camera.


Poás Volcano National Park/Grecia/ Sarchí

Departure time: 8:30 am approx

Length: 8 hours

We take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. En route we go by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park.  As we ascend towards the volcano we stop for a brief explanation on our golden bean, coffee, and then continue our trip through fern, flower and strawberry farms.

There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of Poas Volcano.

At the Volcano we will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as we learn about the different ecosystems in the park. After visiting the volcano, we will have time to enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the typical restaurants of the area.

Our third stop is beautiful Grecia. Considered one of the cleanest towns of Latin America, it is home to the only Metal Church in Central America and a national monument that fills its inhabitants with pride.  In order to catch a glimpse of local lifestyle we will also visit the central market area.

Our last stop is Sarchi, known as the Cradle of Costa Rican Artisans because of its fine workshops.  Here we will have time to enjoy the artistic work of the local artisans as they create the famous typical oxcart and you will be able to shop for that special souvenir to take home.

We recommend: light jacket, comfortable shoes, binoculars and camera.


Grecia & Sarchí (Oxcart Factory)

Departure time: 11:00 a.m.

Length of tour: 5 hours

Located in the province of Alajuela and surrounded by cane fields we find Grecia, a beautiful town considered one of the cleanest in Latin America, it is home to the only Metal Church in Central America and a national monument that fills its inhabitants with pride.

We continue to Sarchi, known as the Cradle of Costa Rican Artisans because of its fine wood workshops.  Here you will have time to enjoy the artistic work of the local artisans as they create the famous typical oxcart and you will be able to shop for that special souvenir to take home.

We recommend: light jacket, comfortable shoes, binoculars and camera.


The Best of the Pacific

Departure time: 6:20 a.m. approx

Length: 10 hours

We depart San Jose towards the Pacific coast via the Old Spanish Road of 1606, briefly stopping along the way for breakfast.

Once we arrive to our first destination, we will ride a boat along the Tarcoles River.  Our guides will take us into a world of crocodiles, water and migratory birds.

After our boat ride we will visit one of the most beautiful protected areas, Punta Leona Resort, an exotic paradise surrounded by 750 hectares of transitional tropical wet forest to tropical dry forest, which is characteristic of this region.  The beauty of its white sands and deep blue ocean are particular to the Pacific.

You will have all day free to enjoy this beautiful place and to enjoy the optional activities such as water sports, bathing in the crystal waters of the ocean or using the hotel pools.  The tour includes a delicious lunch served in one of the local restaurants.

In the afternoon you may wish to enjoy an optional guided walk thru the jungle.  Taking only one and a half hours it is a good opportunity to observe wild life such as reptiles, amphibians and scorpions.

Sunset in Punta Leona is an extraordinary experience, which we will enjoy, and after this spectacular view we will return to San Jose.

What to bring:

For the river: hat, sun block, insect repellent, binoculars and camera.

For the resort: shorts, sandals, towel and swimsuit.

For the jungle (optional) walking shoes.

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