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San Jose: Central Market Bites and Sights Walking Tour

1. San Jose: Central Market Bites and Sights Walking Tour

Get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, and vegetables, and enjoy several local food samples on this guided tour. Stroll through the streets with a local as they show you the ins-and-outs of daily life. Start with a morning pick-me-up coffee in a café located in the Central Market. Then, take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits. Next, sample empanadas and continue along local roads towards the Borbon Market. Seeing diverse sites the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful parks will help you get to know the country and its rich history. Finally, visit a special coffee store where you will find coffee and chocolates produced by women. Learn to prepare coffee, enjoy a tamal, and make plantain empanadas before concluding your tour.

San José: Full-Day Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch

2. San José: Full-Day Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch

Explore Tortuga Island on a guided tour, Go on a quick tour of the other islands in a boat, then arrive at Tortuga Island. Go snorkeling or swimming, and eat breakfast on the beach. Opt to do other activities, such as renting a jet ski. Tuck into lunch. Begin your tour by getting picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle directly from your hotel in either Heredia, San José, or Alajuela. Once you arrive at the harbor, hop into your speedboat and set sail on your adventure. Listen to your guide tell you about the local area and take in the views. Go on a tour of the Gulf of Nicoya, and see islands such as San Lucas, Isla Cedros, and Jesusita. Use the opportunity to take photos. Along the way, keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins that are residents of Puntarenas. See if you can spot whales or turtles, and stop to observe them. Upon arrival at the island, be provided with equipment to go snorkeling, as well as instructions on how to use them. Go searching for exotic and colorful fish underwater. Spend time relaxing on the white sand in the shade of palm trees. Opt to participate in other activities at an extra cost. Rent a jet ski or a kayak, or go paddleboarding. After you have explored the island, head back for lunch on the beach. Enjoy cold drinks and a coffee along with it. Hop back in the boat to be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.

San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

3. San Jose: Walking Nature Tour with Sloths, Birds, and Trees

Departing from the nearby meeting point, visit the University of Costa Rica campus, home to some of the largest patches of forest in San Jose. Guided by young biologists, discover the nature hiding in the middle of Costa Rica's largest city. Experience wildlife you wouldn't have imagined existed minutes away from downtown.   On the first stop, you’ll look for resident and migratory birds, lots of incredible insects and amazing flowers. We'll be talking about art, history, indigenous culture, and most of all, nature. Lastly, visit the main campus to seek out the friendly sloths climbing freely. The goal of this tour is to change the way tourism is done in Costa Rica, while supporting young scientists, researchers, and local entrepreneurs.

From San José: Poas Volcano Tour and Visit to Coffe Farm

4. From San José: Poas Volcano Tour and Visit to Coffe Farm

This excursion will offer you a day of adventure and learning about Costa Rica. We will visit the Poas Volcano where you can take a short walk to the crater to see its beautiful lagoon, of course take into account that your sighting depends on the natural weather conditions of the area. Along the way our guide will provide you with important information about the forest and the Volcano. We have 2 tour options: Visit to the coffee farm: You can take photos in the coffee plantation, have a coffee in the cafeteria and enjoy the coffee atmosphere Coffee Tour: If you select the package with the coffee tour you will receive an explanation about the coffee process and its cultivation as well as a coffee and chocolate tasting After a rest we will be ready to take you back to your hotel where you will arrive early to enjoy your afternoon in San José.

San José: Guided Volcano, Waterfall & Coffee Farm Day Trip

5. San José: Guided Volcano, Waterfall & Coffee Farm Day Trip

Visit the Poás Volcano, the picturesque La Paz outdoor waterfall, and a coffee farm on a day trip from San José, Costa Rica. A wonderful choice for coffee aficionados and nature lovers alike, this tour includes a hotel pickup and lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation in San Jose and make your way to your first stop for the day, the Poás Volcano. Travel in an air-conditioned van and admire coffee plantations as well as flower and strawberry farms along the way. Poás is one of Costa Rica's most active volcanoes and last erupted in April 2017. The volcano and the surrounding park were closed for close to 17 months and a safety perimeter of nearly 2.5 kilometers was established around the erupting crater. At the volcano, you'll have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles. Then, follow a trail to the Botos Lagoon, a crater lake located inside the Poás Volcano National Park. As you hike, learn about the different ecosystems in the park. After your trek, refuel with a delicious lunch of local fare at one of the restaurants in the area. Then, head out to your next destination, the La Paz Waterfall. Gaze at La Paz waterfall as you stroll along paved trails through cloud forests and rainforests. Make the most of excellent photo opportunitiesand see the falls from different vantage points on the outside. Then, head to your final stop for the day, the Hacienda coffee farm, the first and only Coffee farm. See the visitor center and learn what Coffee is doing to empower farmers, promote sustainable practices, and develop the next generation of coffee. At the end of your Costa Rica adventure, enjoy a convenient transfer back to your hotel in San José.

San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

6. San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

Tour the best locations in Costa Rica and learn about local life and culture from those who live there. Visit a coffee plantation, zip line, and soak in the hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Take the scenic route to the Arenal Volcano and visit a coffee plantation along the way. Gain an insight into the world of Costa Rican coffee and taste one of the best coffees in the world. Arrive at the "La Paz" and "San Fernando" waterfalls and admire the exotic tropical birds of Costa Rica, including many species of hummingbirds and rare emerald toucanets. Take in the views at the San Fernando Waterfall observation point before heading to the "Iguana Bridge", where you will have the chance to spot iguanas, sloths, monkeys, and toucans. Stop for an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located in "La Fortuna." Then, prepare for a zip-lining adventure in the local rainforest jungles with 9 canopy cables and a 50 meter (150 feet) rappel on the Arenal River. Learn about the culture while listening to a "Maleku" Indigenous tribe presentation from locals. Relax for a couple of hours in the Paradise Hot Springs at the base of Arenal Volcano, surrounded by tropical gardens followed by dinner.

San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

7. San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

Start your tour in the morning when you are picked up from your hotel in the San Jose area in an air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to Arenal on an alternative route that is more scenic than the regular highway to this popular destination. On the way, stop at a plantation where you will learn about the coffee of Costa Rica. Observe the coffee plants and see the workers picking the ripe cherries during the harvest season. Learn about this important product to the local economy and taste a freshly brewed cup of some of the best coffee in the world accompanied by traditional snacks. Continue the tour at the famous La Paz Waterfall. Stop at the San Fernando Waterfall look-out point and observe many exotic birds including toucans, hummingbirds, and many other colorful tropical species. Visit the iguana’s center, a place where you will see lots of iguanas at eye level resting on the top of numerous trees. Following this, arrive at the Town of La Fortuna, and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located at the base of the impressive Arenal Volcano. After lunch, visit various points around the volcano to take pictures of this amazing mountain on clear days. Next, participate in an indigenous presentation performed by native people from the Maleku Tribe, and learn about the native culture of Costa Ricans. Later, travel to the beautiful Paradise Hot Springs Resort and relax for a few hours in the multiple hot springs pools surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This hot springs facility is one of the best in the Arenal area and provides the perfect environment to relax in thermal mineral water pools, jacuzzis and cascading waterfalls. After this, go to a local typical restaurant to have a delicious Costa Rican dinner before you are taken back to your hotel in the San Jose area.

San José: Nighttime Food Culture Tour with Cocktail Class

8. San José: Nighttime Food Culture Tour with Cocktail Class

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city. Explore San Jose by Night, complete with local markets, cultural icons, and a tasty dinner with wine! Starting with the Central Market, which, is the only way to learn about the city’s food. Stroll the market with your local guide and get to know the secrets, uses of the roots, herbs, and fruit common in local cuisines, including ingredients that will play a role in your authentic Costa Rican dinner later. The locals say that you can get anything you need at the Central Market, even love potions for attracting a boyfriend or girlfriend. After the market, we’ll make our way down Central Avenue, learning about the city’s history and anecdotes, as well as visiting one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in San Jose, the National Theatre. From there, our appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, with a walk through Morazán Park and we will visit Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop to make el "Morenito" one delicious coffee cocktail and try "Golden Rush" cocktail. We’ll continue to charm Barrio Amon, one the oldest neighborhoods we’ll be spending the rest of the evening at a favorite Farm to table concept private home dinning that specializes in wine and gourmet food like Caribbean pre-Hispanic food and drinks such as craft beers based on products such as corn and honey combined with ginger, basil, blackberry, watermelon, vanilla, cocoa and coffee and also in sangrias. This cozy establishment offers the best in Costa Rican cuisine a unique space that offers art, culture, history as well as fine dining.

From San Jose: Shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna

9. From San Jose: Shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna

Travel in style with reclining seats, a complimentary beverage, and a comfortable pillow on your transfer from San Jose to La Fortuna. Enjoy everything needed to stay connected with onboard wifi and power outlets. Travel in custom-designed buses to maximize comfort, with plenty of legroom, reclining seats, and complimentary pillows. Relax as your luggage stays safe from unpredictable tropical weather. Enjoy a complimentary water bottle and stay connected with free WiFi and power outlets on board. Relax as safety is a priority, with experienced drivers and well-maintained vehicles. Connect with fellow travelers, share stories, and embrace responsible tourism.

San José: Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip

10. San José: Manuel Antonio National Park Day Trip

On this tour you will depart from the Capital of San José taking a route along the central Pacific coastline. Upon arriving at the Manuel Antonio National Park, where you will take a tour with our guide along the trails, having the possibility of seeing wild animals in their natural state. Remember that it is not a zoo so your sighting is totally natural. After finishing the tour, you will have free time on the beach and the guide will give you the departure time so you can enjoy a delicious lunch. In the National Park there are guided services with a telescope, which has an additional cost if you want a more specialized tour. You can mention to the guide that you want this additional service. We have tickets to the National Park, these sell out very quickly, but please send or attach to your reservation at least 24 hours in advance the full names and passport numbers to add it to your ticket, otherwise we will not guarantee your entry. The park does not allow the entry of food or single-use plastics, so we recommend bringing a reusable water bottle.

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What can be said about Fran? She's the epitome of excellence as a guide for the Costa Rica waterfall tour! Fran's warmth, extensive knowledge, and boundless enthusiasm for Costa Rica made our adventure truly unforgettable. Her expertise and experience shone through at every turn, enriching our journey with fascinating insights and ensuring we felt safe and informed throughout. Fran's passion for her country's natural wonders was infectious, igniting our own excitement and appreciation. Without a doubt, Fran's guidance elevated our experience to extraordinary heights, leaving us with cherished memories and a profound admiration for Costa Rica's breathtaking beauty.

The BEST TOUR COMPANY in Costs Rica. We are here for five days snd took tours with three different companies. We loved their guide Giovanny and the driver (sorry forgot the name). Thev team was knowledgeable and very funny (Pura Vida)!! The tour started on time and we did lots of activities/sightseeing throughout the day. There was never a rush or pressure to hurry up. Will definitely book tours with them in the future.

We had a great trip with Christian and Javier - the drive was comfortable, we learnt a lot on the beautiful tour, and lunch was delicious.

Our guide was really passionate about every insect, every bird she explained to us and we also saw three sloths during the tour, amazing!

Amazing trip!! Beautiful sights and incredible tour guide (Fran)