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San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

1. San Jose: Tortuguero Park Day Tour with Breakfast & Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in San Jose, Heredia, or Alajuela at 6:00 AM. On your way to breakfast, drive past rolling coffee plantations and admire the mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park. At around 7:15 AM, stop for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast to set you up for the day's adventure. Enjoy fresh fruit juice, coffee, eggs, and the popular gallo pinto (a typical Central American rice and bean dish.) After breakfast visit a local banana plantation and learn about the process of growing and exporting fruit. At around 10:00 AM, leave the bus behind and hop onboard a boat as you cruise into the jungle of Tortuguero National Park. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, which covers over 29,000 hectares, soak up the magic of this luscious green landscape. As you sail along the jungle canals, see native green sea turtles, as well as other endangered animals such as sloths, monkeys, and manatees. There’s also countless colorful butterflies, toucans, herons, crocodiles, and more. Learn about each of the animals and their habitat in the jungle, as well as about local conservation efforts to protect them. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch. After lunch, take a relaxing stroll through Tortuguero Village where you’ll discover local life and learn about the history of the town and its residents. At the end of an unforgettable day, get back on the bus at around 3:30 PM and begin the return journey back to San Jose.

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San Jose: Irazú Volcano, Cartago City & Orosi Valley Tour

2. San Jose: Irazú Volcano, Cartago City & Orosi Valley Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel by minibus along the Panamerican Highway until you reach the base of the Irazú Volcano. Travel up the winding road through fertile farmlands where many types of fruit and vegetables are cultivated. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. At the summit of the volcano, on a clear day, marvel at the spectacular view of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Next, descend to the city of Cartago and stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica. Discover this local pilgrimage site which has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows.  Continue the tour through the Orosi Valley, an area of magnificent natural beauty. Visit one of the few remaining colonial churches in the region and stop for a tasty typical lunch at one of the local restaurants. Finally, be returned to your hotel to complete the tour.

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San Jose: Classic Coffee Britt Tour with Lunch

3. San Jose: Classic Coffee Britt Tour with Lunch

Embark on a guided tour of Café Britt, one of Costa Rica's premium coffee plantations. Start your day with a relaxing drive through the Costa Rican countryside with a hotel pick-up in an air-conditioned vehicle. Be accompanied by a guide to the plantation. Located in Barva de Heredia, Café Britt place hosts coffee lovers from all over the world. Begin in the nursery for a close look at the finest coffee beans. Follow the journey of gourmet coffee production, from the growing cycle to the selection process. Next, head to the roastery to be enchanted by the aromas of different brews. Discover how different roasting techniques affect the beans and the brew. Your guide will let you in on roasting and packing secrets. These techniques ensure delivery of gourmet coffee from the plantation to homes of coffee lovers worldwide. Learn how Costa Rica’s unique climate and landscapes provide ideal conditions for cultivating these high-quality beans. Witness a professional coffee-tasting session, known as "cupping." Learn how experts “break the cup” to grade the quality of gourmet coffee. Make the most of the outdoor tropical views by stopping for lunch. Savor a buffet featuring local ingredients while listening to tunes of traditional music at Don Prospero Restaurant. End this delicious experience at the coffee bar with coffee, and chocolates. To remember this adventure, visit the factory store and gift shop that can ship souvenirs and fresh coffee back to your home.

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San Jose: Zipline Canopy and River Rafting Private Tour

4. San Jose: Zipline Canopy and River Rafting Private Tour

Start your day of adventure with an early pickup directly from your hotel and a relaxing drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside. During this 90-minute journey enjoy the beauty of the second largest National Park in Costa Rica: The Braulio Carrillo. Cherish the staggering scenic beauty of the pristine rain forest and learn more about the abundance of nature and wildlife from your naturalist bilingual tour guide. Explore the local culture, the Caribbean architecture, the most important crops of the area, and more along the journey. The Sarapiqui River is the most important tourist attraction in the region. In the upper part, the river is perfect for the practice of Whitewater Rafting. In the Lower Part, boat tours, transfers, and fishing are important economic activities. This part of the tour highlights the White Water Rafting that takes your adrenaline to top levels and the fascinating Canopy Tours going high above the treetops. Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with the two activities in an extraordinary way. This thrilling trip will take you to see the abundance of nature and wildlife of Costa Rica. Get ready to zip along ziplines for about 1 hour and 30 minutes with nine cables of different lengths stretching over the forest. The last one crosses the Sarapiqui River. Discover the natural marvels of Sarapiqui with a variety of crystal clear rivers, an abundance of beautiful tropical forests, and villages inhabited by friendly and laborious people. Take an awe-inspiring experience as you play and splash on the river raft ride. The rafting at Sarapiqui River has different levels between class II and class III. Participate in this exciting activity and experience a sense of childhood freedom on nine miles of unexpected rapids in combination with calm and relaxing intervals. Enjoy the vibrant scenery and get a chance to see Costa Rica’s incredible amount of tropical birds on this unforgettable journey.

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What people are saying about Heredia Province

The guide, Álvar, very attentive, entertained the trip with explanations and stops. The experience was great and the day was well spent. Perhaps half an hour more in Tortuguero to visit with more pause. I recommend it.

I would have loved to see turtles, but the passion and experience of the guide was good, we saw several species.

It was a great tour! Our guide Oscar was very knowledgeable. We learned so much about Costa Rica’s history.