All the Way to Alajuela


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6.5 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Visit markets and cantinas and get a taste of local life in historic Alajuela
  • Get up close and personal with the world’s largest active crater at the Poás Volcano
  • Take a hike into a cloud forest and see the stunning Botos Lagoon
  • Visit coffee plantations and meet the families who have owned them for generations
  • Feast on authentic local cuisine at a family-owned restaurant
Wander the streets and see the local side of life, from the neighbourhood market to traditional cantinas. Finish it all off with your head in the cloud forest at Poás Volcano National Park.
What to Expect
This Costa Rica tour takes you into the heart of Alajuela City and the surrounding area, from the local market to coffee plantations to the unforgettable Poás Volcano.

Your adventure begins in the main plaza of Juan Santamaria, in front of the Municipal Theatre of Alajuela. This is a building with a long history, having been a theatre since the beginning of the 20th century. You’ll learn about the building’s heritage, as well as stories of Juan Santamaria, the namesake of the very park you’re standing in.

Next, visit the Alajuela Cultural Center, housed in the former Alajuela Municipal Palace. You’ll learn about the architecture and culture behind this historical site; why the buildings were built the way they were, who lived there, and how they lived.

Your Alajuela tour will then bring you back to the present, with a wander through the city’s different neighbourhoods. You’ll get to experience a slice of local life, from hitting up a bakery for freshly baked bread to sipping a freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee. Walk through the city’s historical streets, hearing the stories of its multicultural families and how Alajuela’s neighbourhoods have changed over the years. You’ll explore churches and meet families who have managed coffee fields for generations. You’ll learn about local gastronomy and visit traditional cantinas and parks where people gather to play cards or share stories.

From there, you’re heading up up up into the clouds, to the cloud forest of Poás Volcano National Park. At Poás, you’ll explore the explosive fumaroles of the largest active volcano crater in the world, then take a gentle hike to beautiful Botos Lagoon to learn about the different ecosystems of Costa Rica.

You’ll finish it all off relaxing over a scrumptious lunch at a family-owned restaurant.
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Poás Volcano entrance fee
  • Lunch
What's Not Included
  • Transportation to and from your hotel
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide
Meeting Point

If you are in San Jose, meet in front of the Art Museum in Sabana Park at 8.00 am. If you are in Alajuela, meet in front of the monument in Juan Santamaria Park at 8.30 am.

What to Remember
• Dress standard: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sweater and sunscreen

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