Day 1 US/Canada – San Jose, Costa Rica
Day 2 San JoseDay 3 Poas Volcano National Park
Day 4 Hot Spring
Day 5 Arenal Volcano National Park - Home
Day 1 Departure from any U.S/CANADA gateway to San Jose, Costa Rica
Upon arrival, meet your local tour guide and transfer from airport to your hotel Park Inn Hotel, rest of day is yours to relax.
Day 2 San Jose, Costa Rica (Breakfast)
After breakfast, relax at your beautiful hotel, at around 11:30am, start your join in tour of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.
This tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by visiting some museums and historical sites of San Jose city. During this journey, we will visit the national theater, also known as “the jewel of San Jose”, a masterpiece in art and architecture built by Costa Ricans and completed in 1897. Then we will visit the Museum of Gold (an archaeological interest site), after that, we go to the Central Market, place full of the Costa Rican cultural heritage and traditions, where you will be able to browse and buy some local art crafts.
We will also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. As we travel around the city, we will point you out several historically important or main buildings in our city, for example the Costa Rica university, The old Train station, The national liquor factory, The national Supreme Election Bureau, the Asamblea Legislativa (equivalent to The Congress), The Metallic Building, some parks and various sites of Interest. This will be an introduction to our capital city, and information about our economy, cultural, politics, religion and general current events. Also, we will visit an Art Gallery, where you will be able to get some souvenirs to take back home. The tour takes about 5 hours.
Day 3 Combo tour Doka Estate Coffee Tour + Poas Volcano National Park + Peace Waterfalls Gardens (Breakfast and Lunch)
It going to be a very busy day for us today, departure at 06:00am, we will do a Combo Doka State coffee tour, visit Ppas Volcano National Park Poas, and Peace Waterfalls Gardens, the total tour hours is about 10 hours.
The total stay at the poas Volcano national park will be about 40 minutes: 10 minutes walking on the trek to get to the crater viewpoint, and 10 minutes walking back. There is no access to Botos Lagoon and in case of fog, there is no extral waiting time as we used to do in the past. (Notes: due to the altitude and activity of the poas volcano, this tour is not recommended to any person with heart conditions, high blood pressure, people who have had a recent surgery, pregnant women or children).
As we ascend the mountain, we will notice a change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful array of colors and visuals.
We will visit the Doka Coffee Estate for a delicious breakfast. Then we will be treated to a coffee tour in an actual coffee plantation where we will learn the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce some of the best coffee in Costa Rica and around the world. The careful process involved in the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden bean and then will be illustrated, very hands-on, and then we will savor the delectable product.
After the coffee tour, we will continue to Poas Volcano National park, where there is a noticeable change in temperature and exuberant vegetation of the cloud forest.
The Poas volcano, is an active 2708 meter (8885ft) stratovolcano, the crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1050 feet deep. It has erupted 40 times since 1828, including April, 2017.
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 Poas, we will continue to La Paz Waterfall Garden, where we will enjoy a buffet lunch (rated 4 Forks by the Costa Rican Tourism Council) that includes multiple selections of Traditional Costa Rican dishes and much more.
At La Paz Waterfall Grdens, we will go through walking trails surrounded by lush tropical rain forest. Here we will appreciate flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, and hummingbirds. There are also educational animal exhibits to enjoy such as the Aviary, the Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, Serpentarium, Jungle Cats Exhibit, and the Frog Exhibit. This is definitely a tour enjoyed by nature lovers from all ages.
Day 4 Arenal Volcano Naitonal Park & Tabacon Resort Hot Spring (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
We will have breakfast at 7:30am, then departure to Arenal Volcano National park.
This tour allows us to experience the amazement of the Arenal Volcano, and then go on to the thermal waters fo an unforgettable experience that will rejuvenate the body and soul. The hot springs is surrounded by lush vegetataion and auspicious views of the imposing Arenal Volcano. On route to the Arenal Volcano, we will stop at the famous town of Sarchi, known as the birthplace of Costa Rica’s artisans. In Sarchi, you will be able to appreciate many of the art crafts and souvenirs that Costa Rica has to offer. Ornamental plants and even cattle ranches until arriving to the small town of La Fortuna, and stopping to enjoy lunch at a cozy restaurant with a magnificent view of the volcano. The impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that is situated in La Fortuna (The fortune) of San Carlos, previously assumed to be dormant, until in 1968, when it experienced a major eruption. Then you will go on to relax at one of the best hot springs in the area where you will revel in the cleansing and rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters, and for a perfect ending, before going back to hotel, a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano so that you do not miss any opportunity to look at the classically shaped volcano.
Day 5 Arenal Volcano National Park – Home (Breakfast)
After Breakfast, private transfer to international airport and head back home or continue your trip to your next destination.
|Departure Dates||All price listed are in US dollars per person, based on double occupancy.|
San JosePark Inn Hotel
Address: Ave 6, Street 28, San Jose, 494-1007, Costa Rica