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Destination San Jose

Poas Volcano National Park, Doka Coffee Plantation and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens

You’ll be meet you at your hotel lobby in San Jose and proceed on the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. Along the way we’ll see the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and Mango Park. We stop to visit Doka Coffee Plantation for an informative Coffee Tour of the plantation. Then continue our trip through fern, flower and strawberry farms. to Poas Volcano. There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, as we reach the exuberant cloud forest of Poas Volcano. It is considered among the largest craters in the world. At the Volcano we’ll have time to observe the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles. You can also hike on the trail to Botos Lagoon as we learn about the different ecosystems in the park. Then we’ll continue our trip towards the Caribbean, stopping to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, where we will walk through many spectacular trails which will take us to the White Magic Waterfall. Inside the park we will also visit a large butterfly a fun and impressive hummingbird gallery, serpentarium, bird, monkey and frog exhibitions. A delicious buffet lunch is included before returning back to San Jose.

Tour includes: Transportation, professional guide, breakfast, lunch, Entrance to Poas Volcano National Park, Doka Coffee Plantation & Entrance to La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

Recommended gear: Hat, jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars and camera

Departure time/s: 6:30 a.m. approx.

Length of tour: Full day. 9 hours approx.

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