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Activities available in San Jose
Canopy Tour (San Luis)
Duration: 8 hours
This is definitely an adventure you don’t want to miss. We will leave the city and head up the mountains surrounding the Central Valley offering spectacular scenery of vegetation, coffee fields, ornamental plants and picturesque villages typical of Costa Rica.
The Canopy Tour is a once in a lifetime experience, consisting of sliding on a cable strung between tree canopy platforms. The San Lorenzo Canopy is located in the middle of a beautiful tropical forest reserve where we will encounter Costa Rican fauna, orchids, bromeliads and other flowers. The total length of the cable is 8,200 feet suspended between 19 tree platforms. The Canopy of San Lorenzo features one of the longest cables spans in the country. During the tour, the guide will explain the most important characteristics of the forest reserve that we are visiting, when finishing the canopy tour the group will take a short walk where a delicious lunch awaits you.
Recommended: Long pants, tennis shoes, light clothes.
Tour includes:Transportation, guide, entrance fee and lunch.
Price per person: $108
San Jose City Tour
Duration: 4 hours
The tour starts by driving you through the east side of San José, passing through the Democracy Park, National Museum, Federal Courts, Los Yoses neighborhood, San Pedro Mall Center and the University of Costa Rica. We continue by driving through Barrio (neighborhood) Dent, Calderón Guardia Museum, Atlantic train Station and San Jose’ National Park where we will stop at the National Monument (this monument marks the victory over the invading filibusters led by William Walker at the Nicaraguan border in 1856). You will also see up close: the Congressional Building, National Library and “Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones” (Supreme Electoral Body of the Republic of Costa Rica).
The site-seeing trip proceeds through Morazan Park, Metallic School building, National Insurance Institute, España Park, The Yellow House (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and through CENAC (original National Factory of Alcoholic Beverages). Next we continue our walk through San Jose Central Park and walk by the Melico Salazar Theater and the Metropolitan Cathedral. We then stop at the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Opera House for a brief tour of interest. Following these visits, we will continue by bus to the west side of the city visiting the Sabana Park and the Art Museum. This park served as Costa Rica’s first international airport from 1940 until 1955 when it was relocated to Alajuela. This original park area was then officially designated as La Sabana Metropolitan Park in 1977. We then continue through Barrio Rohmoser passing by the Nunciatura Apostólica, President Oscar Arias’ residence (Mr. Arias won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987).
Recommended: Walking shoes.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide and entrance fee.
Price per person: $85
Duration: 4 hours
The Coffee tour is a multimedia presentation using professional actors who describe coffee production, from the raising of the shrubs to the beverage we all know and enjoy. The tour begins in an actual coffee plantation where the participants learn the conditions and process for growing gourmet coffee trees. Afterwards, the actors then present a humorous stage show describing the history of coffee and the steps taken after the beans are harvested. Next, our group participates in a coffee cupping session (tasting) with an expert coffee cupper. This session enables the audience to better understand the different qualities that make a good cup of coffee.
Recommended: Light jacket and walking shoes.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, entrance fee and lunch.
Price per person: $66
Doka Estate & Poas Volcano
Duration: 8 hours approximately
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 will then 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 Poás Volcano, is an active 2,708-metre (8,885 ft) 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. The total stay at the Poas Volcano National Park will be 40 minutes: 10 minutes walking on the trail to get to the crater viewpoint, 20 minutes at the crater viewpoint, and 10 minutes walking back to the entrance of the park. There is no access to Botos Lagoon, and in case of fog, there is no extra waiting time allowed (to see if the crater is visible). The visitors to the national park must bring an identification document, and it is mandatory to wear the safety gear given by the personnel of the national park.