Costa Rica Day Trip from San Jose

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Costa Rica Day Trip from San Jose
from USD $159.50
Take advantage of your time in Costa Rica on this exciting full-day guided tour from San Jose! Enjoy an exhilarating mountain hike and tour impressive sites like the breathtaking Poas Volcano National Park- Doka Estate's coffee plantation and La Paz Waterfall Gardens . A delicious breakfast and lunch are included.
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In Brief

Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
10 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Doka Estate Coffee Tour, Sabanilla de Alajuela, Poas Volcano National Park Costa Rica

This educational and dynamic coffee tour includes entrance to the facilities, a welcome cocktail (cold coffee), tasting of the different kinds of roasting, the tour is completely guided, you also have the possibility to visit the bonsai garden, the orchard Hydroponics and the butterfly.

Stop At: Cr130, Poas Volcano National Park Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park Costa Rica

Stop At: La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Vara Blanca, Katira 40101 Costa Rica

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San José, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, animal sanctuary with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program.


  • Local guide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Poas Volcano
  • Entry/Admission - La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens


  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Adventure Inn

Aldea Hostel




Amón Taormina

Apartotel Obelisco

Apartotel El Sesteo

Apartotel La Perla

Apartotel La Sabana


Aurola Holiday Inn

Autentico (Torremolinos)

Ave Del Paraíso


Barceló Palma Real

Best Western Irazú


Boutique Jade

Casa Colón

Casa Roland



Condominio Riverside


Costa Verde Inn

Courtyard Escazu

Courtyard Alajuela

C R .Backpackers

C R. Guest House

C R. Morazán

C. R. Tennis Club

Country Inn & Suites


Crowne Plaza Corobicí

Don Carlos

Double Tree Cariari

Fiesta Casino

Fleur de Lys

Gran Hotel Costa Rica

Grano de Oro

Hilton Garden Inn –Sabana

Holiday Inn Express

Hampton Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn ESCAZU

Holiday Inn Forum

Jade y Oro (1492)


La Amistad

Le Bergerac

Marriott Costa Rica

Park Inn by Radisson


Pensión de La Cuesta

Posada Canal Grande

Posada Nena

Posada del Museo


Quality Real San José

Radisson Costa Rica

Real Intercontinental

Residence Inn

Rincón del Valle

Rostipollos Hampton


San José Palacio

Santo Tomás

Sheraton Escazu

Sleep Inn


Selina Hostel


Suites Cristina


Tryp Sabana


Villa Tournón

Wyndham Garden Esca.

Windham Herradura

We have some exceptions to pick up at the Air B&B, send us the name and address to verify if we can pick it up there.

If this is not possible, you should arrive at one of the hotels listed on your own.


Returns To

Returns to original departure point between 4pm and 6:30pm (depending on hotel location)

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply ( 2 people ). There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Please note: there are some stairs leading back from the waterfall which are steep and can be slippery at times
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our guide and driver were wonderful. It was wonderful with the sights, information, food and all that were able to do during the day. A highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. Our guide Filidander and out driver Antonio were outstanding.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
AMAZING, tour guide was terrific, driver was great too. Well worth the fee and I would highly recommend it!
• Submitted 10 Sep 2019
Alejandro, our guide is a very knowledgeable about each destination...his English is good and easy to understand...breakfast and lunch were very tasty...Carlos, the driver made us feel safe with the way he’s driving...Highly Recommended...
• Submitted 13 May 2019
We enjoyed our trip. Our local tour guide Alvarro was very helpful and made our trip pleasant. We definitely will book our tour with viator again.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2019
Lee, the guide/driver was very knowledgeable and interesting with many facts about Costa Rica and with only us 2 on the trip it was like a private tour !! La Paz Gardens was a spectacular highlight of the day.
• Submitted 17 Jan 2019
Such a good tour. Go to this if you get a chance. Coffee plantation, nature reserve, and the waterfalls were all wonderful. There was a nice breakfast at the plantation, then hours later a nice lunch at the restaurant at the nature reserve.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2018
I loved this tour so much! Highly recommended! Every schedule is as expected. There is no unexpected fee for other services. Our tour guide, Donald, speaks fluent English and Spanish. He is also very knowledgeable. He knows enough information about the coffee history and facts of the animals. You won't get flooded with tons of information only if you ask for more details. The tour is very organized. You get to eat breakfast as you arrive at the coffee plantation, and we have a buffet for lunch at noon without any delay. There were some vegetarians in my group, and they love food because both breakfast and lunch have the vegetarian option. La Paz Waterfall Garden is very clean and organized as well. I have been on other tours, and the La Paz Waterfall Garden is the cleanest to visit different gardens e.g., frogs, butterfly, and snake garden for animals. You get to see many different animals very closely. The garden is like a zoo. You can get close to some of the animals, like butterflies, toucans, and hummingbirds and get many great pictures of the animals. My local friends told me that the entrance fee for the garden is 44 for foreigners. The tour costs 110, but it includes breakfast, all-you-can-eat lunch, transportation, a great tour guide, and the entrance fee of the garden. The tour left La Laz Waterfall Garden around 2 pm, so some people in my group got back to their hotel before 4 pm. Thus, you will have time to rest at night. Overall, I love it so much! It's definitely the highlight of my visit to Costa Rica.
• Submitted 06 Sep 2018
You’re picked up by the bus at your hotel at an assigned time. Our guide Kenny and driver Enrique made the first hour to the coffee plantation informative and fun with information about many aspects of Costa Rica and its culture. This portion of trip is interactive so it was helpful to drink some coffee before getting picked up. Also note that the first thing you do at the Doka Coffee Plantation is a buffet-style traditional Costa Rican breakfast and a variety of coffees, so you don’t have to eat before you head out for the day. At Doka you could visit their butterfly garden before starting a tour of the facility. The tour told us about how coffee is made from the plant to the product. There was also a very nice gift shop that we were given time to shop. Along the road to the La Paz waterfalls you stop at a small store where you can try the fresh fruits of the area, local wines, and you can do some more shopping and use the restrooms. When you get to the La Paz resort, you first tour the gardens and animal enclosures. This includes hummingbirds, an aviary, a butterfly garden, and mammal exhibits where all of the animals have been rescued. It was great to get a sense of the species that live in Costa Rica and the rainforests. Before continuing the tour, you get an amazing buffet lunch at the resort restaurant. It is good to keep in mind that after lunch you will be doing a lot of walking, especially up and down stairs, so try not to overfill yourself (but you might eat too much anyways because it’s so good!). The waterfalls were exceptional! They are more than worth all the stairs you have to go up and down, so make sure you take the time to admire all of them. It is a good idea to bring a rain jacket or poncho with you in case of rain. Due to the full day itinerary the drive back into the city often coincides with rush hour and can take upwards of four hours. Our driver was excellent and our guide was fun, but it should be planned for.
• Submitted 30 May 2018
Great experience with even greater pictures to show forth. We were unable to travel to the volcanic area due to cloudy weather but it definitely didn't affect the trip. Loved it. Worth the money!1
• Submitted 24 May 2018
This tour was amazing! Mario, our guide - very knowledgable and entertaining person, a really really GREAT person. I found out many things about Costa Rica during this day. These were the best spent money in my life. I still cannot believe how beautiful this day was. It can be a great experience both for people having limited time in Costa Rica but also to those who stay longer. The meals were also very good, the visit to coffee plantation - very eye opening in terms of something we consume on a daily basis. La Paz Waterfall - breathtaking scenary - and I feel in love with Toucans. I feel that the words I am using in this description express less than the happiness I felt during this tour : I will definitely never forget it.
• Submitted 24 Apr 2018
What a wonderful day trip. Our guide, Martin, was so great. He was very knowledgeable about Costa Rica and all the places we stopped along the way. He was also very interactive with all the tour guests. The food and tour at Daka was fantastic. Breakfast was buffet style with eggs, plantains, rice, fruit and drinks, and of course, great coffee. The tour at La Paz was also really fun. Lunch was delicious and was a buffet of all sorts of food, even my picky-eater son found plenty to eat. Overall, an excellent experience. I would highly recommend and request Martin as your guide if possible, he made it better than we could have imagined!
• Submitted 11 Apr 2018
Nice tour, a bit rushed but I got to see lots. I highly recommend it!
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
What a great trip. The waterfalls were amazing and the guide was kind. I have a bad knee and he waited for me to make sure I was okay. What an awesome experience.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
La Paz Waterfalls is one of my most favorite tours. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 12 Feb 2018
Take this tour!!! I read other people's reviews and they said that this was their favorite part of their trip and I completely agree. Doka Coffee Plantation was a great stop and I do not even drink coffee. However, La Paz Waterfall Gardens was definitely the highlight. From the animal sanctuary to lunch, to the waterfalls it was breathtaking. Our guide Martin was spectacular. He gave us the choice to stay with him or explore on our own and I am extremely happy that I stayed with him. His knowledge and presentation were amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this day!
• Submitted 11 Feb 2018
this was my fav day tour for CR! day is action packed and you get to see many awesome places. I particularly enjoyed the park which had so many cool animals!
• Submitted 04 Jan 2018
Great tour, but not 12 hours. Pick-up was at 6:00 a.m. worth it drive to Doka Coffee Planation for tour and breakfast. then ride to taste strawberries - but we had to paid for them. Then the Paz Waterfalls - beautiful and well maintained gardens, animal cages. Then lunch back at the La Paz Restaurant. I was back at my hotel by 3:30 p.m.
• Submitted 27 Dec 2017
Very good experience!
• Submitted 23 Dec 2017
Buy the Peaberry coffee! It's a special coffee that does not have the bitter taste others coffee give you. Donald the tour guide was awesome, professional, respectful and the driver too. The group I was in was 20 people. People from USA, Panama, Mexico, very diverse. The breakfast was delicious, and lunch as well. Take lots of pictures, videos. You will love Magia Blanca waterfall because I did! I am origin is Dominican and I live in NYC, but I believe I will come back to experience more. This tour is safe. Cool tour for anyone traveling alone, in a group or as a couple.
• Submitted 21 Dec 2017
The coffee plantation and processing was very informative. Also, breakfast and lunch was exceptional. I enjoyed the waterfalls too, but it would be a challenge with bad knees or in a wheelchair.
• Submitted 07 Dec 2017
Great tour!!
• Submitted 30 Oct 2017
The tour, guide and drivers were excellent. The pace of the tour was just right. The meals were very good. The only thing that could be better is if the hotels for the participants were closer in proximity. We spent about and hour and 20 minutes picking people up. Overall a good experience!
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017
The tour guide was very energetic, entertaining, considerate and accommodating. The driver and the ride was safe and smooth overall. We were able to meet news friends along the way and we learned more about the country's scenic views, wildlife, flora and culture. The venue was full of interesting and amazing things and we had more than enough time to enjoy everything.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2017
Definitely worth it if you are in San Jose, Costa Rica for a short time. You get great food and the coffee tour is very informative. Then the Waterfall Gardens are great because of the fauna. It is actually a pretty good workout so bring an extra t-shirt!
• Submitted 28 Sep 2017