Includes: Guided tour, transportation, lunch and entrance fees | Duration: 8 hours.
This tour is a combination of the Irazu Volcano National Park and the Orosi Lankester Garden tour. To that end the tour offers the mystique of the Irazu Volcano, and the enchantment of the lush gardens in Orosi.
The tour will begin with us driving south along the Panamerican Highway until we reach the base of the behemoth “Iztaru” (a name of an indigenous village that was situated on the flanks of the volcano, and a likely candidate as a possible origin for the current name of the Irazu Volcano).
The winding road traverses fertile lands in which all types and forms of vegetation are cultivated, all the while affording us a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding hills and valleys. And, at the very top of the summit, on a clear day, one can be privy to an unforgettable bird’s eye view of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
As we descend to the city of Cartago we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica – a famous peregrination site for many believers, some of which travel for days or even weeks on foot, in a pilgrimage of faith, to the site. The Basilica has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows, and is a must see.
Next, after we visit the Basilica we will stop at the Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants.
Then, we will continue to the Valley of Orosi, an area that overflows with unparallel beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop to enjoy a scrumptious typical lunch at one of the local restaurants.
Recommended Clothing: Light Jacket or sweater, camera, sunglasses, sneakers or walking shoes, we highly recommend rain gear during the rainy season.
Includes: Guided tour, transportation, breakfast, entrance fees, lunch. | Duration: 9 hours.
Starting our tour we will have a stop at Siempre Verde “Doka Estate”; here, we will enjoy a great breakfast and contemplate the beautiful and most famous Doka’s Coffee Plantations, over 112 years old. Then we will keep our journey through nice dairy farms and strawberry fields until we reach the Poas Volcano Nat. Park, over 9000 feet above sea level. Afterwards you’ll be charmed by the beautiful scenery offer by route of the country’s most charming waterfall ”La Paz Waterfall”. Here at this natural park you’ll be able to see also the hemisphere’s largest butterfly garden, an spectacular aviary and hummingbird garden. Learn from experts about the habitat and life of the butterflies, walk through nice paths, while you relax and prepare for a great lunch.
Duration: 14 hours.
Includes: Guided tour, transportation, and entrance fee. | Duration: 4 hours.
walking shoes, comfortable clothes, binoculars, rain gear, camera and hat.
INBioparque, conveniently located within minutes of downtown San Jose, is a one-stop introduction to all of Costa Rica, offering an interactive experience through its ecological park, aimed at bringing families, students and visitors into closer contact with Costa Rica ’s natural resources. Knowledgeable guides will make this expedition more than memorable. Our two-hour tour begins with a short video presentation about INBio and biodiversity in Costa Rica before leading visitors along a series of trails with live exhibits of the different representations of tropical forest: Rainforest, Pre-Mountainous Forest, Wetlands and Dry Forest. From a safe distance, observe the park’s residents including poison dart frogs, butterflies, iguanas, sloths, caimans, birds, turtles and snakes, among many others.
Includes: Guide, transportation, and lunch. | Duration: 4 hours.
This entertaining and informative day starts with a guided tour through one of Costa Rica’s most famous coffee plantations. Enjoy a brief presentation in describing our famous coffee production; Finally, you will be treated to a delicious lunch and have a chance to sample this fine product.
Includes: Guide, transportation. | Duration: 4 Hours.
Just 40 min from San Jose in a tropical garden, it explores the life cycle of the butterfly. Among hundreds of butterflies flying freely, feeding on the nectar of fruit and flowers, copulating and depositing eggs on their host plants watch their transformation from caterpillar to pupa.
One day tour itinerary
Depart from San José early in the morning accompanied by your bilingual naturalist guide.
Driving first past coffee plantations, we will head into the mountains of BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK where steep slopes are covered with thick cloud forest and beautiful waterfalls can be seen from the road. Just after BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK, we stop for a typical Costa Rican breakfast, fruit juice, coffee, eggs and the popular “Gallo Pinto”.
Following breakfast, we continue to a BANANA PLANTATION, where your guide will explain the process of growing and exporting that fruit.
We later abandon our bus and embark on the most exciting part of this tour: the boat trip into the jungle of the TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. Were we will learn about how nature works and to get a real feel of our tropical humid rainforest. Covering 29000 hectareas. Tortuguero is one of the most important nest sites of the green sea turtle, whereas its forests and waterways are home for such endangered mammals such as sloths, monkeys, agoutis, coatimundis and manatees. There are also abundant birds, such as toucans, trogons, egrets, herons and anhingas, as well as crocodiles, turtles and countless colorfull butterflies, including blue morpho.
We will enjoy a hearty typical buffete lunch to please the hungriest of appetites.
After lunch we will take a walk through the Tortuguero village where we will have the oportunity to learn about the history of the town and its inhabitants.
Returning to the bus, we head back to San José, making a rest stop along the way and arriving during the afternoon.
What to bring: hat, light clothes and covered shoes. Do not forget your camera.
NOTE: Turtle nesting tour not available for the one day tour.
NOT INCLUDED: Alcoholic beverages and tips. For the better enjoyment of the tour we will change itinerary in case of bad weather, road or river conditions.
Duration: 9 hours
Costa Rica provides White Water Rafting experiences that take your adrenaline to top levels and fascinating Canopy Tours going high above the treetops. Now you can enjoy the two activities in an extraordinary way. Discover the natural marvels of Sarapiqui; an extensive territory located in the northeastern parts of the country, with a variety of crystal clear rivers, an abundance of beautiful tropical forests and villages inhabited by friendly and laborious people.
Leaving San José the tour traverses the majestic scenary of Braulio Carrillo National Park and arriving in Sarapiqui we will enjoy two adventurous attractions: the Canopy Tour in the middle of a secondary forest with trees of high altitude and after lunch the White Water Rafting in the agitating waters of the Sarapiqui River.
The Canopy Tour takes about an hour and a half and the nine cables of different length stretch over the forest with the last one crossing the Sarapiqui River.
The rafting at Sarapiqui River has different levels between class II and class III, presenting vibrant scenary to those who want to participate in this exciting activity. Nine miles of unexpected rapids in combination with calm and relaxing intervals makes this an unforgettable experience for bird watchers and nature lovers.
- Bilingual guide
- Equipment for canopy
- Equipment for rafting
- Light clothing
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable shoes
- Extra clothes
Experience the full explosion of excitement which is the thrill of white water rafting!. The scenery while rafting is just marvelous. The vegetation that will surround you plus the power of the waters will transport you into a great wild adventure. The equipment will be given, and a specialized guide will instruct you on how to manage yourself into the strong currents of the river.
- Breakfast and lunch
- Extra clothing
Drive to Sarapiquí area, through the extraordinary rain forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of the most important rainforest reserves of Costa Rica. On arrival to Sarapiqui, a beautiful area known for its impressive natural richess, you will board a boat for a relaxing ride on the Sarapiqui River where you will feel in close contact with nature and admire the inspiring surroundings.
After the boat ride you will continue with a walk on Selva Verde eco lodge’s private trails which are a heaven for nature enthusiasts, hikers, bird and wildlife watchers. Following lunch and on route to San Jose, a visit to the famous Rainforest Aerial Tram is included, for a ride on a gondola through the tree canopy in company of a naturalist guide that will talk to you about the wonderful rainforest.
The Rain Forest Aerial Tram – Atlantic is a 475-hectares (1,200-acre) private reserve that shares a 10 km border with Braulio Carrillo National Park, constituting a buffer zone between the park and farming lands.
- Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
- Boat ride on the Sarapiqui River
- Guided walk on Selva Verde Trails
- Rain Forest Aerial Tram Tour
- Comfortable clothes and shoes
- Sun block
- Insect repellent
Experience blue water, white sand, green mountains, superb cuisine and attentive personal service. Calypso’s super catamaran, Manta Raya, will pass thru more than seven islands in the Gulf of Nicoya. Her Port of Call is the enchantingly beautiful, palm studded Tortuga Island where you can walk the impeccable white sand beach, swim in the turquoise waters and investigate the marine life while the crew prepares a sumptuous feast (featured in Gourmet Magazine). Enjoy dining in the shade of white umbrellas with tables covered in white linen.
WHAT TO TAKE:
- Casual clothes
- Bathing suit or shorts
- Suntan lotion
- Sun glasses
- Tight fitting hat
- Light weight long sleeved shirt
- Rubber sandals, tennis or boat shoes.
- Don’t forget your towels!
- Extra Cash for: Alcoholic beverages, optional tours, souvenirs, tips.
- *High Healed or Hard Sole Shoes not permitted on board yacht
- Air-Conditioned Bus Transportation
- to and from San Jose, Jaco, Quepos / Manuel Antonio and Monteverde.
- Multilingual Guide
- Typical Costa Rican Breakfast
- BBQ lunch served with Chilled White Wine
- Juices, Sodas and Fresh Fruits
- Live Music
- Snorkeling excursion
- Banana boat ride
- Paddle boats