San Jose

Poas Volcano + Coffee Plantations & La Paz Waterfall Gardens Trip from San Jose

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Full Day Coffee Plantations and La Paz Waterfall Gardens Trip from San Jose
  • 11 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Spend a day exploring Costa Rica's rich wildlife on this tour to a coffee plantation, waterfall, and volcanic lagoon from San Jose. After learning how coffee is harvested and roasted on a coffee farm tour, head to Poas Volcano National Park and La Paz Waterfall Gardens for a chance to see animals like birds, butterflies, and monkeys in their beautiful natural habitats.
  • Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens from San Jose
  • Get away from the city for a day of enjoying nature
  • Kid-friendly tour is a popular choice with families
  • Breakfast, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfast
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

06:00 AM

Pickup details

We pick up all travellers at the different hotels in San Jose downtown, Heredia downtown and Alajuela downtown. The published pick up time is for hotels located in San Jose downtown. If your hotel or pickup point is located in Escazu, Santa Ana, Belen Heredia or Alajuela, the time will be different and we will indicate the most exact time exactly 24 hours from the tour date.

What To Expect

La Casa del Café

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Poas Volcano National Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • If you plan to visit the 5 waterfalls, please be prepared for the hiking and lots of stairs along the trails. This part of the park is not wheelchair accesible, only the wildlife area.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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41 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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BEWARE of the overall TRIP TIME
Dan_B, Jan 2024
Overall, it was a fantastic day! Keep in mind it's a whole day trip not just 6 hours. This tour company has difficulty relating the true overall time it takes for their tours. The challenge with the trip is the traffic, they do not allow for traffic. So this 6 hour trip started with a pick up at 6:15am and we didn't get back to the hotel till 6:30pm, luckily we did not have other plans. I would recommend this trip in a heartbeat, however just be prepared for it to take the entire day. Our guide Fran was fantastic!!
terribly cold and windy...
JohnCalvin_T, Jan 2024
terribly cold and windy and you couldn't see the volcano for the clouds Not worth it. Guide was very nice and knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We regret that the weather has not been an ally for the day of the excursion. It is something unpredictable. However, we greatly appreciate your comments.
Worth the time and money.
Patricia_B, Dec 2023
Our guide, Artu was awesome. He was extremely attentive and always gave us enough time to view the sites and his knowledge of the area was vast. We were lucky to have a clear day to view the volcano and the national park and waterfalls was just beautiful. We learned a lot about coffee on the plantation tour. So glad we fit that in.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
We are happy to know you enjoyed the excursion and that Arturo did a great job. Thank you for sharing your experience
Must do
Laura_J, Jun 2023
What a great tour! Our guide and our driver were both fabulous. We enjoyed each stop and the everything was so beautiful. We highly recommend!!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
It is good to know you had such a great day during this tour. Thank you for sharing your experience.
I would do it all over again.
Nicholas_A, Apr 2023
Our guide Roger was the best In the business. He loves his job and it shows. And, afterward made me want to get a job with him. All his attention to detail was perfect. Very generous man. Very kind man. If your lucky enough to have him as your guide you will know what I'm talking about. The sites and sounds were spectacular. The history is rich and deep in culture and is cherished to this day.
Amazing Day in Costa Rica
Christopher_B, Mar 2023
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and I learned so much about Costa Rica. From the delicious coffee to the stunning waterfalls, this was an excellent way to spend my Saturday.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We are pleased to know that the tour was to your liking and that you were able to enjoy the details of it. Thanks for sharing your comments.
Awesome adventure
Jeanine_M, Feb 2023
Our guide Charlton and driver Christopher were friendly and knowledgeable. Our guide had an infectious enthusiasm and happiness that totally made the day wonderful. Doka is a fun experience that makes you appreciate what goes into you morning Coffee! We did not see Poas Volcano, as the cloud cover was too thick, but we tried. La Paz waterfall gardens are an amazing overview of Costa Rica. This tour with Destiny only as a maximum of 12 people… we actually had eight on our tour and it made for intimate experience an ability to ask all the questions we wanted. Highly recommend!
Amazing 1 day Tour
Ariel_O, Jan 2023
Edgar the guide was very funny, helpful, joyful, informative and full of great energy all throughout tour. Great time and great memories. Thank you!!!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thanks for your comments. We are glad to know that everything went well and that Edgard did a good job.
What an experience!!!! Gotta try this during your lifetime!!!
Martha_L, Nov 2022
This was a phenomenal tour!!! The sights are worth the lifetime of memories. It involves walking, climbing, hiking so it isn’t for the faint of heart, someone with weak knees or wheelchair bound persons. The meals included were tasty, plentiful and hardy for the day’s activities. Our guide Francini (Fran) was very knowledgeable, a sweetheart willing to make your experience as easy and wonderful as possible and our bus driver Daniel was kind, helpful and most serviceable. Originally our party was supposed to have 4 people but one wasn’t able to make the trip. This tour was so worth it, we know we’re coming back with our friend and will do it again with him. OUTSTANDING!!!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
it is good to know you had a nice day during the excursion and that we met your expectations. Thank you for sharing your comments.
A Real Delight!
r5hw5ktyn5, Mar 2022
Wonderful trip with great tour guides. It was the highlight of our Costa Rican vacation. Your bus was new and comfortable. Tour guides were kind and knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
We are happy to know you had a good time this day as part of your Costa Rican vacation.. thank you for choosing us .. Pura vida
Great day trip!
4pszydy9fj, Feb 2022
Great way to pack in a lot of site seeing in one day. Poas volcano is a very manageable day trip from San José. Our tour guide Daniel was outstanding!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Glad to know you had a good time during this excursion and that Daniel did a good job... Pura vida
Beautiful sites, Highly recommend
Kristen_H, Feb 2022
We had a great time on this day tour from San Jose! Edgar was our guide and Daniel was our driver. Edgar was very entertaining and informative. Stayed with the group throughout each stop and ensured no one was ever left behind. The Doka coffee stop had delish coffee and was relaxing. We had a beautiful clear morning and had perfect views of the Volcano crater. We were actually higher than the clouds and that was awesome! We stopped at a strawberry place where we sampled some super fresh strawberries, wine and cheese. Amazing! Finally we went to the La Paz Waterfall Garden and that was breathtaking. FYI there are a lot of steps but it was very much worth it. Plus we traveled with small group and we all became friends by the end of the day! The day was organized well and hotel pickup/drop off was appreciated. We definitely recommend! Thank you Dainel and Edgar!
Response from Host, Feb 2022
We are very happy to know that the tour was to your liking and that you enjoyed it to the fullest. Thank you for sharing your experience
A must do!
Grecia_F, Feb 2022
The tour was amazing and informative. Our guide Daniel was great, kind and helpful with a great sense of humor. We will definitely be back!
Response from Host, Feb 2022
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and that our service was to your liking.
A wonderful day
Melanie_B, Jan 2022
We were lucky to visit the Poas volcano on a clear day, and the view into the crater was amazing. The waterfalls at the La Paz Waterfall garden were also fantastic— lots of platforms to allow you to get near the rushing waters of the three volcanoes. Our guide, Fila, was knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend this tour
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Hello Melanie, we are very happy to know that your day on the excursion was fantastic and that you were able to enjoy the highlights of this tour. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience
Beautiful stops in Costa Rica
Jeffrey_S, Dec 2021
I’m rating this a 3 because the tour concept is amazing. All of the stops are incredible and we would do it again in a heartbeat. However, our tour guide would spend about 80 percent of the tour Spanish speaking and only about 20 percent in English so we definitely felt left out. He would give them all of the info along the ride so they knew what to prepare for and then rushed to give us the cliff notes as we were transitioning and couldn’t really soak it in.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Your feedback is so important to us as it helps us improve any detail on every tour. All our guides are trained in both languages and the tour must be provided 100% in both languages in case of having passengers from different languages. However, we will verify precisely your case, so that it does not happen again in the future. We appreciate the information provided and for allowing us to serve you.
Daniel_L, Sep 2021
It’s was an amazing experience, specially the water falls. Oscar was great, very knowledgeable and resourceful.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Hi Daniel , We are happy to know you had a great time during the excursion and that you enjoyed our services.. Thank you for letting us be part of this experience and for sharing your comments with others passengers !!! Pura vida
Breathtaking scenes
Jovita_R, Sep 2021
This was an amazing tour! Our guide was so knowledgeable and explained so much history and culture throughout the day. Every stop was beautiful, plus he allowed for some extra stops for pictures and to buy fresh strawberries along the way. I highly recommend.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
We are happy to know you had a great time during the excursion and that you enjoyed our services.. Thank you for letting us be part of the experience and for sharing your comments !!! Pura vida
Amazing, eventful and last memories
Lilia_F, Jul 2021
We were celebrating our friend’s 40th birthday. I have to say our driver (Antonio) and tour guide (Oscar) did such an amazing with their professionalism and attentiveness. Viator has to be your go to with ALL of your planning. #Costa Rica Lilia F
Response from Host, Jul 2021
Hi Lilia, thank you very much for your nice comment. We are glad to know that Antonio and Oscar provided a quality service as you deserve and that the 40th birthday of your friend, will remain in your memories, thanks to this day. Gracias !!!
Anonymous, May 2021
The tour was suppose to be in English and the tour guy gave it in Spanish. My daughter and husband were clueless. It was a 10 tour which only lasted 8 hours. The other person on the tour paid 135.00, I payed 150.00 per each of us.
Response from Host, May 2021
Dear customer, thank you very much for your comment about the tour. As our clients are the most important thing for our company, we have carried out an investigation about the tour, and this is the information we have in the report of our Operations Department, where the guide and the driver give their point of view. REPORT: In relation to the tour to the coffee plantations, Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens in the name of Mrs. Leydy Valdes, accompanied by her husband Mr. Eufemio and her daughter Sophia made on Saturday, May 8 along with Mrs. Auria Abad, a citizen of Peru, Mr. Oscar Sandoval, professional bilingual tour guide states that the family was picked up at 7:45 am at the Hotel Mango located diagonal to the international airport in Alajuela. At thet the time of boarding the van and introduce the participants of the tour, Mrs. Valdes and Mr. Eufemio greeted and introduced themselves in Spanish language, saying that she is Cuban, Eufemio from Puerto Rico and her daughter from the state of New Jersey, where they currently live, which caused that throughout the course of the tour they spoke Spanish with Mrs. Auria from Peru. At no, at no time was I instructed to speak in English, a language I am fluent in as it is usually the official language of the tours we operate and I would have gladly spoken in both languages. The tour included a visit to the coffee plantations with plenty of time to walk among the coffee plants, we visited at 10:20 am the Poas volcano national park and finally we visited at 12:30 pm the La Paz waterfalls park and wildlife sanctuary with buffet lunch included. The visitors did not bring ponchos to protect themselves from the rain and were given one for each person, which Mr. Eufemio thanked us with a tip. Mr. Eufemio said that upon arrival at the Mango Hotel, they would drive to the Pacific coast to stay at the El Parador Hotel and thanked us for arriving back at the hotel at 4:30 p.m. and again he was very generous in tipping us for the services received. Mrs. Leydy never expressed her dissatisfaction or disagreement with the development of the tour, so I do not understand. She was happy al the time as well as all the passengers. When we arrived at the Hotel Mango they said goodbye very respectfully and gratefully to Mr. Pablo Guevara, the driver of the minibus and also to me. Regarding the price, the tour has the same cost for all passengers. However, in the case of the passenger from Peru, she was reported directly from a Hotel in the city, and we do not have precise information on how much she paid, since we process the invoice directly to the Hotel for the total cost of our services. I hope this information is to your satisfaction and once again we appreciate your time and comment.
Amazing trip with the nature of Costa Rica
JongSeo_L, Apr 2021
1. Poas Volcano - 95 / 100 It was awesome to visit. But depends on the weather condition, it could be better to see the volcano. And there is coffe shop, and try Chai latte. Perfect! 2. Coffee Plantations 85 / 100 If you are a big fan of coffee, you will love it. The coffee is good in cafe. Recommend to buy coffee products, not other shop in local. 3. La Paz Waterfall Gardens 110 / 100 Awesome! Dont miss it. Save time for this place. Feel the natural of Costa Rica! In general, I would like to recommend this trip. (4.5 / 5)
Response from Host, May 2021
Hello, we are very glad to read your comments about the tour. Also happy to know that you described every highlight of the excursion so others travelers will know what to expect. Thank for for taking the time to rate it and for letting us be part of this experience.

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