San Jose

Full Day Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Coffee Plantation Experience

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Full Day Tour Poas Volcano Waterfall Gardens and Coffee Tour with Lunch
  • 9 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • Lunch
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entrance Fee to Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens
    • Guaranteed to skip the long queues
    • Professional guide with 30+ years experience
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off and Parking Fees
    • Breakfast
    • Gratuities
    • Bottled water

    Meeting And Pickup

    You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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    Start time

    07:30 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Pickup details

    We pick up travellers at any hotel in San Jose downtown and Alajuela downtown. Between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM

    What To Expect

    Province of Alajuela

    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Poas Volcano

    3 hours Admission Ticket Included

    La Paz Waterfall Gardens

    4 hours Admission Ticket Included

    La Casa del Café

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Dress code is casual
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 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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    Featured review
    I had the best time on that tour. The guide Olman was extremely knowledgeable, very kind and friendly. I learned a lot about culture, nature, wildlife. And the views were just breathtaking! Took some amazing pictures. Everything was very interesting, we were given plenty of time to walk around and do a hike, grab coffee or lunch. I highly recommend going, Olman is very passionate about what he does and is very professional. I personally had a very positive experience, I can't recommend enough!


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    Well worth the traffic to get there!
    David_W, Feb 2024
    The traffic was terrible getting out of town and returning which made the planned 9 hour tour an 11 hour ordeal. The visit to La Poas volcano and the amazing La Paz Wildlife and Waterfalls made the trip worthwhile. Our guide was a little short on information but very long on patience as he waited for us to take all the pictures we wanted. In the end, I value having the pictures more than a running travelogue from our very kind guide Ollman.
    BOOK IT NOW!!!
    jihad_a, Feb 2024
    If you make it through this review without booking you’re WRONG!!!! This was the best day I had in San Jose. Olman’s attentiveness and attention to detail were amazing. He’s fluent in English and Spanish so those that don’t speak Spanish don’t have to worry. It was very informative. He gave us a lot of information especially about the coffee plantation because I’m 42 years old and I just found out the day that I took this tour that coffee is actually a fruit. The coffee plantation will explain more, but my whole life I’ve been lied to thinking coffee was just some kind of being that was made in the lab hahaha 😂. The next stop after the coffee plantation was to the Volcano. No I’ve never seen a volcano in my life before until this tour and it was amazing. The volcano was active so we were able to see smoke coming out of it and you could smell the sulfur before you got close. After the volcano we went to the rainforest, and this is a very real rainforest. The climate changed from the volcano to the rainforest. so many things to see the rainforest from butterflies to birds to snakes to even three large jaguars. as an animal lover, I really enjoyed this part of the trip and it wasn’t just like we were walking around looking at the animals Olman was telling us the history of the animals from where they were found to how they ended up at the place we saw them. Very interesting stories especially the one about the Jaguar being someone’s pet. After seeing the animals, we went to the waterfalls and these were breathtaking views if you have a portable battery charger, I suggest you bring it with you because my phone died but Olman let me use his phone to take pictures and videos, and then he sent them to me via WhatsApp. The waterfalls were amazing and very esthetic for pictures and/or videos. You definitely will not be disappointed with this Tour and you will not be disappointed with Olman the guide. Book now before you miss out!
    Anonymous, Feb 2024
    I absolutely loved everything about this experience! I was a bit nervous coming by myself but the rest of the groups on the trip were amazing people! The guide was wonderful and super informative. Everything went smoothly and all the stops we took were great. The volcano happen to be erupting that day and it was great to see! 100000/10 recommend this for anybody looking for a full day with good people.
    Enjoyed La paz
    Nelsy_D, Feb 2024
    Really nice tour did not see the volcano because of the weather so that is part of nature. Bring something warm like a jacket and/or raincoat you can always leave it in the car if not needed
    Nice activity
    Anastasia_G, Feb 2024
    This is a full day activity. We met our guide at a central location close to our hotel. First stop was the coffee farm. To be honest we would expect something more e.g an explanation of the process, as we only had a 5 min walk at harvested fields. We stayed though at this place longer to shop etc - which could have been shorter. We also stoped to an additional shop selling strawberries spending again at least 30 minutes to shop etc. Next stop was (finally) Poas volcano - we were lucky enough to see the crater for a couple of minutes without many clouds. Maximum stay was 20mins (as per the volcano’s guidelines) and following, some time was left to be spent at the shop (again could have been less). Last stop the Waterfall Gardens where we had the chance to view several animals that are kept there (not as zoo, but bc for several reasons they cannot be released back to the jungle). Beautiful place having the chance to admire the waterfalls and take nice pictures. We also had lunch there enjoying the buffet. If you do not have a car, you may choose this activity, however not much of the “guide experience” are offered.
    Pura vida
    Walter_J, Feb 2024
    Wonderful time and great people ! The tour guide was very helpful and explained everything we asked him
    Top Day Trip from San Jose
    Sally_C, Feb 2024
    Olman provided a memorable day because he was so patient, kind, and hospitable. Seven in our group ranging from age 7 to 70, and everyone was compatible. Olman addressed all our needs and for me that involved modifying the my hike through the waterfall park because of a knee injury but allowing everyone else to have the full experience. Brilliant! Olman shared lots of information as we drove and when we were at the coffee plantation, volcano and waterfall park. I would 100% recommend this experience.
    Poas Volcano and Waterfall Gardens
    Erica_H, Feb 2024
    The trip had just about the right amount of visits, with enough time at the coffee plantation, Poas volcano and the Waterfall Gardens. Our guide for the day was very knowledgeable and happy to share information so that we had the best experience.
    Vanessa_B, Feb 2024
    Olman was a sweetheart — so warm, knowledgable and welcoming. Thank you for a great and memorable tour!
    Great waterfalls but too much time spent in shops
    JULIA_S, Feb 2024
    Olman was great. However we seem to have wasted a lot of time shopping and hanging around the coffee shop of the coffee plantation. By the time we got to the volcano there were too many clouds and not much to see. A trip to Costa Rica is a trip of a life time for me so shops and coffee shops is not why I came to visit this place. I note that one guide on Viator advertised a 90% chance of seeing the volcano and that is because he had an ap. Just as a matter of feedback if you could spend less time going round shops that would be great. Its an expensive day and I would have liked to have seen more of nature and less time shopping. Thank you Olman.
    Amazing day
    Monolis_W, Feb 2024
    Full day of amazing. Jam packed day with great information from Olman our tour guide. Beautiful experience. The volcano was active, once in a lifelime experiece. La Paz was great with wildlife, waterfalls and breathtaking sights. Get your walking shoes ready!
    Very worth while day trip.
    Mary_M, Feb 2024
    The whole trip was very good. Seeing the active volcano was amazing. It was an easy short hike to the active crater but quite a hilly hike to the dormant one with just a lake in the middle. It just looked like a regular lake not worth the hike. The La Paz waterfalls and garden was an amazing surprise. The grounds are beautiful. It was so fun the see rescue animals and birds. The butterfly area was very nice. And so exciting to finally see the famous red eyed frog right on the tree branches . One warning the steps at the waterfalls are extensive. Many steep ups and downs. But the waterfalls are beautiful. This whole areas are beautiful and with the trip.
    Loved it
    Mary_J, Feb 2024
    My guide, the owner, was fabulous. He was so informative and knowledgeable. He not only provided information about the places we visited but answered questions about the culture, crops, landscape and helped me with my Spanish. It was a great experience
    Great trip - weather...
    Kathy_S, Feb 2024
    Great trip - weather wasn’t perfect but the guide Olman was informative and helpful making this a memorable tour!
    A Great Costa Rica Experience
    Karen_M, Feb 2024
    What a great experience! Olman, our local tour guide, was so nice and explained to us everything we were seeing and was able to answer any questions we had. He went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our day and had a great experience. The volcano was an amazing site and the waterfalls were beautiful. I would recommend this trip to everyone.
    It was super nice. ...
    Maria_C, Jan 2024
    It was super nice. Staff was friendly. I had a fabulous time. The volcano is breathtaking. The waterfall was stunning. It rained a little bit it was fun. The butterfly’s were really pretty
    Great fun tour
    Teresa_G, Jan 2024
    This was such a great time with our tour Olman. He is so personable, patient and everyone loves him. He was always greeted very nicely by others making us feel very welcomed. He answered all questions and he is very knowledgeable. Very patient especially during the waterfalls which is more walking and stairs than we anticipated. Unfortunately it was foggy so we did not see the crater or lake but was an overall enjoyable time. Would do again!! Thanks Olman!!
    Best day in Costa Rica!!
    Bonnie_P, Jan 2024
    Loved, loved, loved this trip. Olman was a terrific guide, so knowledgeable and attentive. He let us know when he would arrive, greeted us warmly and gave us a brief itinerary of the day. The views from the coffee plantation were fantastic and the coffee was delicious. The volcano and lagoon were spectacular. The lunch was good, not fantastic but certainly good. The BEST part of the trip was the butterfly garden and the waterfalls. Thank you Olman!
    Tom_S, Jan 2024
    This was a wonderful tour that really showed my partner and me a glimpse of the beauty of Costa Rica in a one-day experience. Olman is a knowledgeable and gracious host. I would recommend to anyone. One thing to note is that the real tour length from pickup to drop-off is more like 10-12 hours (we were picked up at 7:30am and dropped off at 7pm). This may be an isolated incident, and your experience may vary. I’m still very glad to have booked the trip!
    Super fun all day experience! !
    Elyce_V, Jan 2024
    The waterfalls were incredible!! Weather is truly hit or miss. Didn’t get to see the volcano but the entire experience was wonderful and would recommend to anyone visiting !! Olman has YEARS of guide experience and so happy he was able to lead us through the day :)

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