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
    Excellent service and knowledge on the town ! Would definitely recommend for 1at time comers to the country


    277 reviews
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    Perfect day trip
    Robert_C, Apr 2024
    Excellent day trip. Well worth it. Very organized,, guides were great! Would definitely go again! Perfect mix of destinations
    Worth the trip
    Lance_H, Apr 2024
    Oman was a great host and guide. Lots of stairs but worth it! Shared the day with a couple we have known and loved for many years and the experience brought us together
    I interesting and well paced.
    Carla_E, Apr 2024
    Beautiful landscape around the waterfalls and much more to see in the rescue centre than advertised, also a great guide who didn’t rush us round. Unfortunately we couldn’t see the volcano for the clouds and be warned it can get freezing up there, but this didn’t spoil the trip,
    The animal sanctuary and...
    Shawn_H, Apr 2024
    The animal sanctuary and waterfalls. And our guide/driver! He was very kind and extremely knowledgeable!
    Sloth seeing - so worth it
    Sonya_T, Apr 2024
    Great experience. Sorry we didn’t get to see the volcano, but everything else was wonderful. Saw my first sloth!
    Good experience
    Sandeep_S, Apr 2024
    Had a good experience seeing the sights and Olman was great to tell us about the sights and got to see some smoke eruptions! All around a good day
    Must-see Costa Rica
    zdenka_u, Mar 2024
    I cannot recommend this tour enough. The best day out if u are in San Jose. A must to see when in Costa Rica. Olman is amazing. He has so much passion for what he does and has a lot of knowledge. 5* tour, highly recommended
    Great Day Trip from San Jose
    Michael_L, Mar 2024
    The La Paz waterfall and Nature Park were the highlights of this day trip from San Jose. The wildlife preserve was much larger and more extensive than expected. Gary was our friendly tour guide, and Olman (who led another group that was traveling with us) was also very helpful, hands-on, and passionate about the Nature Park. The Doka coffee plantation was just OK (not really a tour, more of a quick stop), and the Poas Volcano crater was unfortunately fogged in (which I understand is quite common).
    Oman 10/10
    Mathew_D, Mar 2024
    From the moment I was picked up in the shuttle I knew I was in good hands! Oman was very professional but personable and he kept hitting out of the park with each stop on the tour. I was traveling alone but most definitely felt I was getting the best guide and company I could have hoped for! From the coffee plantation to the volcano tour right to La Paz Waterfall. This was a guide and tour I’ll never forget!
    Great full day out!
    Deanne_N, Mar 2024
    It was a great day out. Our guide was very accommodating for pick-up locations and was very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend for those who want to experience a lot of what Costa Rica has to offer in a short amount of time.
    Great tour! Highly recommend
    Kristin_T, Mar 2024
    Great tour! I felt like I got a lot out of the day - coffee, volcano, animals, nature, etc. and it was definitely worthwhile. I only had two full days in San Jose, and felt this was the highlight of my time there. I was originally wary, since this tour had fewer reviews than others, but it was a great tour and am glad I did it!
    Olman is the best guide!
    Diane_W, Mar 2024
    Olman was amazing! We could not have asked for a better guide. The coffee tour was nice, the volcano was amazing as well as the LaPaz Gardens. Definitely recommend.
    Worth it
    Christian_G, Mar 2024
    Super friendly, well accommodated, easy instructions, Poas was very cloudy tho wish they had a substitute for when that happens. Also really like they allow solo travelers, a lot of tours don’t.
    Excellent service and...
    Krystal_F, Mar 2024
    Excellent service and knowledge on the town ! Would definitely recommend for 1at time comers to the country
    Amazing tour!
    Yvette_L, Mar 2024
    We had a wonderful time on this day trip with Gary and Olman. The day was paced extremely well, and we learned so much about Costa Rica as we navigated through the eruptions of the Poás volcano, the beautiful animals and waterfalls at La Paz, and various small stops to sample local produce like coffee and strawberries. Gary and Olman were patient, friendly, kind, and so knowledgeable, and we had a great time bonding as a tour group as well. Would highly recommend this day trip from San José. Pura vida!
    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.

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