SIGHT SEEING IN COSTA RICA

SUGGESTED TOURS DURING OFF HOURS

DOTA / GRECIA / SARCHI & OX CART FACTORIES

Departure Time: 10:30am (approx)

Tour Duration: 5 Hours (approx)

Join us for a combination of tradition and authentic Costa Rican culture. Taking the “Real Coffee Tour”, learn how the experts have kept hold of the traditions in order to produce the best coffee in Costa Rica. Learn about the careful cultivation, harvesting and toasting of coffee, such a precise process. You will also enjoy and experience the different flavors and aromas of coffee in the lunch buffet.

As if this weren’t enough, you will also have the opportunity to join the wonderful world of butterflies and learn how these spectacular creatures have very different meanings in the history of humanity’s cultures world-wide. Also, learn about the cultivation of sugarcane and see an old sugar mill in operation.

Greece and its famous metallic temple will be the next stop in Sarchí, and finally, you will see how tradition has become history. Where the ox cart production and use has grown deep roots into today’s life thanks to our ancestors. Here you will see how by constant effort this town’s people have been able to maintain this tradition for the country and our visitors from abroad. Leaving, for all to appreciate, a true Costa Rican legacy.

We recommend that you bring a light jacket, comfortable shoes and your camera.

THE RUM HOUSE TOUR

Departure Time: 9:30am (approx)

Tour Duration: 5 Hours (approx)

Centenario, is a well-known name which is backed not only by a long trajectory of production but also by a deep tradition. Centenario is proud to open the doors to their home and share with you the fascinating story of which you not only see but become a part of!

We invite you to take a trip through the past and see our history represented by a few select actors while enjoying the “Rum House Tour”. You will have the great opportunity to visit the “Hacienda Centenario” and re-live the exceptional adventure where Costa Rican Rum was born, and learn some of the once well kept secrets of over the past 35 years, deep in our rum cellars.

SAN JOSÉ CITY TOUR

Departure Time: 8:00am (approx) Morning Tour

1:00pm (approx) Afternoon Tour

Tour Duration: 5 Hours (approx)

Starting on the east side of San José, the first thing that we will see is the Democracy Plaza, followed by the National Museum, the Judicial Courts, then moving our way through Los Yoses, we will continue towards the San Pedro Mall and its Hispanic Heritage Fountain and then the Rodrigo Facio Campus in the University of Costa Rica.

After we have seen the capital’s main attractions, our next stop will be at the impressive Pre-Colombian Gold Museum, and the beautiful National Theater. Here you will take a guided tour through these cultural gems.

Our tour continues to the western section of San José, moving through: La Sabana Metropolitan Park, the Costa Rican Contemporary Art Museum (which was the first international Airport in Costa Rica), the National Gymnasium, the Republic of Costa Rica Treasury Office, and the Papal Residency in Costa Rica, Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias Sanchez’s home. Followed by a ride down the Rohrmoser Boulevard and through the Pavas sector of the city.

At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to visit an interesting shopping place where you will be able to buy more than just a souvenir of your visit to San José, Costa Rica!

On Sundays, the National Theater is closed and we will only see the exterior of the building and move straight to the Pre-Colombian Gold Museum. We recommend that you bring your camera.

EL PUEBLO ANTIGUO (NIGHTLY TOUR) – ONLY ON WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS

Departure Time: 5:30Pm (approx)

Tour Duration: 3 Hours (approx)

This Costa Rican Nights tour is a spectacle that shows the turn of the XIX century traditions. Enjoy a show that combines the countries beliefs, dresses, music, architecture, dance and foods in a presentation full of humor, and will transport you back to the old times and the very roots of Costa Rica.

Pueblo Antiguo is a theme park, which shows the architectural infrastructure that existed in San José in the beginning of the XX century. It consists of scenery composed of recreations of old buildings. All of this, on top of activities such as folkloric dance performances, masquerades and other memories of a not so distant past.

We recommend that you carry a sweater and of course your camera.

ARENAL VOLCANO AND THE SPRINGS

Departure Time: 9:00am (approx)

Tour Duration: 12 Hours (approx)

Located in the northern mountains of Costa Rica, the impressive Arenal Volcano is a natural phenomenon that attracts hundreds upon thousands of tourists due to the constant activity, which on clear nights, looks like a fireworks show with flashing explosions of ash and lava.

We will continue our trip until we reach this wonder of nature, then we will go further north and make a stop in the famous town of Sarchí. This town is known as the birth place of Costa Rican artisans, and is recognized internationally.

As we continue our trek we will roll through diverse plantations of agricultural products, ornamental plants and cattle ranches, until we arrive in La Fortuna for lunch in a cozy restaurant right in front of the volcano.

Later we will take a relaxing break in one of the best thermal water attractions in the area where you can take advantage of an optional massage or other special treatments that are available only by prior reservation.

Lastly a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano so you will not miss a single opportunity to enjoy the spectacular light show that the live volcano puts on every night. After the dinner and natural show, we will begin our return to San José.

We recommend you bring: your camera, a swimsuit, comfortable insect repellant, sweater and towel.

IRAZÚ VOLCANO / OROSÍ VALLEY & LANKESTER GARDENS

Departure Time: 7:00am (approx)

Tour Duration: 9 Hours (approx)

We will take the Pan-American Highway south, to start ascending the Itzarú Mountain. The winding road travels through fertile lands cultivated with all kinds of fruits and vegetables, allowing you to enjoy a lovely panoramic view of the countryside. From the top of the volcano you can observe the amazing blue-green water in the giant crater, and on a clear day you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

As we descend to the city of Cartago, the countries very first capital city, we will stop at the “Virgin de Los Angeles” Basilica. After visiting the Basilica, we will then venture to the Lankester gardens, which are an agricultural research center for the University of Costa Rica, with a wide diversity of tropical flora. This garden protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and other plants.

Continuing to the valley of Orosí, where creation overflows from an unparallel beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and stop for lunch in one of the local restaurants.

We recommend you bring: a hat, jacket, walking shoes, insect repellant and your camera.

POAS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK / GRECIA / SARCHÍ

Departure Time: 8:30am (approx)

Tour Duration: 8 Hours (approx)

We take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. On the way we will visit the agricultural monument, the monument to Juan Santamaría, and the famous Mango Park. As we ascend towards the volcano we will stop for a brief explanation of our golden coffee bean, and then continue our trip through fern, flower and strawberry farms.

There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation preparing us for the exuberant cloud forest that surrounds the Poas volcano.

At the volcano we will have time to enjoy the impressive crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful “Botos Lagoon”. After visiting the volcano we will have time to enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the typical restaurants of the area.

Our first stop, after descending the volcano is beautiful Greece, considered one of the cleanest towns in Latin America, it is home of the only metallic churches in central America, a national monument that fills our people with pride.

Our last stop is Sarchí, known as the cradle of Costa Rican artisans, because of its fine workshops. Here we will be able to see and purchase souvenirs from the local artisans and their shops.

We recommend you bring: a light jacket, comfortable shoes and your camera.

POAS VOLCANO / DOTA / LA PAZ WATERFALLS

Departure Time: 7:30am (approx)

Tour Duration: 9 Hours (approx)

We take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. On the way we will visit the agricultural monument, the monument to Juan Santamaría, and the famous Mango Park. As we ascend towards the volcano we will stop for a brief explanation of our golden coffee bean, and then continue our trip through fern, flower and strawberry farms.

There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation preparing us for the exuberant cloud forest that surrounds the Poas volcano.

At the volcano we will have time to enjoy the impressive crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful “Botos Lagoon”.

We will continue our trip towards the Caribbean stopping to discover the La Paz waterfall gardens a natural park where we will walk through many spectacular trails which will take us to the magical great white waterfall. Inside the park we will also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country. This is known as the largest collection of “tropical jewels” and also houses the humming bird gallery, snake house, bird house and frog exhibit.

Once we have finished our walk we will enjoy a buffet style lunch and then begin our return trip to San José.

We recommend you bring: a hat, light jacket, walking shoes, insect repellant, and your camera.