7 Best San Jose Day Tours & Activities

Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose and the surrounding Central Valley offer a variety of metropolitan activities and cultural experiences with adventurous thrills well within reach.

Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, & Doka Coffee Plantation

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Begin with a scenic morning drive, with a stop for breakfast en route, to the Poas Volcano. Poas is one of the only four active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The ice-blue sulfur pools will enthrall as you watch the clouds roll in. After Poas Volcano, leisurely explore the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, hummingbirds, butterflies, orchids, and tropical flowers. Then, eat lunch at La Paz before visiting your final Costa Rican trademark of the day – an authentic Costa Rican coffee plantation. Create some of the best coffee in the world from start to finish. Then, sample!

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Tour

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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation has over 30 acres of hard bean Costa Rican coffee. Learn how organic coffee is grown, harvested, dried, and processed. During the harvest season – from October to January – you can even participate in the picking! Go through the steps in coffee preparation. Learn how the experts test and rate gourmet coffee. Check out the coffee bar and practice making e a few of your own java favorites. Finally, relax on the spacious deck. Enjoy views of the volcano and the taste of fresh pastries. This tour is exclusively for guests staying at Finca Rosa Blanca Inn.

Cultural Highlands Tour

Knowledgeable guides will take you on a journey through the colonial towns of Barva and Heredia. The famous mask makers of Barva still create their art for the community festivals and the giant puppets that dance through the streets. Visit the Iglesia of San Bartolome, which was completed in 1575.  Next up is Heredia, the provincial capital that was founded in 1706.  The Spanish colonial-style landmarks include the main cathedral, El Fortin, the Guard Tower, and the Casa de la Cultura.  The sights and smells of the bustling Central Market are always fun to check out.  On the way back, stop at the Museo de Cultura Popular to see a recreation of Spanish colonial Costa Rica in a century-old farmhouse.

Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley, & Lankester Gardens

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Angels Basilica in Cartago

Start your tour on the Panamerican Highway, a winding road that travels through cultivated fields.  As you wind upward, on a clear day you’ll get a view of both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Upon your descent, explore the Virgin of the Angels Basilica in Cartago before heading on to the Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica center. Here you’ll get to see 800 species of orchids, bromeliads, and hundreds of other plant species. Continue on to Orosi Valley to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. During your tour, you will be able to observe La Casa Del Donador, a wonderful example of Costa Rican Primitive Art.

Rainforest Adventure 3 in 1 Tour

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Aerial Tram

This morning, drive through the rainforest of Braulio Carrillo National Park, one of the most important reserves in Costa Rica. A relaxing cruise down the Sarapiqui River is the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax, and keep a keen eye out for wildlife! After this experience, hike through Selva Verde’s private trails, a heavenly experience for nature enthusiasts. After a delectable lunch, you’ll get to try out the famous Rainforest Aerial Tram and get a bird’s eye view of this eco-tourist and research park.

Pacuare Whitewater Rafting Day Tour: Class III-IV

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After being picked up early this morning at your hotel, enjoy a private and comfortable bus ride to the Operations Center where you can enjoy a delicious Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast you will be driven to the put-in point on the Pacuare River. You’ll be given a complete safety and paddling talk before embarking on an adventure into the heart of one of  Costa Rica’s most impressive rainforests. Venture through the rainforest gorges, spot rushing waterfalls, and experience the adrenaline-rush of pounding rapids. Late this afternoon, head to your hotel. Minimum age for this tour is 14 years old.

Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting Multi Day Trips

Spend two days enjoying adrenaline-packed Pacuare River rapids on one of the top whitewater rafting rivers in the world, plus a night at the award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge or the Pacuare Lodge! Amid a 1,000-acre private reserve, this model of ecotourism depends on a hydro-powered generator system. Time at the lodge can be spent hiking, trying out the on-site zipline, or soaking in hidden waterfalls. If you’re looking for something more tranquil, relax on a hammock next to the river! Other activities include waterfall rappelling, horseback riding, and a hike to the Bajo Tigre community, where locals will talk about their sustainable farming and environmental responsibility. Experience a side of the Pacuare few people know!