Alajuela City Tour
Is the second largest province in Costa Rica and is located some 12 miles Northeast of the Capital along the General Cañas highway, this city is also known as the “City of Mangos” because of its large number of mango trees, specially around Central Park.
This tour will take you to know the City of Mangos and its culture, starting with a walk through the local streets where you will see the Juan Santamaria Plaza, the most important icon for the Alajuelan community and all Costa Rica Historical National Monument the bronze statue is flanked by two canons and is dedicated to the memory of Juan Santamaria, the Municipal Theatre declared a historical Architectural landmark by Executive Degree, the Central Market the provisions market in Alajuela was born with the founding of the city of Alajuela on October 12th, 1782, The Cathedral Church which began as a public prayer building in 1782; its construction was finished in 1863 and was declared as a cathedral in 1921, and few more culture attractions will see continue our journey.
- Round Trip Transportation.
- Bilingual Guide.
- Entrance fee Juan Santamaria Museum & Municipal Theatre.
- Lunch or Dinner at Las Planchas.
Departure Times:8:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Return Times:1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Tour Tortuga Island Cruise
Experience blue water, white sand, green mountains, superb cuisine and attentive personal service. Calypso’s super catamaran, Manta Raya, glides past more than seven islands in the Gulf of Nicoya. Her port of call is the enchantingly beautiful, palm studded Tortugas Island where you can walk the impeccable white sand beach, swim in the turquoise waters and investigate the marine life while the crew prepares a sumptuous feast (featured in Gourmet Magazine). Enjoy dining in the shade of white umbrellas with tables covered in white linen.
Departure Times:6:00 a.m. approx.
White Water Rafting
Pick up time:
6:00 am. aprox.
Experience the emotion and adventure of the rapids, an explosion of emotions, the scenery and vegetation are wonderful, and the power of the waters will take you to a great adventure.
All equipment will be supplied and a specialized guide will instruct you in how to handle the river’s strong currents.(Breakfast and lunch included).
Suggested Gear: camera, water sandals or tennis shoes, suntan lotion, towel and a change of clothes.
a. Sarapiquí clase III
Hora de salida: 6:00 a.m.
Duration: 10 hours
b. Class VI Pascua y Pacuare
Hora de salida: 6:30 a.m.
Duration: 10 hours.
Jungle Crocodile Safari
7:00 am. aprox.
The adventure begins in a very comfortable 24 passenger’s boat provided with Canopy, on the Tárcoles River. Here you can observe, with the knowledge of your bilingual naturalist guide, the two species of crocodiles in their natural habitat, as Acutus and Caiman, some over 15 feet long and weighing over 800 pounds. Also you can see more than 50 different species of birds and the most important refuge of Costa Rica’s Scarlet Macaws.
What to bring:
Comfortable clothes, walking shoes, cap, camera and repellent.
Whales and Dolphins Tour
Uvita Bahía Ballena is a privileged place for the best whale watching in Costa Rica because of its warm and safe waters. During this tour we can see the humpback whales, spotted dolphins, bottle noses, turtles and sea birds combined with snorkeling in the tail of the whale or whale island where you can see different types of reef fish. Summer is the best time for snorkeling, it depends on the weather conditions. This tour lasts approximately 3 to 4 hours and start time is 8:30 am every day.
Arenal Volcano & Hot Spring Water
Departure time: 9:00 a.m. approx.
Length of tour: 12 hours.
Located north of Costa Rica, the impressive Arenal Volcano is a natural phenomenon that attracts thousands and thousands of tourists due to its majestic Shape Cone.
In order to get to this wonder from nature we must go to the north of the country, and inevitably we must make a stop in the famous town of Sarchí, of international fame, it has earned the name Birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans. As we continue our trip, we will go through diverse plantations with agricultural products, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until we arrive at La Fortuna, for lunch in a cosy restaurant right in front of the volcano. This excellent location will allow us the best view in order to catch any volcanic activity.
Before entering the beautiful gardens where the thermal springs are located, we will visit Arenal Lake. Here we can easily walk on a road next to the Park where we will look for toucans, monkeys, coatimundis and other animals. Due to security reasons we will not enter the park.
Later we will relax in one of the best thermal water places in the area where you will be able to enjoy an optional massage or other treatment that you will have reserved ahead of time.
Last, a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano so you will not miss any opportunities of to look out for the incandescent light explosions.
After dinner we will begin our return trip to the city of San Jose.
We recommend: swimsuit, mosquito repellent, sweater and towel.
Doka Plantation – Poas Volcano – La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Departure time: 7:30 a.m. approx.
Length of tour: 9 hours.
We take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. In route we will go by the Agriculture Monument, Juan Santamaria Monument and the famous Mango Park. As we ascend towards the volcano we will stop for a brief explanation of our golden bean, the coffee and then continue our trip through fern, flower and strawberry farms.
There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of Poas Volcano National Park.
At the volcano we will have time to observe the impressive main crater with its sulphur fumaroles. Then we will hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon that will allow us to learn about the different ecosystems in the park.
We will continue our trip towards the Caribbean, stopping to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a natural park where we will walk through many spectacular trails which will take us to the White Magic Waterfall, the most spectacular one in the area. Inside the park we will also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country that is known as the house of collections of tropical jewels and the impressive hummingbird gallery, serpentarium, old house, bird house and frogs exhibit.
Once we have finished our walk we will take a delicious buffet lunch and then begin our return trip to San Jose.
We recommend: hat, light jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, sunblock, binoculars and camera.