San Jose

Tours in and around San José



Aerial tram in the Atlantic

Explore every level of the dense Costa Rican rainforest from the ground to the treetops. The unique Aerial Tram Tour lets you explore all the secrets the forest keeps while you fly above the treetops and experience magnificent views of the Braulio Carrillo National Park and a private reserve. This is an immersive nature experience as well as a glorious treetop flight over the Canopy of the Rainforest.

 

You will enjoy the longest and only guided tram tour in the country. The 1.10-hour gondola ride includes a guided natural walk on paved nature trails, a visit to a beautiful and specialized Butterfly Garden where you´ll be able to learn a lot among their colorful wings, a walk through orchid garden comprised of orchids rescued from fallen tree trunks and finally a calm walk into our Terrarium where you´ll see many interesting amphibians and reptiles species.

 

 

Rate: US $116.00 Per Person

 

Included: Aerial Tram tour, guided hike (Garden of Oquids, Hummingbirds, Terrarium and Butterfly Garden), lunch and transportation.

 

Duration: 7 Hours

 

What to bring: Hat, comfortable shoes, binoculars, poncho, repellent, binoculars and camera

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$116
Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs

The town of La Fortuna is providing many tourists with the opportunity to witness volcanic activity such as the white plumes of smoke that rise from the conical shaped giant. To reach this natural wonder you must go north from San Jose and have to make a stop in the famous town of Sarchi which has earned the name of the Birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans. As you continue the trip, you will go through diverse plantations with agricultural products, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until you arrive in La Fortuna to have lunch in a cozy restaurant right in front of the volcano. Later you will relax in one of the best thermal hot springs in the area, Baldi Hot Springs. Lastly a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the Arenal Volcano. After dinner you will begin the return trip to the city of San José.

 

 

Rate: US $125.00 Per Person

 

Included: Transportation, bilingual guide, entrance fee to the hot springs, lunch and dinner.

 

Duration: Full Day

 

What to bring: Swim suit, mosquito repellent, sweater and towel, dry clothes to change, hat, jacket, walking shoes, binoculars, camera.

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$125
Arenal Volcano & Tabacón Hot Springs

The town of La Fortuna is providing many tourists with the opportunity to witness volcanic activity such as the white plumes of smoke that emanate from the conical shaped behemoth. To reach this natural wonder you must go north from San Jose and have to make a stop in the famous town of Sarchi which has earned the name of the Birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans. As you continue the trip, you will go through diverse plantations with agricultural products, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until you arrive to La Fortuna to have lunch in a cozy restaurant right in front of the volcano. Later you will relax in one of the best thermal hot springs in the area, Tabacón Grand Spa. Lastly a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the Arenal Volcano. After dinner you will begin the return trip to the city of San José.

 

 

Rate: US $137 Per Person

 

Included: Transportation, bilingual guide, entrance to the hot springs, lunch and dinner.

 

Duration: Full Day

 

What to bring: Swim suit, mosquito repellent, sweater and towel, dry clothes to change, hat, jacket, walking shoes, binoculars, camera.

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$137
Bites and Sight

Unmask the beauty and culture of contemporary Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking tour that takes you through the busy streets, bustling markets, and tranquil parks. Discover a side to this city only heard from the mouths of locals, while indulging in typical cuisine and one of Costa Rica’s most delectable exports – coffee.

Discover the secrets behind handicrafts, herbal remedies, and fresh produce at Borbon and San Jose Central Market Become a mixologist of natural Costa Rican drinks and an expert on more than 30 local exotic fruits and vegetables Savor several tasty seasonal samplings of Costa Rica as well as its famous organic coffee. See a side of San Jose known only by locals and not found in guidebooks.

 

 

Rate: US $35.00 Per Person

 

Included: Local English speaking guide, food samples.

 

Duration: 3 Hours

 

What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, camera, sunblock

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$35
Doka Coffee Tour + Grecia and Sarchí Towns

The Doka-Grecia and Sarchi tour is a relaxing yet very enjoyable tour. The tour begins with a wonderful drive through some of the largest coffee and sugar cane plantations (Doka) in Costa Rica. Then you will arrive in Grecia and you will see the famous metal church. The church that has a rare architecture with high ceilings, ornate stained glass windows, and classical lines. Next you will move on to the arts & crafts factories of Sarchi recognized all over for their skilled labor and talented artistry; albeit known primarily for the famous ox carts that are built there. And if you are fortunate enough, you will see an ox cart that pass by! The behemoth ox cart is registered in the Guinness book of world records as being the largest ox cart in the world. To end a beautiful time a appetizing typical lunch will be served.

 

 

Rate: US $56.00 Per Person

 

Included: Transportation, lunch and bilingual guide.

 

Duration: 6 Hours

 

What to bring: Sweater, camera, binoculars, comfortable shoes and raincoat.

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$56
Irazú Volcano, Orosi Valley and Lankester Gardens

You will be taken South on the Panamerican Highway, to start ascending the large “Irazú”. At the top of the volcano you can observe the main craters and on a clear day, both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can be seen. As you descend to the city of Cartago a stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica will be done, which according to religious custom is a peregrination site for many believers. After visiting the Basilica, you will stop at Lankester Gardens, a University of Costa Rica Center for investigation that protects more than 800 species of orchids, bromeliads and countless species of other plants. And finally, you will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and you will stop for lunch in one of the local restaurants at Orosi Valley.

 

 

Rate: US $94.00 Per Person

 

Included: Transportation, bilingual guide, lunch and entrance fee.

 

Duration: 10 Hours

 

What to bring: Hat, jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, camera.

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$94
La Paz Waterfall Gardens Tour

You will visit La Paz Waterfall Garden for an inviting lunch and tour. When you arrive to La Paz you will walk through a trail leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park you will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit. Suitable for all ages.

 

 

Rate: US $88.00 Per Person

 

Included: Lunch, transportation, entrance fee and bilingual guide.

 

Duration: 6 Hours

 

What to bring: Hat, comfortable shoes, binoculars and camera.

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$88
Manuel Antonio National Park

On the way to Manuel Antonio National Park, you will travel along the coastline enjoying scenic views, including African palm plantations. You will also travel through small villages along the Pacific Coast, until you reach the port of Quepos and ultimately the National Park. Since access to the park itself is closed to vehicles, you will hike to the preserve. Once in the park, you can simply relax and enjoy the beach, sunbathe, or hike through the park’s trails, which will allow you to observe Manuel Antonio’s abundant flora and fauna. Several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds and possibly even the three-toed sloth can be seen. If you chose to hike the trail to Cathedral Point, do not forget your camera; the views of the park and the sea are simply spectacular!

 

 

Rate: US $119.00 Per Person

 

Included: Transportation, bilingual guide, entrance fee, breakfast and lunch.

 

Duration: Full Day

 

What to bring: Swimsuit, sandals, sun block, towel, mosquito repellent, camera, shorts.

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$119
Pacuare Rafting Class III-IV

When travelling from San José to the Caribbean coast you will be driven through the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park with its range of cloud forests and waterfalls. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the “Operations Center”. When you are ready for the activity you will be driven to the private entrance located in the heart of the tropical jungle. The Pacuare River is considered one of the top five rivers in the world for rafting. Its natural beauty and wild rapids are spectacular. This river borders the Talamanca mountain range where the Cabecar Indians live. Along the river you will stop for a small rest and some fruits and beverages. The rafting adventure will take approximately 3 hours. Back at the “Operations Center” you may change into dry clothes and use the bathrooms. Lunch will be served at a restaurant along the way.

 

 

Rate: US $93.00 Per Person

 

Included: Bilingual guide, equipment, lunch and transportation.

 

Duration: Full Day

 

What to bring: Rubber-soled shoes, swimsuit/swim trunks, t-shirt and shorts of a quick-drying material, long sleeve t-shirts, water-resistant sunscreen lotion, sun hat, insect repellent, croakies or straps to secure glasses, change of clothes, including shoes for after your tour, towel for changing/showers after the trip, any prescription medications necessary during your tour.

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$93
San José VIP City Tour

Vip City Bus has the best city tour in Costa Rica at your disposal. The unique sightseeing double decker bus will take you to downtown San Jose from your hotel to witness the city’s main historical landmarks for an immersive and panoramic cultural experience and a better understanding of Costa Rica’s evolution. Some of the favorite places to visit during a guided walk in San Jose, include: Costa Rica’s cherished National Theater (lobby), Art Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral, the old and authentic Central Market, the new and impressive National Stadium, an in-depth description of the National Monument and the influential historical episode that took place at the Democracy Plaza. The VIP City Bus tour will take you comfortably and safely through San Jose’s narrow and busy streets driving by beautiful outdoor city attractions. The living city is a museum!

 

 

Rate: US $66.00 Per Person

 

Included: Welcome natural drink, bilingual guide, folklore music, local lunch, transportation and guided walking tour.

 

Duration: 5 Hours

 

What to bring: Camera, walking shoes and comfortable clothes.

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$66
The Art of Craft Beer in San Jose

There’s a beer revolution going down in Costa Rica! Craft beer is here in a big way, and this San Jose beer tour is out to prove that, by showing you just how crazy locals are over their beer, and plying you with samples so you understand the phenomenon on a first-hand basis. As locals have travelled and experienced craft beer abroad, Costa Rica has seen an increase in the popularity of craft beer and microbreweries. With new flavors, new beers, and a new beer culture to boot, now is the time to experience the beer revolution in Costa Rica. Most of the microbreweries and craft beer-obsessed pubs are based in San Jose, which is pretty fortunate. Before you get into the beer, you’ll make a quick stop at the Artesanos Market, which is hands-down the best place in town to grab authentic local souvenirs. After a quick market shop, the San Jose beer tour will kick into full gear as you head to the eastern part of the city: Barrio Escalante. 

 

 

Rate: US $72.00 Per Person

 

Included: Local English speaking guide, ten small beer samples (approx. 4 oz each), Costa Rican tapas pairings.

 

Duration: 4 Hours

 

What to bring: Camera, comfortable shoes and clothes.

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$72
Tortuga Island Cruise

In the Gulf of Nicoya there is a heavenly archipelago of several islands with lush natural beauty and a sanctuary that is home to seabirds, white sandy beaches and the flora and fauna of our Central Pacific region. Tortuga Island is located in this beautiful archipelago. Situated 12 nautical miles from Puntarenas, Tortuga Island (called by local indigenous people “Tolinga”) has an area of 120 hectares and is maintained as a protected forest which has been awarded the Ecological Blue Flag. This distinction is awarded to beaches in our country that have pollution-free waters. Due to its geographical features, Tortuga Island´s waters are clear turquoise and perfect for swimming.

 

 

Rate Per Person: US $119.00

 

Included: Transportation, Bilingual Guide (English/Spanish), Breakfast Snack, Lunch.

 

Duration: Full Day

 

What to bring: Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Waterproof Camera, Hat/Visor, Mosquito Repellent, Bathing Suit and Beach Towel, Clothes to Change.

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$119
Total Bites and sights with Gold Museum

Discover the culture of both contemporary and pre-Columbian Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking tour. You’ll wander through busy streets, bustling markets, tranquil parks and a museum of gold as you learn straight from locals about community, culture, cuisine and more.

 

Your San Jose tour starts with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Borbons market, where you’ll get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, you’ll take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits while learning about the agricultural history of the area. Your tour continues along local roads towards the Central Market. There’s no better place to experience local cuisine than the Central Market, a 120-year old building full to the brim with typical Costa Rican food and drink. Here you can sample local delicacies, learn about the herbs used in local medicines, or simply sip on more Costa Rican coffee. The Central Market is an experience that no visitor the San Jose should miss, and with a local guide by your side, you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this San Jose treasure.

Then you will visit a museum that’s home to some 1,600 pieces of gold artifacts, dating back to 500 CE. In Costa Rican history, gold was considered a symbol of authority, and the items in the museum display the craftsmanship of the pre-Columbian period.

 

 

Rate: US $57.00 Per Person

 

Included: Local English speaking guide, food samples.

 

Duration: 5 Hours

 

What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, camera, sunblock.

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$57
Tour to Doka & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

As you ascend the mountain, you will notice a change in temperature and vegetation; you will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful array of colors and textures. You will visit the Doka Coffee Estate for a delicious breakfast. Then you will be treated to a coffee tour in an actual coffee plantation where you will learn the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce some of the best coffee in Costa Rica and around the world. The careful process involved in the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean will then be illustrated, very hands-on, and then you will savor the delectable product. After the coffee tour, you will continue to La Paz Waterfall Gardens for an inviting lunch and tour. As you arrive at La Paz, you will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park, you will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit.

 

 

Rate: US $104.00 Per Person

 

Included: Breakfast, lunch, entrance fee to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Coffee tour, transportation & bilingual guide.

 

Duration: 10 Hours

 

What to bring: Hat, light jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars and camera.

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$104