Central Region Tours


In this section of our services, you will find by region the principals attractions or if you wish to do another activity you only have to request it and we give you all the information.

Costa Rica is considered one of the 20th countries with greater biodiversity around the world for this reason each region offers you the best that Costa Rica have to show you. A green destination... valuable experiences of a life time.

 

Combo Tour
The Combo tour is an intense fun filled set of excursions where you will embark on three distinct adventures. To get to the different areas we will traverse the city of Alajuela, passing the Agriculture Monument, as well as the Monument to Juan Santamaria named after a folk hero and the famous Mango Park a favorite among visitors alike.

As we ascend the terrain and near the Poás Volcano we will notice a change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful array of colors and textures.

On the way to the volcano we will visit the Doka Coffee Estate for a delicious breakfast. Then we will be treated to a coffee tour in an actual coffee plantation where we 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 we will savor the delectable end product.

After the coffee tour we will continue to the Poás Volcano where we will not only admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, but also learn about the different ecosystems in this unique and protected national park.

Following the visit to the volcano we will continue to the La Paz Water Fall Garden for a scrumptious lunch and tour. As we arrive to La Paz, we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park we will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frog’s exhibit; to be enjoyed by those of all ages.

INCLUDES: Transportation, Bilingual guide (English/Spanish), Entrance fee to Poás Volcano National Park, Entrance fee to La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Entrance fee to Coffee Tour, Breakfast and Lunch.

Rate per person

Minimum of 2 passengers

Valid until November 30

 

Irazú Volcano – Orosi Valley & Lankester Garden
This tour is the combination of the Irazu Volcano National Park and the Orosi Lankester Garden tours. To that end the tour offers the mystique of the Irazu Volcano, and the enchantment of the lush gardens in Orosi.

The tour will begin with us trekking south along the Panamerican Highway until we reach the base of the behemoth “Iztaru” (a name of an indigenous village that was situated on the flanks of the volcano, and a likely candidate as a possible origin for the current name of the Irazu Volcano).

The winding road traverses fertile lands in which all types and forms of vegetation are cultivated, all the while affording us a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding hills and valleys. And, at the very top of the summit, on a clear day, one can be privy to an unforgettable bird’s eye view of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

As we descend to the city of Cartago we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica - a famous peregrination site for many believers, some of which travel for days or even weeks on foot, in a pilgrimage of faith, to the site. The Basilica has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows, and is a must see.

Next, after we visit the Basilica we will stop at the 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.

Then, we will continue to the Valley of Orosi, an area that overflows with unparallel beauty. We will be able to visit one of the few remaining colonial churches and we will stop to enjoy a scrumptious typical lunch at one of the local restaurants.

INCLUDES:  Transportation, Bilingual guide (English/Spanish), Entrance fee to Irazu Volcano National Park, Entrance fee to Lankester Gardens and  Lunch.

Rate per person

Minimum of 2 passengers

Valid until November 31

 

 

San Jose City Tour
This tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by experiencing the beautiful museums and historical sites of San José. It begins with an orientation and drive through the beautiful Sabana Park. Next, we will take a walking tour through the historic National Theater. Completed in 1897, the theater is a masterpiece in art and architecture. Afterwards we will visit one of the many unique museums of Costa Rica.

We will continue heading to the University of Costa Rica, the Supreme Court and various sites of interest. A brief stop will be made in a beautiful art craft shopping store allowing you to browse through it before returning to your hotel and why not, buy some souvenirs for those who are expecting you back at home.

INCLUDES:  Round trip transportation, Bilingual guide (English/Spanish), Entrance fees to Gold Museum and National Theater

Time: 12:00 m.d. Return Time: 5:00 p.m.

Rate per person

Minimum of 2 passengers

Valid until November 30

 

 

Tortuga Island
The Gulf of Nicoya’s archipelago paradise is made up of various islands that are home to nature’s abundance. The area is a sanctuary for marine birds, with white sand beaches and flora and fauna native to our Central Pacific Coast. The world-renowned Isla Tortuga is part of this beautiful archipelago.

Located 12 miles from Puntarenas, Isla Tortuga’s 120 hectares are maintained as a protected forest. The area maintains the Bandera Azul Ecológica, a distinction awarded to certain beaches in Costa Rica for their pure, unpolluted waters. Because of the island’s location, its waves are gentle and its waters turquoise.

New Catamaran:

If you enjoy cruising, we invite you to experience the pleasure on board our new boat, The Great Bay’s Princess, with a capacity for 190 passengers plus crew.

The Great Bay´s Princess is built using the latest technology, including Cummins Marine motors and satellite navigation, and meets all international security requirements. We are the only boat that has the Stability Certificate issued by the International Register of Shipping, the rating entity recognized worldwide. Our staff has been trained for emergencies and evacuation plans. Our catamaran meets or exceeds all national requirements defined by the maritime division of the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works.

With our passengers’ comfort in mind, our boat includes the following areas:

a. Main Deck:   Our large main salon has an incredible panoramic view, air conditioning, tables, bathrooms and a bar with delicious cocktails. The adventurous can visit the open-air deck at the bow of the boat to enjoy the sun, the fresh ocean breeze, and the spectacular view of the Gulf of Nicoya.

b. Lower Level:   A private area for our crew, this level includes a kitchen equipped for catering special events.

c. Upper Deck:   The wheelhouse is found on this deck, along with a sun deck, bathrooms, a bar, tables, and our Jacuzzi with room for 25 people.

INCLUDES:

- Regular Land transportation from San José to Puntarenas and back in our 2007 Mercedes Benz bus with air-conditioning, television with two screens, DVD, bathroom, and reclining seats.

- Regular Specialized bilingual guide throughout the trip – Breakfast -   Maritime transportation on board our catamaran, The Great Bay’s Princess, duration of an hour  and thirty minutes –

- Aboard our catamaran, enjoy tropical fruits, fish ceviche, natural fruit drinks, farewell cocktail and snacks. We have service of bar both in the catamaran and in the beach.

- Live music: For your enjoyment, our musicians accompany us on the trip, taking requests and—for the adventurous—accompanying you as you sing your favorite song.

- Animation imparted by an professional, you will enjoy all our tour, may participate in dynamic, board games, dance classes, etc.

Lunch served on the Island.

Optional Activities: Snorkeling, Kayaking or Banana Boat, water bicycles and more. These activities are offered on the island, are not included in the price of the tour.

Rate per person

 

Valid from December to May 1
July 1 to August 15

Rate per person

 

Valid from May, 2 to June 30
August 16, to November 30

Minimum of 2 passengers

White Water Rafting Pacuare River
River Difficulty: Moderate.

Class III rafting: Rapids with high irregular waves; narrow passages that often require complex maneuvering.

Class IV rafting: Long, difficult rapids with constricted passages that often require precise maneuvering in very turbulent waters.

Rafting Distance: 18 miles

River time: From 3-1/2 to 5 hours - depending on water level.

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After an early morning pickup from your San Jose hotel, you will drive by private, comfortable bus to the Operations Center for a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast. After breakfast and changing into rafting gear, we will drive to our private rafting put-in on the banks of the Pacuare river.

Here we review and adjust all necessary equipment for proper fit, give you a comprehensive rafting safety talk, and instruct you on paddling basics. You'll be excited to launch your raft and begin to paddle 18 miles deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica's most impressive primary rainforests. You'll pass through densely vegetated rainforest gorges, view cascading waterfalls, relax in serene pools and experience pounding rapids. Halfway down the river you will pass right beside the Lodge, our unique "Eco-Lodge" where guests stay on our 2, 3, and 4-day multi-sport adventure trips. Self-powered and intimate, the Lodge blends naturally into the rainforest on our 2,000-acre private reserve, complete with waterfalls, quiet pools, and miles of trails.

You will enjoy an adrenaline-packed afternoon running the Pacuare's biggest rapids, with names like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montañas and more. At the take-out, our short drive back to the Operations Center brings you to a hearty and delicious lunch, showers, optional drinks and a handy souvenir store. This trip includes all transportation to and from San Jose. On your return drive to San Jose, you'll enjoy remarkable views of Braulio Carrillo National Park, home of dense, primary tropical rainforest, and Irazu Volcano. This unforgettable trip will be a highlight of your stay in Costa Rica!

INCLUDES: Professional Bilingual Guides, Ground transportation from all the major hotels in San Jose (Roundtrip), All the specialized gear needed for the activity (helmets, lifejackets, paddles), Breakfast and hot lunch at Operations Center with comfortable open dining area and spacious changing rooms and showers.

Rate per person

Minimum of 2 passengers

Valid until December 31

 

 

Ram Luna View Point
Home to the Tierra Tipica spectacle

Ram Luna is perched high above the mountains overlooking the Central Valley.

From this unique vantage point you can admire the auspicious panoramic views at dusk, and then take in the brilliance of the lights emanating from the capital.

In addition, we will be treated to a sampling of the Costa Rican Folklore through the various typical dances and marimba music, while we enjoy a delicious dinner buffet with a menu that reflects the typical dishes of the region.

During our visit, the local artisans will exhibit their unique and exquisite creations that represent the different regions of the country.

The evening culminates with the traditional masquerade extravaganza and a lively fireworks show.

Do not miss this unforgettable experience!

INCLUDES: Transportation, Bilingual guide (English/Spanish), Dinner and Show.

** This tour is only operated on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rate per person

Minimum of 2 passengers

Valid until November 30

 

 

 


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