Day Trips in San Jose

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Day Trips from San Jose

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6+ hours
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C$220.56
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6+ hours
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C$204.12
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6+ hours
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C$191.79
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6+ hours
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C$178.09
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6+ hours
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6+ hours
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C$333.23
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Full-day Tours
12–13 hours
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C$123.29
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6+ hours
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12–15 hours
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C$143.84
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6+ hours
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C$249.08
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8–12 hours
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  • Shireiny V
    1 contribution
    The tour guy Juan, he was very informative the whole way throught. Taught us alot about Costa Rican culture and history. We felt very safe with him. He also went out of his way to help me find some shoes as I didnt have any for ziplining.
    Written February 4, 2023
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  • Marco B
    Cambridge, UK2 contributions
    Wonderful tour and wonderful guide. Oldman was very nice and friendly.he never put pressure on spending up the tour. Leaving us all the time we wanted to explorer the different places
    Written January 31, 2023
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  • Harjinderpanesar
    London, UK24 contributions
    Great service highly recommended

    But full day and you have to pay for drinks and breakfast
    Lunch was included nice fresh food portions
    Written February 5, 2023
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  • Susan S
    1 contribution
    Coffee plantation was an unexpected highlight. Fabulous facility and an exceptionally well informed and interesting explanation of the whole process by our guide Donal. Visit to Poas was a hair raising drive, but always felt safe with a clearly experienced driver. Cloud cover over the actual Poas crater was a slight dissapointment, but just walking up in the cloud forest was memorable and serene. La Paz is an otherworldly beautiful garden and rainforest. The animals are rescued wildlife, interesting, although caged. But we certainly never expected to see monkeys or toucans or jaguars in the wild, and this was a reasonably humane lush garden setting. The living jungle rainforest pathway and waterfalls were, simply, sublime.
    Written February 4, 2023
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  • Louis R
    1 contribution
    It was an amazing experience, Thanks Keneth and Mauricio. They make our trip a great experience. Mauricio is a great driver and Keneth it’s great explaining all the details.
    Written January 27, 2023
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  • louise w
    4 contributions
    Would highly recommend this trip! Early start and first stop was coffee estate for an amazing breakfast and sampling the coffee before walking through the preocss and plant. Stunning place. Then straight to see the crater (which may or may not be visible) and then on to the waterfall gardens. Had no expectations for La Paz waterfall gardens but wow!! The gardens are beautifully laid out, our guide had great facts whilst walking around. It was amazing to see the variety of animals that’s had been rescued. The lunch here was great. We then went to the waterfalls themselves and was really impressed by the walkways created to see all the falls. Unreal day and could not recommend this trip enough. Felt it was great value for money.
    Written January 28, 2023
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  • Brian O
    2 contributions
    Waterfalls were impressive. Older travelers should note that significant exertion is required to ascend steps to observation areas
    Written January 28, 2023
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  • Briana B
    2 contributions
    Amazing tour and tour guides! Max was a very knowledgeable tour guide and the meals included were well worth the price as well. Everything included was worth the price. Also, if you do want a massage, be sure to schedule that ahead of time with the spa and also you have to pay separately for the massage.
    Written February 1, 2023
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  • Cory M
    1 contribution
    Very nice tour guide. Lots of wildlife. Sloths. Monkeys. Hermit crabs. The ocean. Wish we had a bit more time, but we was definitely worth it.
    Written January 16, 2023
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  • Freedom611307
    Edmonton, Canada1 contribution
    Our tour guide Alberto and boat driver Miguel were amazing. Both very knowledgeable, we saw so many different animals and scenic areas. We also really enjoyed the drive from San Jose to the boat launch. It was very informative and relaxing
    Written December 25, 2022
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  • Sheri G
    2 contributions
    Ronny was the greatest guide ever. Coming during the off season provided us with as about as personalized experience as you can probably get. We saw a ton of wildlife and beautiful views. It was a fantastic day.
    Written October 9, 2022
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  • Christian G
    7 contributions
    We were extremely lucky to have seen the Volcán clear sky’s!
    The Lunch buffet was amazing and location as well
    Written January 24, 2023
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  • Alexandra M
    2 contributions
    Alejandro was incredible!! The driver and Alejandro arrived at our hotel early ready for a great day! He brought us to a cute cafe to get us breakfast, and had us try the empanadas! They were awesome!! Then we went to the Waterfall where he became our personal photographer and showed us all the cool areas. We traveled to the hanging bridges park, where he pointed out cool exotic animals and even found a snake! He was very positive and said the volcano was going to come out of the fog. It did! He was very positive and friendly. We ate a wonderful lunch and engaged in great conversation. He was very accommodating to our every need! He really made our trip! 100% recommend this trip with ALEJANDRO! Thanks so much! We will be back!
    Written November 5, 2022
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  • Mi Mi
    8 contributions
    I planned on doing the tour on short notice and the team around Oldemar (one of the few tour companies that has offers for solo-travelers) replied swiftly and worked on my booking. However, my plans changed and even then I was met with understanding and excellent customer service. Thank you again for your understanding!
    Written January 5, 2022
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  • Alfred C
    Frisco, TX13 contributions
    Amazing experience to hike in the crater of an active volcano. There were beautiful views the whole way up and down to the top, as we got lucky with the clear weather. It was a bit shocking how cold it was at the top compared to being in San José. The church in Cartago was also a nice place to visit. Our guide Alejandro was great and so was our driver. With the half day trip, were back in town early enough to have a great lunch at La Esquina de Buenos Aires (the best Argentinian steakhouse in San José) and do some shopping.
    Written January 23, 2023
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