Day trip

Poás Volcano, Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

4.8 / 5

45 reviews

Activity provider: Destiny Travel Costa Rica
Day trip

Poás Volcano, Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Activity provider: Destiny Travel Costa Rica
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From US$ 159 per person

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Visit 3 destinations in one day on this guided tour from San José. Learn about coffee production, visit the Poas Volcano Crater, and experience the incredible nature around La Paz Waterfall Garden.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup is provided from the lobby of your accommodation in downtown San José, Heredia, or Alajuela. Please be ready at least 5 minutes before your pickup time.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Climb the Poás Volcano and enjoy the landscape
  • Enjoy the views of the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles
  • Discover the La Paz Waterfall, the most famous in Costa Rica
  • Walk through the beautiful national park
Full description

Experience Costa Rica's nature and culture on this full-day tour from San José. Your first destination is the Doka Estate coffee plantation, where you'll learn all about the ancient techniques of producing some of the best coffee in Costa Rica and around the world.

Experience the careful process involved in the cultivation, harvesting, and roasting of the Golden Bean before tasting the delectable product. After your coffee tour, continue to Poás Volcano National Park, where there is a noticeable change in temperature and beautiful scenery in a cloud forest. Climb up Poás Volcano, an active stratovolcano that most recently erupted in 2017.

The crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1,050 feet deep, making for breathtaking views. Hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as you learn about the different ecosystems in the park. Then, continue to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Costa Rican dishes. After lunch, explore the lush tropical rainforest. See the flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, and hummingbirds before returning to San José.

  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 45 reviews

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This was such a good way to kick off my travels in Costa Rica! I felt super comfortable doing this as a solo female traveller, and I met some really lovely people over the course of the day. The tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable, and the overall day wa as great balance between exploring at an easy pace and learning lots! Definitely worth the price, I really recommend!

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March 31, 2023

Overall the tour was good, the coffee plantation was nice and the coffee tasting was a needed start to wake up, you're not pressured into buying any too. Next to breakfast which was a very basic Gallo Pinto but nice. We then went on to Poaz Volcano which on arrival was clouded with fog which was very depressing as we couldn't get a glimpse, its rather cold up there too so be aware. The highlight was definitely La Paz waterfalls Garden, the buffet lunch was faultless and the walk around the animal enclosures was nice, Fran, our guide, gave some good facts and info and was very friendly and easy to talk with. The waterfalls were all great it didn't seem too busy I can imagine at peak it wouldn't be too nice as the paths are very narrow. Overall I enjoyed it but wouldn't recommend it for the volcano as apparently majority of the time it's covered in fog, the price is a bit steep in my opinion with this in mind

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March 31, 2023

We loved everything about this activity! Our guide, Freddy, was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He picked us up right at our hotel in San Jose and dropped us back off at the same place. We learned all about the process of making coffee as well as the history of coffee in Costa Rica. At Poas volcano we were able to see the full crater without any clouds in the way, which is rare. Lastly we went to Peace Lodge And walked around some of the nature exhibits (butterfly garden, frog garden, etc.) before hiking down to the waterfall. Along the way we also stopped for breakfast and lunch, both with amazing and authentic food!! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a day trip!

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March 31, 2023

Product ID: 382773