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  1. Costa Rica
  2. San José Province
  3. San Jose

Made In San Jose: With Waterfalls, Coffee & Colonial Towns

Product ID: 139935
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Don't know what to do with a full day in San Jose? Enjoy an adventurous shopping tour that does it all! Visit waterfalls, tour a coffee plantation, wander through colonial towns, browse street markets for souvenirs ...
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Duration 10 hours
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  • Experience three different bustling street markets
  • Escape the city limits to visit waterfalls and a coffee plantation
  • Go across the continental divide and come face-to-face with butterflies, monkeys and more
  • Visit the colonial towns of Barva, Grecia and Sarchi, plus the oldest oxcart factory in the country
  • Enjoy a gourmet dinner with wine in Escazu, the famous city of witches
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If your perfect day in Costa Rica includes coffee, tropical rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, plenty of wildlife, a bit of shopping, and a delicious dinner, then you’ll love this full-day San Jose adventure! Start your San Jose tour by driving up into the mountains of Barva de Heredia. Colonized by Spain in 1561, this town is home to many quaint and charming colonial homes. In the center of town is the lovely Central Park, with a gorgeous white stucco church. The church and the central plaza around it have been declared national monuments, along with the many old buildings and houses in the area. The town is also surrounded by vast coffee plantations, and coffee cultivation is the town’s main industry. As well, the town boasts excellent artisans and craftsmen.

Then drive through many picturesque towns on the fertile slopes of the extinct Barva Volcano in the lush Central Valley. At the top of the mountains, cross the continental divide to visit a series of waterfalls, as well as a cloud forest and rain forest. You’ll get to take hiking trails to discover an aviary with numerous species of birds, insect exhibit, serpentarium and butterfly observatory, plus animals like capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbirds, jaguars, pumas, ocelots and margays. After this adventurous walk, visit a 100-year-old coffee plantation. Here, have a typical lunch before taking a coffee tour. You’ll also be able to buy their coffee to take back home with you if you wish. Then head to the picturesque town of Grecia, which has the distinction of being one of the cleanest towns in Central America. It’s also an important agricultural hub, where sugarcane is grown and harvested and is known for its unique gothic-style metal church, colored in a deep, dark red.

Continue to Sarchi, a key artisan town best known for the vibrant oxcarts made here — in fact, the largest and oldest oxcart factory in San Jose is in Sarchi. Oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans and other goods to markets and ports, and oxcarts were often the sole means of transportation for families in the 1800s. Today, they’re often used as decorations, elegantly carved and hand-painted in bright colors. If you find yourself in love with the carts, you can even buy one straight from the factory to take home with you — talk about a unique souvenir! After all that exploring and shopping, drive back to San Jose, where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner with wine at one of the best restaurants in Escazu, also known as the city of witches.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Entrance fees to waterfalls
  • Frog pond and butterfly farm
  • Coffee tour
  • Lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

Northeast corner of España Park, in front of the yellow house avenue 7, San Jose.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• This tour can be customised to accommodate vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free
• Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11
inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select
‘child’ above when booking
• Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the
age of 6.
• For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12
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Product ID: 139935