San José, Costa Rica
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From San José: Sarchi Souvenir Shopping Private Guided Tour

1. From San José: Sarchi Souvenir Shopping Private Guided Tour

Explore Costa Rican arts and crafts on a private guided tour of the quaint little town of Sarchi. This place is most widely recognized for its decorative oxcarts. Begin your day trip with a hotel pickup in a comfortable air-conditioned ride through the scenic countryside of Costa Rica. Visit the birthplace of Costa Rican oxcart handicrafts, Sarchi. A national symbol of Costa Rica, the oxcart plays a key role in the country’s history. Oxarts were used to transport coffee beans & other goods to markets and ports, and continue to be a part of local celebrations and parades to date. See the ornate and elegantly carved oxcarts in Sarchi. The painting of the ox cart is a Costa Rican tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Sarchi is home to the largest and oldest oxcart factory, the Joaquin Chaverri Oxcart Factory was built in 1902. Walk around town to explore dozens of wooden furniture and souvenir stores. These items reflect Costa Rica’s diverse culture and traditions. Stop for a delicious lunch on the way. Shop for authentic souvenirs to take home memories of your trip with you.

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San Jose: Casa Hacienda La Esperanza Coffee Experience

2. San Jose: Casa Hacienda La Esperanza Coffee Experience

Begin your journey with a warm welcome to Casa Hacienda La Esperanza at 8:30 AM, where you will be able to enjoy a selection of pastries with coffee. Then, move on to visit the Ceibo Lookout and experience the vibrant community in the local church. After the church, go to plant your own coffee tree and experience picking coffee. After that, view for yourself the mighty waterfall and benefit from the option to take a swim in the flowing water. Return to La Esperanza and indulge with a delicious, traditional lunch. Next, learn about the production of coffee during a tour at the beneficio and see the roasting of coffee beans. End your day at the cafeteria, where refreshments can be purchased.  

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San Jose: Private Chocolate Tour & Arenal Hot Springs

3. San Jose: Private Chocolate Tour & Arenal Hot Springs

Enjoy a delicious rainforest experience overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Discover the ancient secrets of chocolate on this day tour to a local chocolate farm. Relax in the thermal waters of Baldi Hot Springs. Begin your adventure with a hotel pickup and a relaxing private drive through the Costa Rican countryside. Pass by coffee plantations, sugar cane and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities. Your guide will point out these sights of interest to you. After a 2-hour drive to Fortuna town, arrive at your first destination. Discover the ancient history of the sacred cacao tree and how its seeds were used in ceremonial rituals and later as currency in Costa Rica. Share your enthusiasm for chocolate with professionals on this rainforest chocolate tour. During a 2-hour hands-on program, understand all aspects of cocoa and chocolate, from its origin and history. Participate in the production process. Learn how to harvest, dry, and grind cacao seeds. Afterward, make a traditional chocolate drink. Later, relax in the best thermal water pools of Baldi Hot Springs. Soothe your senses with surrounding vegetation, therapeutic waters, and pure air. Make the most of multiple thermal pools, waterfalls, a giant steam room, luxury pool bars, water slides, and more. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before a dip in the thermal pools. Use facilities like lockers and towels for the utmost convenience. Enjoy the attractions of this hot springs resort till 4 PM before heading back to your hotel in San José.

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San Jose: Classic Coffee Britt Tour with Lunch

4. San Jose: Classic Coffee Britt Tour with Lunch

Embark on a guided tour of Café Britt, one of Costa Rica's premium coffee plantations. Start your day with a relaxing drive through the Costa Rican countryside with a hotel pick-up in an air-conditioned vehicle. Be accompanied by a guide to the plantation. Located in Barva de Heredia, Café Britt place hosts coffee lovers from all over the world. Begin in the nursery for a close look at the finest coffee beans. Follow the journey of gourmet coffee production, from the growing cycle to the selection process. Next, head to the roastery to be enchanted by the aromas of different brews. Discover how different roasting techniques affect the beans and the brew. Your guide will let you in on roasting and packing secrets. These techniques ensure delivery of gourmet coffee from the plantation to homes of coffee lovers worldwide. Learn how Costa Rica’s unique climate and landscapes provide ideal conditions for cultivating these high-quality beans. Witness a professional coffee-tasting session, known as "cupping." Learn how experts “break the cup” to grade the quality of gourmet coffee. Make the most of the outdoor tropical views by stopping for lunch. Savor a buffet featuring local ingredients while listening to tunes of traditional music at Don Prospero Restaurant. End this delicious experience at the coffee bar with coffee, and chocolates. To remember this adventure, visit the factory store and gift shop that can ship souvenirs and fresh coffee back to your home.

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What people are saying about San José, Costa Rica

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

I started out with this experience realizing it was going to take some expense and time to get to Aquiares' La Esperanza. I even considered cancelling when I realized this. I am glad I didn't! Well worth the time and expense to get to the location. We arrived in the morning to La Esperanza and we were absolutely awestruck by this home. It's over 100 years old and has been recently updated while keeping all the charm. We enjoyed a light breakfast outside overlooking the volcano and gardens. Then our education of the town, people, company and plantation commenced. At every turn, we were enamored by the people and the educational aspect of the tour. This is what tourism should be all about. We loved it. We were a private group of four of us, and we felt like we received the VIP treatment the entire time. We saw how coffee starts out from seed, learned the educational aspects of the whole process, learned how the plantation operates, visited a national historic monument church located