Day trip

San Jose: Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

San Jose: Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

From US$ 245 per person

Enjoy a visit to Poas Volcano National Park & La Paz Waterfall Gardens on a private guided tour. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers from San José.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Please let us know the name of your hotel in or around San José (Heredia, Alajuela, Escazú, others) to arrange pickup service. Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. The tour guide will be holding a sign with your last name on it.
Private group


  • Be driven around in comfortable AC transportation
  • Enjoy views of the main crater at the Poás Volcano National Park
  • Visit animal exhibits at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Explore the rain forest and magnificent waterfalls
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch spread of traditional Costa Rican dishes
Full description
Embark on a private day trip from San José to the Poás Volcano National Park and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Visit an active volcano and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon. Take in the fresh air of the mountain rainforest. Enjoy the countryside drive, passing by dairy farms, tropical flower nurseries, strawberry plantations, cheese factories, and souvenir shops. Taste the local flavors and give yourself a chance to try a Prestiño, a very traditional tin pastry covered with a special syrup made in the local sugar mills. Upon your arrival at the National Park, climb up the crater accompanied by a park ranger. Poás has erupted 40 times since 1828. There are 2 crater lakes near the summit. The northern lake of Laguna Caliente is one of the world's most acidic lakes. The southern Lake Botos fills an inactive crater, making for a clear cloud forest. Continue your tour to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, featuring the largest animal sanctuary in Costa Rica. It features the best hiking trails near San José. The eco-park houses a rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 animal species. Enjoy waterfalls, views of the rain forest, and hiking trails with your naturalist tour guide. Make the most of their environmental education program. Spot numerous species of birds in the aviary. Partake in toucan feeding, insect exhibit, butterfly observatory, and hummingbird hand-feeding. You can also visit the serpentarium and a traditional house with a petting zoo and ox cart. Give your feet a break by stopping for a delicious buffet lunch. Feast on traditional Costa Rican dishes, complete with a salad bar, pizza, garlic bread, French fries, fresh fruits, and rice pudding. Make this food experience perfect with an unlimited serving of fresh fruit juice, coffee, and tea. After exploring all the unique attractions of the eco-park, return to your hotel in San José by the middle of the afternoon.
  • Private transportation
  • Naturalist tour guide
  • Entrance fee to the Poás Volcano National Park
  • Entrance fee to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • It is recommended to wear long pants, comfortable shoes and bring a jacket
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Product ID: 391093