Combo tour: Visit to Doka Coffee plantation, Poás Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Pick up time: 6:00 approximately
Duration: 11 hours.
To get to the different attractions included during this excursion we will drive by the city of Alajuela passing by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park.
Recommendations: Hat, Light sweater, repellent, camera
Includes: Transportation,Bilingual guide,Entrance fee to Poás Volcano National Park
With this tour you will visit:
Doka Coffee Plantation: Doka Estate is located on the slopes of the Poás Volcano and during the route you can live and experience one of the most important sources of development in Costa Rica: the golden grain. You will also have the opportunity to observe and understand how the collected grain transforms into the most fabulous cup of coffee. Go through the plantations, the roasting factory and inhale the aroma of a brand of coffee dried on patios in the sun. You can moreover taste our 8 different roasts of coffee and acquire unique gifts in the Casa de Artesanías. This way, we extend our visitors the warmest invitation to live the experience of the country that has the highest rate of coffee produced per citizen, 2,8 million bags of 69 kilos for 3,5 million inhabitants. Enjoy the natural splendor of Doka Estate while you acquire a new perspective about coffee.
Poas Volcano National Park: Located at the Cordillera Volcánica Central, 37 km North from Alajuela province.
This is one of the most spectacular volcanoes of the country and of extraordinary scenic beauty. It has many types of habitats like very long forests with short trees, areas with very little flora and some with little smelly plants and also the cloudy forest. In this last type of forest is very common to find plants that grow attached to the trees, like orchids, ferns etc.
There is a long history of eruptions but one that is very remembered is the one in 1910, consisting in a huge ash cloud that reaches 8.000 Mts.
The volcano is made of volcanic rocks and reaches 2.708 Mts. of height. Since 1989 gas emissions have increase causing acid rains that damage the flora in some areas and near by plantations.
On the top you can find two craters. The Principal: with a diameter of 1.5 km and a depth of 300 Mts., a circular hot lagoon of 350 Mts. and a cone shape structure with active smoke spots. The second crater is the base of the Botos lagoon, of cold water and pluvial origin that runs all the way to the Caribbean through the Angel River, affluent of the Sarapiquí River. On the present days this volcano emits a lot gases and water vapor from the different fumarols located in the interior cone of the crater.
In the cloudy forest, that is very humid and dense, most of the trees reaches heights of 20 Mts. and is with different kind of plants. In the Caribbean sector forests are higher, more humid, rich in palms, and with plants growing attached to the trees. In other areas of the park, where gas emissions and old eruptions finish with all primary floras, grows species that adapted to this kind of soil.
There are 79 species of birds. Mammals are not very common in the high land but you can see some coyotes, rabbits, skunks and some felines.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens: As you wander the trails of La Paz Waterfall Gardens your senses will delight at the five waterfalls that line the trail. The park has the closest waterfalls to San José and Poás Volcano. The La Paz Waterfall is the most famous waterfall in Costa Rica where visitors often stop on the road to take photos on their way to Sarapiquí or Arenal but the best waterfalls are actually above the La Paz waterfall along a steep canyon accessed by our safe hiking trails making these five waterfalls the most easily accessible waterfalls in Costa Rica. On our Magia Blanca waterfall viewing platform you can actually take a photo under the waterfall. Great photo opportunities can be found at Templo waterfall and Encantada waterfall as well. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a “must see” attraction when you are in the Poás Volcano area.
Our newest addition to Waterfall Gardens is the Jungle Cat exhibit. Walk on the wild side as you come face to face with a 200 lb. Jaguar looking back at you through safety glass. Through our educational signage you will discover interesting facts about all six of the species of wild felines of the tropical Americas. The Jaguarundi is our own welcome committee as he delights in playing hide and seek and showing off his speed and agility. Our friendly pumas leap around their habitat and often come to greet our visitors, and our breeding pair of jaguars will delight you with their affectionate behaviors as they play, lick and snuggle together. Here you will see five out of the six species of endangered Central American Cats and as soon as we can build another habitat we will bring our Oncilla from our sister property The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal to represent all six of the species found in North, Central and South America.
Spider Monkeys and White Faced Monkeys amuse our guests and themselves as they climb and swing through the trees of our Monkey Pass. Above, below, and beside you they will delight you with their antics. And don’t miss our visitors from Brazil, the White Tufted Eared Marmosets! Snuggled in the Bird Aviary these cute little critters are enjoying their Costa Rican vacation. All of these monkeys were donated to us by the MINAE, the Costa Rican Ministry of Wildlife and were confiscated from people who held them illegally. In many cases the animals were abused and in near death condition when we received them. We have rehabilitated them and combined them into sociable groups where they have become families.
Everyone wants to see monkeys when they visit Costa Rica but we have the best natural habitats in which to photograph monkeys and interact with them. Our educational signage provides insight into the behaviors, reproduction and future survival of these monkeys in Costa Rica.
Toucans, Wild Turkeys, Scarlet Macaws, Grosbeaks, Tanagers and more fly freely in our Bird Aviary. This is a bird watcher’s paradise, as you will see some of the most exotic and colorful birds of Costa Rica, without binoculars! Our Aviary is a refuge for wild birds that have been either captured illegally by hunters and confiscated by the government or donated by their owners. Many of these birds lack the basic skills to survive in the wild on their own.
In our rescued toucan exhibit you can take a photo of yourself feeding our friendly toucans by hand. They will fly right up and land on your arm when you enter the enclosure but don’t be frightened they are very gentle and have excellent manners. Your reward is a photo and theirs is a tasty treat.
Visitors will find some of the best bird watching in Costa Rica inside the aviary as well as outside in the forest and at our feeders. The mountain zone where the park is located is a migration corridor for hundreds of species of birds of Costa Rica as they migrate to various altitudes in search of blooming fruit trees. We are also in a zone where many species of birds migrate north and south through our forest. Without a doubt this is the best bird watching tour near San José.