Day Trip From San Jose To Doka Coffee Plantations & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Travellers will be picked up at the Hotel lobby
  • Return Details :
    Same of departure - lobby of the hotel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Let us take you to a real coffee plantation, experiment and see how is the technique and the process of sowing, harvesting and producing this important grain. Later we will go to one of the most visited places in Costa Rica (La Paz Waterfall Gardens) .The waterfall is located immediately alongside the road from Alajuela that leads to the northern plains of Costa Rica. TheRiver La Pazforms the waterfall after traversing 8 kilometres (5mi) ofvolcanicterrain, and then continues through therainforestof the eastern side ofPos Volcano. A short path leads behind the waterfall, where a small shrine had been located. Upstream from the waterfall is La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a park, where visitors can observe many different species of local wildlife.

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The tour begins with an early pick up at your selected hotel. The tour bus then hits the Pan-American Highway en route to Alajuela (where other participants are picked up) before continuing on to the Doka Estate Coffee Plantations.

As we ascend, we will notice a change in temperature and vegetation; we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way. Along the trip, youll learn about the golden bean as coffee is sometimes called in Costa Rica and its importance to the local culture and economy.

We will visit the Doka Coffee Estate for a delicious breakfast. Then we will be treated to a coffee tour in an actual coffee plantation where we will learn the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce some of the best coffee in Costa Rica.

The Doka Coffee Estate is set along the slopes of the Poás Volcano and has grown coffee for three generations. The tour begins in the field, where your guide will teach you about the biology of the plant and its relevance at both a local and global scale. Youll then visit the processing plant which was declared an Architectural Heritage for Humanity site in 2003, and watch as beans are de-pulped and fermented. The final stop is the roasting plant and café, where youll learn about and sample the estates eight blends of coffee.

After the coffee tour we will continue to the La Paz Water Fall Garden for a scrumptious lunch and tour. As we arrive to La Paz, we will walk through a trail, leading to a spectacular waterfall in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the park we will also visit the hummingbird gallery, the serpentarium, the bird house, the butterfly garden and the frogs exhibit.

The jungle cats exhibit is another attraction at La Paz Waterfalls Garden. The jungle cats stay in captivity because they cannot be released back into the wild - most of them were old, injured or were exposed to humans for too long. During the tour, you can observe them and learn a lot about the felines species in Costa Rica.


All taxes, fees and handling charges

Lunch - Buffet lunch


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Guaranteed to skip the long lines

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Entry/Admission - Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz

Guaranteed to skip the lines



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Dress code is smart casual

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Infant seats available

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Small groups ( 10 passenger maximum per excursion)

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  • 11-Nov-2022

    Pickup on time by a knowledgeable professional tour guide. Small group and traffic is challenging. We received a rain poncho and bottle water, and did a couple of very quick stops of the way out for snacks and restroom, which was good. We then stopped a Cafe overlooking some coffee fields for a quick history lesson in Costa Rican coffee. It was ok, but actually a plantation. Next stop was up in the cloud forest to the La Paz waterfall gardens. We checked in, had a restroom break, and started the tour. The tour had quite a bit of walking and stairs, and I would call it a hiking tour. But, there is so much beauty and exhibits, it’s difficult to see everything. The gardens and exhibits are huge. Next was the included free buffet lunch, which was very good. We were allotted plenty of time to eat and rest up for the leg of the tour, the Waterfalls. Again a lot of stairs, but no one was in a hurry going up and down. Wear a comfortable sturdy pair of old tennis shoes, because your in the rain forest, they’ll be rain and a little mud. La Paz is amazing. Recommend

  • 11-Nov-2022

    Pickup up on time by a knowledgeable and professional tour guide. It was a small tour group and the San Jose traffic is challenging. The coffee tour was just ok, but the waterfall gardens in the rain forest was outstanding. La Paz is a must tour to do, and the lunch buffet was good. Plenty of restroom breaks was appreciated. The only negative is that we did not tour the DOKA Estate, instead we stopped at the La Casa de Cafe overlooking a coffee field and got a coffee history lesson. Wear a comfortable sturdy OLD pair of tennis shoes, as your shoes will get wet and a little muddy. Also it’s a lot of stairs on the waterfall part of the tour. Recommend

  • 11-Oct-2022

    The tour guide, Larry, hands down made this trip as fun as it was. His sense of humor was on point all day. The waterfalls were beautiful and to be expected. I didn't realize the waterfall garden also had some animal rescue stuff, so that was a delightful surprise. Got to see parrots, toucans, some monkeys, a few cats, hummingbirds, frogs, butterflies, AND SLOTHS!!!! Unfortunately, the coffee plantation we went to was closed, so no gift shop section was available to buy the coffee - but that's fine. We still went to the fields and got a ton of info about coffee. I would do this tour again if I can back with friends!

  • 10-Oct-2022

    Short stop at the coffee plantation due to rain, but enjoyable. The La Paz Waterfall Gardens portion was far beyond my expectations. The Tour Guide (Freddy) was knowledgeable and passionate about the biodiversity in Costa Rica. Our initial driver (Oscar) was not only a polite driver (this seems to be common in Costa Rica), he also gave us a running commentary about the locales we were driving through. It gave us far more insight into the peoples and culture of Costa Rica than any written brochure could possible give. One of the better tours we've taken and well worth the cost.

  • 15-Aug-2022

    It was an AMAZING trip, very educational, Oscar and Francin were very knowledgeable, very welcoming and friendly service, of course the driver did a great job as well but keeping us safe on the road

  • 02-Aug-2022

    A great experience with an excellent guide-Miss Francia! She made everything fun, even in the rain. Be prepared for a steep trip up and down the stairs when viewing the waterfall

  • 25-Jun-2022

    We were not taken to Doka Coffee Plantation as booked. Instead the guide took us to a small coffee shop overlooking a farm where we bought a cup of coffee. When I asked I was told this was Doka, but it was not. It was Tres Generaciones Cafe.

  • 08-Jun-2022

    If you’re looking to really connect with nature, this is the trip for you. I was marveled by the wonderful things I saw and experienced throughout this trip. Oscar our driver and tour guide was simply amazing and exceptional. Would definitely do this again.

  • 25-May-2022

    Excelente tour, el guía muy amable y nos brindó mucha información, los lugares con muy poca gente y comida deliciosa

  • 21-Mar-2022

    The waterfalls! Very impressive but the whole park was interesting and well laid out with plenty to see

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