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Local Flavors Of Alajuela

From US$ 95 per person
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  • Hike along a cloud forest to get to the breathtaking Botos Lagoon
  • Visit some of the best coffee plantations in the region
  • Visit Poás Volcano, the largest active crater in the world
  • Explore the cantinas and markets of Alajuela
Escape San Jose for the day and head to nearby Alajuela, a smaller city but with big things to see. You’ll wander the streets and see the local side of life, from the neighbourhood market to traditional cantinas. Finish it all off with your head in the clouds in the cloud forest at Poás Volcano National Park.

This Costa Rica tour take you into the heart of Alajuela City and the surrounding area, from the local market to coffee plantations to the unforgettable Poás Volcano.

Your adventure begins in the main plaza of Juan Santamaria, in front of the Municipal Theatre of Alajuela. This is a building with a long history, having been a theatre since the beginning of the 20th century. You’ll learn about the building’s heritage, as well as stories of Juan Santamaria — the namesake of the very park you’re standing in.

Next, we will visit the Alajuela Cultural Center, housed in the former Alajuela Municipal Palace. You’ll learn about the architecture and culture behind this historical site — why the buildings were built the way they were, who lived there, and how they lived.

Your Alajuela tour will then bring you back to the present, with a wander through the city’s different neighbourhoods. You’ll get to experience a slice of local life, from hitting up a bakery for freshly baked bread to sipping a freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee. We’ll walk through the city’s historical streets, hearing the stories of its multicultural families and how Alajuela’s neighbourhoods have changed over the years. You’ll explore churches and meet families who have managed coffee fields for generations. You’ll learn about local gastronomy and visit traditional cantinas and parks where people gather to play cards or share stories.

From there, you’re heading up up up into the clouds, to the cloud forest of Poás Volcano National Park. At Poás, you’ll explore the explosive fumaroles of the largest active volcano crater in the world, then take a gentle hike to beautiful Botos Lagoon to learn about the different ecosystems of Costa Rica.

You’ll finish it all off relaxing over a scrumptious lunch at a family-owned restaurant.
what’s included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Poás volcano entrance fee
  • Lunch
what’s excluded
  • Transportation to and from your hotel
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 6.5 hours
Tour Type Group Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point San Jose, Costa Rica
customer reviews
4.2 - Very Good Based on 1 review
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Ms. Cally T. At
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“I had a wonderful time on my San Jose by Night Tour led by Eric. He had a wealth of knowledge and was keen to show me all San Jose had to offer and he did. This tour was a great way to be introduced to the and experience the City.”
Good to know Dress standard: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sweater and sunscreen.

Child Policy: 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 below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Cancellation Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.
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