Day 1, April 15th.
Upon arrival to international airport our driver-guide will pick you up and will take you to Doka State where you will enjoy an interesting Coffee Tour.
THE DOKA ESTATE COFFEE TOUR is located in the coffee capital of Costa Rica, Sabanilla, Alajuela. The farm belongs to the Costa Rican Vargas Ruiz family, pioneers of coffee production for more than 70 years.
In 2000 and 2001 Doka Estate was awarded as the best Estate coffee of Costa Rica for two consecutive years by the Associación Semana International del Café (SINTERCAFE).
FROM THE SEED TO THE CUP
The main objective of the Coffee Tour is to educate and inform the local and international population with regard to the whole production process as well as the processing of coffee. The tour takes place on the Doka Estate, where you can learn about the production, the harvesting, the processing plant and the roasting of the grain.
Costa Rica has a large variety of microclimates and altitudes within short distances. This route explains how the different climatic factors favor the taste of our coffee.
Guided by an expert, the visitors will receive extensive information, which will make this activity an incomparable experience.
- The tour begins in the seedbed. There you will observe and be explained the development process of the plant up to the point of recollection of the ripe grain. You will also learn about the history of the estate, its owners, the production and varieties of plants, the geography of the area and the traditional ways of cultivating the grain.
The second station is the oldest humid coffee processing plant, declared to be an Architectural Heritage for Humanity in 2003, that works by hydraulic power. In the receiver you can see the first classification of the grains, afterwards the process of de-pulping of first and second quality coffee takes place in the grinders.
Next, the natural honey of the grain is cut in the fermentation tanks and a process is carried out that is significant to the taste of the coffee. The coffee that has been dried in the Guardiola or on the patios under the sun, is stored in the warehouse. This grain is ready to be peeled, and then exported or roasted in the country.
Finally, the roasting plant Café Tres Generaciones is visited, where you will be explained and can observe the different types of roasts that are offered.
Once the tour is over, a visit is made to the Doka Estate souvenir shop, where you can find the coffee packed in sealed bags. You can also find pieces omade by Costa Rican craftsmen.
Following the coffee growing culture existing in the family since 1940, was born a special fondness for the development of Bonsai that are created from material found on our farms, today we have a family collection of 250 bonsai, which we selected the oldest and exhibit the ones with more than 30 years, and more recent Bonsai Trees for sale, this garden is also surrounded by greenery, water fountains and orchids
At the end of this tour, you will continue to the beautiful Sarapiqui Region, around 1.1-2 hours distance. Here you will stay at Sueño Azul Hotel for 1 night.
Sueño Azul Hotel & Spa, is located at Horquetas of Sarapiqui, on the north region of Costa Rica, only at 1 hour and 15 minutes from downtown San Jose. Its proximity to Braulio Carrillo’s National Park and its imposing rivers that surround it, make of this place a sanctuary for nature and peaceful place lovers.
The hotel raises on its unique rustic elegance where the good taste and nature excel between them both. It’s a terrific place to rest and decontaminate your body and soul. Sueño Azul it’s the perfect match for Nature and Comfort.
With a splendid panoramic 55 rooms are decorated with an unique rustic style and equipped with a roof fan, air conditioning, private rest room with hot water, a safe, hair dryer and a private terrace from where you can see the lakes, rivers and mountains. Two Junior Suites equipped with air conditioning, roof fan, safe, room service and Jacuzzi.
In addition to our swimming pool and hot tub, we offer the following excursions. On our property: bird watching, guided nature walks, hiking, and horseback riding through our 1500 acre reserve, butterfly garden, waterfalls, and botanical garden tours, and tubing in our rivers. Close to our property: white water rafting, forest canopy and zipline, hotsprings, Sarapiquí boat tour, La Selva OTS Biological Station, volcano tours, arial tram at our neighbor´s Braulio Carrillo National Park, and others.
Day 2, April 16th.
Finca Corsicana Tour – Arenal
Breakfasts included at Sueño Azul. This morning you can have an optional tubing tour at Sueño Azul (not included), after that, around 11:30 we will take you to Finca Corsicana where you will enjoy an interesting Organic Pineapple Tour followed by a delicious lunch and transportation to Arenal.
Our tourist facility opened in 2005 and features a beautiful outdoor restaurant and tourist center. You will tour the entire pineapple process from start to finish.
You will travel into our 3,000 acres of pineapple fields in specially designed trailers. You will view a sea of pineapple arranged in geometric patterns. You learn about planting and growing organically as you travel through our fields. You will taste the freshest, juiciest pineapple ever You will see the processing and packing process that guarantees only the finest pineapple leaves our shipping dock, at the end of the tour, enjoy a delicious typical lunch.
After this interesting tour, we will drive you to the beautiful Arenal area, around 2 hours distance from this point. Lodging will be offered at a Jr. suite at Arenal Springs Hotel.
Arenal Springs hotel definitely rates as a very classy hotel, maintaining a special balance of elegance harmonious with nature. Peace, tranquility and privacy of its guest are the present parameter to find there.
The view to the Arenal Volcano is impressive. Each suite is designed to give its guest the most impressive views to the Volcano, allowing everyone the honor of enjoying Gods remarkable creation. The well-kept gardens are refuge to many species of butterflies and birds native to the Arenal area.
The restaurant offers a variety of great dishes to choose from, which can be enjoyed in the hotels’ light, roomy restaurant that provides its guests a spectacular panoramic view.
Beautiful decorated suites, each surrounded by lush gardens and all offering the same spectacular view to the Arenal Volcano, are the main attractions of this amazing destination.
The swimming pool is also surrounded by lovely gardens, providing fantastic views to the Volcano and also allowing handicapped guests the pleasure of emerging themselves into the refreshing waters plus 2 swimming pools with hotsprings.
Day 3, April 17
Balsa River White Water Rafting
Departure: 8:30 a.m.
Río Balsa Class 2 and 3
Just 45 minutes from La Fortuna! Tour a beautiful section of the Raft River with over 20 rapids class II and III, very fun and safe while enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding rainforest. An experienced professional guide will give a safety talk with all the instructions you need, leaving you fully trained to begin this great adventure. Enjoy paddling through the rapids of this river, which allows maximum safety and fun with which you can enjoy swimming in the wonderful and refreshing pools. Halfway we stop along the river to enjoy a buffet of tropical fruits. At the end of the tour will return to La Fortuna, stopping on the way to a memorable lunch accompanied by a mini cultural tour, where you will find touches of cultural history, traditions and values of this beautiful country. This additional 30-minute tour will add value to your trip, giving you the chance to meet and learn from local people.
This tour is ideal for all people ages 8 and up, from beginners to experienced adventurers.
Includes: transportation, certified guide, professional equipment, tropical fruits, and a full traditional lunch.
Includes: Excellent service, transport from La Fortuna to the Hotel, bilingual guide, Rafting Equipment, Fruits and Snacks, typical lunch.
Day 4, April 18
7:30 a.m. After breakfast, we will offer an exciting zip line tour at Parque Vista Arenal.
Take a journey through the heart of a real Tropical Rain Forest full of wildlife. Travel through a canopy of trees on our amazing cables that are the fastest and safest in the area, with cables lines from 200 meters up to 845 meters.
We offer the best safety equipment with the highest quality standards in the world. We guarantee a completely unique experience with our team of highly qualified professional guides so you can enjoy an unforgettable tour in complete safety with total confidents.
Enter a world full of plants and animals in the surrounding hills, plains, rivers, canons and the majestic Arenal Volcano…(Red and green tree frogs, the national plant of Costa Rica the Guaria Morada, Toucans, Monkeys, Butterflies and many more).
Our canopy takes place internally in the forest, giving it an unforgettable experience during the course will be surrounded by nature pure and virgin.
Strategically located in Fortuna with stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and runs on a cable that give you the chance to see the forest from above and with his feet almost touch the tops of the trees.
All this makes our canopy a magical place for explorers and adventurers and lovers of nature.
At the end of the tour, we will drive you to the beautiful Manuel Antonio Beach on the Central Pacific, around 5 hours drive. Lodging will be offered at 1 ocean view rooms of La Mariposa Hotel.
Hotel La Mariposa en Manuel Antonio, is magnificently perched on an elevation, overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the city of Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.
The scenery of ocean, rainforest and sky is stunning. It is just part of the special mix of energy and magic that has enchanted and made La Mariposa such a beloved place to thousands of guests throughout the years.
With its Spanish-Mediterranean architecture and well appointed rooms, La Mariposa is magnificent, yet intimate.
Day 5 April 19
Manuel Antonio Park
After breakfast, a guide will pick you up and will offer a walking tour through the Manuel Antonio National Park. This park has four interesting geomorphologic features. The first one is the tombolo at Punta Catedral. The second feature is the blowhole at Puerto Escondido, the third one is Punta Serrucho and the fourth one is the pre-Columbian underwater turtle trap at the western tip of Manuel Antonio Beach. The main habitats in the park are primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, which cover 18 hectares, and small herbaceous swamps and open water lagoons scattered throughout the interior. The park houses a variety of wildlife, including 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds…
Back to your hotel. Free afternoon to enjoy at the beach, why not, take an optional tour or just relax and drink a cocktail while you enjoy the refreshing swimming pool of the hotel. Overnight.
Day 6, April 20
Ocean Kayaking Tour
Breakfast is included.
Ocean Kayaking Tour
This Manuel Antonio tour is the perfect choice for those interested in getting wet and seeing nature! Transportation will be provided to pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the local Quepos dock. You will kayak for approximately 2 ½ hours (roundtrip), during your journey you will paddle past islands and inlets where you can observe and admire numerous marine aviary species and their nesting grounds. Partway through your route you will stop at a beautiful hidden bay to rest and enjoy a refreshing snack. You can take advantage of the 30 minute pit stop to snorkel on this secluded coastline that goes by the name of Bisanz beach. Water visibility varies depending on the season. You are most likely to spot parrotfish, starfish, angelfish and if you are lucky a sea turtle or two! This challenging Manuel Antonio tours allows you to discover the stunning examples of nature both above and below the ocean’s surface; from pelicans to flying fish, you can see it all! Upon returning to the dock, head back to base camp to enjoy a little conversation over a delicious homemade meal. Transportation will be provided to
return you to your hotel. Kayaks are available in 1 passenger and 2 passenger format. Kids must be at least 8 years old to paddle alone. Sea kayaking is much easier than river kayaking, this Manuel Antonio tour does not require previous experience.
Departure: Morning and Afternoon
What to bring?: Suntan lotion, sunglasses, waterproof camera, hat, visor, mosquito
repellent, bathing suit and beach towel.
Includes: Transportation, bilingual guide, beverages and lunch
Day 7 April 21
Breakfast included. Transfer to International Airport for your flight back home.
- Private land transportation to Sarapiqui
- Doka Coffee Tour
- 1 night Sueño Azul Hotel, breakfasts
- Pineapple tour and lunch
- Private transfer to Arenal Volcano
- 2 nights lodging at Arenal Springs Hotel. 3 breakfasts
- Zip line tour in Arenal
- Balsa River, lunch
- 3 nights lodging at ocean view rooms, la Mariposa Hotel, breakfast
- Hiking tour to Manuel Antonio National Park, fruits and snacks
- Ocean kayac
- Private land transfer to the airport
- Hotel taxes
Based in 1 quadruple room at each hotel
Payment: Wire transfer or credit card. 50% to be made 3 months before arrival , 50% to be made 1 month before arrival. 100% paid with credit card.
- International Flight
- Exit taxes $28.00 per person
- Other meals or tours not described