Alajuela City Tour with Locals and Poas Volcano Hike in Small Groups

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Discover the local markets and cantinas and get a taste of tyipical life in Alajuela. Get close up and personal with the world's largest active crater at the Poas Volcano. See the stunning Botos Lagoon into the forest, visit coffee plantations and meet the families who have owned them for generations. Get familiar with the authentic local cuisine at a family owned restaurant.


  • Discover the amazing culture of Costa Rica in a tour through the historical city of Alajuela

  • Get close to Poas Volcano, the biggest active crater in the world

  • Learn about Costa Rica's traditions: meet the locals and visit a coffee plantation

  • Taste the flavours of the country at a cheering familiar restaurant in a typical Costa Rica's lunch


Tour in San Jose
Departs From:
San Jose
Meeting Point:
San Jose: in front of the Art Museum in Sabana Park. Alajuela: in front of the monument in Juan Santamaria Park
3 to 4 hours
daily at 8:00 AM
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Escape San Jose for the day and head to nearby Alajuela, a smaller city but with big things to see. Go through 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 Poas Volcano National Park. This Costa Rica tour takes you into the heart of Alajuela City and the surrounding area, from the local market to coffee plantations to the unforgettable Poas 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. 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, house of 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. 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. Walk through the city's historical streets, hearing the stories of its multicultural families and how Alajuela's neighbourhoods have changed over the years. Explore churches and meet families who have managed coffee fields for generations. 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 into the clouds, to the cloud forest of Poas Volcano National Park. At Poas, 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. End your experience by a scrumptious lunch at a family owned restaurant before we return to San Jose.


  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Alajuela City Tour

  • Entrance fee to Poas Volcano National Park

  • Hike in Poas Volcano National Park

  • Lunch in a restaurant


  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel

  • Additional food and drink

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Additional activities cost

Please Note

  • No refunds for bookings cancelled within 48 hours before the activity

  • Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sweater and sunscreen 

  • If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip, though not compulsory , is appropriate. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour

  • This tour is not available 1 Jan 2016, from 24 Mar 2016 to 25 Mar 2016; and 25 dec 2016

  • Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour

  • If you are in San Jose, we meet in front of the Art Museum in Sabana Park at 8.00 am. If you are in Alajuela, we meet in front of the monument in Juan Santamaria Park at 8.30 am.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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