We have selected a range of experiences that we hope will enhance your stay and add to your enjoyment of Buena Vista and its picturesque surrondings.
Located only 40 minutes away from Buena Vista, this active volcano is said to be the second widest-rimmed volcano in the world and one of Costa Rica’s most popular active volcanoes with breathtaking scenery to visit. Take a very pleasant drive up the mountain slopes to the rim of the Poas Crater at a height of 2,708 m and enjoy the awe-inspiring lookout point in an oasis close to the city. The earlier you explore the park the better, Poás is a could forest, you will have a better chance to see it early in the morning.
50 minutes away from Buena Vista, at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, we will go through walking trails surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. Here we will appreciate flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, and hummingbirds. There are also, educational animal exhibits to enjoy like the Aviary, the Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, Serpentarium, Jungle Cats Exhibit and the Frog Exhibit. This is definitely a tour enjoyed by nature lovers of all ages. After the tour, you can enjoy a buffet lunch that includes multiple selections of Traditional Costa Rican dishes and much more.
40 minutes away from Buena Vista, you can enjoy a very pleasant and informative tour of Costa Rica’s premier coffee grower/producer. Visiting the most extensive coffee plantation in Costa Rica will allow you to comprehend everything about the process related to cultivation, processing, and good practices, as well as your natural and cultural environment.
45 minutes away from Buena Vista, Corso Lechería is a 1000 acres of forest and working farm. In this great tour, you will enjoy a tractor tour through viewpoints to the volcanoes Poás and Barva, high rainforest walks, lake and bird observations area. Next, you will tour the strawberry farm, gather and eat fresh berries. Lastly, you visit the main dairy farm and the artisan cheese factory.
Combine art, beauty, and nature on this half-day guided tour, 45 minutes away from Buena Vista. You will visit Grecia and Sarchi, two of the country's most special towns. Admire the tropical landscape and sugar cane plantations as you arrive in the town of Grecia. Renowned for its remarkable steel church of the Lady of Mercy, Grecia is rich in architectural beauty. The church is made completely of pre-fabricated metal plates which have been painted red. A rare sight and a must-see while in Costa Rica. The magic of this tour continues with a visit to the country's artisan town of Sarchi, where the famous oxcarts are built. You will have the opportunity to inspect the fascinating factories and examine how the carts are constructed. Splendidly decorated in various sizes, these oxcarts are treasured for their unique beauty. The carts were formerly used to transport coffee beans over the mountains to the coast, and you won't want to leave Costa Rica without one.
Visit the most active and inspiring volcano in Costa Rica, the majestic Arenal located 2,5 hours away. Combine this experience with Costa Rica’s vastest network of naturally flowing thermal mineral springs in Arenal’s largest and most delightful private, rainforest reserve. Amid the lush green vegetation, brimming with brightly colored flowers and the soothing symphony of rushing waterfalls and streams. Indulge in a hearty lunch or opt for its renowned dinner experience, instead.
45 minutes away from Buena Vista, this tour immerses you in the rich Costa Rican culture and history by visiting some museums and historical sites of San José City. During this journey, we will visit the National Theater, moreover known as “The jewel of San José”, a masterpiece in art and architecture built by Costa Ricans and completed in 1897. We will visit the National Museum and the Museum of Gold (an archaeological interest site), then the Central Market, a place full of the Costa Rican cultural heritage and traditions, where you will be able to browse and buy some local art crafts. We will also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. This will be an introduction to our Capital City, and information about our economy, culture, politics, religion and general current events. In addition, we will visit an Artisan Market, where you will be able to get some souvenirs to take back home.
Located about 2 hours away, you will cross San Jose downtown. Enjoy the views as the road winds through fertile cropland to visit the tallest volcano in Costa Rica standing at 11,260 feet (3,432 meters), to see the main craters and the beautiful Caribbean and Pacific coasts in the distance. Subsequently, we will descend to the historical city of Cartago (the old capital). Here we will explore the mysterious ruins of the old Parish, and also the beautiful Virgin of the Angels Basilica that has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows, a rich display of carvings, statues and other pieces of art.
Playa Jacó (Jacó Beach), one of Costa Rica's central Pacific most beautiful and energetic beach towns located within 90 minutes away from Buena Vista. Known for its nightlife and exceptional aquatic activities. One of our guided drivers will show you the way, we suggest to depart after breakfast, just before arriving at Jacó we will make a brief stop at Tarcoles River, where you can see crocodiles swimming in the river or enjoying the warmth of the sun along the banks. Once in Jacó, you can invest time in the area bustling with friendly locals, exploring the gastronomic experiences, catching some waves or merely enjoying the gorgeous, picturesque beaches.