After morning pickup at your San Jose hotel, travel through a diverse landscape of coffee plantation, ferns, and flower farms to reach Irazú Volcano National Park. Notice the vegetation and temperature change dramatically as you ascend the slopes of Costa Rica's tallest volcano, which reaches a majestic 11,260 feet (3,432 meters) above sea level. On a clear day, you may even be able to see both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans from the summit. Take some time to explore the otherworldly, lunar-like landscape and the main crater filled with a enchanting green lagoon.
Descend from the volcanic heights and head next to the historic city of Cartago. Visit the captivating ruins of a 16th-century parish and the ornate Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, which combines colonial and Byzantine architecture. Learn about Cartago’s rich past as you admire the beautifully restored statues, chapels, and carvings of this popular pilgrimage site.
Relax on the drive back to San Jose, where the tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in the early afternoon, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy an evening in the city.