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San Jose

Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose

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    What to Expect
    Prepare for an early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel to make the most of this jam-packed day. Stop for breakfast en rout to the nearby city of Cartago, home to interesting ruins of a destroyed church and other remnants of a 16th-century colonial settlement. Hear the legends that surround the crumbling chapel before continuing north to Irazú Volcano National Park. Peer down into the active volcano’s lagoon-filled crater, and enjoy commanding views from the top of the peak. On a clear day, you may be able to catch sight of both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans from the 11,260-foot (3,432-meter) summit.

    Next, travel to the riverside town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí and board a covered river boat for a leisurely 2-hour cruise down the Sarapiquí River. Keep a sharp eye out for sightings of local wildlife that inhabits the surrounding jungle, such as crocodiles, monkeys, sloths, and toucans. The voyage concludes at a private farm, where you can stretch your legs on hiking trails and enjoy a homestyle Costa Rican lunch.

    Pass through the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park on the return drive to San Jose, where the 12-hour tour concludes with hotel drop-off in the evening.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up in all hotels in San Jose
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Transportation
    • Tour guide
    • Breakfast and lunch
    • Boat tour
    • Entry/Admission - Irazu Volcano National Park
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • We suggest wearing long pants, comfortable shoes, a hat and bringing a camera
    • Minimum of 2 passengers is required for the tour to run; if the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We had perfect weather for the volcano. The view was truly great. The river cruise was nice and we could spot sloths, crocodiles, monkeys and lots of birds
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    I can only say great things about the volcano and river tour! My wife and I took the day trip and were picked up promptly from our hotel. The shuttle was a bit old and uncomfortable, plus our “guide” didn’t speak English until we asked every time. Half of the group only spoke
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    Some great experiences overall. The ruins are a waste of time but only a 10 minute stop and it allows you to pop into Subway to get coffee and a cookie and use the bathroom. Volcano is stunning, we were lucky with the weather. Breakfast afterwards is very disappointing, in a
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    This was so bad. You spend most of the 13 hours in the car. Horrible! We were not told that it was very cold at the vulcano. The guide was arrogant and we had to carry his beers so nobody should see that he was drinking. You are not able to buy any wine for the meals. We were
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    Response from Sharon S, Product Manager at Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Hi there familjenb0rg, thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us get better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly and accurately.
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    I recommend skipping this until after July 2020 unless you are okay with a potential very long car ride. There is currently road construction on the way to Sarapiqui River in Limon Provence. I really enjoy the trip though just wish the time in the vehicle wasn’t so long. Great
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    Response from Sharon S, Marketing Manager at Irazu Volcano, Cartago Ruins and Sarapiqui River Tour from San Jose
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Dear N8271SHtrevors! Thanks for your comments! We are always grateful that customers are frank when leaving an opinion. On the other hand, we are glad that you enjoyed the tour.
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