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Paradise Tours, Costa Rica

Unique personalized tours since 1991

U.S. Telephone #s to C.R.: 1-352-505-4001, 1-352-505-2636
Local C.R. Telephone #s: 2215-2162 or 2215-2163.
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We are now again offering our Original
Pioneered and Operated since 1991

A Combination of 5 Tours in ONE DAY!  
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Discounts for families with children under 12 and for large groups


*All Prices are based on the tour operating with 4 or more persons (adults and/or children at their discounted price when applicable) and are subject to change without notice. Private Tours are available for 2 or 3 persons for a nominal premium with all the inherit advantages of a private tour. email us or call us to possibly join others or to reserve a private tour. See our  Price List & Policy




·       POAS VOLCANO CLOUD FOREST National Park. Bring a light jacket or rain gear.
2 BEAUTIFUL WATERFALLS: ‘La Paz’ and ‘San Fernando' Falls, 2nd of which is
     where we'll have lunch.

HUMMINGBIRD GALLERY at the second waterfall viewpoint where we'll have a
     most typical lunch.

·       INCLUDES DELICIOUS LUNCH in a old style typical Costa Rican restaurant with
      wood burning stove.
·       Monkeys, Crocodiles, Iguanas, Birds, Sloth on a 2 hr. calm jungle river boat trip.
·       REFRESHMENTS from sodas, bottled water, fruit & BEER provided at no extra

 FREE HOTEL PICK-UP & DROP-OFF in comfortable, 5-9 pass 4x4 SUVs with A/C
      or larger vans or buses as needed.

·     American Owned & operated, with Costa Rican background and citizenship,
      over 38 years in Costa Rica, 26 years operating and pioneering unique tours and
a British Master of Science and 10 years of university level teaching experience
      in C.R. and son of Costa Rican born mother with U.S. M.Sc. who retired as a U.S.
      educator, giving you the best of both worlds.

SCENIC DRIVE TO POAS:  After a 7:30 am pick-up from your hotel we’ll travel 11 miles on the Pan American Highway to the provincial capital of Alajuela to see 2 points of interest your knowledgeable guide will tell you about. From here our scenic drive towards the Poás Volcano Cloud Forest National Park takes us up the slopes of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range through beautiful landscape adorned with coffee, dairy, strawberry, flower and fern farms in addition to quaint typical small towns with well-kept homes.

COFFEE PLANTATION SHOP to sample and purchase if you wish top quality roasted coffee while taking in the beautiful views of the rolling landscape of coffee plantations and of the Central Valley below.

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POAS VOLCANO:  At approximately 9:00 a.m. we’ll enter the cloud forest of the Poás Volcano National Park where we'll walk 400 scenic yards on a paved pathway to the crater, located at a cool 8,500 ft. above sea level.  Your guide will show you the beautiful giant leaves of the “Poor Man’s Umbrella” plant, epiphytes (air plants) and other plant species unique to the lush tropical cloud forest ecosystem that lines the walk to the crater.  From the crater’s rim you’ll have the unique experience of  looking down 500 ft. into an active volcano crater that's nearly 3/4 of a mile in diameter and constantly emitting sulfur fumes and steam from its 'fumaroles'.  The crater's array of colorful rock strata, aqua green colored acid lake surrounded by tropical could forest and barren old lava floe rock formations together with the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, gives your experienced professional guide plenty to tell you about.  An optional walk via a rustic trail through the cloud forest back to the vehicle is available.

VIEW & FRUIT STOPS:  After leaving Poás around 10:30 a.m. we'll make brief stops with a fantastic high view of the central valley below, and later further down the mountain at a roadside fruit stand to sample delicious fresh strawberries, other local fruit and snacks safe to eat.

WATERFALLS:  By 11:30 a.m. we’ll arrive at the first of 2 spectacular waterfalls, "La Paz" (“The Peace" falls).  This impressive waterfall is a triple sault of pristine water producing an effervescent pool of water surrounded by lush rainforest vegetation.  A road bridge is located directly in front of the falls giving you an excellent spot to view the falls.

La Paz Waterfall Views

San Fernando Falls &
Hummingbird Gallery

HUMMINGBIRDS:  A few miles down the scenic road with forest lined canyons and farm land we'll stop to have delicious typical lunch at a rustic country restaurant with wood burning stove and a breathtaking view of the San Fernando Falls and enjoy a hummingbird gallery.  A 300 ft. high spout of pristine water spilling out of an impressive rainforest lined canyon in the near distance, provides a spectacular background to a wide variety of hummingbirds feeding from the hanging feeders giving you an excellent opportunity to admire and photograph these amazing birds, among other possible birds such as Tanagers and the Emerald Green Toucanet.

LUNCH: Here in front of the San Fernando Falls we'll stop for lunch at rustic typical Costa Rican restaurant with a variety of delicious local food cooked over a wood burning stove and tasty fruit refreshments while enjoying the hummingbird gallery.

JUNGLE RIVER WILDLIFE MOTORBOAT CRUISE:  About 1 hour after lunch, around 2:00 p.m. we arrive at the river town of Puerto Viejo.  Here we’ll take a covered motorboat cruise for 2 hours, either up or down stream, on the calm flowing waters of the shaded jungle lined banks of the Sarapiquí River, and if we go up stream we will explore the forest lined banks of the tributary of Puerto Viejo River where the world renowned Research Station of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is located. This is a pleasant and relaxing way to see MONKEYS, colorful TROPICAL BIRDS, IGUANAS, CROCODILES OR CAIMANS, SLOTHS and other tropical animals that your knowledgeable guide and boat captain will help find and point out to you in addition to interesting facts about these animals.  You’ll also see what life on a tropical jungle river is like, with children swimming, people fishing in the river, farmland, banana plantations and the occasional home on the banks.  We carry a full compliment of refreshments, from cold beer to sodas & bottled water on our boat trip, as we do in our vehicles, available all day long at no extra cost.  Immediately after the boat trip we’ll drive a couple of short blocks to a souvenir shop to make use of their restrooms where you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase beautiful art, woodcrafts and souvenirs at economical prices.

Sarapiquí River wildlife

Sarapiquí River Motorboat

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Returning to San José a different way you’ll enjoy a scenic 1-½ hour drive back with a ½ hr or 20 miles of it being through the impressive Braulio Carrillo Rainforest National Park.  Here with weather conditions and visibility permitting, you'll be able to take in views of the forest lined canyons before arriving back to your hotel or place of lodging by 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. This can vary though.

Price from: $130/person.  All inclusive; Poás Volcano entrance and parking fees, stops at 2 spectacular rainforest waterfalls & Hummingbird Gallery , river motorboat fees, lunch, refreshments all day, hotel pick-up & drop-off is all included. Family & group discounts. Clean restrooms are available at Poás and throughout the tour. Reserve now with a 50% deposit or pay in full at our payment page now: PAY/RESERVE PAGE


Current Time in Costa Rica

All of Costa Rica is on the same time year round (no changes or different time zones).
The U.S. and other countries may change time during the year but C.R. does not.
During U.S. Standard Time C.R. is the same as U.S. Central Standard Time.
During U.S. Daylight Saving Time C.R. is the same as U.S. Mountain Time.

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Best to email us at least 24 hrs or a couple days before requesting a tour.
But if you prefer or with short notice from the U.S. call us in Costa Rica via our
U.S. Telephone #s: 1-352-505-
                              or 1-352-505-2636

Free of International Charges from the U.S. and Canada!
And for calls from other countries, only charges to the U.S. apply.
We'll do our best to arrange same day tours with calls in the early morning,
 but best to call (and also
email) at least the day before, if not much sooner, to increase your chances of us being able to help you.

If you are in Costa Rica or need a tour with short notice it's
 best to call (and also email) hopefully at least the day before or sooner, to increase your chances of us being able to help you,
our Local C.R. Telephone #s :
 2215-2162 or 2215-2163
IF you must dial our Local  C.R. Tel. #s from outside C.R. first dial your
International Access Code (011 in U.S. & Canada), then C.R.'s Country Code 506, then our number.
There are no area codes in Costa Rica.
 Example dial from U.S. or Canada to C.R. dial:  011 (506) 2215-2162.

Of course from U.S. or Canada try our US  tel. # above first.
We'll do our best to arrange same day tours with calls in the early morning,
 but best to call (and also email) at least the day before, if not much sooner.

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