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Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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Quepos, Costa Rica
Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Explore one of Costa Rica's supersize natural attractions and the country’s famous wildlife on this half-day shore excursion from Puntarenas. Journey to the top of active Poas Volcano for incredible views of the turquoise lake that fills its steaming crater, and observe rescued wildlife like jaguars, spider monkeys, and electric-colored frogs at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private eco-tourism reserve.
  • Half-day combo shore excursion from Puntarenas
  • Stand at the summit of active Poas Volcano
  • See the distinctive turquoise lake that fills the volcano's main crater
  • See rescued jaguars, monkeys, birds, and amphibians at La Paz Waterfall Gardens eco-reserve
  • Admire a beautiful tropical waterfall
  • Great way to experience Costa Rica's natural highlights during a day at port
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
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Port pickup and drop-off
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Ports

  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Costanera Sur 128, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica


our driver and guide will be waiting to greet you at the Puntarenas port when your ship arrives. Travel from the Gulf of Nicoya inland across the fertile plains of Costa Rica's Central Valley and into Alajuela province. Observe the temperature and vegetation change as you begin to ascend the slopes of Poas Volcano.

From the summit, which stretches an impressive 8,885 feet (2,708 meters) above sea level, admire sweeping panoramic valley views and gaze down into the main crater filled with a bright blue, acidic lake and steaming fumaroles. Although the volcano has erupted dozens of times, it has not seen a period of major activity with ash clouds since the 1950s, so geologic experts consider it safe to visit. Poas Volcano National Park is also home to many scenic hiking trails and exceptional biodiversity.

After descending from the volcano, journey next to the tropical habitats of La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a private eco-reserve and animal sanctuary that’s home to more than 100 different species. Designed to educate visitors about Costa Rica’s natural bounty and preserve the surrounding ecosystem, La Paz features a network of walking paths that wind through wildlife exhibits like hummingbird and butterfly gardens, a serpentarium, and an aviary. You can also observe rehabilitated mammalian residents like spider monkeys, jaguars, and pumas.

Soak up the lush scenery and see the tropical waterfall that gives the reserve its name before hopping back in the van for the return drive to Puntarenas, where the 5-hour shore excursion concludes at your waiting cruise ship.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Stop At:  
Poas Volcano National Park
Of an altitude of 2.708 mts above sea level and temperature ranging from 45 f° to 70 f°. It is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in Costa Rica, mainly for its primary crater that has a warm and acid lagoon, turquoise colors and active fumaroles; it also has cold water lagoon, natural hiking paths and great biodiversity.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
It is the #1 most visited privately owned ecological attraction in Costa Rica featuring the best hiking near San Jose, the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals and an environmental education program.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A minimum of two people per booking is required
  • To buy volcano tickets we need passport details of passengers (complete name, number and country).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Top Private Tours

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Puntarenas Shore Excursion: Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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An awesome tour. We had an amazing...
jackiepanaro67
, Apr 2017
An awesome tour. We had an amazing driver, Cali, that was very informative. He also walked the entire tour with us explaining things. I've had other tour drivers not speak and stay next to their vehicles. Again, Cali is your man! The downside to this tour was it was not approximately 5 hours. It's an all day tour. The drive from Puntarenas was over 2 hours. Also try to get to the volcano before 10 am as the clounds tend to roll in.

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