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Doka coffee plantation / Poás Volcano / Grecia / Sarchí Oxcart Factory

Bring: Pants, light jacket, walking shoes, sun block, hat, camera The first place we stop will be at the famous Doka Coffee Plantation Estate for a coffee tour. Doka is an actual coffee plantation where we will learn about the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce one of the best coffees in Costa Rica, and the world. Learn about the careful and elaborate process involved on the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean. Revenues from coffee as early as the 1700's literally paved the way to much of the Costa Rican infrastructure you see today.

Next, you'll begin your ascent through the lush coffee plantations and ornamental flower farms of the Province of Alajuela until you reach 8,884 feet above sea level at Poás Volcano. As you drive you will get glimpses far below of the developed Central Valley. A short walk from where the bus parks leads you to a lookout where you can observe the massive moon-like crater, the biggest active volcano on the planet over a kilometer wide. Far below see the steaming fumaroles of the awesome crater lake bubbling and letting off steam. The experience leaves you in awe imagining the power that created such a huge open area. This is the most visited National Park in Costa Rica with a small museum explaining the forces, tectonics and reasons behind Poas Volcano.

On route far below to Grecia, we stop for a typical Costa Rican lunch. Arriving first at Grecia, we will see the famous metal church, which has a rare and beautiful architecture. Grecia is considered one of the cleanest towns in Latin America. See their national monument that fills Grecia's inhabitants with pride. In order to catch a glimpse of the local lifestyle we will also visit the central market area.

Our last stop is in Sarchi, known as the Cradle of Costa Rican Artisans because of its fine workshops. Here we will have time to enjoy the artistic work of the local artisans as they create the famous typical oxcart. Splendidly decorated and in various sizes, these oxcarts are treasured worldwide for their unique beauty. You will not want to leave Costa Rica without one. The miniature replicas are your best bet!

Tour categories: Family, Nature & Rainforest, Relaxing, Romantic

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