Ecoscape Nature Tours
- 11 hour
versions of the "Highlights Tour" are offered. Also
referred to as the
"4 in 1" or "5 in 1 Tour" The Ecoscape Nature Tour
version was our
choice (from their website) and we
were not disappointed!
Our tour included a coffee plantation - breakfast, Poas
Paz waterfalls, Hummingbird
snack, Selva Verde
Jungle Lodge - lunch, Sarapiqui River Float - lots of
National Park - drive through.
The tour picks people up at various hotels or locations
For us it was the steps of the Alajuela courthouse at
7:30 am. We were
dropped off at the Hampton Inn at 6 pm at night. A $5
taxi ride back to
our Pura Vida Hotel.
tour consisted of 6 other people, we were in a long
van/shuttle bus that many tourism companies in CR use.
had a driver
and a knowledgeable wonderful guide named Ricardo. He
chatting with the group as we reached our
destinations. Explaining the
crops and farms along the way. As well as anything
else we were
interested in. At every stop he made sure we all
saw what we were
supposed to. I agreed to seeing bats along the river
float because he
wouldn't let the boat move until he knew I saw them.
(Although I never
could spot them - Mark did & said they were very
We were very well feed along the tour, a breakfast,
stopped at a road side stand to get a bag of local
corn meal &
cheese rings (forget the official name). He wanted us
all to try a few.
Crunchy and not bad. We even had a lovely snack of
(awesome!!!) sausage, and tortillas at the Hummingbird
gallery. Plus a
lunch buffet later at Selva Verde Lodge. The cost of
the trip was
worth the food alone! :) The bonuses of being
chauffeured (not getting
lost, car rental, gas), educated by a guide (they spot
things a tourist
would never find or know), and all the park entrance
fees etc. We think
it is a brilliant option for the money.
from coffee plantation
from Poas Volcano
lucky enough to actually see Poas.
Apparently it is frequently
The climate here varies, mostly damper then
areas just an
does provide plastic bag style rain ponchos if
needed for the
area. We encountered a very light misty rain.
It was also a lot colder here, a jacket was
required during our visit.
The hike to the crater was great, seeing lots of
unique flora. Just
look at the size of these leaves!
There is a super gift shop here as well!
from La Paz Waterfalls
Photos from Hummingbird Gallery
Sarapiqui River Jungle Cruise
river is near the Nicaraguan
The boat drifts past jungle homes and
We saw monkeys, a sloth, a caiman
(crocodile) a turtle, iguana, bats,
red head wood pecker, various other
birds. It was hard to get a good
photo of most of the critters, but we
enjoyed seeing them.
The boat driver got off the boat and
went up a hill and came back with
this cute little blue jeans
poision dart frog.
set him free back up the
poison dart frogs, are active during the
day and feed primarily on ants and termites.
continued back to San Jose through the Braulio
Park. We were getting dropped off at Hampton Inn
the airport so this meant we also had a nice tour
through downtown San
Jose. This was the only time we saw San Jose, we were
glad we weren't
staying there as it just seemed a bit too "hustle
& bustle" for us.
But we enjoyed our drive through.
highly recommend this tour for a day while you
are in the Alajuela and
San Jose area.
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