Pikotravel offers private transportation for your day trip to La Paz waterfall gardens!
Taking advantage of the fact that you’ll have a private driver for the day, you can choose to visit the Doka Coffee Plantation the same day.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
This is primarily a self-guided tour allowing visitors to proceed directly to their areas of interest. You’ll walk along a forested trail that leads to the spectacular waterfalls. This area is between 4,000 and 5,000 ft., which allows for the coexistence of both a rainforest and cloud forest. Enjoy colorful flowers and beautiful birds as you walk along the trails. The La Paz Waterfalls are large and powerful—and make for great photos. While here you will also have the opportunity to visit the hummingbird garden, serpentarium, bird house, butterfly garden, and frog exhibit.
The Jungle Cats exhibit is another attraction at La Paz Waterfalls Garden. The Jungle Cats stay in captivity because they cannot be released back into the wild – most of them were old, injured or were exposed to humans for too long.
Doka Coffee Estate.
The main objective of the Coffee Tour is to educate and inform the local and international population regarding the whole production process as well as the processing of coffee.
The tour begins in the seedbed. There you will observe and be explained the development process of the plant up to the point of recollection of the ripe grain. You will also learn about the history of the estate, its owners, the production and varieties of plants, the geography of the area and the traditional ways of cultivating the grain.
The second station is the oldest humid coffee processing plant, declared to be an Architectural Heritage for Humanity in 2003, that works by hydraulic power. In the receiver, you can see the first classification of the grains, afterwards the process of de-pulping of first and second quality coffee takes place in the grinders.
Next, the natural honey of the grain is cut in the fermentation tanks and a process is carried out that is significant to the taste of the coffee. The coffee that has been dried in the Guardiola or on the patios under the sun, is stored in the warehouse. This grain is ready to be peeled, and then exported or roasted in the country.
Finally, the roasting plant Café Tres Generaciones is visited, where you will be explained and can observe the different types of roasts that are offered.
- Price: $250 for private roundtrip transportation only for up to 4 people. Every extra person above 5 pays $15.
- Days of operation: everyday. Email us to check availability.
- Duration: approximately 7-8 hours from pickup to drop off.
- Recommended to bring: pants, jacket, comfortable shoes (sneakers, no flip flops!), sunscreen, bug spray, camera, umbrella or rain coat. The weather can change very fast so we strongly recommend to be prepared for the cold and the rain.
- Restrictions: not recommended for people with knee or leg problems as there’s hiking involve. Families with children are welcome but this is not the best activity for small children.
- Includes: private transportation to and from the hotel. Entrance fees to the places you’ll visit and lunch are not included in the price.
The entrance fees at La Paz start at around $44 per adult and $28 per child. Delicious top rated buffet available as an add-on for $14 – $8 per person. Includes multiple selections of traditional Costa Rican dishes, full salad bar, pizza, garlic bread, french fries, fresh fruits, rice pudding and unlimited fresh fruit juice, coffee and tea. Available between 11am – 4pm. You can check their site here: http://www.waterfallgardens.com/la_paz_waterfall_gardens.php.
If you decide to visit Doka, the entrance fees for the coffee tour start at around $22 per person, you can check their site here: https://dokaestate.com/coffee_tour/reservations.html.
Important note on weather conditions:
Pikotravel DOES NOT control the weather and there is no way of knowing how the conditions will be once you arrive on site as this can literally change in minutes. The weather may be clear or extremely rainy and cold the day of your visit and considering that this is the rain forest, fog is also common. Please consider this before making your reservation.