Villas del Rio


5 One Day tours from San José

Short time in Costa Rica does not mean that you can not enjoy the beauty in it. One day tours can give you a shot of our magic and why “Pura Vida” defines our country.

Relaxation Seekers

If you are looking for peace and connection with nature, we recommend you to take the Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs tour. On the way to the Arenal Volcano you can visit  the town of Sarchí, know as the cradle of the Costa Rican artisans. In the tour we offer we make a quick stop at the Central Park to see the “Giant Oxcart” and then the main handcraft factory for some souvenir shopping.

Then we will drive to La Fortuna de Arenal where we will enjoy a typical lunch, continuing to a viewpoint where you can admire the Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake.

Afterwards we will go to the hot springs where you can relax and enjoy their facilities. And for the perfect ending, before going back to San José, a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano so that you do not miss any opportunity to look at the magnificently shaped volcano.

  Gandcraft factory, Sarchí.   © 2013, noemkr.

Gandcraft factory, Sarchí. © 2013, noemkr.

  A renal Volcano and Lagoon, San Carlos.  © 2009,   Tansy Jefferies .

Arenal Volcano and Lagoon, San Carlos. © 2009, Tansy Jefferies.

Poás Volcano and Costa Rican Culture

We will leave from San José and head to the Poás Volcano National Park, where we will hike the main crater’s lookout point and to the Botos Lagoon.

Afterwards, we continue our journey to Doka Plantation for a coffee tour and delicious lunch. Then we will stop at Grecia and visit the Metallic Catholic Church and this town’s Central Market. And finally we visit Sarchí. We will stop at the Central Park to admire the “Giant Oxcart”, and then at the main handcraft factory for some souvenir shopping.

 C offee tour.   © 2014, Rocío Chacón.

Coffee tour. © 2014, Rocío Chacón.

 Botos Lagoon.  © 2014, Rocío Chacón.

Botos Lagoon. © 2014, Rocío Chacón.

  World's Largest Oxcart, Sarchí. © 2013, noemkr.

World's Largest Oxcart, Sarchí. © 2013, noemkr.


Flora and Fauna Lovers

This tour is perfect is you love the beach and wild animals. In this tour you can go to Manuel Antonio National Park which is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Costa Rica. On this tour, you will visit pristine beaches, with coral reefs, bordered by exuberant vegetation and the natural wonders of the tropical rain forest. The beaches in Manuel Antonio are highly coveted as some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

On the way to Manuel Antonio National Park, you will travel along the coastline enjoying scenic views, including African palm plantations. You will also travel past small villages along the Pacific Coast, until you reach the port of Quepos and ultimately the National Park.

Since access to the park itself is closed to vehicles, you will hike to the preserve, crossing a creek. Once in the park, you can simply relax and enjoy the beach, sunbathe, or hike through the park’s trails, which will allow you to observe Manuel Antonio’s abundant flora and fauna. Several species of monkeys, iguanas, birds and possibly even the three-toed  sloth can be seen. If you chose to hike the trail to Cathedral Point, do not forget your camera; the view of the park and the sea are simply spectacular!

  Baby sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica   ©   2012, Okkema.

Baby sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica © 2012, Okkema.

 Manuel Antonio Beach,  ©   2013, KatieBordner

Manuel Antonio Beach, © 2013, KatieBordner


Adventure Seekers

In this tour you will find more excitement around the Caribbean area of the country, going through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Once we arrive to La Hacienda Pozo Azul we will do the zip lining followed by the water rafting at the Sarapiquí River. We will enjoy a typical lunch of this region.

   Braulio Carrillo National Park.   ©   2013, Maria Ogrzewalska.

 Braulio Carrillo National Park. © 2013, Maria Ogrzewalska.

  Rafting at the Sarapiquí River.   ©   2009, Charlie Wilkins.

Rafting at the Sarapiquí River. © 2009, Charlie Wilkins.

Tortuga Island

Costa Rica is famous for the romantic day cruises to its exotic Pacific Islands! After a scenic drive to the Pacific Coast, you will board a luxurious yacht for the Pacific Island adventure. Our final destination is the Tortuga (Turtle) Island, famous for its pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear blue water and superb snorkeling. And the best part, a scrumptious buffet will be served on the beach!

 Tortuga Island. ©  2013, ElphabaNorthWest.

Tortuga Island.© 2013, ElphabaNorthWest.

 Tortuga Island.  ©  2014, Stay in Costa Rica.

Tortuga Island. © 2014, Stay in Costa Rica.