Tours and Activities

At Vida Tropical you will have our recommendations on the best way to travel around Costa Rica. We´ll give you specific information on tours, accommodation, transportation, bus schedules, best car rental rates and more.

Here are some of the tours we can arrange for you below.

Volcan PoasCoffee TourTortugueroCanopy Tour


We have vans with drivers who can take you anywhere you want, in the Central Valley or touring around the country. They all have new and comfortable vehicles, and speak at least some English, some are quite fluent, all are insured and guaranteed to give good service.

Their rates are based on the trip you want to take, but for estimating purposes, assume about $10-15 an hour, or $80-120 for a full 8 hour day (pickup 8 AM, return 4 PM). These are not “package” tours, you sit down with the driver and tell him what you want to see and do, stop here or there to take pictures, rest stop for lunch where you want, at your own pace.

The van can be possibly shared with other Vida Tropical guests at your option to bring the price per person down a bit. These drivers are also available for multi-day trips.


In the Neighborhood – Walking Distance

Alajuela Central Market, Parks and Cathedral
See city map for locations

Alajuela Farmer’s Market
Open 2:00-5:00 Friday and 7:00 until noon Saturday

Auto Mercado Supermarket

Restaurants – See Map

Jalapeño Central Tex Mex

Soda Palmares

Café Delicias

Vegetarian Delight

Less than an hour from Vida Tropical

Let us know the kinds of activities that interest you and we will help organize your days to make the most of your time. We have a guide/driver available to take the stress out of your travels and to show you the hidden treasures of Costa Rica. We can help you with reservations for auto rentals, hotels at the major parks and attractions as well as help you find a perfect little bungalow on a quiet beach.

Volcan Poas

Zoo Ave Wildlife rescue and breding center

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Butterfly Farm

Doka Coffee Plantation Tour

Colinas del Poas Canopy Tour and Trout Fishing

San Jose Downtown

San Jose National Theater productions

Sarchi Souvenirs and furniture

InBio Parque

Cafe Britt Plantation Tour

Less than two hours from Vida Tropical

Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park           

Carara National Park

Sea Kayak from Jaco

Lancaster Gardens

Rainforest Aerial Tram

                                  Day Trips or Overnights

(most include breakfast and/or lunch and Park entrance fees, and they are operated by established and reputable tour companies)

Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Farm and La Paz Waterfall Gardens $100

White water rafting 1-2 or 3 day trip Class 2-3-4 and 5 from $95

Manuel Antonio Park and Beach $99

Adventure Combo Class 2 and 3 rafting and zipline Canopy Tour $110

Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs 1 day or overnight from $96

Cruise to Tortuga Island from $115

Grecia and Sarchi $49

Orosi Valley and Lankester Botanical Gardens $59-00

Irazu Volcano or Poas Volcano 1/2 day tours from $49

Tortuguero Canals 1 day or 2-3 night packages from $100

San Luis Canopy Tour $84