Outstanding Coffee Tour at El Toledo
The best coffee tour in the country is right here, just outside of Atenas in San Isidro, at El Toledo. El Toledo is an organic coffee plantation and they offer a 2 hour tour of the farm. They also offer several package tours that include mountain biking of the area. For more information go to this link:
Zoo Ave is a wildlife rescue dedicated to their care and rehabilitation. The zoo income is used to maintain the facility. There are more than 250 species in the zoo, and 120 or them are birds.
Visitors will encounter American crocodiles, white-tailed deer, snakes, peccaries, and all four species of native monkeys: squirrel, white-faced, howler and spider.
A paved walking trail loops through Zoo Ave's three acres, affording visitors an easy path to all animal areas. Self-guided tours begin with the resident macaws, where visitors can observe scarlet, hybrid, and Buffon's macaws perched on branches, squawking and acting socially, just as they would in the wild. Other free-roaming animals include peacocks, iguanas, and agouti.
For more information go to this link.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
A great day trip with beautiful waterfalls and wildlife. If you haven't been, it's a must. You can pair it with a tour of Volcan Poas since they are close to each other. But don't spend too much energy (skip the extra hike to the Poas Lagoon) before going to La Paz. There are lots and lots of stairs they have built to give access to the waterfalls at La Paz so you'll be pooped! But it's sooo worth it!
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden in Sarchi, has around 2000 species of plants in its 11 gardens and 7 hectares. Wear a good pair of walking shoes and take lots of photos. Information on hours and fees can be found at this link:
For Orchids, probably the best place in Costa Rica is the Lankester Botanical Gardens on the other side of Cartago, but it is well worth the drive. Plenty of info at this site.
Another Orchid Garden, closer to Atenas, would be the Botanical Orchid Garden in La Garita. Information on hours and cost is available at this link:
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