“With all the wonderful things to see in Costa Rica, the lodge ended up being one of my favourite parts of the trip.”
If you’re looking for a wide variety of activities we are ideally located to offer you some amazing experiences such as visiting an active Volcano, white water rafting on the Sarapiqui river, the Waterfall Gardens, horseback riding, farm and coffee estate tours, bird watching and hiking in the Cloud forest. The list is extensive and here are a few of our favourites.
Enjoy being chauffeur driven to Poás Volcano National Park, an experience not to be missed with a chance to view the widest active crater of any volcano in the world. On your tour, our friendly bilingual local guide will tell you some of the fascinating history of the local area show you the best views towards the Central Valley and also point out some of the spectacular flora and fauna and birdlife – an enriching and truly unique experience enhanced by the knowledge of our local guides.
It’s attractions include five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, safe hiking trails, aviary with 40 species of birds, toucan feeding, marmoset monkeys, insect exhibit, butterfly observatory and butterfly gardens, butterfly laboratory, two-toed sloths, Capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 documented species, hummingbird hand feeding in the mornings and afternoons, serpentarium (snake exhibit), jaguar, pumas, ocelots, jaguarundi, margays, ‘Casita de la Paz’ with petting zoo and ox cart, ranarium (frog exhibit), orchid exhibit, heliconia exhibit, bromeliad exhibit. All of these offered at one-place makes it the best private eco-park in Costa Rica.
An authentic cultural experience, Mi Cafecito Coffee Estate and tour will give you an insight into the life of the Costa Rican coffee producer. Walking with a guide through the plantation, you will see and learn how the coffee farm is organised in such a way that it encourages and promotes harmony between nature and agriculture. On your return to the processing plant and roasting barn, you will learn about the process from seed to cup, where at the end you will be invited to a coffee tasting by the producer. During the tour you’ll also be invited on an ecological walk through the surrounding rainforest on the property, and learn a little about the environment. This hike is a little under a mile (1.2 km), and has a path surrounded by many different species of trees, flora and fauna as well as local wildlife and birds. From here you will enjoy the views towards the swiftly moving waters of the Sarapiquí River just below the property.
Lago Hule is perhaps one of the most beautiful in the country both for its scenic beauty and for the abundance and biological diversity present in the forest that surrounds it. Anyone who arrives for the first time at the viewpoint looking into vast lake, once a volcanic crater, will be in awe of its majestic and untouched beauty. It constitutes a protected area called Bosque Alegre “ National Wildlife Refuge”. The guided walk lasts approximately 2 hours or more if you are visiting the three lagoons, Hule Lagoon , Bosque Alegre and Congo. The main attraction would of course be the impressive Laguna Hule spanning 1,150 metres across.
We can organize your tour to the Sarapiquí Tropical Rain Forest, a spectacular and scenic drive from the cloud forest highlands of Vara Blanca down to the rainforest lowlands of the Northern Caribbean plains. You will enjoy several protected and important biological parks and research stations, namely Braulio Carrillo National Park and La Selva Biological Station. It is an opportunity to see and experience the mighty Sarapiquí River, which can be accessed from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, the main river port. Once a bustling hub that exported goods down the Sarapiquí and San Juan Rivers (Río San Juan), it flows east to the Caribbean coast, eventually finishing at Puerto Limón.
Poas Volcano Lodge’s setting between two national parks, make it a unique destination for birding enthusiasts. If you would like a bespoke tour with a specialist guide who can help you find highland species of hummingbirds, euphonies, and perhaps even the legendary resplendent Quetzal, we would be delighted to organise this for you.
We can guide you to Doka Coffee Estate, ‘Tres Generaciones’, which produces one of Costa Rica's highest quality coffees. The Estate is located on the slopes of the Poás Volcano above Alajuela, whose rich soil and the ideal altitude and climate have made the Santa Eduviges farm famous for its excellent coffee. On your way there, your guide may suggest a stop on route to give you a chance to browse the local arts and crafts and the opportunity to meet some of the community involved in these cottage industries.
We recommend visiting Corso Lecheria just five minutes from the Lodge. It is a real Costa Rican rural experience and an opportunity to learn about local agriculture. Hike around the farm with wonderful views of Poás Volcano and Barva Volcano, experience both primary and secondary forests, visit the strawberries fields, and learn how to milk a cow and take a tractor ride. Visit the farm shop with delicious products and local cheese tastings, have a bite to eat in the retro fitted dairy parlour come restaurant and enjoy the farm to table menu.
White water rafting on the Sarapiquí River, grade 3 or 4, followed by a horseback riding tour around the 2000 acre working ranch of Pozo Azul. Typical ‘campesino’ lunch afterwards is optional at the Pozo Azul restaurant on their river terrace, overlooking the Sarapiquí.
Take a relaxing boat tour on the Sarapiquí River to view the surrounding rainforest and wildlife, followed by a Coffee Tour in one of the Cooperatives in San Miguel.