Get the inside scoop on a pair of Costa Rica’s most famous exports on a combo tour of the Doka Estate coffee plantation. Learn how coffee beans are grown, harvested, and roasted to perfection, and then follow the sticky-sweet journey of sugar cane at a working sugar mill. Finish the flavorful visit with a tour of the estate?s inedible natural treasures, including hundreds of miniature bonsai trees, colorful orchids, and butterflies.
- Doka Estate coffee and sugar combo tour
- Visit one of Costa Rica’s premier coffee plantations
- Learn how the ideal coffee bean is created, from planting through roasting
- Tour a working sugar mill where raw sugar cane is transformed into sugar, molasses, and other sweet products
- Admire the estate’s collection of bonsai trees and orchids
- Stroll among winged wonders in the butterfly garden
- Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from San Jose
What You Can Expect
During this educational Costa Rican coffee tour, you will experience firsthand how the plantation employees strive to obtain the perfect balance between nature and science; you will learn about the different cultivation methods and age-old brewing techniques.
The Sugar Mill is the next stop; you will get to see the inner workings of a sugar cane mill, which is called a Trapiche.? You will learn all about how cane sugar is made and processed.? Your guide will take you through each of the steps: growing, harvesting methods, extraction, evaporation, boiling and storage.? Besides tasting them you will also learn about the sugar cane by-products, such as molasses and cane fibers and their respective purposes.
With the sweet flavor of the sugar cane still in your mouth, you are ready to the next stop, the Bonsai Trees and Orchid Garden.
Following the coffee growing culture existing in the family since 1940, was born a special fondness for the development of Bonsai that are created from material found in the farms, You will see a family collection of 250 bonsai. Greenery, water fountains, and orchids also surround the garden.
The last stop is the butterfly garden.? This lovely facility is home to 15 species that undergo the complete metamorphosis within these walls.? Among the species, you will be able to observe the Blue Morpho, Monarch, Owl Butterfly, and the Heliconias.? Also in the garden, you will find each butterfly?s host plant, aerial trails, watersheds, and botanical gardens. Reproduction does not take place in the garden, but at a separate facility.? Your guide will explain the metamorphosis process to you in every stage, while from egg to adult butterfly.? There are signs that point out specific plants and species to help you find them.? Magnifying glasses are also available to help you get a closer look at these interesting creatures.? If you are lucky, you may get a chance to see a pupa hatching.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (only hotels located in the metropolitan area of San Jose
- Entrance fees
- Gratuities (recommended)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund
You can present either a paper or mobile ticket for this activity.
Local operator information
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Schedule and Pricing
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Your hotel in the metropolitan area of San Jose
9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
84 minutes (approx.)
Returns to original departure point