THINGS TO DO
From Mango Valley you can travel easily to all these wonderful places:
World of Snakes
This one-of-kind facility spreads over 18,000 square feet (almost 1,700 square meters), where you will find more than 150 snakes of more than 50 different species. Originally established by two Austrians, the place now hosts not only a snake zoo, but also a breeding facility that ships its snakes worldwide. The price includes a very informative guided tour, during which you can learn all kinds of strange snake information. If you feel adventurous enough, the guide will let you touch harmless snakes…
Poas Volcano (Parque Nacional Volcan Poas)
This national park is home to one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes, with a history of eruptions that goes back eleven million years. Its last eruption was in January 1910, but if you are lucky, you might see its crater, said to be the second largest in the world, throwing steam and muddy water into the air.
From your cottage at Mango Valley you can admire the magnificent view of Poas. The 40-minute drive from the hotel to the volcano takes you through beautiful countryside views. Once you arrive, it’s only a few minutes walk to the crater. If you feel like it, you can take an easy one-hour walk around the park, on a path that goes through the volcanic cloud forest, inhabited by rare birds and small animals. There you can also see the old Poas crater, now filled with turquoise blue water, which is called Botas Lake. Don’t forget your camera to capture all these amazing views! After the walk, you can relax with a cup of coffee in the park cafeteria, get more information about the park and volcanoes in general, and stock up on nice souvenirs in the gift shop.
In order to have a better chance of seeing the crater, it's best to leave early in the morning, around 8 am. This way we can beat the clouds that usually rush in after 10 am. Bring comfortable shoes, an umbrella/poncho in case of rain, a jacket (it can get cool up there), sunblock and water. As this tour leaves early in the morning, you can easily combine it with our other tours in the neighborhood, like La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Canopy Las Colinas.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
One of Costa Rica’s most popular attractions, La Paz Waterfall Gardens is 9.3 miles (15 km) east of Volcano Poas. With over 70 acres (28 hectares) of wildlife and forest to explore, La Paz allows visitors to wander through 2 miles (3.5 km) of paved trails, which take you below, above and right next to five awesome waterfalls. The paths wind along the La Paz River, going through the cloud forest as well as through rain forest. You can also visit a butterfly observatory, hummingbird garden (home to sixteen different species), jungle cat exhibit (home to Ocelot, Margay and Jaguarundi), aviary, frog pond, monkeys’ house, snakes and more! So much to see, and then you can take a break and relax while enjoying your buffet lunch at the beautiful Colibris Restaurant.
Canopy Tour at Colinas del Poas
The Poas Canopy Tour is the most popular adventure tour in the mountains. The center is set on 100 acres (40 hectares), 40% of which consists of secondary forest. The Canopy tour lasts about 2h, and consists of 21 platforms and 12 cables suspended high above the jungle trails. This exciting adventure tour ends with a glide down an impressive 1,980-foot (600 meter) long cable. The tour operators follow a set of rigid quality standards and safety rules, according to international standards. Your tour is supervised by highly qualified and professional personnel.
Sarchi is known as Costa Rica’s center for arts and crafts, especially furniture making and ox-cart making. From Grecia we take a small winding road through the surrounding villages. In Sarchi, we visit the church, built in the 1950s, painted pink with aquamarine trimming, and recalling a child’s birthday cake.
Next to the church, we visit the world’s biggest ox-cart. Afterwards, we venture into the oldest functioning ox-cart factory, where all the machinery is powered by water wheel. In the factory, you will witness every step of the ox-cart making process, including the intricate design painting.
Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens (El Jardin Botanico Else Kientzler)
Originally started in 1998, the garden now occupies 17 acres (7 hectares) of land. The garden was created by Ludwig Kientzler, to demonstrate the diversity of tropical plants. The garden currently boasts a varied collection of more than 2,000 plants, coming from places such as Guyana, New Zealand, Madagascar, Japan, Java, India and others. It’s an excellent place for a picnic. A guided tour is available for an extra fee.
Del Toro Waterfall
Del Toro Waterfall is said to be Costa Rica’s ultimate secret, located in the heart of the undiscovered Sarapiqui mountains. Three volcanoes and national parks surround the destination. The 400-foot (120 meters) high waterfall crashes into the old crater. Go down all the way and you will feel lost in time. As you walk the trails of this primary forest you will have the opportunity to appreciate the limitless variety of plants, trees, birds and animals.
Doka Coffee Plantation Tour
Doka Coffee plantation is situated in the coffee capital of Costa Rica, Sabanilla, Alajuela. The farm was founded by the pioneers of coffee production in Costa Rica, the Vargas Ruiz family, who have been in the business for more than 70 years. In 2000 and 2001 Doka Estate won the award forbest coffee estate of Costa Rica, and its Tres Generaciones Coffee is one of the most well-known and respected brands.
The Doka Coffee Plantation tour aims to educate and inform visitors about the whole production process as well as the processing of coffee. During the tour you will learn about the production, harvesting, processing and roasting of the coffee beans.
Rappelling in Toro Waterfall
Two tours in one: rappelling and Toro waterfall.
The 300 ft. rappel next to the waterfall is not the most used or best known in Costa Rica but for sure the most impressive one!! Minimum age 15 years, maximum age 65 years and health needs to be good.
It is necessary appointment request.