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Eat & make chocolates at local Factory
You will have a chocolate class and you will be able to taste the different products of chocolate production: cacao fruit, roasted and unroasted seed, cacao nibs, cocoa powder and ancestral cacao beverage. Then... hands into chocolate... you wil learn the way we make our modern chocolates. We will start with pure cacao to obtain cacao paste of concentrations from 70%, 75%, 85% and 100%. With this you will make different kinds of chocolates combining with fresh local ingredients and our own chocolate fillings and then just create your own chocolates. Finally we will give ecofriendly packaging materials so that you take home your own chocolate creations and share your souvernir from Costa Rica.
Bites & Sights Walking San Jose Experience
If you want to get to know San Jose as a local and taste its flavors, nothing could get you closer to authentic San Jose than walking through the streets and the markets with a local as they show you the anecdotes and outs of daily life. On this experience you’ll get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, culture and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables, and more in the Borbon Market. From here, we’ll take a stroll through the vibrant Central Market, tasting empanada and continuing along local roads towards the the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful parks Morazan, will help you get to know the country and its rich history and from this experience, you’ll have another sense , taste to get more in tune with San Jose. For the end visit Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop a store where you will find gourmet coffees and chocolates produced by women, in this special place tasting and learn to prepare coffee, enjoy a tamal , cooked by local families and wrapped in a banana leaf, learn how to make plantain empanadas with cheese, and try our famous Agua de Sapo, make with sugar cañe and lemon.
Manuel Antonio with Mauro Beach&Wildlife
* PARK TICKET (18.08 USD) MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE (MORE INFO ONCE BOOKED) * EXCELLENT FOR COUPLES, GROUPS OF FRIENDS, FAMILIES AND PRIVATE GROUPS. Once we have met and arrived to the park entrance we will walk through the main trails of the Tropical Humid Forest in Manuel Antonio National Park which is one of the best parks in Costa Rica to see wildlife. This park is very famous for its rich biodiversity and an expert local guide is required to spot the animals and plants while share natural history about them. Therefore, I offer you an easy hike of 2 hours surrounded by NATURE and hidden creatures such as SLOTHS, MONKEYS, FROGS, BIRDS, LIZARDS, INSECTS and much more. SURELY, we're gonna enjoy and get breathtaking views of all these using my brand new ATX-SWAROVSKI-SCOPE, getting through it unique HD pictures and 4K videos of the animals included only for you WITH NO EXTRA COST. Finally, after spotting out many animals we will get to Manuel Antonio Beach, the best and safest beach in the area with turquoise water and white sand where we finish the tour with the last recommendations and you will have enough time for swimming up. P.S : BRING ENERGY AND POSITIVE VIBES, IT HELPS TO FIND WILDLIFE.
Experience Beach Yoga & Meditation
You will begin with slow yoga poses that warm up and stretch the body. We build the class into a dynamic flow infused with mindfulness, breathwork, and optional advanced postures. The class always ends with a soothing savasana and a grounding meditation. You will meet Virginia (or Emily) on the beach in front of El Be! Club. El Be is closed on the street side in the mornings, please walk to an Alameda #7 sign to guide you past a restaurant called Waffle Monkey, and you'll see the class setting up in between Portofino & The Ocean restaurants. We practice yoga on a flat, shaded space on the beach. We always have enough yoga mats (and some extras) and individual brooms for you during class. Also included: We can take photos of you or your group after class! We always take a timelapse of the class that we will email you (within 48 hours) if you like. And Waffle Monkey offers a discount for everyone that comes to yoga! **It is the rainy season in Tamarindo until mid-November! Beach yoga is an outside experience. I will cancel a class at 7:30 am if it is actively raining. If the class is cancelled through AirBnB, you will receive a full refund. Thank you for understanding.
Produciendo Café en el Bosque Nuboso de Monteverde
When our visitors arrive at the Sanctuary, the first thing we will do is make a small introduction about our family project, we are guardians of 48 hectares of forest since 1999. During the walk to the plantation, we will talk about the history of coffee in the world and Costa Rica, and then explain on the plantation what permaculture consists of and sustainable farming versus monocultures. Also, learning about specialty coffee and the different ways of processing and finish with a visit to the drying area. On the way back you will have a coffee tasting in three different roasts and methods and each participant will learn how to prepare their own coffee in the proper way. In the end you will learn: how to be a more informed and smart buyer, make the most of the product and value the work behind each cup of coffee. Other things to note We are the only specialty organic coffee plantation in Monteverde. During the year coffee goes through different stages, therefore, depending on the season you will see different processes.

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Cooking with a Costa Rican Family
After booking our experiences, you will arrive at our kitchen where you will be very welcome and where you will share a good time with an authentic Costa Rican family. After introducing ourselves and getting to know each other over a refreshing drink, we will take you on a tour of our organic garden, where you will learn about the different crops and aromatic plants, followed by picking some of the ingredients that we will use for the preparation of our dish. When we return to the kitchen we will prepare a refreshing mojito to proceed to prepare a typical dish with fresh ingredients, produced by us and our neighbors. At the end of the preparation of the dish, we will consume everything prepared in a family atmosphere. If you come with more time than agreed there is a good chance to observe some animals such as frogs, birds and sloth that live in our garden.
Coffee Tour in harmony with nature
My family and I will explain our coffee farming experience so you'll have a better idea of what your lovely coffee means. Coffee unites us, and we'll help you understand the market so you can choose better, and why organic farming is so different from what you may think. You'll learn about the realities of farming from real farmers who aren't using chemicals to produce an excellent cup of coffee. We'll spend almost one hour talking about the process, and help you understand coffee and farming with an open mind. We'll see the plants, the roasting, and the brewing. You'll discover how to make a better cup of coffee, how to get what you want from a java cup, and learn about other products made with the coffee fruit. You'll support a family who'll give you a unique and authentic experience. Other things to note Come with hiking boots and long pants. You must drive to get to our farm or take a bus at 9 AM from Atenas.
Go birdwatching with a licensed guide
We'll start birdwatching at 6:00 AM, where we'll see about 30 different species of birds at an elevation of about 4,500 feet above sea level. Then we'll stop at a cafeteria, where we will have a chance to check some bird feeders as we enjoy a great cup of Costa Rican coffee. After that, we'll move up to Curicancha Reserve where we'll walk through two different life zones including different types of forests (secondary, transitional and primary) plus open areas where we'll be able to see much more variety of birds or Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve to be at a different elevation—about 5,000 feet above sea level—where we'll see much more interesting birds, including the resplendent quetzal, guans, barbets, three-wattled bellbirds, tinamous, and so many others. Typically we would see 60 to 70 different types of birds. Other things to note Bring binoculars, a bird book, hiking shoes, insect repellent, rain gear, and a hat.
Finca El Paraiso Farm & Cheese Tour
This is a third generation, small scale, sustainable farm. The animals are pasture-fed and roam freely throughout the day. It is our vision to continue to operate this farm without the use of pesticides or chemical based fertilizers and to maintain a balance of pasturelands and forest. Guests are invited to take a tour of the farm. Come and see the cows up close and try your hand at milking. Take a tour of the garden, where you will find banana trees, the beginnings of a small scale coffee farm, and seasonal fruits and veggies under the care of our family. We also have sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry on the premises that are all a part of the farm operation. MonteVerde is an area with a rich history in dairy production. We invite to try fresh Costa Rican cheese. You can enjoy an authentic meal featuring the freshly made cheese, hand made tortillas, along with other locally sourced and seasonably available items. You will notice a difference in the quality of the food that is locally sourced and where animals are fed a natural diet. This is an opportunity to experience "La Pura Vida" at its finest. Find us in Waze or Google Maps as "Finca El Paraiso" Also we can set up transportation from Santa Elena/Monteverde town Check out our Instagram & Facebook @fincaparaisocr
HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR AT THE ORGC FARM
Come, discover FINCA LAS GARZAS and enjoy!!! Take a ride through our farmland in a traditional guanacaste Oxcart. Enjoy a 100% authentic farming experience of here. As part of your experience at our family farm you will enjoy a traditional guanacaste home made meal cooked in a wood burning stove in our rustic outdoor ranch area. Also included I. Your day at the farm are activities such as: milking cows, horseback riding (sunset time is amazing), typical food, LIVE THE BEST EXPERIENCE HERE!!! What to bring? Sunblock, cámara, hat, pants, close shoes and the best attitude!! SCHEDULE MORNING 8:30a.m. (Flexible) - Milking cows -typical guanacaste breakfast -oxcart tour (pick up fruits) - horseback riding. -eat fruits -enjoy with all the animals at the farm EVENING 3:30 p.m. (Flexible) -coffee time with tortilla and cheese -milking cows -oxcart tour -horseback riding to the sunset beach.

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Eat & make chocolates at local Factory
You will have a chocolate class and you will be able to taste the different products of chocolate production: cacao fruit, roasted and unroasted seed, cacao nibs, cocoa powder and ancestral cacao beverage. Then... hands into chocolate... you wil learn the way we make our modern chocolates. We will start with pure cacao to obtain cacao paste of concentrations from 70%, 75%, 85% and 100%. With this you will make different kinds of chocolates combining with fresh local ingredients and our own chocolate fillings and then just create your own chocolates. Finally we will give ecofriendly packaging materials so that you take home your own chocolate creations and share your souvernir from Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Tour
*********** IMPORTANT INFORMATION ********* After 4 persons 5% Discount You can request different times. This Experience is available PRIVATE. Are you Looking for Animals and have an amazing experience? We will set off from the World- Famous Manuel Antonio National Park at the Main Entrance. For the next 2 hours, you will be taken through several trails in our quest to spot animals. As a Certified ICT Nature Specialist, i will be helping you to discover many different species of animals hidden or been camouflaged in plain sight and sharing interesting facts and behaviors learned by guiding tours for over 13 years. During the tour, Videos in 4K and pictures of your favorite animals will be taken through our top-of-the-line Swarovski Crystals Spotting ATX Scope with no additional cost adding those fantastic memories to your vacations. Wildlife at the park is exuberant, sloths, monkeys, toucans, different species of birds, butterflies, lizards, iguanas, crabs, insects. All these animals and much more could be seen on our way to Manuel Antonio beach. Once there, we will take a break, to relax or swim. After our beach break. You will continue discovering more about Manuel Antonio and its Hidden Beauty on our way to the exit of the park. See you soon on our tour. Announcements Admissions feeds are $5.65 (children) $18.08 (adult) additional to the price.
Avistamiento de tortugas
Ideal para familias, grupos, niños o privado , la experiencia consiste en una visita guiada de interpretacion natural a playa el cocal ubicada en quepos para precensiar el avistamiento de tortugas lora una de las especies migratorias que visita el territorio de Costa Rica cada año. Nos encontraremos en Quepos y caminaremos hasta el sitio , tomaremos fotos y compartiremos un snack de frutas conversando y educando al público acerca la historia natural de la tortuga lora.
Tamarindo Bar Crawl Experience
Your Best Night In Tamarindo Is Planned. Come join and revel with fellow party people from all over Globe at the most amazing party beach town in Costa Rica. It consists of crawling into 4 hot Venues with friendly nightlife guides making sure you have a good night.
Hike to Rio Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs
We will meet the guide at the Sloth Watching Trail at 8:00 am, or at your hotel if it is near La Fortuna. (please indicate that you require transportation) First we go to the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall, which is 230 feet high; where if the weather allows it, we will bathe in its crystal clear waters. (if it rains a lot it won't be possible) We will be around an hour and a half in this place; then we will take the minibus to go to the next point and one of the most spectacular, the walk in the tropical forest to the base of the Arenal Volcano, where we will visit the lava flows of the years 1525, 1968 and 2010; Also while we enjoy this beautiful ecological park we will learn about the trees and animals that inhabit this place. (Approximately two hours to the base of the volcano and one hour to the green lagoon). After the descent we will enjoy a bath in the green lagoon of totally clean water and of volcanic formation. Once we have enjoyed it, we will have a traditional lunch. To finish we return to the bus to go to the natural river of hot springs (Rio Tabacón), where we will enjoy a majestic place, we will also put on a volcanic mud mask. For after a great day of adventure and experience, return to La Fortuna around 4 pm.
Bites & Sights Walking San Jose Experience
If you want to get to know San Jose as a local and taste its flavors, nothing could get you closer to authentic San Jose than walking through the streets and the markets with a local as they show you the anecdotes and outs of daily life. On this experience you’ll get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, culture and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables, and more in the Borbon Market. From here, we’ll take a stroll through the vibrant Central Market, tasting empanada and continuing along local roads towards the the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful parks Morazan, will help you get to know the country and its rich history and from this experience, you’ll have another sense , taste to get more in tune with San Jose. For the end visit Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop a store where you will find gourmet coffees and chocolates produced by women, in this special place tasting and learn to prepare coffee, enjoy a tamal , cooked by local families and wrapped in a banana leaf, learn how to make plantain empanadas with cheese, and try our famous Agua de Sapo, make with sugar cañe and lemon.
Manuel Antonio with Mauro Beach&Wildlife
* PARK TICKET (18.08 USD) MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE (MORE INFO ONCE BOOKED) * EXCELLENT FOR COUPLES, GROUPS OF FRIENDS, FAMILIES AND PRIVATE GROUPS. Once we have met and arrived to the park entrance we will walk through the main trails of the Tropical Humid Forest in Manuel Antonio National Park which is one of the best parks in Costa Rica to see wildlife. This park is very famous for its rich biodiversity and an expert local guide is required to spot the animals and plants while share natural history about them. Therefore, I offer you an easy hike of 2 hours surrounded by NATURE and hidden creatures such as SLOTHS, MONKEYS, FROGS, BIRDS, LIZARDS, INSECTS and much more. SURELY, we're gonna enjoy and get breathtaking views of all these using my brand new ATX-SWAROVSKI-SCOPE, getting through it unique HD pictures and 4K videos of the animals included only for you WITH NO EXTRA COST. Finally, after spotting out many animals we will get to Manuel Antonio Beach, the best and safest beach in the area with turquoise water and white sand where we finish the tour with the last recommendations and you will have enough time for swimming up. P.S : BRING ENERGY AND POSITIVE VIBES, IT HELPS TO FIND WILDLIFE.
Pico Blanco Waterfall and Nature Hike
This guided hike begins in the mountain-top town of San Antonio, Escazú. We'll meet at "Terminal de buses El Curio" to begin the hike. Throughout the hike, we will get to see many types of butterflies, spot some interesting birds, learn a lot about Escazú's history, all while enjoying of the stunning views that this area has to offer. Part one of this hike will take us to the peak of Cerro Pico Blanco, which has a maximum elevation of 7450 ft. Here we will take some photos, and enjoy the scenery while we catch our breath before descending towards part two of the hike, Waterfall Rio Londres. Once there, you are welcome to swim, take some pictures or simply just sit back, eat a snack, and enjoy the landscape. Afterwards, we'll make our way down the mountain, stopping from time to time so that I can point out interesting things or share fun facts about the surrounding nature. Located just a short distance from the city of San José, this is one of the best ways to experience the natural surroundings of the country without having to travel too far. Pico Blanco is known for having the most beautiful views of the Central Valley, since it's the biggest mountain in the Escazú area. I can't wait for you to see these sights and have an unforgettable experience! I am here to support you and help you maximize your trip while here in Costa Rica! Duration: 10km/6mi - 5 hours of hiking
Snorkel Sailing Sunset Adventure
Departing from the beach in Tamarindo at 1:30 pm you will enjoy a four and one half hour (4 1/2) hour sail along Costa Rica's spectacular coastline in one of the purpose built catamarans found within the Marlin del Rey Sailing Tours fleet - the 66 foot Marlin del Rey, the 65 foot New Marlin or the 65 foot Marlin Tres.  All are open and spacious which allows our passengers to comfortably enjoy the blue water views of the glorious Costa Rican coastline with its pristine beaches and verdant jungles from the bow trampolines, lounge on the roof deck, man the wheel with the captain or relax, one of the oversized tables found in the shaded area of the main salon and ultimately experience one of the brilliant Costa Rican sunsets. Upon departing Tamarindo we will leisurely sail along the Gold Coast will searching for and hopefully observing some of the vast, abundant and varied sea life found along our shores.  Some of the sea life we hope to encounter includes whales, dolphins, turtles, flying fish, rays and a wide variety of sea birds.  If conditions permit we will also throw a few fishing lines off the back in the hopes of hooking into one of the many game fish that ply our waters. Eventually we pull into one of the many secluded bays in the area, throw anchor and allow our passengers the opportunity to swim in the warm Costa Rican waters.  Life vests, pool noodles and snorkel equi
Tour con guía local en el Parque Manuel Antonio
La actividad consiste en una caminata de dos horas atraves del bosque tropical humedo en el Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio en compañia de un guía local de la zona con gran experiencia y conocimiento para encontrar e interpretar la vida salvaje. Las personas observaran la vida silvestre atraves de un telescopio profesional por medio del cual tambien conseguiran tomar fotos. El cliente aprendera disfrutando de una manera responsable de los distintos ecosistemas y el comportamiento de la vida salvaje que se encuetran dentro del area protejida. La caminata finaliza al llegar a la playa , en donde el cliente tendra la oportunidad de quedarsé disfurtando por su propia cuenta de la mejor playa que se encuentra dentro del Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. ***** IMPORTANTE****** La experiencia NO INCLUYE El TIQUETE DEL PARQUE. El tiquete debe ser comprado en línea atraves de la página del SINAC, institución gubernamental encargada de las áreas protegidas de Costa Rica. Tambien; en caso de que sea dificil o no comprenda comos se compran los tiquetes atraves de la página SINAC, le orientare para que pueda comprarlos por su cuenta.
Experience Beach Yoga & Meditation
You will begin with slow yoga poses that warm up and stretch the body. We build the class into a dynamic flow infused with mindfulness, breathwork, and optional advanced postures. The class always ends with a soothing savasana and a grounding meditation. You will meet Virginia (or Emily) on the beach in front of El Be! Club. El Be is closed on the street side in the mornings, please walk to an Alameda #7 sign to guide you past a restaurant called Waffle Monkey, and you'll see the class setting up in between Portofino & The Ocean restaurants. We practice yoga on a flat, shaded space on the beach. We always have enough yoga mats (and some extras) and individual brooms for you during class. Also included: We can take photos of you or your group after class! We always take a timelapse of the class that we will email you (within 48 hours) if you like. And Waffle Monkey offers a discount for everyone that comes to yoga! **It is the rainy season in Tamarindo until mid-November! Beach yoga is an outside experience. I will cancel a class at 7:30 am if it is actively raining. If the class is cancelled through AirBnB, you will receive a full refund. Thank you for understanding.
Jungle Hike to Giant Waterfall
Just 5 minutes from the center of town you can move from the beach to the tropical rainforest. As easy as literally crossing the Street, doing this you will enter the Kekoldi indigenous territory. You’ll have secure parking from where the hike starts. 5 minots in, you’ll begin diving into the rainforest. First crossing an old cacao farm. Then you’ll pass three humble huts of indigenous families. One hour in you'll be in the depth of the forest. Some trees with more than 200 years of safeguarding these territories. This jungle has species of plants and shrubs with healing properties. A wide variety of palms such as chonta and suita that provide materials for the construction of the traditional Bribri house. About 2 hours in you’ll be approaching our great surprise. Descend to the KEKOLDI river. Follow the river, until we encounter an imposing 45 meters high waterfall. Here enjoy swimming and appreciating the tropical jungle at this secret and remote place. After enjoying and delighting in this breathtaking place it’s time to head back to the start. We will be walking in the jungle so you might get some mud on your shoes. And if it's raining we will still get mud so don't let a rainy day stop us. Total distance is 10km. For some people the hick could be a challenge.
Horseback riding near the Arenal Volcano or the Arenal River
This experience takes place within a private estate through conservation areas, surrounded by primary and secondary forest, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy excellent panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano and the rainforest. This tour is recommended for adults and children over 9 years old. With our healthy and well-trained horses we begin this incredible experience, from the stable for 3 hours through the trails in the rainforest enjoying beautiful views. Here we will have the possibility to see also monkeys, sloths, coatis, birds such as toucans, turkeys, hawks, etc. Maximum recommended weight is 225 pounds. During the tour, we will provide the tour participants with important information about the different species of animals and vegetation found along the way. In case the weather is adverse, we can take another option of a quieter path that is to the Arenal River ( 2 1/2 hours), both incredible places for wildlife.
Eight canopy zip lines, 150 feet rappelling (optional), malekus and pools area (optional)
(THE BEST CANOPY ZIP LINE IN THE FOREST) What we will do and include is: 1- Eight cables of different distances, between 590 to 1315 feet. 2- Two short walks on trails in the forest. 3- 160 feet high rappell on a dry natural wall. (optional for the one who wants to.) It also depends on weather conditions and security. 4- Visit to see or buy souvenirs from the indigenous Malekus. 5- With the bracelet that we give you, you will have the right to enter the Montaña de Fuego Resort pools, located in front of our place. If you do the 3pm tour and want to use the pools, you need to pay for a taxi back to your hotel. Our last ride is at 5:15pm (It is optional) Other things to note: - You can bring personal camera that can be secured to the harness or helmut. - If you bring your cell phone, we recommend a special pocket to tie. (if you lose it, it's not our responsibility.) - Do not bring jewelry or items that can be dropped from the platforms. - We have parking, lockers and dressing rooms. - If you need we can provide transportation from the center of the village of La Fortuna for $5 per person, with advance notice. - We have a photographer in case you want to buy it is $10 per person.
Hanging Bridges, Waterfalls, and Cultural Lunch Experience
Head out in our 4x4 vehicle to a unique community forming a cooperative for eco sustainable tourism. Enjoy a leisurely like through the local trails while learning about the local flora and fauna. Cross one of the highest hanging bridges in the country and enjoy a refreshing dip in a 120 foot waterfall deeply hidden in primary rainforest. After cooling off in the waterfall, we will hike up to the home one of the founders of the cooperative and enjoy a special lunch with our friend Doña Corona in her quaint home. This is an opportunity to really connect with the culture and an extraordinary woman whose food is cooked with so much love over a wood burning stove. Step into her kitchen for a hands on lesson making the best tortillas of your life! Explore her medicinal garden, sample some local fruits, learn about the campesino lifestyle through her stories, and afterwards join an interactive experience of pressing sugar cane with a traditional sugar mill or Trapiche. This experience is excellent for families, couples, friends, and solo travelers!