Unique things to do in Central America
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Unique things to do in Central America

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Bites & Sights Walking San Jose Experience
Unmask the beauty and culture of contemporary Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking tour. You’ll get up close and personal, through local food, history, culture even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables in the Borbon Market. We’ll take a stroll through the vibrant Central Market, tasting local ice cream,this ice cream shop is over 100 years old. Seeing diverse sites like the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful Morazan parks 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 where you will find gourmet coffees and chocolates produced by women, in this special place tasting and learn to prepare Cafe Chorreado, enjoy a local caldosa, tamal cooked by local families and wrapped in a banana leaf, learn how to make plantain empanadas with cheese, try our famous Agua de Sapo make with sugar cañe and lemon.
Bar Crawl in downtown San José
Staying in San Jose and looking for an affordable, fun, safe and inclusive night out? This 3-hour BarCrawl in San Jose everything you need to have a great time, live our nightlife as a true local and safely moving throughout one of our most popular, best-known bar districts. During this tour, we will visit the most popular bars and clubs in town! Each of the bars will have a different atmosphere than the last. Come out and meet people from all over at an affordable price! Our customers speak for us, check out our reviews below! ***We also offer a place to stay in Downtown San Jose, contact us right away and we'll share our safe, new and well-equipped entire home Airbnb listing in the heart of the city (1-4 guests, pets allowed). --- Note: We do not discriminate on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. We welcome everyone to join us and also expect that all of our guests share our commitment to respect diversity and inclusion.
Coffee and Chocolate Tour at Don Juan Arenal
Don Juan Tours Arenal is a family business that through its tours teach visitors the whole process behind two very important products worldwide, Coffee and Chocolate. Our experience: Don Juan - Coffee and Chocolate Tour, will take you to know the entire Coffee process, from the seed to the delicious cup of coffee. Once the coffee tour is finished, we will start with the sweetest part of the tour, the delicious chocolate. Like coffee, we will talk about the entire Chocolate process, from the seed to the delicious chocolate bar and we will end up selecting some members of the group to grind the cacao beans and make their own chocolate bar. Once finished you will have the opportunity to taste several types of chocolate such as Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate. One of our main features is the infrastructure we have, since the Arenal Area is well known for having a very changing climate, it goes from being very sunny and humid to heavy rains, even with a electric storms on some occasions, that is why that 100% of our trails are protected and made of cement, which will allow to enjoy the tour on sunny or rainy days. Families with children who need to take their stroller or people with some physical limitation will not have trouble walking with a walker, crutches or wheelchair.
Puerto Viejo Hidden Gems & Waterfall
It is best to take this experience on your first days here since you will learn a lot about the area. I will pick you up at your Airbnb, in a comfortable car, and we will go our first destination: The Cliff. This is the place where magnificent pictures could be taken. The walk is not difficult or long, there are just two easy steps up and the top is breathtaking with stunning views of ocean. All fitness levels are welcome. After this perfect photo opportunity we will go to the Iguana Project, breeding and releasing green iguana sanctuary, located in the indigenous Bri Bri area, where you can see free iguanas close-by and learn about Bri Bri’s and medicinal plants. Then we will go to the Bri Bri Waterfall, the magical place in the woods, where we will relax, swim in the waterfall pool, have beers and talk about Puerto Viejo. You will learn which beaches are good for surfing, which for swimming and which for snorkelling, where are the places where you can spot animals, where is the best Caribbean restaurant and where to go if you are craving sushi, and where to dance the night away. You will also learn about local culture, lifestyle and history of Puerto Viejo. Other things to note: There is aproximatelly 50 steps down to the waterfall, mosly small. Bring the water, sunscreen, mosquito spray, shoes/sandals rather than flip flops, water shoes and towel if you have them
Surf with a local Certified Instructor
From beginners to veteran riders, we have the surfing experience for you. We will give you a two-hour surfing lesson that includes a 10-minute theory class on the beach. You will learn basic techniques—how to paddle, the right position on the board, and so on. You will learn about ocean currents and how to be safe in the water. Then we will take you to the ocean for about an hour and forty-five minutes. You can apply everything you learned as you take your first waves. Our instructors are ocean-certified lifeguards and professional surf instructors, who are experts and enthusiasts, providing you with the best conditions, using the best equipment, and in the most fun way. Find us @surfthejunglecostarica.com Other things to note Transportation is included from our school to the surf spot. The rain is not inconvenient to surf.

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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.
Finca El Paraiso Farm Cheese Tour in Monteverde
Welcome to authentic Monteverde farm life! In this experience, you will immerse yourself in the charm of rural life in Costa Rica and discover the secrets of sustainable agriculture in a magical environment. Welcome on the farm: Our local hosts will greet you with a warm welcome and an introduction to the farm. They will explain our philosophy of not using chemicals and how we take care of our animals and the earth. Animal Feeding: You will have the opportunity to feed our friendly farm animals, from chickens to pigs, and learn about their behaviors and care. Milking Cows: Have you ever wanted to milk a cow? We will teach you the technique and you will be able to enjoy the experience of milking our dairy cows. It is a unique activity that travelers can rarely do on their own. Making artisanal cheese: Discover the secrets of Costa Rican artisanal cheese production. We will guide you through the entire process, from collecting fresh milk to making delicious cheese. Meet local farmers: You will have the opportunity to chat with local farmers and learn about their lifestyle. You will learn fascinating stories and feel part of our community. Snacks with local products: After the activity, you will enjoy a homemade snack prepared with fresh ingredients from the farm and local products. Experience the authentic flavor of Monteverde, Costa Rica.
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.
Specialty Coffee Workshop - A Sensory Experience
Join specialty coffee expert Chris for an exclusive, educational journey into the world of specialty coffee at Monteverde’s only organic coffee plantation, located within the Ecological Sanctuary. This unique workshop offers an in-depth exploration of ancestral farming, organic fertilizers, and the intricate coffee process from planting to brewing. Educational Insight: Learn about ancestral agriculture and sustainable practices. Exclusive Tasting: Refine your palate by identifying coffee defects, aromas, and flavors. Interactive Brewing: Master luxury brewing techniques with hands-on demonstrations. Scenic Exploration: Escape the crowds and explore our 48 hectares of forest and organic gardens, led by the Salazar family. Perfect for travelers seeking a personal, memorable experience while expanding their coffee knowledge.
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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La Leona Waterfall Hike
*** FREE roundtrip transportation provided from Curubande downtown to the Waterfall *** Let us know if you need transportation and we can quote you the service with a local driver from town. Our day starts by meeting at our office located 20 min away from Liberia downtown through the small villages of Colorado and Curubande. We count with two parking lots at our location in Curubande where you can leave your car safe while we do the hike. From Curubande we will take a 4WD for 1 km that will take us to the entrance of the waterfall trail and here is where the hike begins. The waterfall is well hidden away on the outskirts of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano . The trail is 1.3 Miles (2 Kilometers) singletrack so together it is 4 km. There are some climbing to do in elevation and some caves to go across. Later to reach the waterfall we have to swim 25 meters through a beautiful turquoise river canyon. This is a local experience that takes place where the Blanco and the Colorado rivers cross through, forming canyons and beautiful scenery which is why the water in their pools have that special turquoise tint.
Seven ziplines, one rappell, river tubing, malekus and pools
(THE BEST CANOPY ZIP LINE IN THE FOREST WITH THE BEST TUBING RIVER IN THE AREA) What we'll do and include is: 1- Seven cables of different distances, between 590 to 1315 feet. 2- Two short walks on trails in the forest. 3- 165-feet high rappell on a dry natural wall. (optional for the one who wants to) We do it if the weather is appropriate. 4- 15 minute walk to the Arenal River. 5- 1 hour of fun on inflatable tubes along the river channel, with life vest and helmet. 6- Visit to see or buy souvenirs from the Malekus aborigines. 7- With the bracelet that we give you, you can have access to the pools of Montaña de Fuego Resort, located in front of our place. (It is an optional activity). Other things to note: - Is recommended to know swimming. - You can bring personal action camera that can be tied to the helmet. - If you bring your cell phone, we recommend a special pocket to tie to the harness. (if you lose it, it's not our responsibility.) - Do not bring jewelry or items that can be dropped from the platforms or in the river. - We have parking, lockers and dressing rooms. - If you need we can provide transportation from La Fortuna downtown for $5 per person, with advance notice. - We have a photographer in case you want to buy his service, are $30 per person. - This activity is not allowed for pregnant women.
Bites & Sights Walking San Jose Experience
Unmask the beauty and culture of contemporary Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking tour. You’ll get up close and personal, through local food, history, culture even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables in the Borbon Market. We’ll take a stroll through the vibrant Central Market, tasting local ice cream,this ice cream shop is over 100 years old. Seeing diverse sites like the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful Morazan parks 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 where you will find gourmet coffees and chocolates produced by women, in this special place tasting and learn to prepare Cafe Chorreado, enjoy a local caldosa, tamal cooked by local families and wrapped in a banana leaf, learn how to make plantain empanadas with cheese, try our famous Agua de Sapo make with sugar cañe and lemon.
Bar Crawl in downtown San José
Staying in San Jose and looking for an affordable, fun, safe and inclusive night out? This 3-hour BarCrawl in San Jose everything you need to have a great time, live our nightlife as a true local and safely moving throughout one of our most popular, best-known bar districts. During this tour, we will visit the most popular bars and clubs in town! Each of the bars will have a different atmosphere than the last. Come out and meet people from all over at an affordable price! Our customers speak for us, check out our reviews below! ***We also offer a place to stay in Downtown San Jose, contact us right away and we'll share our safe, new and well-equipped entire home Airbnb listing in the heart of the city (1-4 guests, pets allowed). --- Note: We do not discriminate on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. We welcome everyone to join us and also expect that all of our guests share our commitment to respect diversity and inclusion.
Sloth Tour in La Fortuna and Tortillas Cooking Class
Let us be your guide to Costa Rica travel in La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano. Our protected rain forests in a private location have created the perfect habitat for a variety of frogs, birds and sloths which are just some of our highlights. Our nature park it one of the best spots for birdwatching in La fortuna, the most personalized night hike of Arenal Volcano area and the perfect location to see sloth in Costa Rica. Cook with one of the greatest chefs in history: our mother, Elieth Oviedo. She and her sister-in-law will teach you how to prepare our traditional corn tortilla without using machines. You'll only need your hands and the freshest, lovingly prepared local ingredients. You'll become part of our family madness for 2,5 hours, immersing yourself in our forest and cooking with our mother. It's a simple stroll suitable for all kinds of people, from the oldest to the youngest. Ask about our different schedules : Night walk 5:30 pm - $40 Birdwatching in La fortuna 5:30 am - $65 Sloth Tour 8:00 am and 1:00 pm
Seven zip lines, one rappel, Malekus ranch, and pools.
THE BEST CANOPY ZIP LINE IN THE FOREST What we will do and include is: 1- Seven 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 Malekus indigenous. 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 pictures it cost $15 per person. - This activity is not allowed for pregnant women.
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Lunch and Volcano
((TOP 3 LA FORTUNA WALKS ALL IN ONE DAY)) THIS INCLUDES: 1- We visit the Mystic Hanging Bridges nature trail with 14 bridges and a 2-mile trail. 2- Then we visit La Fortuna Waterfall with its magical 210-foot drop. There is a 520 step path down and you can go swimming at the bottom. Then we go up. 3- After going up and changing clothes, we will enjoy lunch at the restaurant. 4- After lunch time we go to the Arenal Volcano to do the Arenal 1968 Trail for approximately 2 hours of walking to the old lava flows. 5- Professional naturalist guide is included. 6- Transportation to all the places we visit. 7- Bottles of cold water are included in the walks. 8- The pick-up is included if your Airbnb is near the city of La Fortuna. (Ask me about that.) You must be in good physical condition to walk in the forest and go down and up steps. Be prepared for the rain since we will be in the rain forest.
Poas volcano tour
I'll handle everything from picking you up from your hotel (whether you're in San Jose, Heredia, or Alajuela) to securing your tickets for the volcano, leaving you free to simply book the experience and relish the trip. During our journey to the volcano, we'll make several stops to immerse ourselves in the local culture. We'll visit a quaint local coffee shop, where you can savor some of the finest brews in the area. Additionally, we'll pause at a charming souvenir shop, where you'll be greeted with a delightful tasting session featuring artisanal cheeses and liqueurs. But that's not all! We'll also have the unique opportunity to visit the world's only Starbucks coffee farm. We'll embark on our adventure early, aiming for the best chance to witness the volcano in its full glory. So, expect me to swing by around 7 am. Remember to dress warmly and be prepared for the weather, as the volcano's peak can be chilly and prone to rain. Rain gear, a coat, and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended for a comfortable and enjoyable experience
Coffee and Chocolate Tour at Don Juan Arenal
Don Juan Tours Arenal is a family business that through its tours teach visitors the whole process behind two very important products worldwide, Coffee and Chocolate. Our experience: Don Juan - Coffee and Chocolate Tour, will take you to know the entire Coffee process, from the seed to the delicious cup of coffee. Once the coffee tour is finished, we will start with the sweetest part of the tour, the delicious chocolate. Like coffee, we will talk about the entire Chocolate process, from the seed to the delicious chocolate bar and we will end up selecting some members of the group to grind the cacao beans and make their own chocolate bar. Once finished you will have the opportunity to taste several types of chocolate such as Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate. One of our main features is the infrastructure we have, since the Arenal Area is well known for having a very changing climate, it goes from being very sunny and humid to heavy rains, even with a electric storms on some occasions, that is why that 100% of our trails are protected and made of cement, which will allow to enjoy the tour on sunny or rainy days. Families with children who need to take their stroller or people with some physical limitation will not have trouble walking with a walker, crutches or wheelchair.
Night walk among the natural jewels of Monteverde
Join me in exploring the cloud forest from a different perspective, a night walk is a unique and unforgettable experience. Costa Rica is a small country in Central America that is home to around 5% of the world's biodiversity. Most animals in Costa Rica are nocturnal. If you like mammals such as sloths, armadillos, active birds such as owls, amphibians, reptiles, and many insects, then this is the opportunity to carry out an outdoor activity and learn more about the nocturnal behavior of many species of flora and fauna. It is an easily accessible route of around 2 kilometers, the ‘jewels’ of the cloud forest shine brighter at night. With luck, we will even be able to observe the famous bioluminescent mushrooms. the place where I do the night walk is very close to the center of Monteverde Santa Elena, it takes only 5 minutes by car. Let's wait for you to observe how the cloud forest comes to life at night.
Enjoy ziplining in the lush of the Costarican jungle
Discover with us the luxurious jungle of Costa Rica with an unique perspective, ziplining with us will bring you unforgettable memories and a happy moment to share with family or friends. The tour is composed of 7 cables, a Tarzan swing, two hanging bridge, a free fall jump device and other surprises to make the experience even better for you.
All Inclusive Catamaran Tour to Taboga Island
Relax and discover the art of sailing on board the biggest open boat of the city while you sunbathe, lay down and enjoy our big deck with huge nets and speakers. We offer All Inclusive Excursions to Taboga Island: Snacks, Lunch, Open Bar, Stop to swim, Visit to the Beach and Town.
Surf Lessons, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Enjoy the tropical nature, feel the Pura Vida life and learn how to surf at the warm temperature waters of Santa Teresa or playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. I'm Richard, I`d love to teach you, improve your skills and have a nice experience in your journey enough memorable as to take it back home, get pics & videos GoPro of your surf lessons with us! Itinerary: 1. the class is developed on the beach 2. stretching exercises 3. surf etiquette and safe rules: positioning paddling out pop up/stand up safe etiquette 4. surf session 5. five min break 6. more surfing 7. duration 1.5h Inclusions: +surfboard equipment +pics & videos GoPro! +transportation (pay arrangement) What to bring: bring a smile apply sunscreen minimum 50 UVA/UVB enough water to hydrate a towel
Surf Lesson with guarantee
We'll meet at Pico Bistro (a cafe located right by Tamarindo beach) and pick out a surf board and rash guard for you. Before getting into the water we will go through safety the correct way to paddle, hot to stand up and some surf etiquette. Before going into the water you will practice popping up a few times on the sand and when you feel ready we'll go into the water. In the water your instructor will be on your side all the time, giving you tips to help you improve your surfing as we go. Your instructor will make sure you have fun and feel comfortable, and get you riding your first wave! The lesson is 1.5-2h long depending on how many people we send per instructor. If you are a more experienced surfer, we can discuss what you want to improve and then in the water your instructor will give you pointers on how to perfect your surfing.