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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 with Mauro Beach&Wildlife
* THE PARK TICKET (18.08 USD) IS NOT INCLUDED AND MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE (MORE INFO ONCE BOOKED) * EXCELLENT FOR COUPLES, GROUPS OF FRIENDS, FAMILIES AND PRIVATE GROUPS. * THE PARK OPENS FROM 7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM. ON WED TO MON. * BEACHES ARE OPEN TILL 3:00PM. 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.
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.
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.
Bar Crawl in downtown San José
Staying in San Jose and looking for something fun to do? With pandemic regulations going back to normal and after two years, we're re-opening this fun 3-hour tour which has everything you need to have a good time while getting to know city's nightlife as a local. It'll be a great chance for you to see a little more of San Jose, while moving throughout one of our most popular, best-known bar districts and have a drink in at least three different pubs in the area. Music in the background, knowing local drinks, and the possibility to meet other fellow travelers is what you can expect from this Experience! As well as a little bit of dancing, fun drinking games, laughter and learning general/fun facts about Costa Rica. If you don't see any dates available that work for your time in San Jose, contact me anyway! We might be able to enable additional slots!

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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. 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 and seasonal fruits and veggies under the care of our family. We also have baby cows, goats, pigs, chickens that are 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 Maps as "Finca El Paraiso" For a extra pay we can set up transportation by taxi Check out our IG & FB @fincaparaisocr
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.
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.
Unique Coffee production in harmony with nature
My family and I will make sure you understand coffee farming and process from our 80 years experience of cultivating coffee on our farm. 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.
Cooking Costa Rica Homemade Food
Welcome to my home! First I will explain you how the Costa Rican diet has impacted the longevity and health of locals. Then you will learn why I chose the specific ingredients for the 6 traditional dishes that we will cook: - Empanadas - Arroz con Pollo (perfumed rice with chicken) - Gallo Pinto (traditional rice and beans) - Tortillas con Queso (handmade tortillas with local cheese) - Picadillo de Papa (potatoes in chunks with ground beef) - Fried Yuca I will demonstrate, oversee and guide the class so that you are the one who is cooking. My goal is that you can replicate the recipes when you return back home. One of the highlights that guests love the most is that you will keep plenty of yummy leftovers, so your experience remains for the following day. I recommend you booking days before departing CR. These recipes have been transmitted generation after generation. I learned them from my mother and they will be handed to you. I will explain to you on what occasions we normally cook them, what are the secrets for the best taste and stories behind these dishes. Making tortillas and empanadas are perfect activities for children, they love playing with corn dough, I do that with my little grandson Samuel when he visits me. Meanwhile, teens and adults learn more elaborated recipes. Please let me know if you have dietary restrictions. Local food has many alternatives.

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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.
Horseback riding near the Arenal Volcano or the Arenal River
This experience takes place inside 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 rain forest. This tour is recommended for adults and children over 10 years old. With our healthy and well trained horses we will start this incredible experience, from the stable and for 3 hours through the trails in the rainforest enjoying beautiful views. We will also have the possibility here to see animals such as: monkeys, sloths, coatios, birds such as toucans, turkeys, falcons, etc. The maximum recommended weight is is 225 pounds. 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. If they require transportation to the stable from La Fortuna, the cost is $5 per person and we collect 20 minutes before the tour.
Eight canopy zip lines, 150 feet rappell (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.
Hike the Rivas Valley in Costa Rica with Explore
The EXPLORA experience includes access to our Casa Explora Adventure Center, with beverages, coffee, snacks, a delicious lunch, rest areas, bathroom and shower, internet and TV, all included in our service. The hike is 2 hours through the Rivas Valley in Pérez Zeledón with spectacular views of the Talamanca Mountains, Chirripó. All levels, flat route bordering the Buena Vista River, mountain and forest trail and rural streets through beautiful farms and cafes.
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.
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.
Manuel Antonio with Mauro Beach&Wildlife
* THE PARK TICKET (18.08 USD) IS NOT INCLUDED AND MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE (MORE INFO ONCE BOOKED) * EXCELLENT FOR COUPLES, GROUPS OF FRIENDS, FAMILIES AND PRIVATE GROUPS. * THE PARK OPENS FROM 7:00 AM TO 4:00 PM. ON WED TO MON. * BEACHES ARE OPEN TILL 3:00PM. 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.
Arenal Volcano Ecological Park with Hot Springs
Auto guided tour! Discovering the trails of the park through a secondary forest until you reach the Lava laundry that dates back to 2010 at the foot of the Arenal Volcano is only the beginning of the adventure in this place, where we will walk, sail, take a jumping rope and end with hot springs. When you get to the park, you can use restrooms and lockers to start the hike on the 4km trails to the foot of the volcano where taking photos in the incredible spots is part of the trip. Trails end up on the lakeshore where there are hammocks and ropes to jump into the lake. After trying this fun experience, we can head to the pier where we will choose between a kayak or paddle board to navigate the lagoon and connect with the forest oxygen. Our tired muscles from the hike and sail will be able to recover in the thermal bath where we will relax for the rest of the day until the end. Termales del Arenal has different temperatures, ranches and tables where you can take or prepare food. The hot springs are 2 km from the park, returning to the village of La Fortuna
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.
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.
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.
Kayak in bioluminescent waters
This kayak experience is not to be missed. What appears to be normal dark water, will light up WHEN YOU TOUCH IT. As the night grows dark, we'll step into our comfortable kayaks and get ready for a personal encounter with this remarkable phenomenon. We will lead you to the best spots, where sparkling algae accumulates. For a full hour, you will be enchanted by how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a swirl of light, and fish light up their path like shooting stars in the water. The more YOU splash the water the more bioluminescent light you will experience. You are in command, the algae will NOT glow on its own, you have to ACTIVATE it with YOUR hands or the paddle. Come a bit early to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the bay and a nice cup of Costa Rican coffee, juice, and some snacks. You'll get a briefing, a suitable life jacket, before we go to the launch area for the kayaks. It will be like going on a cozy family tour, as the maximum group size is 10 people. We'll stop along the way, and explain more about the magical glowing water and marine life in the bay. When we return to the beach, fresh water and towels will be available, as well as bathroom facilities, if needed Other things to note The tour is fine for beginner-level kayakers. Weight limit 250 pounds / 115 kilograms. Please do not consume alcohol before the kayak trip. Check map and travel time from where you'll be staying!
Bar Crawl in downtown San José
Staying in San Jose and looking for something fun to do? With pandemic regulations going back to normal and after two years, we're re-opening this fun 3-hour tour which has everything you need to have a good time while getting to know city's nightlife as a local. It'll be a great chance for you to see a little more of San Jose, while moving throughout one of our most popular, best-known bar districts and have a drink in at least three different pubs in the area. Music in the background, knowing local drinks, and the possibility to meet other fellow travelers is what you can expect from this Experience! As well as a little bit of dancing, fun drinking games, laughter and learning general/fun facts about Costa Rica. If you don't see any dates available that work for your time in San Jose, contact me anyway! We might be able to enable additional slots!
Learn the greatness of the cloud forest of Monteverde
Guided tour of natural history, fauna and wildlife in the different protected areas of Monteverde, day and night. Natural history, fauna and wildlife guided tours, at the different protected areas of Monteverde, during the day and at night time.