You’ve always been more interested in learning than relaxing, and we’ve got it all ready for you to explore Costa Rica. Start off at Hotel Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation, where they produce the best coffee in the country, as well as much of their own food! Next up El Silencio Lodge and Spa, where your comfort is what matters. Take a cultural tour of the local town of Bajo del Toro Amarillo, a rural community with rich traditions and meet a local celebrity: Don Martin Porres, whose private garden collection features over 400 orchid species. At Hotel Monte Azul in San Isidro de El General, privacy and luxury are the by-words. Enjoy cooking classes where you’ll learn to take advantage of the local fresh food, venture into town to explore, hike the extensive trails, and more!
Transfer to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation
Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica transfer to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn in Heredia for overnight. Nestled amid fruit trees and tropical flora, the inn is a jewel crowning a picturesque knoll. Situated above the Central Valley, the Inn offers views of volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations. Here on a temperate plateau is grown some of the world’s best coffee. The Inn is renowned for its fine cuisine, prepared with bounty from its own orchards and organic garden.
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Tour
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation has over 30 acres of hard bean coffee, which is certified organic by the Rain Forest Alliance. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a tour of the plantation, learning how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed. Learn how it was discovered, traded, and consumed, before experiencing the processing. Try a hand at roasting your own coffee, before a "coffee cupping" session where you'll see how experts rate the gourmet. Overnight Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn.
Transfer to Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest
Today transfer about 1 1/2 hours to the El Silencio Lodge and Spa for overnight. Hidden in Costa Rica’s central volcanic region, El Silencio is a planet-friendly sanctuary for soft adventure and inspired wellness. Silencio, Spanish for silence, is befitting of an enchanting place where daily stress is hushed and the sounds of nature bloom. Explore and enjoy 500 private acres of carbon-offsetting tropical cloud forest in Costa Rica’s crisp central volcanic region, surrounded by gently flowing creeks and hidden waterfalls.
Los Bajos Cultural Tour
Los Bajos del Toro Amarillo is a thriving rural community with rich traditions, unsurpassed landscapes, and intriguing flora. You'll have a chance to pay a visit to Don Martin Porras, a local orchid enthusiast. His garden features more than 400 species. Afterward, visit the church, school, and soccer field and make a fun stop to learn to make tortillas and buy local pastries.
Remainder of the day is free to relax, schedule a spa treatment or plan an excursion. Overnight El Silencio Lodge and Spa.
La Tirimbina Chocolate Tour
Today become a savvy chocolatier on the La Tirimbina Chocolate Tour. Hiding in the thick forest is a former cocoa bean plantation. A guided hike is followed by a truly hands-on chocolate making session! Try cracking open the cocoa fruit, hand grind, and add your favorite extra flavors! This is a great tour for kids and every adults' inner child. Remainder of the day is free. Overnight El Silencio Lodge and Spa.
Transfer to San Isidro de El General
Today transfer about 4-5 hours to Monte Azul, a luxury boutique hotel southern Costa Rica. Monte Azul Hotel features just four elegant riverside casitas. Every detail of the hotel was developed with the discerning traveler in mind. The hotel's private nature preserve is located just a few minutes drive from the entrance to Chirripó National Park and 30 minutes from the bird watching paradise of Skutch Ranch.
San Isidro de El General Free Day
In the morning visit the Town of San Isidro for an authentic Costa Rican experience This is the largest and fastest growing urban area in the Southern Zone. The local fresh market by independent growers is a great stop for you to see the variety of produce, or just tour the city and take in the ambiance.
In the afternoon you can take a cooking class at the hotel, which is taught by one of Cafe Blue's cooks. Learn about local produce and recipes, plus the innovative spin chefs put on traditional cuisine. Recipes could include arroz con pollo, ceviche, plantains, yucca chips and fresh fruit sorbet. Overnight Monte Azul Hotel.
San Isidro City Tour & Cooking Class
Free day to hike an extensive network of trails, soak at our local warm springs, engage in community cultural activities or plan a day trip to the nearby beaches of Uvita. Hotel guests also get the opportunity to be immersed in the arts, as each hotel room and every public space is curated with fine art produced through Monte Azul's Artist in Residency Program. As a guest at Monte Azul Hotel, you can actively explore your creative side through relaxing paper making classes, cooking workshops or a fun workshop with one of Monte Azul's resident artists. (Some additional costs may apply). Overnight Monte Azul Hotel.
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica
Transfer about 3-4 hours to San Jose International Airport for departure.
Pricing is valid through the date listed for each itinerary (all pricing is subject to change until booked and confirmed). Holiday season supplements apply for Christmas, New Years, Presidents Day, and Easter travel dates. Green season specials and/or lower rates may apply for May to November travel dates.
All itineraries are land only and international airfare is quoted separately. Itinerary adjustments may be necessary depending on your international flight schedule. For example a late arrival will usually require a night near the airport in San Jose.
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