This 9 night Taste of Paradise vacation package showcases many Costa Rica highlights, taking you from the central highlands to the Pacific Coast. Stay at a coffee plantation, take a chocolate tour and cooking class, and tour local markets. This vacation will show you an authentic Costa Rica so that you can walk away with a greater appreciation for the Pura Vida!
Transfer to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation
Upon your morning or midday arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica transfer to Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn in Heredia for overnight. The Inn is renowned for its fine cuisine, prepared with bounty from its own fruit orchards and organic vegetable and herb garden. Unwind by the hillside swimming pool for stunning views morning, afternoon and evening.
Cultural Highlands Tour
Experience Costa Rican Culture and History withknowledgeable guides who will take you on a journey through the colonial towns of Barva and Heredia. Famous mask makers in Barva still pass on the traditions of mask making for the community festivals. Visit the Iglesia of San Bartolome completed in 1575 and then on to Heredia, the provincial capital founded in 1706 and its Spanish Colonial style landmarks arranged around the Parque Central, the main cathedral, El Fortin, the Guard tower as well as the Casa de La Cultura, a historic colonial residence.
SIBU Chocolate Tour
On a private tour and tasting at SIBÚ Chocolate, guests embark on a fascinating journey through the history of cacao. YSavor gourmet truffles, caramel and pure dark chocolate tasting squares. Visitors will learn about how cacao is grown and the social and environmental importance of the cacao crop to the region. Join local artisans tempering chocolate on a marble slab and decorating bonbons by hand at a small workshop set just on the edge of the cloud forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with fresh ingredients and inspired by local cuisine. Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn.
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Tour; Transfer to Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest
Finca Rosa Blanca has over 30 acres of hard bean coffee, which is certified organic by the Rain Forest Alliance. Enjoy a tour of the plantation and learn, step by step, just what goes into creating delicious coffee. Learn how the experts discern and rate gourmet coffee by participating in a “coffee cupping”.
In the afternoon you will transfer by ground approximately 1.5 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. Surrounded by 500 acres of private, carbon-offsetting tropical cloud forest, El Silencio is a haven of relaxation.
Tasty Tico Traditions Tour
Today, team up with other guests as you pick organic veggies and herbs from our in-property garden. Then join the Chef for a cooking lesson to prepare tasty tico cuisine. The afternoon is free to relax in your suite or explore.
This evening enjoy a Wine Tasting Experience. Let sommelier Carlos take you on a fantastic wine lover’s journey. Includes a crash course on wine-pairing, highlighted by a fun tasting session stacking up two reds and two whites illustrate the fine art of selecting the perfect wine to complement the flavor of a delicious dish. Overnight El Silencio Lodge & Spa.
Mercadito & Olla de Carne Tour
Learn a little Spanish, visit a regional mercadito, and prepare the best Olla de Carne on record. Perfect for shopping and cooking enthusiasts! A photo guide will help you undertake your mission: To find, select, and purchase the freshest produce at the community market! In the process, you will have a chance to interact with local farmers as you learn about their daily lives and culture. Back at El Silencio, participants will make a hearty stew to be enjoyed at dinner. The rest of the day is free to relax in your suite and explore the nature reserve. Overnight El Silencio Lodge & Spa.
Transfer to Punta Islita; Evening Cocktail Mixing
Today transfer about 1.5 hours to San Jose Airport for the flight to Islita. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel Punta Islita, perched high on a hill on the North Pacific Coast, for overnight. Set in a secluded cove, Hotel Punta Islita offers an ideal blend of comfort and authenticity. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world, this tropical oasis has an air of rustic charm and is one of the most sophisticated boutique hotels in Costa Rica. This evening enjoy Cocktail Mixing with Miguel: Learn to bartend with tropical flare!
Tico Cooking with Chef Leanneth
Learn the secrets behind Costa Rica’s favorite dishes including the healthy, citrus ceviche, the versatile picadillo, or the deliciously sweet tres leches dessert. Led by Chef Leanneth Viales, this fun session helps you understand the flavors behind local traditions so you can make them at home. Remainder of the day is free to relax at the beach or pool. Overnight Hotel Punta Islita.
Punta Islita Free Day
Hotel Punta Islita has one of the most pristine and beautiful natural environments in the area. The 300+ acre property is perfect for a huge number of different activities! Horseback ride along the beach, soar over the canopy on a zipline, or head to the nearby beach to explore fascinating tidal pools. Visitors between July and November can even plan a tour to watch sea-turtles come ashore and lay eggs! Overnight Hotel Punta Islita.
Depart Liberia, Costa Rica
This afternoon, transfer about 3 hours to the Liberia 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.
Please call one of our experts at 800-827-9046 to discuss your travel details.