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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 Experience
October 31 Cocktail Halloween Show. Included on this date. On this experience you’ll get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables, and more. Nothing could get you closer to authentic San Jose than strolling through the streets with a local as they show you the ins and outs of daily life. Your experience starts with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Central Market where you’ll get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, we’ll take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits, empanada and continuing along local roads towards the Borbon Market. Seeing diverse sites the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful 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 a special coffee store where you will find coffee and chocolates produced by women, in this special place learn to prepare coffee, enjoy a tamal, and make plantain empanadas...
Manuel Antonio with Mauro Beach&Wildlife
* PARK TICKET (18.08 USD) MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE (MORE INFO ONCE BOOKED) * EXCELLENT FOR COUPLES, 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.
Hands on artesanal chocolate, bean to bar
You'll learn the entire process from tree to bar, making chocolate from scratch: roasting, grinding, tempering then molding. With tasting all along the way. Starting with the trees I'll talk about cultivation and harvesting and the role of fermentation and drying in the flavours of the chocolate. Then we'll make chocolate. You'll be grinding beans in our cast iron hand mill and winnowing the old fashioned way, then I'll be sharing the secrets of tempering before the delicate practice of molding the bars. Puerto Viejo has a long long history of cacao production and I'll share that history with you, talking about the characters and stories of the area as we teach you how to make great chocolate. You'll be joining our happy, tiny team of 4. There will be lots to learn and taste, from flavour development to label design, this is a full experience! This experience is the most hands on in the area, you will get chocolate on you! Other things to note We are a short walk from Puerto Viejo along the beautiful black sand beach of Playa Negra. Our farm is a forest of fruit, native and nut trees and the coolness of lush jungle is refreshing.
Farmers market and cooking lesson
My small town of Santa Ana is only 20 minutes drive from San Jose, but it feels like a different world. Join me as we shop at the local farmers market and sample all the wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables that are on offer. Back at my home I will give a cooking demonstration where you will learn a fresh approach to using Costa Rican flavors and unique ingredients and we will sit down in the garden and enjoy a delicious lunch together. We will follow the directions to keep us safe and healthy. Provecho! Here is a link to an article about the market: http://www.ticotimes.net/2019/03/15/off-the-eaten-path-santa-ana-farmers-market-3 Other things to note Be ready to walk, take pictures, do some cooking work and mainly, eat and enjoy! Also, we have a little cat at home. Want to learn more about the "Blue Zones"? https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/03/health/blue-zones-diet-food-wellness/index.html

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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.
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.
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.
Discover wildlife on a river cruise
We will start aboard the boat and move down or up the river depending on the tide. You will immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the mangroves—extremely adaptive trees. Along the way you will get to plant a mangrove tree and contribute to the preservation of our planet. Out on the river we will find three different species of monkeys including the white-headed capuchins, endemic squirrel monkeys, and Howler monkeys. The area is well-known worldwide as one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. We will also look for three kinds of boas, crocodiles, caimans, and other reptiles such as green iguanas, the common basilisk—known as the Jesus lizard—and turtles. It is also possible to spot a great variety of water birds and land birds. Come and discover nature. Other things to note Bring sunblock, camera, extra water, a hat, sunglasses, and a raincoat from May to November.

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Sunday Funday - Beach and Pool Crawl from Tamarindo
The Beach and Pool Crawl is rated #1 on trip advisor for things to do in Tamarindo. Everyone meets at El Be! Tamarindo beach club every Sunday for a pre-party between 12:00-1:00pm. Once you had a few beers and mingled with fellow crawlers you make your way on an old American school bus and we head on out to the coast. Tunes are blasting and you get to know your neighbors as you drive out of town to explore 3 amazing secret spots. There are pool parties with a DJ, beautiful beaches and amazing cocktails and food, with live entertainment, and you end the epic day watching the sunset with your new friends with a blazing beach bonfire in the background. The party doesn’t stop at sunset! The bus ride back is the best dance party and the highlight of the day. We have room for 52 crawlers each week and often sell out so please ensure to book ahead! Other things to note We do not accept cancelations. Tour is approximately 7hrs. Feel free to bring drinks to drink on the bus, but they cannot be consumed in the bars. We leave at 1pm prompt, please arrive by 12.30pm latest. Bus has max capacity of 52.
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.
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.
Native Corcovado Night Tour
Join me and my family to discover the real night life of Costa Rica. We will pick you up at your hotel, or if you'd like, you can arrive by car and meet us at the entrance of the secondary and primary forest of our family's forest property. We'll then spend the next three hours hiking around our property's trails to discover what we can during the night. Other things to note Bring your camera so you can take pictures.
Whale and dolphin watching Tour in Uvita
8:20 am Arrival our office 8:30 am Meeting with the guide , he'll give you instructions about the tour 9:00 am Start of the boat tour at the Marino Ballena National Park . We'll look for whales, dolphins, turtles and visit caves. If the water is clear you can do snorkel. 12:00 am End of the boat tour Other things to note Whales period from July until October, January to April and Dolphins all the year. They are animals so you can not guarantee 100% their sighting but the tour is to look for them. You'll love it!
Bites & Sights Walking Experience
October 31 Cocktail Halloween Show. Included on this date. On this experience you’ll get up close and personal with Costa Rican life, through local food, history, and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. Enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables, and more. Nothing could get you closer to authentic San Jose than strolling through the streets with a local as they show you the ins and outs of daily life. Your experience starts with a morning pick-me-up cup of coffee in a café located in the Central Market where you’ll get to know your guide and relax into your surroundings. From here, we’ll take a stroll through the vibrant market, tasting local fresh fruits, empanada and continuing along local roads towards the Borbon Market. Seeing diverse sites the Cathedral, National Theater, and the beautiful 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 a special coffee store where you will find coffee and chocolates produced by women, in this special place learn to prepare coffee, enjoy a tamal, and make plantain empanadas...
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
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!
Night Walking Tour & Special Dinner
"October 31 Cocktail Halloween Show" Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city. Explore San Jose by Night, complete with local markets, cultural icons, and a tasty dinner with wine! Starting with the Central Market, which, is the only way to learn about the city’s food. Stroll the market with your local guide and get to know the secrets, uses of the roots, herbs, and fruit common in local cuisines, including ingredients that will play a role in your authentic Costa Rican dinner later. The locals say that you can get anything you need at the Central Market, even love potions for attracting a boyfriend or girlfriend. After the market, we’ll make our way down Central Avenue, learning about the city’s history and anecdotes, as well as visiting one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in San Jose, the National Theatre. From there, our appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, walk through Morazán Park and we will visit Mr. Sloth Coffee Shop to make el "Morenito" one delicious coffee cocktail and try "Golden Rush" cocktail. We’ll continue to charm Barrio Amon, one the oldest neighborhoods we’ll be spending the rest of the evening at a favorite restaurant that specializes in wine and gourmet food. This cozy establishment offers the best in Costa Rican cuisine a unique space that offers art, culture, history as well as fine dining.
San Jose Tasting Street Food Evening Tour
Join this epic San Jose food tour of indulgent power eating, Costa Rican style! Get away from the touristy spots and discover the local neighbourhoods, Get involved in the vibrant nightlife with the locals. Pura vida! Throughout this awesome San Jose tour, your local guide will give you insights into local gastronomic specialties and share the best anecdotes of the city's history and local everyday life. Your guide will lead you towards Barrio Amon , the pictures home to some of Costa Rica’s most historic buildings. Our first stop will be at a local craft beer factory where, we can enjoy a10 onz glass of beer, and learn about a family micro-enterprise project the next stop would be in the cosy little coffe shop, specialized in fine coffees and chocolates and we will be able to participate in a small coffee and chocolate tasting workshop, afterwards, we will enjoy a 30-minute walk between parks and old buildings and we will visit a mama y papa style restaurant, where we will try food cooked over firewood. Afterwards we will continue on a walk to Barrio Amon to visit an urban bar and restaurant style where we will taste contemporary tapas from Costa Rica with cocktails.
Manuel Antonio with Mauro Beach&Wildlife
* PARK TICKET (18.08 USD) MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE (MORE INFO ONCE BOOKED) * EXCELLENT FOR COUPLES, 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.
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.
Hands on artesanal chocolate, bean to bar
You'll learn the entire process from tree to bar, making chocolate from scratch: roasting, grinding, tempering then molding. With tasting all along the way. Starting with the trees I'll talk about cultivation and harvesting and the role of fermentation and drying in the flavours of the chocolate. Then we'll make chocolate. You'll be grinding beans in our cast iron hand mill and winnowing the old fashioned way, then I'll be sharing the secrets of tempering before the delicate practice of molding the bars. Puerto Viejo has a long long history of cacao production and I'll share that history with you, talking about the characters and stories of the area as we teach you how to make great chocolate. You'll be joining our happy, tiny team of 4. There will be lots to learn and taste, from flavour development to label design, this is a full experience! This experience is the most hands on in the area, you will get chocolate on you! Other things to note We are a short walk from Puerto Viejo along the beautiful black sand beach of Playa Negra. Our farm is a forest of fruit, native and nut trees and the coolness of lush jungle is refreshing.
Catamaran Adventure-Manuel Antonio
**WE GO OUT WITH MORE THAN 10 PPL ON THE BOAT! This is a shared group activity for up to 90 ppl. Come on board as we cruise into the open sea , in search of spotted dolphins, migratory humpback whales, sea turtles and manta rays. As we make our way down the coastline of Manuel Antonio National Park, you can admire the mysterious islands, jagged cliffs and unique rock formations, these are the nesting grounds and home for numerous species of marine birds, including magnificent frigates, pelicans, yellow footed boobies and white ibises. After touring the coastline we will anchor in a protected area, the pristine Biezans Bay for a snorkeling adventure in the warm Pacific waters. We provide the masks, snorkels and fins, everything you need to dive and observe the underwater playground for numerous species of colorful tropical fish. Afterwards come back on board and enjoy the delicious lunch we have prepared for you: grilled fresh fish brochettes with onions and green peppers, pasta salad with mixed vegetables, fresh tropical fruit, our famous Costa Rican coffee, cocktails and natural fruit drinks. You will discover the true meaning of the word PARADISE as you relax and enjoy the PURA VIDA in this beautiful bay surrounded by the lush green landscape and the soothing sounds of the ocean.