Endeavour Coffee, Chocolate & Cocktails Flavor of Costa Rica With This Tour Guide

Did you know that Costa Rica contains an exceptional wealth of wildlife relative to its size? More than 5% of the world's biodiversity can be found in Costa Rica, even though its landmass is a mere 0.03% of the planet. With over 100 protected areas, 801 miles of coastline, and 121 volcanic formations, the country contains 10% of the world's butterflies, 750,000 species of insects, and 52 species of hummingbirds. Read More

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Did you know that Costa Rica contains an exceptional wealth of wildlife relative to its size? More than 5% of the world’s biodiversity can be found in Costa Rica, even though its landmass is a mere 0.03% of the planet. With over 100 protected areas, 801 miles of coastline, and 121 volcanic formations, the country contains 10% of the world’s butterflies, 750,000 species of insects, and 52 species of hummingbirds.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Visit premium organic coffee plantations across Costa Rica and observe the coffee production process, from picking to drying to roasting

  • Bathe in the mineral-rich thermal springs of Arenal, which are naturally heated by volcanic activity

  • Experience coffee tastings at boutique cafés, where experts will guide you through the intricacies and subtleties that differentiate Costa Rican coffees

  • Visit a selection of micro-mills in Tarrazú to better understand the unique properties of the region that produce Costa Rica’s most coveted coffees

  • Meet baristas specializing in the mixology of coffee, utilizing locally sourced coffee beans to craft espressos, cappuccinos, and coffee cocktails

  • Visit a sugar cane plantation and a dairy farm to gain insight into the cultivation of the ingredients ubiquitous with coffee consumption

  • Learn the history of chocolate in the Americas and its contemporary markets before learning to craft and taste rich dark chocolate directly from the source

  • Explore sensational beauty at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, including the Butterfly Observatory, Bird Sanctuary, and Hummingbird Gardens

  • Visit a spice plantation for an insight into the cultivation of popular coffee seasonings, such as vanilla, cinnamon, and black pepper

  • Delight in relaxing coffee breaks during waterfall hikes and guided treks to view the captivating diurnal and nocturnal wildlife of Costa Rica

 

Trip at a Glance

(Day 1): Heredia – Arrive in San Jose with a Private Transfer to your Eco-Lodge

(Day 2): Monteverde – Experience an Organic Coffee Plantation and Private Dinner

(Day 3): Monteverde – Enjoy a Coffee and Sugar Cane Tour followed by a Night Hike

(Day 4): Arenal – Relish a Scenic Trip to Arenal and the Comforts of Thermal Springs

(Day 5): Arenal – Indulge in a Chocolate Adventure and a Rainforest Night Trek

(Day 6): Arenal – Visit a Dairy Farm and Return to Relax in Natural Thermal Springs

(Day 7): Heredia – Discover Beauty in La Paz Waterfall Gardens en route to Heredia

(Day 8): San Gerardo de Dota – Tour the Central Market and Café del Barista’s Mixology

(Day 9): San Gerardo de Dota – Relish a Coffee and Cocktail Demonstration at Mutute Café and Coffee Plantation Visit in the Coveted Coffee Region of Tarrazú

(Day 10): Manuel Antonio – Hike to Rio Savegre Waterfall before Traveling to the Pacific

(Day 11): Manuel Antonio – Visit a Spice Plantation with Remaining Day at Leisure

(Day 12): Manuel Antonio – Depart for Home

 

Activities

  • Cultural / Cultural Activities / Educational / Historical Sites / History & Archaeology Tours / Landmarks / Local Food / Market / Bazaar / Monument / Memorial / Food & Wine / Leisure / Farm / Ranch / Small Towns / Villages / Specialty Shopping / Outdoors & Sports / Nature / Outdoor Adventures

 

Themes

  • Leisure / Food & Wine / Gourmet Tours / Wellness & Retreat / Relaxation

 

Features

  • Leisure / Spectacular Scenery / Special Considerations / Unique Accommodations

 

Places To Visit

San Jose, Heredia, Monteverde, Arenal, San Gerardo de Dota, Manuel Antonio National Park, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Tarrazú

DETAILED ITINERARY

Detailed Tour Description

Costa Rica is a premier destination for all things decadent, from the richness of the flora and fauna to the captivating coffee and enchanting chocolate. Indulge in a 12-day Costa Rica vacation specially designed for the coffee lover. Embrace the roots of culture and cultivation and explore the ways those who understand coffee are changing the way it is produced and enjoyed, taking you from the mountaintops to the Pacific Coast in search of flavorful history, cultural connections, and magnificent scenery.

The adventure begins in the unique eco-lodge of Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort located in Heredia, a city on the outskirts of San Jose. The stunning location offers a respite from the bustling streets of the capital city with views of the lush ridges bordering the Central Valley. Enjoy your first coffee-centric experience with a private tour of the organic plantation located on the property. Discover the way tropical fruit grows wild and is harvested alongside the coffee plants.

In Monteverde, you have the comforts of the luxurious Hotel Belmar, which harmoniously blends into the surrounding trees of the cloud forest. Explore a plantation with a local guide eager to introduce you to the methods of cultivating coffee and sugar cane. Sample the sweet juice of freshly squeezed sugar cane and learn the distinctive properties of the beans grown in the Central Valley versus that of the cloud forest. Traverse the trails on an afternoon hike in search of toucans, monkeys, sloths, and kinkajous. Enjoy the scenic journey to Arenal on a boat and jeep safari to view the volcanic summit while scouring the trees for signs of vibrant wildlife.

The Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort offers a blend of adventure and comfort in the thermal springs, which are heated by the regional volcanic activity. Make chocolate on a local plantation and search for frogs on a private reserve that focuses on the development of secondary forests. Visit a dairy farm where you can practice milking a cow under the guidance of a local farmer. You have the option of visiting an organic farm in the Arenal area or spending an afternoon soothing your body and mind in the thermal springs at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. Discover the rehabilitating birds, pumas, and monkeys at La Paz Waterfall Gardens before returning to Finca Rosa Blanca Resort. Stroll the aisles of San Jose’s Central Market and meet with expert mixologists at Café del Barista, who serves gourmet coffee and simultaneously blend spectacular coffee-focused cocktails.

Spend time in the cozy opulence of the Savegre Lodge located near the coveted soils of the Tarrazú coffee-growing region. Discover the hidden Mutute Café Boutique, which prides itself on using beans sourced from local micro-mills before visiting a small coffee farm in Tarrazú to sample a cup of coffee with a view over a quiet lagoon. Enjoy a deep exploration of the Cloud Forest on a guided hike and find the splendors of Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio National Park a soothing respite after the waterfall trek. Learn about the spices produced in Costa Rica, including the labor-intensive cultivation of vanilla. You can indulge in private transfers and luxurious comfort, knowledgeable guides and enriching experiences featuring the absorbing history and magnificent flavors of coffee, chocolate, and cocktails during your marvelous Costa Rica vacation.

 

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