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San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

1. San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

Start your tour in the morning when you are picked up from your hotel in the San Jose area in an air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to Arenal on an alternative route that is more scenic than the regular highway to this popular destination. On the way, stop at a plantation where you will learn about the coffee of Costa Rica. Observe the coffee plants and see the workers picking the ripe cherries during the harvest season. Learn about this important product to the local economy and taste a freshly brewed cup of some of the best coffee in the world accompanied by traditional snacks. Continue the tour at the famous La Paz Waterfall. Stop at the San Fernando Waterfall look-out point and observe many exotic birds including toucans, hummingbirds, and many other colorful tropical species. Visit the iguana’s center, a place where you will see lots of iguanas at eye level resting on the top of numerous trees. Following this, arrive at the Town of La Fortuna, and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located at the base of the impressive Arenal Volcano. After lunch, visit various points around the volcano to take pictures of this amazing mountain on clear days. Next, participate in an indigenous presentation performed by native people from the Maleku Tribe, and learn about the native culture of Costa Ricans. Later, travel to the beautiful Paradise Hot Springs Resort and relax for a few hours in the multiple hot springs pools surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This hot springs facility is one of the best in the Arenal area and provides the perfect environment to relax in thermal mineral water pools, jacuzzis and cascading waterfalls. After this, go to a local typical restaurant to have a delicious Costa Rican dinner before you are taken back to your hotel in the San Jose area.

La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

2. La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

Visit a cocoa farm in the rainforest with majestic views of Arenal Volcano. See where cocoa is grown, processed and produced and unearth the hidden secrets of local chocolate production. This interactive experience lets travelers eat as much chocolate as they want while learning about the history, culture, and traditions of this popular Costa Rican sweet. In this 2-hour hands-on program, have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about cocoa and chocolate, its origin and history. Participate in all aspects of the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying, and grinding of the seeds.  Discover why the cacao tree was very important to ancient cultures. Find out how cacao was not only used as a ceremonial drink, but its seeds were also used as currency because of its economic value, in many regions of Mesoamerica, including Costa Rica.

La Fortuna: 3-Hour Costa Rican Cooking Class with Dinner

3. La Fortuna: 3-Hour Costa Rican Cooking Class with Dinner

Experience the flavor and culture of Costa Rica as you cook up a tasty local-style meal and enjoy an unforgettable evening of good food in La Fortuna. Arrive at your Costa Rica Cooking Class, located near the enchanting El Salto waterfall close to downtown La Fortuna. Admire the garden and farm where the fresh ingredients are grown and hear the story behind the food from your expert chef. Start your evening by mixing up a delicious homemade tropical Costa Rican cocktail or "jungle juice." Then, with the help of your chef, start cooking some Tico-style picadillos, tortillas, and guisados for a delicious sit-down meal and plenty of captivating conversation. After dinner, relax with your group for a cup of coffee before heading home.

Costa Rica: Baldi Hot Springs Day Pass with Optional Meals

4. Costa Rica: Baldi Hot Springs Day Pass with Optional Meals

Spend the day relaxing in the thermal pools at Baldi Hot Springs, considered to be the largest thermal hot springs source in the world. Cleanse your body in the mineral-rich water, then have a jacuzzi or a sauna. Have fun on the extreme waterslides surrounded by lush vegetation. Relax in the 25 different thermal water pools, admire the local plant life, and listen to the birds sing. Then, enter a jacuzzi that is large enough for 60 people. After this, experience the largest sauna in Costa Rica. Slide down the extreme waterslides and splash into the pools below. Enjoy the whirling bowl slide that is located beside the children's pool and play area. Choose to have lunch, dinner, or lunch and dinner inside the hot springs resort. Purchase a day pass without meals if you like.

Combo Cooking Class and Salsa Dance Lesson

5. Combo Cooking Class and Salsa Dance Lesson

The best way to learn about a new culture is to learn about what the locals eat. Costa Rica has an amazing cuisine that is healthy, natural, and actually very easy to learn how to cook. Take some of the best local recipes back home with you after this cooking experience. These cooking classes are a great way to get to know other travelers and hang out with a knowledgeable local chef. As soon as you finish cooking, you will be able to sit down to the delicious meal you helped cook up and chat about the "Pura Vida" of Costa Rica. Make sure you have brought your dancing shoes to Costa Rica, because next up you will head to the dance floor to learn how to dance to latin beats. There is no better way to spend an evening in La Fortuna than cooking, eating, and dancing like a local.

La Fortuna: Safari Float on the Penas Blancas River

6. La Fortuna: Safari Float on the Penas Blancas River

This Peñas Blancas safari float offers travelers an excellent opportunity to explore some of the best attractions in the Arenal area. Your adventure starts along the Peñas Blancas River where you’ll enjoy the tranquility of the lower section on an easy-going, nature-lovers safari float. Birds and other animals are most active in the morning and you’re pretty much guaranteed to spot a number of creatures while floating on our inflatable rafts. Experience a relaxing tour, led by one of our expert bilingual naturalist safari guides. He will provide a safe environment and point out the beautiful flora and fauna of this region including animals like sloths, monkeys, and toucans. We will make two stops on our journey, one to enjoy our fresh locally grown tropical fruits and again for a delicious, authentic Costa Rican organic lunch. You’ll also learn about the growing, harvesting, and production of chocolate, medicinal plants, fruits, and sugar cane. Finally, as you learn about sugar cane in Costa Rica your guide will help you extract juice from the cane in a traditional fashion, and you’ll get to enjoy a glass of pure sugar cane juice!

La Fortuna: Organic Farm Visit & Farm-to-Table Cooking Class

7. La Fortuna: Organic Farm Visit & Farm-to-Table Cooking Class

If you would like to learn the basics of organic farm-to-table cooking, you don’t want to miss this experience. This farm-to-table tour gets your hands dirty and bellies full! Before we start cooking, we will take a walk in our organic farm to collect ingredients. All depending on the season, we will collect what there is available. On this tour, you learn about all the facets of our sustainable and organic farm. You are invited to the kitchen, where you prepare and cook your own lunch on an open wood stove.

From La Fortuna: Coffee and Chocolate Farm Tour with Tasting

8. From La Fortuna: Coffee and Chocolate Farm Tour with Tasting

Combine two tours with this coffee and cocoa farm excursion from La Fortuna. Learn about Costa Rica's rich history from your guide, see how a tiny cocoa seed becomes sweet chocolate, and taste a delicious cup of fresh coffee. Enjoy a comfortable pickup from your hotel in La Fortuna and head to the farms. Upon arrival, start a tour of a coffee farm, beginning with an introduction to the history of coffee. Learn about how the coffee industry has affected Costa Rica's development. Next, see every step of the coffee production line, from the seed to the final product. Finish your coffee tour with a tasting of local coffees before beginning a chocolate tour. Learn about chocolate's place in Costa Rica's traditional and cultural heritage. Go on a journey full of delightful aromas and history and taste the fruit of the cocoa in a delicious drink. See the entire process of transition, from seed to pure and ground cocoa, before returning to La Fortuna.

Arenal Volcano Raft and Chocolate Tour Combo

9. Arenal Volcano Raft and Chocolate Tour Combo

Take a taste tour through the history of chocolate from its important role with indigenous populations to its arrival to Europe and the global market. Guests will get a hands-on demonstration of the chocolate making process, from the transformation of the Cacao bean to the chocolate products available on the market. Clients will have the chance to mix chocolate with different exotic ingredients such as natural cinnamon, nutmeg, Jamaica flower and Chile powder. One you have satisfied your sweet tooth, continue on to the beautiful, tropical Balsa River, where you will enjoy up to 2 exhilarating hours of white-water action. Get wet and wild through rapids such as “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges”. Enjoy a swim, some fresh tropical fruits and cold drinks followed by a hearty Costa Rican lunch at a local farm. The lunch spot is a tour in itself. This traditional country estate with the aim to let visitors experience the genuine and peaceful way of country life in Costa Rica You will enjoy a delicious typical lunch served in a traditional way.

From La Fortuna: Nocturnal Nature Experience

10. From La Fortuna: Nocturnal Nature Experience

This tour is ideal for those who want to take advantage of their nights in Costa Rica to discover some of the country’s nocturnal wonders. You will begin your tour in the small town of La Tigra, located just 30 minutes from La Fortuna. Here you will meet a local family who has devoted part of their land to the natural regeneration of plants and animals.  Once you arrive, you will take the trail into a small patch of rainforest with some mirrored lakes, which facilitate wildlife observation. You can expect to see a variety of nocturnal birds and mammals, insects, amphibians, bats, and more. The trail will take you around the mirrored lakes to the frog sanctuary, which is an area dedicated to the regeneration and natural reproduction of frog species. Here you will discover countless species such as the dart frog and the bullfrog, the smallest and largest species in Costa Rica, as well as the spectacular Red-Eyed Tree Frog, and the beautiful Glass Frog. After the tour, a delicious Costa Rican dinner prepared on a wood burning stove will await You. You will enjoy your dinner viewing the lights of the valleys of San Carlos, before returning to your hotel in La Fortuna.

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We loved this experience! They picked us up and took us to a cozy kitchen area open to the outdoors. We made a drink, chicken, tortillas, a veggie dish. Kathy was a wonderful host who answered all our questions! Definitely would recommend this experience.

We unfortunately missed the chocolate tour portion but the white water rafting portion was OUTSTANDING! So much fun. Great photos for purchase as well.

One of the coolest tours I have been to. Very knowledgeable, interactive, various things to do and fun chocolates to taste. And I did say awesome hosts

Such an incredible experience to learn how chocolate is made, and to taste the amazing chocolate was the highlight of our trip!!!

Our guide was wonderful and informative one of our best excursions