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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.
El Tigre Waterfalls Monteverde
We reinvented ourselves. Due to COVID-19 emergency now this hike can be done safetly without a guide nor groups! Drive yourself to El Tigre Waterfalls (google maps or waze as El Tigre Waterfalls using the road named ¨Los Olivos¨. Avoid the route called ¨Las Nubes¨), parking is safe and free. You don´t need a 4x4. In our small reception/coffee place we will give you a map and all the instructions and safety tips that you need to do this tour. Now… THIS IS ADVENTURE! The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. You will pass through 4 big waterfalls and 9 bridges (hanging bridges and natural tree bridges) the hike is 5.2km, intermediate level. At the end of the trail there is a guide waiting for you with the horses. This is the only guided part of the tour and it is about 35min. No experience needed. A delicious typical lunch is included. You will be abe to choose between multiple options (also veggie :D ). We open every day from 7.30am to 2.00pm. Sanitary protocols: For your own safety face mask and hand washing are required to enter. We comply with all the security measures requested by the government of Costa Rica. We are proud to have the SAFE TRAVELS STAMP.
Finca El Paraiso Farm & Cheese Tour
This is a third generation, small scale, sustainable farm. The animals are pasture-fed and roam freely throughout the day. It is our vision to continue to operate this farm without the use of pesticides or chemical based fertilizers and to maintain a balance of pasturelands and forest. Come and see the cows up close and try your hand at milking. Take a tour of the garden, where you will find banana trees and seasonal fruits and veggies under the care of our family. We also have baby cows, goats, pigs, chickens that are part of the farm operation. MonteVerde is an area with a rich history in dairy production. We invite to try fresh Costa Rican cheese. You can enjoy an authentic meal featuring the freshly made cheese, hand made tortillas, along with other locally sourced and seasonably available items. You will notice a difference in the quality of the food that is locally sourced and where animals are fed a natural diet. This is an opportunity to experience "La Pura Vida" at its finest. Find us in Waze or Maps as "Finca El Paraiso" For a extra pay we can set up transportation by taxi Check out our IG & FB @fincaparaisocr
Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour
The Coffee'N Jungle tour is a blend of Costa Rican coffee culture and nature that includes the following 3 or 4 activities, depending on if is the day or the night tour: 1) COFFEE TOUR Throughout the interesting coffee process, that ranges from baby plant care to the roasting, we reveal simple but important "secrets" that will enable the visitor to choose a good coffee when they return home. Of course, we do not put aside the taste of our great coffee. At this point, we will show our visitors the simplest and easiest way to prepare a delicious cup of coffee. 2) MINI CHOCOLATE TOUR Cocoa has been one of the greatest legacies of our indigenous ancestors, it is the basic component of chocolate which is appreciated throughout the world today because of exquisite taste and important properties. On this tour, we show you the most interesting aspects of the chocolate in a delightful way. 3)MINI SUGAR CANE TOUR A very fun part of our tour because, apart from a brief explanation about this crop, the visitor receives the opportunity to extract the tasty juice in an artisanal way to prepare and taste our delicious cocktail called Jungle Juice. 4) NIGHT TOUR. Adventure and fun in the forest at night. The goal at this stage of the tour is the observation of the nocturnal wildlife (such as frogs, mammals and insects) which normally can not be seen during the day.
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.

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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.
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!
Learn the greatness of the cloud forest of Monteverde
Guided tour of natural history, fauna and wildlife in the different protected areas of Monteverde, day and night. Natural history, fauna and wildlife guided tours, at the different protected areas of Monteverde, during the day and at night time.
Paseo por el bosque nuboso de Monteverde
El paseo por el bosque nuboso es una experiencia unica donde puedes observar con detalle esta increible zona de vida con ecosistemas unicos en el mundo donde el famoso Quetzal canta junto a los Jilgueros. Este paraiso natural esta lleno de orchideas que viven en las ramas de los arboles locales compartiendo el espacio con bromilias helechos y todo tipo de plantas epiphitas, 400 especies de aves, con por sentajes de endenismo de mas de 70% en algunos grupos de organismos. Todo estos detalles los disfrutaras al lado de un guia naturalista experto en el Bosque Nuboso Tropical de Monteverde
El Tigre Waterfalls Monteverde
We reinvented ourselves. Due to COVID-19 emergency now this hike can be done safetly without a guide nor groups! Drive yourself to El Tigre Waterfalls (google maps or waze as El Tigre Waterfalls using the road named ¨Los Olivos¨. Avoid the route called ¨Las Nubes¨), parking is safe and free. You don´t need a 4x4. In our small reception/coffee place we will give you a map and all the instructions and safety tips that you need to do this tour. Now… THIS IS ADVENTURE! The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. You will pass through 4 big waterfalls and 9 bridges (hanging bridges and natural tree bridges) the hike is 5.2km, intermediate level. At the end of the trail there is a guide waiting for you with the horses. This is the only guided part of the tour and it is about 35min. No experience needed. A delicious typical lunch is included. You will be abe to choose between multiple options (also veggie :D ). We open every day from 7.30am to 2.00pm. Sanitary protocols: For your own safety face mask and hand washing are required to enter. We comply with all the security measures requested by the government of Costa Rica. We are proud to have the SAFE TRAVELS STAMP.
Don Juan Coffee, Cocoa and Caña Tour
Don Juan Tours es una empresa familiar que por medio de sus tours les enseñan a los visitantes todo el proceso que hay detrás de 3 productos muy importantes a nivel mundial, el Café, la Caña de Azúcar y el Chocolate. Nuestra experiencia: Don Juan - Coffee Chocolate and Sugar Cane Tour, lo llevará a conocer todo el proceso del Café, desde la semilla hasta la deliciosa taza de café. Una vez culminado el tour de Café, daremos inicio con la parte más dulce del tour, el delicioso Chocolate. Al igual que el café hablaremos desde la semilla hasta la deliciosa barra de Chocolate, al terminar tendrán la oportunidad de degustar varios tipos de chocolate como el Chocolate Oscuro, Chocolate con Leche y Chocolate Blanco. Para finalizar nuestra actividad visitaremos el Trapiche donde extraeremos el jugo de la Caña de Azúcar para degustar su dulce jugo. Nuestra infraestructura le permitirá realizar el tour con toda comodidad, las familias con niños que necesiten llevar su coche para bebés o personas con alguna limitación física no tendrá inconvenientes para caminar con andadera, muletas o silla de ruedas. Otros aspectos destacables Antes de realizar la actividad deberán registrarse en la oficina ubicada en la entrada a la propiedad. Todo cliente debe portar mascarilla o careta para ser atendidos, de lo contrario no podrán realizar la actividad. Se recomienda traer alcohol en gel para las manos.
Bio luminescence in Boat
Our tour begins in Pochote, which is located in the mangrove swamp in the Bay of Tambor, we leave at 5:30 in the afternoon heading to Playa Muertos where we will wait for the night with some delicious fruit snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, when darkness falls. and we go to our meeting point with the most spectacular phenomenon that you can have in your life bioluminescence when you arrive you will have the opportunity touch the water at night and every time you move your hands and feet you will be able to appreciate the millions of sparks around you this phenomenon is the product of bacteria and dinoflalates that produce light, 40 minutes enjoy the phenomenon we return again to Pochote, a small fishing village in the bay of Tambor. As important information we are approximately 25km from Montezuma and 30km from Santa Teresa
New horseback riding to Jaco beach sunset
Welcome adventurers to our unique experience! First we’ll introduce you to our horses and show you how to ride them. Then we’ll take a trail up the mountain that will take us to a famous viewpoint with a lovely view of the city of Jaco and the Gulf of Nicoya. You will be surrounded by lush flora and fauna where you can find monkeys, iguanas and a variety of birds. Our trip continues down the road until we reach the beach of jaco where we we’ll get to enjoy the beautiful sunset as we ride. We’ll make a stop by the the famous trunk of memories, where you can take photos if you like. Once our tour is over we will return to the meeting point. This is truly an unforgettable experience! We look forward to riding with you!
Surf in Paradise
We will start your surf experience making sure safety and fun will be guaranteed. A 15 minute land lesson will cover the essentials to get you ready for your first ever waves. Within the first 5 minutes in the water you will get up GUARANTEED .As you feel more and more confident we start teaching you more levels of surfing . Maneuvering and wave reading will slowly but surely start happening over time . The fun will never stop during your lesson that’s for sure. We will take a break after the first hours and finish off with a more thrilling second hour that will leave you asking for more fun. LUCKILY there are always the next days :)) Other things to note Bring proper swimwear and let’s get ready to roll:)
Finca El Paraiso Farm & Cheese Tour
This is a third generation, small scale, sustainable farm. The animals are pasture-fed and roam freely throughout the day. It is our vision to continue to operate this farm without the use of pesticides or chemical based fertilizers and to maintain a balance of pasturelands and forest. Come and see the cows up close and try your hand at milking. Take a tour of the garden, where you will find banana trees and seasonal fruits and veggies under the care of our family. We also have baby cows, goats, pigs, chickens that are part of the farm operation. MonteVerde is an area with a rich history in dairy production. We invite to try fresh Costa Rican cheese. You can enjoy an authentic meal featuring the freshly made cheese, hand made tortillas, along with other locally sourced and seasonably available items. You will notice a difference in the quality of the food that is locally sourced and where animals are fed a natural diet. This is an opportunity to experience "La Pura Vida" at its finest. Find us in Waze or Maps as "Finca El Paraiso" For a extra pay we can set up transportation by taxi Check out our IG & FB @fincaparaisocr
Night Tour Don Rodolfo
Be one more guest on a private night hike, we will walk through the main forest, secondary forest and open area, we will venture in search of local flora and fauna in a small private reserve, where you as our visitor will help us look for those animals that are hidden among the trees and leaves, and don't hesitate to take a walk at night with us. We look forward to seeing you.
Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour
The Coffee'N Jungle tour is a blend of Costa Rican coffee culture and nature that includes the following 3 or 4 activities, depending on if is the day or the night tour: 1) COFFEE TOUR Throughout the interesting coffee process, that ranges from baby plant care to the roasting, we reveal simple but important "secrets" that will enable the visitor to choose a good coffee when they return home. Of course, we do not put aside the taste of our great coffee. At this point, we will show our visitors the simplest and easiest way to prepare a delicious cup of coffee. 2) MINI CHOCOLATE TOUR Cocoa has been one of the greatest legacies of our indigenous ancestors, it is the basic component of chocolate which is appreciated throughout the world today because of exquisite taste and important properties. On this tour, we show you the most interesting aspects of the chocolate in a delightful way. 3)MINI SUGAR CANE TOUR A very fun part of our tour because, apart from a brief explanation about this crop, the visitor receives the opportunity to extract the tasty juice in an artisanal way to prepare and taste our delicious cocktail called Jungle Juice. 4) NIGHT TOUR. Adventure and fun in the forest at night. The goal at this stage of the tour is the observation of the nocturnal wildlife (such as frogs, mammals and insects) which normally can not be seen during the day.
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.
Isla Tortuga tour with Snorkeling
As I'm born and raised in this area and know the sea since my younger years I'm able to give you a great local experience to this beautiful Island. We leave with the boat from Playa Los Organos, for a nice boat ride from about 20 minutes, on the way to the Island Tortuga you are able to enjoy the beautiful coastline with playa Quesera together with some marine life. We will pass the 'Arco Iris' (Rainbow Rock) where we will go with the boat through the hole in the rock, from here we will visit the group of Island called Morteros for snorkeling. The volcanic rock reef is surrounded by crystalline waters and famous for the large number of colorful fish and some corals. Changing the snorkeling mask for the sunglasses again, we are heading to the island itself where you can enjoy a swim in the warm waters, stroll along the sugary white sandy beach, hike the trail to the top of the island or relax in the shadow of a swaying palm tree. We will here at a calm beach (not the main one) some fresh fruits, drinks & a sandwich (ham & cheese, or cheese for vegetarian). You could just through down you towel in the nice sandy beach or just sit and relax on in the shade.
Conceptual Speakeasy Bar Mixology Wake up your senses
OME Mixology Experience was born with the idea of giving a unique experience in mixology, conceptual menus and providing a space where we will be transported to the Era of Prohibition being a Speakeasy bar in the heart of Monteverde. We are a minimalist but very creative space.