January 18th - January 26th
San Jose - Tarrazu - Turrialba - Limon - Cahuita
Banking fee not included
We have designed this tour for coffee enthusiasts who want to dramatically increase their knowledge of origin, while enjoying the natural wonders Costa Rica offers.
This unique tour is reserved for a small group (6-12 people), so you can share coffee experiences with like-minded travelers, with who, you will become friends.
January 18th - 26th 2020
Costa Rica is the most developed and is considered among the safest destinations in Latin America. It is an eco-tourism destination, containing 5% of world’s biodiversity and picture-perfect unspoiled beaches.
Costa Rican coffee has a long-standing reputation for high quality and fetching premiums in the market. Its eight coffee regions offer a wide diversity of flavors. It is the birthplace of Villa Sarchi variety. You’ll learn how Costa Rica’s “golden bean” goes from plant to cup.
Travel with a local company that focuses on generating value for coffee communities. Stay at tourist-class accommodations with character. Experience local cuisine and home-cooking. Travel in a mix of public and private transportation. Interact mostly with “Ticos” and learn why Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries in the world.
Day 0: Arrival in San Jose (NOT INCLUDED)
Arrive in the capital city of Costa Rica, home of the country’s intellectuals, university students and politicians.
We can suggest hotels in the city center according to your budget.
Day 1: San Jose
Mid morning we will have the option to visit San Jose. Including the national theater built during a short economic boom period for coffee in Costa Rica from 1888 to 1897. This boom period was brought on by the abolition of slavery in Brazil, which caused a crisis to the coffee farms in that country. President Jose Rodriguez Zeledon took advantage of the boom to finance an ambitious national theatre project with a tax on coffee experts. Sample coffee at the emerging specialty coffee scene in San José. Note that this city tour is not included ($30).
In the afternoon, we will travel to the most iconic coffee region.
Sleep at Hotel Exe San José Center or similar.
Day 2: San José to Tarrazú
We will travel altogether on public bus to the country’s most famous coffee region. Tarrazú has a long-standing reputation for its quality. Some of the highest coffee farms in Costa Rica are in this region. Learn from local producer about farming and micro-mill processing techniques. Wander and relax in picturesque Santa Maria de Dota
Afternoon: wander and relax in picturesque Santa Maria de Dota.
Rest at Hotel Cedrela (or similar).
Optional: Waterfall and mountain walks; avocado/fruit tour; visit more farms.
Day 3: Tarrazu coffee farm experience
Wake up early this morning to pick coffee. Learn all about industrial coffee processing at Coopedota, a co-op that certified world’s first carbon neutral coffee. A coffee plantation visit won’t be complete without a cupping of the region’s best coffees.
In the afternoon, we will learn how to make tortillas while dining at a farm house.
Sleep at Hotel Cedrela (or similar).
Breakfast and Dinner Included
Day 4: Tarrazú
Acquire new insights at this high-altitude coffee producer with six different varieties. We will visit a farm with stunning views and has set national record for price paid for coffee at the Cup of Excellence. Learn about the impact that cultivars and altitude have on the taste of coffee. Marvel at the views of Dota valley and learn about a farm that has achieved the Cup of Excellence.
Enjoy free time in afternoon. Sleep at Hotel Cedrela (or similar).
Optional: Waterfall and mountain walks; avocado/fruit tour; visit more farms
Day 5: Tarrazú to Turrialba – CATIE
Travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic side of Costa Rica (duration: 3 hours). Stop by Cartago, Costa Rica’s first capital and spiritual center. . Every year, thousands of pilgrims come here to honor “La Negrita.” Photograph a patchwork of agriculture (sugarcane, flowers) along the curvy roads of the Orosi Valley.
Learn about the latest research at CATIE, a leading agricultural institute that has been studying coffee and cacao. In the late 1970s, a fungus wiped out over 80% of the cacao trees in Costa Rica, devastating the cacao industry. It wasn’t until CATIE produced cacao trees that were immune to the fungus that the industry started making its comeback.
Sleep at CATIE. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
Breakfast & Lunch Included
Day 6: Cacao Farms
Descend to the Atlantic coastal plain (duration: 2 hours) to visit some of the cacao farms in the Atlantic plain. Depending on availability, we will visit 2-3 cacao farms with cocoa trees planted under the shade of almendro, cristóbal and eucalyptus trees, and plantain and coconut palms. We will discover the different way of processing cocoa.
This agroforest system is a habitat for birds, monkeys, and Costa Rica’s iconic sloths. Travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca area (duration: 3 hours).
Sleep at Hotel Boutique Indalo (or similar).
Day 7: Cahuita National Park
Visit this picturesque national park. Declared a National Park in 1978 after an agreement with local fishermen, this park on the Caribbean coast has a dense tropical foliage, white sand beaches and coral reefs. Hike through the 8km coastal trail to explore the swamp and beach wild life. Wander the sleepy dirt roads of Cahuita town and enjoy the Afro-Caribbean vibe and food.
Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Optional activities in Cahuita area (note: these are not included in the tour price): Visit a sloth sanctuary to observe these animals upclose; there is nothing cuter than a baby sloth. Snorkel at the National Park’s reef, one of the last living reefs in Costa Rica.
Breakfast & Dinner Included
Sleep at Hotel Boutique Indalo (or similar).
Day 8: Cahuita to San José.
Travel back to the city (duration: 6 hours). Stop by Sibu Chocolates. Dine in a city restaurant to say farewell.
Sleep at Park Inn San Jose by Radisson.
Optional activities in Cahuita area (note: these are not included in the tour price): Visit a sloth sanctuary to observe these animals upclose; there is nothing cuter than a baby sloth. Snorkel at the National Park’s reef, one of the last living reefs in Costa Rica.
Breakfast & Dinner Included
Language: Tour in English; many bilingual services.
Visas: generally not required for < 90-day stays.
Money: US$ at ATMs; credit cards accepted.
Internet: Prepaid SIM cards cheap and available.
What to pack: San José and coffee regions are cool: bring a light sweater, boots and a rain jacket. The Caribbean is hot and humid: bring a bathing suit, sandals, and sunglasses. Bring a day pack.
If you need to contact us in an emergency, best to first call our local number +50622971351 (San Jose 09:00-18:00 Local Time). After hours: +50684402788. We recommend that you have access to ~US$200 as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control require a change to our planned route. Not expected.
*OUR ONLY FEE*
A fee of 15 euros per invoice will be applicable to cover and protect the participants from company insolvency. We offer travelers the guarantee that they will be recompensed any monies paid out on trips and, as necessary, their return fares will be reimbursed, in the event that the concerned tour operator, affiliated to us, declares financial insolvency. It is a comforting feeling indeed when you book your trip.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
8 nights hotel accommodation on a double bed bases in the best available hotels/lodges
All ground transport
English speaking professional guide with all allowance
All entrance fees as per the itinerary
Breakfast with soft and hot drink
Permit to visit the coffee plantation in all destination.
Local guides in all destinations
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
Additional activities not specified in itinerary
Travel and medical claim insurance, and expenses incurred during emergency situation or evacuation.
Visa and vaccinations (if required, check!)
Personal expenses such as laundry, telecom, etc.
Assistance at the airport on departure.
All bank charges when receiving payments.
All beverages during the trip.
Some meals: lunch and dinner.
Minimum Age and Fitness Level
You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
An average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake this tour.
Appropriate travel insurance is compulsory to participate in this tour. Evidence of travel insurance policy with the following minimum criteria will be requested ahead of the trip:
Overseas medical and dental expenses;
Coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and 24-hour emergency assistance/rescue;
Pre-trip cancellation, trip interruption and travel delay; and
Loss of baggage and personal effects.