Culinary Rural Experience (2 days tour) | Foodie Tours
Learn about medicinal plants, fish and cook your own tilapia and make your own customized chocolate using organic cocoa.
Our guided 2 days and 1 night food tour at Surá organic farm, is an authentic experience where you can learn the most important aspects of traditional, Costa Rican gastronomy, agriculture and rural life style.
Price per person, based on double occupation.
After breakfast we will pick you up at your hotel at about 7:00 am, then you will start a two hours journey to Finca Surá where you will join the Gómez family, who will receive you with fresh fruit drinks and then take you into a tour around their organic farm. During the tour you will be able to participate in the art of cutting sugar cane and preparing the juice, as well as tasting seasonal fruits, walking around the garden where you will learn about medicinal plants and visiting the pineapple plantation.
For lunch you will have the opportunity to fish for your own tilapia, which will be served with “patacones”, fried cassava, salad and natural juices, all harvested from the farm.
After lunch you will have some time to relax, explore the gardens, or share with the family. At mid-afternoon you will visit the Huertas family, they will take you through the cacao fields while they explain everyting about cacao's history, tradition and culture, you will learn all about cacao fermentation and roasting process and participate in the creation of your own chocolate recipe combining local organic spices like cinnamon, raw sugar, white or black pepper, vanilla, ginger and more.
After the tour you will have about 1,5 hours of free time and then you will have a farm to table dinner of your choice with fresh fruit juice, a main dish and a dessert.
Bird watching tour at 5:30am (optional) - If you love birding and waking up early in the morning, we can add this activity to your itinerary, here you can find species like toucans, parrots or cusingas.
From 7am to 9am you can enjoy a typical breakfast with fruits, natural juice, eggs from the farm and coffee. After breakfast, the guide will take you for a walk to the river just behind the farm and later you will come back to take the cooking workshop, you will learn to prepare some typical dishes made with local products and then you will enjoy a delicious lunch, fruit juice and coffee.
After lunch you will have about 2 hours to relax, walk around or share with the family, and at about 4pm get ready to return to San Jose
- Private transportation.
- Accommodation (one night).
- English speaking guide.
- 5 meals.
- Cooking workshop at Finca Surá (all ingredients included)
- Guided tour to the farm, including fruit tasting and medicinal plants explanation.
- Guided tour to the cacao fields + chocolate workshop: how to prepare artisanal chocolate from scractch (includes all ingredients and tastings).
- Tour coordinator.
More About Finca Surá
This farm is a family-run business led by Rodolfo and Maria, whom with much work and effort planted the land, built the cabins and created the lake for the tilapia fish. The main production is 100% organic pineapple, they also have cacao trees, papaya, medicinal and aromatic plants such as lemongrass, pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and some tubers like potatoes, yucca and sweet potato.
María has designed cooking workshops with the help of her daughters who love sharing their cooking passion with the travelers, who are taught to cook local recipes with the products from their farm. They also have pigs, chickens and cows for milk production, Mr. Rodolfo is the one who takes care of animals and agricultural fields.
The climate of the area is humid tropical forest, has a lot of species of trees and birds, which makes it the perfect place to walk through the forest to bird watching.
About the Cacao Tour
Not far from the Surá farm, there is the cacao farm, there are 5 hectares of organic cacao plantation. The fields belong to a conservation area Curare Reserve, Rodolfo Alvarado and Geiner Huertas are two friends who decided to start this proyect as way to promote sustainable farming and transfer their knowledge to the students of the community and also support some small farming proyects in Chilamate village. They offer an authentic experience full of flavors and textures that you can enjoy through each step about organic cacao production.
What to bring?
In Costa Rica we have rainny or dry season, some times it can be sunny during the morning and rainy during the afternoon, so you might bring clothes for both scenarios. In general activities will be outdoors, in the forest.
- Trekking shoes.
- Rain Coat.
- Extra pair of shoes.
- Long pants, shorts, t-shirts and a hoodie.
- Cash in case that you want to buy local products.
- A hat if.
This tour is just offered on private reservation, to book please contact us
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- All tours must be booked and paid at least 48 hours in advance.
- If you cancel 24 hours or less before the tour, you will not be refunded.
- No show, will not be refunded.