Culinary Rural Experience (1 Day Tour)| Foodie Tours
During our 1 Day Food Tour from San Jose, you will learn about local medicinal plants, choose, fish and cook your own tilapia (vegetarian options avalialble), and make your own customized chocolate using organic cocoa.
Our guided One Day food tour at Surá organic farm in Sarapiquí, 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 - minimum 2 pax.
After the 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!
Activity 1 - Farm Tour
A member of the family will 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, taste a local cocktail with it, then they will take you to the organic pineapple plantation to taste the sweetest pineapples as you have never tried! The tour continues by walking around the garden where you will learn about medicinal plants, spices like vanilla, turmeric, lemon grass, ginger, etc. Take a fabric bag with you, you can collect some spices to use during the next activity.
Activity 2 - Cooking workshop
At the cooking workshop for lunch, you will have the opportunity to fish for your own tilapia, learn to prepare a local recipe using fresh herbs and spices, which will be served with “patacones”, fried cassava, salad and natural juices, all harvested from the farm.
After lunch you will have about an hour time to relax, explore the gardens, or share with the family.
Activity 3 - Cocoa/Chocolate Workshop
Of course we didn't forget your dessert! You will enjoy an authentic, sweet and delicious experience! 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, roasting process and participate in the creation of your own chocolate recipe mixing local organic spices like cinnamon, raw sugar, white or black pepper, vanilla, ginger and more. You can buy chocolate bars at the end, make sure you take some cash, they don't take credit cards.
After a day of delighting your senses, learning and ejoying the rural lifestyle of the Huertas and Gomez family, your guide will take you back to San Jose. Arrival time to your hotel would be at around 8pm.
- Private transportation.
- Snack on the way to the farm.
- English speaking guide during the tours and workshops.
- Full lunch.
- 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 the 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, The Best Chocolate Tour, there are 5 hectares of organic cacao plantation. The fields belong to the conservation area of Curare Reserve, Rodolfo Alvarado and Geiner Huertas are two friends who decided to start this proyect as a way to promote sustainable farming and transfer their knowledge to the students of the community, they also support some small farming proyects in Chilamate village. They offer a unique experience full of flavors and textures that you will enjoy during the cacao workshop.
What to bring?
In Costa Rica we have rainy 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.
- Extra pair of shoes.
- Long pants, shorts, t-shirts and a hoodie.
- Cash in case that you want to buy local products.
- A hat.
Prices per person based on minimum 2 people, if you are 2+ people we can give you a group discount. (Doesn't apply for promotions)
This tour is just offered on private reservation, to book please contact us
or email us to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are on WhatsApp: +506-8844-4301
- 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.