Visit Tirimbina Rainforest Center and embark on the rainforest and Tirimbina Chocolate Adventure! Discover the wonders behind one of the world’s most tantalizing foods — chocolate! The cacao tree originated in Mesoamerica and has a rich and extraordinary history. En route to this amazing place, we will make a stop at La Virgen del Socorro (a private reserve). We’ll also lunch at the local restaurant owned by Doña Marielos.
This San Jose tour will get you up close and personal to nature and tradition, with a hike through the rainforest and a chocolate tour of the local cacao plantation.
Sarapiqui & La Selva
We’ll take private transportation through the Caribbean lowlands and Braulio Carrillo National Park to the Sarapiquì area. This is one of the best spots in Costa Rica to experience the many wonders of the tropical rainforests! Your certified naturalist guide will lead you through the highlands to La Selva Reserve. Part of a UNESCO Biological Reserve La Selva has over 400 known bird species. You’re sure to see some incredible little fliers!
La Selva Organization for Tropical Studies
For an extraordinary experience in bird-watching and photography, we’ll head to the La Selva Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). La Selva has been a pioneering site in education, research, conservation, and ecotourism in Costa Rica since 1963. It is one of the first private protected areas in the country. La Selva and the Braulio Carrillo National Park are part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Chocolate, Chocolate and More
After you enjoy the amazing natural history of the tropical rainforests, flora, and fauna, you’ll head off to discover the secrets and marvels of one of humankind’s favourite foods – chocolate.
With its origins in Mesoamerica, cacao has a rich and extraordinary history in this part of the world. Our San Jose chocolate tour will include a visit to a cacao plantation to check out forest and wild species of cacao. It will also give you a first-hand lesson in the process of turning cacao into chocolate.
Not to worry – after imbibing us with knowledge and information, we’ll actually get to sample some chocolate! We’ll enjoy a chocolate tasting of cacao and other organic chocolate products all made by the Association of Women Amazilia del Caribe, a local organization. We hope you’re ready to taste some of the best chocolate on earth!
After indulging in all that chocolate, we’ll visit an ant farm. Here we’ll discover the secrets of the most organized society in the Costa Rican rainforest – a leaf cutter ant colony. In our opinion, it’s the perfect way to end this Costa Rican nature, hiking, and chocolate adventure, before heading back to San Jose.
|Departures:||Daily at 7:00 AM|
|Cost per person:||Adults $150.00, Children $90.00|
|Includes:||Local English speaking naturalist guide, transportation, entrance fee to the reserve, authentic local lunch|
|Not included:||Food and drink other than specified above, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for the guide and driver|
|What to bring:||Hiking/closed toe shoes, rain coat/poncho, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, mosquito/bug spray, long pants.|