Costa Rican Cultural Tour

Costa Rica

History & Culture

12 Days

All Ages

Providencia Costa Rica

Tour Overview

Welcome to stunning Costa Rica: one of the most diverse places and cultures on Earth!

For an educational, transformational and enjoyable 12 Days, students will get the staples of Costa Rican Culture, full of historical learning opportunities, fun, hands-on activities, and delicious tastes and smells! Get to know your group members better and dive into Costa Rican Fun!

Students will have the incredibly rare opportunity to explore a beautiful country, get to know a beautiful culture, and learn history firsthand in one of the most exotic and desired vacation spots on earth!

Learning Opportunities Include:

  • The National Theatre and Chieten Moren Craft Shop
  • Turrialba and the wondrous Guayabo National Monument
  • The rural community of Providencia and its oases
  • Terraba Territory cacao fields and chocolate experience
  • Cultural immersion: ancient weaving and carving lessons
  • The World Heritage site Stone Spheres of Finca 6!
Costa Rica San Jose National Theatre
Manuel Antonio National Park

Inclusions

  • Discounted Group Flights
  • Airport Transfers & Internal Transport
  • Quality Multi-Share Accommodation Options (upgrades available)
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Evening Meals
  • Dedicated Professional Local Tour Guide/s
  • Tickets & Entry Fees for Included Activities

EXAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Arrival to Juan Santamaria International Airport & Visit the central market

     

    Welcome to Costa Rica!  One of the most diverse countries on Earth!

    Upon your arrival your driver & guide will be waiting for you at the entrance of the airport to drive you to your hotel.

    First things first: Time for a welcome meeting to get to know your guide/s and other travellers in the group.

    Depending on your arrival time you may have the chance to visit the Central Market and start getting to know the Costa Rican culture.  Try your Spanish, buy some fruit you have never tasted and experience the smells and the colors of the market.

    Accommodation: La Rosa Del Paseo or similar.

    Included: Guide, Lunch, Central Market Visit, Dinner & Lodging.

  • DAY 2: - San Jose - Start learning the history of Costa Rica

    Today you will have the chance to experience San Jose history and culture.

    You will start with a visit to the iconic National Theater.  It was built towards the end of the 19th century, as part of the cultural project of the Nation-State.  It has been established as the most important cultural center in the country and has gone through three centuries.

    You will continue to walk around the city to find more architectural jewels.

    After lunch visit Chieton Moren Shop, it means “A Fair Deal” in Brunka language.  This is a shop in which you will receive an interesting explanation of the different crafts you will find from the 8 different indigenous territories.  It is a fair-trade shop so you will be helping the ancestral artisans as well.

    Lecture: Costa Rica, why the differences with the rest of the Central America Region?

    Accommodation: La Rosa Del Paseo or similar.

    Included: Breakfast, Guide, National Museum entry & guided tour, Lunch, Dinner & Lodging.

  • DAY 3: Guayabo National Monument - Ancient City

    After breakfast you will continue towards the Turrialba area, specifically to Guayabo National Monument, it is one of the most important and largest archaeological areas that has been discovered in the country.  It protects archaeological structures such as roads, mounds, bridges, catchment tanks and aqueducts, among others.

    Guayabo has been designated a World Heritage Site of Civil Engineering, the importance of the site is recognized by the construction techniques of several of its structures that continue to work to this day.

    Accommodation: Hacienda Monteclaro or similar

    Included: Breakfast, Guide, Guided Visit to Guayabo, Lunch, Dinner & Lodging.

  • DAY 4: Coffee Experience

    Discover the history of coffee in Costa Rica and the world, organic production systems, the characteristics of local varieties, and the national collection system.  Learn about the micro-benefit project of Naturalba Coffee, where the different stages of transformation of the most consumed grain in the world are observed, as well as the secrets of the most well-known certifications such as USDA ORGANIC or FAIR TRADE.  Finish tertuliando (meaning “talk or chat”) around a delicious cup of coffee blasted in a traditional way, so Pure Life!

    Lecture: The Importance of Coffee for the Costa Rican Economy.

    Accommodation: Hacienda Monteclaro or similar

    Included: Breakfast, Guide, Guided Coffee Tour, Lunch, Dinner & Lodging.

  • DAY 5: Providencia - Meet a rural community

    Providencia is a magical paradise with abundant nature, waterfalls, coffee plantations and giant oaks, part of an impressive forest of high altitude.  Adrián Fonseca has been the pioneer with the vision of creating a small oasis in the mountain, receiving visitors from all over the world and sharing the treasure of this region with the vision of being and living a self-sustainable and happy life.

    During the afternoon you will have the chance to walk around town.

    Dinner & Accommodation: Riviera Lodge.

    Included: Breakfast, Guide, Lunch, Dinner & Lodging

  • DAY 6: Sugar Mill Experience

    El Trapiche, typical Costa Rica country farm which is run by a local family is the perfect place to experience the cozy and easy-going lifestyle of the Tico campesinosTrapiche, which translated means “Sugar Cane Mill”, is a super fun cultural day trip that will take you to a still active sugar mill farm.  Learn about the process of making sugar step by step, from the raw sugar cane freshly cut until the finished stage.  You will help making the tapas de dulce and the traditional sobado.  The farm also has other crops that include the typical products that the local farmers had been producing for over 60 years.

    Lecture: How Rural Tourism Supports Small Communities.

    Dinner & Accommodation: Riviera Lodge.

    Included: Breakfast, Guide, Sugar Mill Experience, Lunch, Dinner & Lodging.

  • DAY 7: Open Day to enjoy in the Community

    You can choose an extra activity in the community such as the extreme forest adventure, visit an organic farm, hike to waterfalls or just swim in the river.

    Dinner & Accommodation: Riviera Lodge.

    Included: Breakfast, Guide, Lunch, Dinner & Lodging

  • DAY 8: Cooking & Handcraft Lessons

    During the morning you will meet the Agüero Cordero Family, exemplary in the use and handling of plastic, paper, wood, cardboard, among others, to turn them into great works of art, giving a respite to a planet saturated with bad practices.  Using waste materials, they show their participants how to make jewelry, earrings, portraits, bracelets, testing the creativity of this family.

    During the afternoon you will have the chance to learn how to make cheese and create a local dish or pastry.

    Dinner & Accommodation: Riviera Lodge.

    Included: Breakfast, Guide, Cooking Lessons, Handcraft Lessons, Lunch, Dinner & Lodging.

  • DAY 9: Providencia - Terraba - Chocolate Experience

    After breakfast we will continue our way to the southern part of the country, to the Indigenous territory of Terraba.  The origin of the Brörán, proper name of the Térrabas, which means “mass of fermented corn”, is known to be of Chibcha ancestry as well as other indigenous peoples that inhabit the South of Costa Rica.  Studies indicate that the presence of these indigenous peoples over the region dates back approximately 5000 years, developing practices and knowledge techniques such as agricultural, astronomical, science, fishing, sea routes, and the manipulation of materials such as gold, clay, mud and stone spheres.

    Upon arrival the local guide will welcome the group in the center of town.  A brief review of the history and current affairs of the Indigenous Territory is given.

    After lunch you will receive a presentation on the process of roasting and grinding cocoa.

    Take a tour to learn about the cacao plant and its importance within the Térraba culture.  Then they will explain how the seed is prepared for the process of roasting in a wood-burning stove until it is ground with a stone or a grinding tomb, to finally enjoy a hot chocolate.

    Lecture: Challenges for the indigenous communities.

    Dinner & Accommodation: El Descanso.

    Included: Breakfast, Guide, Lunch, Cacao Tour, Dinner & Lodging.

  • DAY 10: Ancient Weaving and Mask Carving Lessons

    After breakfast we visit the Petroglyph.  You can observe carefully the symbolic drawings that were there sculpted years ago by ancient Térraba and the meaning of these in their culture.

    During the morning we will drive for 20 minutes to the indigenous town of Boruca.

    Daily life in Boruca reflects a self-sustaining agricultural village, but one where the majority of the economy is supported by artisan crafts and ecotourism.

    You will get to know Margarita, the visionary of the community, she will share part of their history.  Then you continue to learn and do your own carved wooden mask and help in the process of weaving.  Boruca has a long tradition of hand-dying threads from naturally found colors from sources including leaves of the sangrilla tree, bark of the carbonero tree, clay, indigo plants and occasionally the ink of a mollusk.  After spinning thread from locally-grown cotton, they use a loom to weave the thread into handbags, wall hangings, coin purses and more.

    Dinner & Accommodation: El Descanso.

    Included: Guide, Petroglyph, Weaving and Masks Lessons, Lunch, Dinner & Lodging

  • DAY 11: Stone Spheres Archaeological Site & GRADUATION!

    After breakfast you will start your drive back towards the Central Valley.

    On the way you will stop by Finca 6 an archaeological site.  It has 4 areas: 1  —  Mounds: they served as the basis for housing structures, 2  —  Alignments: 5 spheres in-situ make two alignments, one of three stone spheres and the other of two spheres, 3  —  Spheres in transit: consists of about 20 spheres recovered by the National Museum and 4  —  Point 5: it is an area that concentrates ceramic fragments and sculptures. Because of the importance and unique stone spheres this archaeological site was declared as World Heritage.

    We finish off the day with a Graduation Dinner Celebration!

    Dinner & Accommodation: Rosa de America or similar.

    Included: Guide, Lunch, Finca 6 Entrance, Dinner & Lodging.

  • DAY 12: Departure Day

    After breakfast you will drive back to the international airport.

    We hope you leave the country with a new perspective on how ecological & cultural tourism help to protect the environment and the culture of local communities.

    Included: Breakfast & Airport Transfer.

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