Culinary Trip; Tico food & drinks

This trip is especially designed for those that like to enjoy the culinary highlights of Costa Rica.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION San Jose, Costa Rica
DURATION OF TRIP 12 Nights
ADVISED MONTHS OF TRAVEL All year around
INCLUDED
Airport Transfers
12 Nights Lodging w/Breakfast Included
2 Nights in San Jose
3 Nights in Puerto Viejo
Caribbean Cooking Class
2 Nights in La Fortuna
2 Nights in Celeste Tenorio w/All meals Included
3 Nights in Montezuma w/Diner Included
4×4 Rental Car w/basic Insurance
24/7 Natural Mystic Travel Assistance
NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Meals other than included
Gasoline and optional full coverage Insurance
Personal expenses and tips

 

Additional information

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Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival your driver will wait for you at the airport. He will bring you to your hotel downtown San Jose where you will spend your first night. Your hotel offers comfortable rooms and has one of the best restaurants in town.
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Day 2: Southern Caribbean

Today your rental car will arrive at 8 am at your hotel in San Jose. Your car will be a 4×4 for the rest of your trip, including basic insurance as well as two drivers and free miles. Once you received the car, you will head to the little town of Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast which will take around 4,5 hours.

The small village of Puerto Viejo is vibrant and there is always something happening; live music, many great restaurants and a night of dancing underneath the stars with your feet in the Caribbean sand will add to the Caribbean feeling

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Day 3: Puerto Viejo and surroundings

A full day in Puerto Viejo and around. The local bus will bring you to Cahuita in just 20 minutes, where you are able to enjoy the beautiful National Park of Cahuita. This park is easy to walk on your own and you will see lots of monkeys, sloths, snakes, raccoons, birds and many more species!

The coast line spreads out from Cahuita all the way to Manzanillo Gandoca; into the Amistad national park. The beaches invite for sunbathing and the different bays each offer another activity; surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddling and swimming.

Another great thing to do is to visit the Jaguar Rescue Center. This center is a great place to visit as you will be able to see the animals from very close. They are open 2 times a day; 09:30 and 11:30 for a tour and has an entrance fee cost of $20 per person. By visiting the Jaguar Center, your donation will go directly to caring for our rainforest guests.

At night you will have a reservation for dinner at Koki Beach. This is without a doubt one of our personal favorite restaurants in town; wonderful food and a Caribbean stylish ambiance!

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Day 4: Caribbean Cooking Class

Today you will be taken on a real Caribbean Cooking Class! Some of Puerto Viejo’s most famous and favorite cooks invite you into their homes for a 2 to 3 hour class. You will be able to experience the real local flavor, know the community’s food and learn a lot about their culture. During the class you can practice your ‘Patois’ (or Spanish) and learn some recipes you can take home with you, a real taste of the Caribbean. You will be using fruits and veggies that are typical to the Talamca kitchen. You will learn to cook patacones, bread fruit, rice & beans in coconut milt, batidos, fish or chicken in Caribbean Sause and much more! The class includes instructions and of course you will get to eat the food you prepare.
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Day 5: On to the Volcano

Today you will head out to La Fortuna, at the slopes of the Arenal volcano in the morning after breakfast. As you come closer to La Fortuna you will see the perfectly shaped active Arenal Volcano from a distance. For the next two nights your hotel will be Arenal Nayara; a beautiful hotel, where you will have your own Casita with Jacuzzi on your front porch. This amazing hotel has it’s own wine bar and 3 different restaurants to choose from!Stroll around their beautiful gardens in search for birds, monkeys and sloths or just enjoy the wonderful view of the majestic Arenal volcano..
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Day 6: Arenal and surroundings

Today you’ll have the whole day to discover the area. There is a lot to do here: a boat ride over the Cano Negro river, hanging bridges, hot springs, the waterfall of La Fortuna…
Let us know if you would like to book a fun tour in advance or we can also add this once you are here.
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Day 7: To Celeste Tenorio

The next drive from La Fortuna to Celeste Tenorio takes around 1,5 hours and will take you to one of the greenest, still untouched and out-of-the-beaten track area of Costa Rica: the Volcan Tenorio National Park, boasting the astonishing Rio Celeste. Local legend says that the colour of the river existed when God coloured the sky and rinsed his pencils in the water afterwards…You will be staying at the amazing Celeste Mountain Lodge, where you will have all of your gourmet meals included during your stay!
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Day 8: Celeste Tenorio

Today you’ll have a full day to explore the celeste river and it’s surroundings. You will be able to get here within a short hike from the lodge!
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Day 9: On to the beaches of Nicoya

Today you will head to your last, but definitely not least, destination; Montezuma. Montezuma is a small quaint village at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, nestled into a breathtaking tropical landscape and pristine coast. It is one of the most captivating travel destinations with global and alternative cultures. Formerly a tiny fishing village, about 20 years ago Montezuma started to get noticed by travelers because of its tranquil atmosphere and beautiful beach location. Now it is home to an eclectic international community of craftsmen, bodyworkers, fire dancers, and beach lovers looking to relax.

You will spend your last 3 nights at Ylang Ylang Resort, right outside of the small beach town of Montezuma. You will be staying in your own beach bungalow, right on the beach, nearby deserted sand and blue ocean. A secluded getaway where your delicious breakfast and dinner will be cooked for you with a lot of love while being surrounded by monkeys in the trees!

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Day 10: Montezuma and surroundings

Montezuma is one of the most fascinating travel destinations in Costa Rica. It is known for its alternative and international culture, energetic Costa Rica nightlife, spectacular natural beauty, waterfalls, unique shops and galleries.

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort offers access to Costa Rica tours for the Curú Wildlife Refuge, snorkeling, scuba diving and horseback riding. For those that want to live in the moment through meditation, Ylang Ylang has some of the best ocean view yoga in Costa Rica. Others may simply choose to have their breath taken away with the exhilaration of canopy flying or experiencing the thrills of Costa Rica nightlife.

We can also help you with hiking, quadracycling, boating, and fishing tours, and ofcourse you will also have access to local shopping and cuisine!

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Day 11: Last day in paradise

One more day to enjoy this amazing destination before returning back to San Jose…Let us know if you would like to arrange any tours or you can just simply relax and enjoy the ocean and beach..
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Day 12: Back to San Jose

Today you will head back to San Jose to spend one more night before your flight back home.
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Day 13: Back home

You will drive back in time for your flight to the airport to drop off your rental car and check in for your flight back home.

Your Natural Mystic Trip at a glance

This trip is especially designed for those that like to enjoy the culinary highlights of Costa Rica. Starting your vacation off at one of San Jose’s most beloved restaurants; at the Grano de Oro Hotel, from where you will head out to the Caribbean Coast to learn all about the Caribbean Culture and amazing cuisine while having a cooking class.

A destination (and especially your stay here) not to miss is La Fortuna. For two days you will be pampered at the amazing Nayara Hotel with great food and wine while having a view of the Arenal Volcano. Your Casita Deluxe has an out door hot tub and shower, making you not to want to leave…

After La Fortuna you will head to Celeste Tenorio, where you will have all of your meals included for the next 2 days. Your gourmet meals will be cooked by a great Costa Rican Cheff, making sure you only get the best! The celeste waterfall close to the lodge will give you the opportunity to spot 1 of Costa Ricans wonders within just a short hike from your stay.

Your last, but definitely not least, destination of your trip will be the white sand beaches of Nicoya. Ylang Ylang Resort will make sure to end your stay in Costa Rica with a big boom, as you will be able to walk right to the water from your own beach bungalow. Unwind with a long hike along the coast line, and enjoy a great meal with candle lights, with the sounds of the waves crashing in the back ground…

Your Selected Lodging for this trip

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Set off a bustling thoroughfare, this upscale, boutique hotel is a 9-minute walk from Museo de Arte Costarricense and 2 km from La Sabana Metropolitan Park. 

The modern, elegant rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and desks. They also offer seating areas and minibars, along with coffeemakers. Room service is available. Upgraded rooms add terraces, while suites have private gardens. Upgraded suites have living areas with sofas, as well as whirlpool tubs.

There’s an upscale restaurant with courtyard seating, a cozy bar and lounge, and a terrace with 2 hot tubs. Massages are available (fee), and parking is free. Highly recommended for dining or the famous High tea!

Click here for more information about Hotel Grano de Oro

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Shawandha Lodge offers peaceful and relaxing eco-friendly accommodations in the heart of the South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

14 tranquil jungle bungalows nestled amongst the living tropical rainforest, a swimming-pool with waterfalls, beautifully set in a lush tropical garden, and only 200 meters from the beach. The lodge sits on a 5 acres lush forest – preserving it’s own eco system of wildlife.

A pleasant bar and restaurant are on site with friendly staff.

Click here for more information about Shawandha Lodge

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Nayara offers all for a luxury stay at the Arenal Volcano; remarkable restaurants for international and local meals, a pool bar, and a wine and tapas bar; all with excellent service. A pool to refresh, a Spa to relax and rejuvenate, a hot tub and a gym add to your comfort.

Nayara resort is committed to sustainable tourism and the first-class facilities and amenities seamlessly blend in with the tropical surroundings without sacrificing the quality and luxury.

Nayara Springs is a new ultra-exclusive boutique hotel located in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Sitting on an unspoiled mountain, the cluster of secluded luxury villas are surrounded by the lush vegetation of Costa Rica’s pristine rainforest, and bounded by a creek and underground mineral thermal springs. For an upmost luxury stay!

Click here for more information about Arenal Nayara

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The views from the Celeste Mountain Lodge are impressive, with the surrounding mountains and volcanoes Miravalle and Tenorio. The lodge sits on a hectares protected primary rainforest.

Around the building and on the private Celeste Trail in the primary forest, wildlife abounds, often allowing to spot and observe local fauna such as monkeys, an extensive bird species list such as toucans, hummingbirds or parrots and even rare species, also butterflies and mammals as the tapir roams the property. One will also enjoy the rich diversity of the vegetation with centennial trees or vines.

The staff is excellent, the food is outstanding (all gourmet meals are included during your stay) and the grounds are stunning; a wonderful lodge for your stay in the beautiful Celeste area!

Click here for more information about Celeste Mountain Lodge

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Ylang Ylang Beach Resort; just a short walk on the beach from the town of Montezuma, this hidden gem thrives with lush tropical gardens, white sand beach and the stirring beauty and harmony of nature. A secluded getaway for travelers who want a casual resort and love the sounds of the ocean.

The services at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort include breakfast and candle-lit dinner for your romantic Costa Rica vacation at the Montezuma beach…

Click here for more information about Ylang Ylang Resort

Note: All selected lodges subject to availability, let us know if you would like to see different lodging options or upgrade your stay!

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