Eco-conscious adventure tours may be what we do best here at Costa Rica Rios, but we know travelers love a comprehensive experience when on vacation so we’ve tracked the best sustainable Costa Rica farm experiences to boot. In such a varied country brimming with sensational nature, sustainable tourism takes every shape and form imaginable and indulging on an all-encompassing adventure is about the best way to soak up all the country’s highlights.
A Little About Costa Rica Farm Experiences
Farm experiences in Costa Rica can vary between staying in a farm-lodge or resort, enjoying the activities on offer and feasting on organic farm-to-table meals to simply spending a day touring a sustainable coffee or cocoa farm and even taking the kids along for a meet and greet with local farm animals and getting a behind-the-scenes look at traditional farming life. Whatever farm experiences tickle your fancy, rest assured you’ll find plenty of options, no matter where you go. Aside from tourism, agriculture plays a huge role in Costa Rica’s economy and farming, in general, is still the everyday life for many Ticos.
Want to add a little spice to your next journey abroad? Then add some of the best sustainable Costa Rica farm experiences to your adventure itinerary.
Terra Viva Private Reserve, Monteverde – Farm stay, cheese making, wildlife watching, hiking, horseback riding, farm animals
Terra Viva is a wonderful place, boasting its own private wildlife reserve in its expansive 300-acre property. It’s set in a quiet valley, away from the bustling crowds of Monteverde’s most tourist-ed spots, leaving guests to enjoy the peacefulness of a sustainable Costa Rica farm experience. The rustic lodging is in tune with the surrounding nature and split up between gorgeous self-contained casitas (which sleep 5 and include a kitchen, terrace and dining room) and rooms within the main house, designed to sleep two people. Once you check in we recommend you take a half-day off just to settle in and unwind, before diving into the main farm experiences on offer. At Terra Viva, there are over 4 miles of private trails you can follow through pristine cloud forests, keeping your eyes peeled for the Resplendent Quetzal, one of Costa Rica’s most precious and elusive birds. Take on a glorious horseback ride through the private reserve (ideal for first timers as they won’t need to contend with crowds) or enjoy a private cheese-making workshop with the in-house master cheese makers. The lodge also offers a sensational night hiking experience that delivers a wealth of animal spotting at a time of day when they are most active and we’re quite sure the kids will absolutely love getting to know all the farm animals.
La Iguana Chocolate Workshop, San Jose Province – Organic chocolate-making workshops
La Iguana is one of the country’s best organic chocolate brands, revered for being one of only a few places in Costa Rica where chocolate is made directly from beans harvested on their property. These guys are so passionate about the art of making chocolate that they offer intensive workshops aimed at training and educating those who wish to go into the trade, professionally. This doesn’t mean, however, that the experience isn’t rewarding if you’re not planning to open your own chocolate haven. On the contrary, the detailed and comprehensive workshops are fascinating, hands-on and very rewarding. Nevertheless, you need not be a master chocolatier-wannabe to enjoy a La Iguana experience – the farm also offers tours, half-day chocolate-making classes and fantastic home-stays on the property. This small, family-run business is a treat in every way.
El Toledo Organic Coffee Plantation, Alajuela Province – Coffee Farm Tour
Despite its diminutive size, El Toledo consistently ranks among the top sustainable farm tours in all of Costa Rica and that’s not just due to the ridiculously low price of $20pp. The El Toledo family lives and breathes coffee, is committed to sustainable farming practices and endeavors to educate and inform all those who are lucky enough to find them. In just a few hours here, you’ll get an insight into the permaculture farming practice that keeps this place thriving and get to feast on all the luscious tropical fruits grown on the property. You’ll see how the beans are processed, packed and shipped off to suppliers or sold in local markets. The tour is rewarding and the region just stunning, so make a point to include this on your tour of the country.
Hacienda AltaGracia, San Jose Province – A 5* sustainable farm stay ? You bet!
Just to prove the point that the best sustainable Costa Rica farm experiences can come in all shapes and sizes, we introduce you this exceptional and totally luxurious resort. Part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, AltaGracia is super lush: a 5* luxury ranch that’s set in one of the most magnificent corners of the country. Having impressively earned a Level 4 Certification for Sustainable Tourism, AltaGracia is guilt-free indulge at its very best. Between the jacuzzi and spa, the equestrian excursions, gourmet dining, stunning accommodation and overall drop-dead-gorgeous design and setting, it’s no wonder this place earned the #1 badge for best hotel in Central America from Conde Nast in 2017. Wowzie! Stay here and you can enjoy a microlight sightseeing flight, cultural village visit, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife watching, coffee and fresh produce farm tours and plenty of workshops making cheese and learning the best insider secrets of Tico cuisine. All this comes at a respectably steep cost, of course, but if you’re after that one sustainable farm experience splurge, dare we say you just found it…
At Costa Rica Rios, we can plan your bespoke and group adventure tour to include as many distinct Tico experiences as you desire. We’ll guide you through the best the country has to offer and send you home with some of the most unforgettable travel memories you’ll ever have.
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