Welcome to Central Valley & Highlands


Curvy mountain roads force travelers to slow their pace. Quaint and quirky agricultural towns invite leisurely detours to farmers markets and church processions, a refreshing break from the tourist-industrial complex on the coasts. But it's not all cows and coffee – world-class rapids, resplendent quetzals and close encounters with active volcanoes all show off the rich landscape in which Costa Rica's character is rooted.


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$500 Private & Custom Tours

Disco Pirate Fishing Charters Los Suenos

We can target Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish , Rooster fish trolling. Or we can target Snapper, Amberjack, Grouper bottom fishing. We normally run about 20 miles off shore for a full day. It takes about 45 minutes to run offshore to out destination.  Full day includes lunch. 1/2 day includes snacks. Both trips we provide soda, water, ice tea. The boats leaves Herradura Bay at 7am.  You need to walk to the ocean and stand near the water. A water taxi will come and get you and bring you to the boat. The taxi is free of charge. Captain Carlos will be on the boat waiting for you.

$29 Food, Wine & Nightlife

A taste of Aquiares - 2 hours Coffee Tour

Come in Aquiares and learn all about coffee, from the seed to your cup!Duration: 2 hours Agenda:● Welcome at the Aquiares church (15 min) ● Walk through the community and then learn all about coffee agronomy (30 min) ● Coffee tour at the beneficio, coffee roasting and cupping (1 hour) ● Visit to theshop and cafeteria (15 min) --> You will take part of our community during 2 hours! Or more if you decide to stay :) Schedule: 9am or 2pm Location: "Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience", Aquiares, 7kms North from Turrialba Groups: 15 people maximum Languages: English, Spanish, French Included: Free coffee tasting We hope you decide on discovering Costa Rica's best kept secret!

$44 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Horseback our Hacienda - 4 hours Coffee Tour

Come in Aquiares and learn all about coffee, from the seed to your cup!Duration: 4 hours Agenda:  Welcome at Casa Hacienda La Esperanza, coffee & pastries offered (30 min)Get to know your friendly horse (15 min)Horseback to Aquiares waterfall (1 hour)Horseback to the “Ceibo Lookout” (1 hour)See the beneficio and the roastery (30min)Visit to the Aquiares church (15 min)Visit to the shop and cafeteria (15 min) --> You will take part of our community during 4 hours! Or more if you decide to stay :) Schedule: 9am or 1pm Location: "Casa Hacienda La Esperanza", Aquiares, 7kms North from Turrialba Group: 5 people maximum Languages: English, Spanish, French Included: Welcomed coffee We hope you decide on discovering Costa Rica's best kept secret!

$89 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Full day, the Aquiares way - Complete Coffee Tour

Come in Aquiares and learn all about coffee, from the seed to your cup!Duration: 8 hours Agenda:  8:30 a.m. - Welcome at La Esperanza, coffee & pastries offered (30 min)9 a.m. - Visit to the “Ceibo Lookout” (1 hour)10 a.m. - Community and church visit (30 min)10:30 a.m. - Truck ride to the nursery (1 hour)11:30 a.m. - Visit the waterfall, swimming optional (1 hour)12:30 p.m. - Lunch at La Esperanza (1.5 hours)2 p.m. - Coffee tour at the beneficio, coffee roasting and cupping (1.5 hours)3:30 p.m. - Shop and cafeteria visit (30 min) --> You will take part of our community during all the day! Or more if you decide to stay :) Location: "Casa Hacienda La Esperanza", Aquiares, 7kms North from Turrialba Group: 15 people maximum Languages: English, Spanish, French Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Snack We hope you decide on discovering Costa Rica's best kept secret!

$80 Day Trips & Excursions

Pacuare River

The trip start in our office in Turrialba at 8am. Our Adress is very easy just write Ticos River Adventures in google maps. Also we can pick you up in your hotel. Normally we start at 8am and get back by 3.00pm, River time 4 hours includes Lunch, 18 milles.   Pacuare River is now in the top 10 most beautiful river on the world, hopefully we will enjoy wildlife a nature forest. We are focus in have a private tour with especially service focusing in the environmet of the river and great rapids. in every trip we have a Photographer taking pictures all the way down in the river, this is a additional service that we offer to our costumers, and is very important bring extra clothes for after the trip, the weather can change fast, we recommned fresh clothes, not rings, erins etc. Ticos River Adventure is a Family bussiness, with river experience since 1985.

$100 Water Sports

Whitewater Kayak Novice Clinic

Overview of the DayThe day starts at our base, the Sarapiqui Outdoor Center, where we have changing rooms, showers, and bathrooms for your convenience. After checking in and signing the waiver, you will meet with your instructor to go over some of the skills that you will work on for the day. Your instructor will also help you choose the proper gear and select a kayak.After loading up the van, you will take a short ride to the entrance of the lower, calmer section of the Sarapiqui River. Your knowledgeable and friendly instructor will equip you with all necessary information to keep you safe on the river. Then you will head downstream, learning new skills and admiring the natural environment all around you. You will stop along the way for some fresh fruits.Once you reach the take-out for this section of river, you will load into the van and take a short ride back to the Sarapiqui Outdoor Center, where a BBQ lunch by the river will be waiting for you. Enjoy your lunch and then view the photos and videos of the day (available for purchase).In the 1-day clinic you will learn the basics:Choosing proper equipment and clothing Carrying a kayak Entering and exiting a kayak Proper body position Wet exitSelf-rescueRiver safetyThe 2-day clinic focuses on:Essential flatwater strokes: forward, sweep, gliding, bow and stern draw, braces and maneuvers. Edging the kayak Eddy turns, peel outs, and ferriesRiver reading and identifying hazardsRiver runningThe 3-day clinic spends more time on the previous skills and introduces:Wave surfingRollingThe 4-day clinic gives you more practice time and by the end of the week, students can often:Run Class II rapids with confidence and finessePlay on Class II surf waves and holes with confidence Roll a kayakScout and run Class III rapidsLength of Tour: 8 HoursTour Time: 8:30 AMTour is available all year round. 

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