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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$30 Walking & Biking Tours

Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffe Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productExperience the miraculous journey of coffee at our immersive new Visitor Center. Get a hands-on look at a working tree nursery, wet mill, drying patio and roaster. See what we’re doing to empower farmers, promote sustainable practices and develop the next generation of coffee. Tours are available in English and Spanish.Duration: 3 hoursLocation: Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm, Alajuela, Province of Alajuela

$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

/!\ PLEASE MAKE A RESERVATION BEFORE COMING /!\Come to 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: 8am, 11am or 2pm Location: "Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience" (Google Maps, Waze), Aquiares, 7kms North from Turrialba Group: 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

/!\ PLEASE MAKE A RESERVATION BEFORE COMING /!\ Come to 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" (Google Maps, Waze), 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

/!\ PLEASE MAKE A RESERVATION BEFORE COMING /!\Come to 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" (Google Maps, Waze), 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!

$44 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Horseback our Hacienda - 4 hours Coffee Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience, Turrialba, Province of CartagoWelcome at Casa Hacienda La Esperanza, coffee & pastries offered (30 min)Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience, Turrialba, Province of CartagoGet to know your friendly horse (15 min)Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience, Turrialba, Province of CartagoHorseback to Aquiares waterfall (1 hour)Duration: 1 hourStop At: Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience, Turrialba, Province of CartagoHorseback to the “Ceibo Lookout” (1 hour)Duration: 1 hourStop At: Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience, Turrialba, Province of CartagoSee the mill and the roastery (30min)Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience, Turrialba, Province of CartagoVisit to the Aquiares church (15 min)Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience, Turrialba, Province of CartagoVisit to the shop and cafeteria (15 min)Duration: 15 minutes

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