Danaus Sanctuary Campesino Tour

Take this tour for a relatively easy hike through one of Costa Rica’s top conservation attractions, including a botanical garden where you can see regrowth of plants previously threatened by deforestation.

Danaus Sanctuary showcases what can be done when conservation is a top priority. You’ll see reforestation at work on a nature walk through this secondary rainforest growth. The botanical garden has 600 species of plants that provide a habitat for 40 species of butterflies. While you’re here, you’ll see a garden that’s been curated to show off the most interesting medicinal plants.

This nature path takes you through some habitats where frogs breed and birds nest. All over the sanctuary you can keep an eye out for rebounding populations of sloths, agoutis, turtles, and caimans. Besides the native wildlife, you’ll also stop at Maleku House to learn more about the indigenous culture and see handmade crafts.

At the end of the tour, your guide will set out a spread of fruit snacks. You’ll also have the chance to stop in the Ecocenter souvenir shop.

You'll also get a visit to an agro-ecological site called Campesino, in the small town of Agua Azul which is just outside of La Fortuna. Come here to see how Costa Rican farmers are making strides in sustainable agriculture. You’ll also get to experience warm, Costa Rican hospitality as you sample fruit, chocolate, and fresh milk.

It takes just 10 minutes to drive from La Fortuna to Campesino. When you first arrive, your hosts will offer you fresh fruit juice. As you sip, your guide will introduce you to the farm’s main objective.

Next, it’s time for some hands-on farm experience when you learn to milk the cows. Kids can step right up, because children are welcome to try out this part of a working farm. This campesino also produces an adult beverage, and you’ll see them make liquor using a traditional distillery called alambique.

Try out a sugar cane extraction and have a sip of the deliciously sweet juice. You’ll also get to try the juice combined with spearmint or liquor. Keep sampling on the next portion of the tour — chocolate! This farm comes with an archeological ranch where you can see unearthed pieces of ceramics used to make a traditional chocolate product. You’ll see cocoa in its natural state — an oblong, yellow pod.

At the end of the tour, you can stroll through the grounds to see orchids and medicinal plants. Wrap up your tour with snacks like coffee, cheese, tortillas, and other homemade treats.

What to Bring:

Hiking shoes or sneakers, comfortable clothes, raincoat, bug spray, and money for personal expenses, souvenirs, and tips.

What's Included:

Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle (with Wi-Fi), bilingual naturalist guide, entrance fee, bottled water, snacks, and insurance.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

What to Bring:

Hiking shoes or sneakers, comfortable clothes, raincoat, bug spray, and money for personal expenses, souvenirs, and tips.

What's Included:

Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle (with Wi-Fi), bilingual naturalist guide, entrance fee, bottled water, snacks, and insurance.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

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