Costa Rica Cultural Tours

Costa Rica’s culture is rooted in a peaceful, Catholic, agrarian society, and many of Costa Rica's most interesting cultural experiences are on the coffee farm, visiting the pineapple plantation, or eating a delicious helping of gallo pinto at the local soda (Costa Rican restaurant.) The country’s few museums and performing arts are mostly centered in the capital city of San Jose. Yet, for what Costa Rica may lack in high culture, it makes up for in human culture. As reflected in the popular phrase “pura vida” (pure life,) the easy-going nature of Ticos (Costa Ricans) is a shared cultural value that takes life “poco a poco” (little by little.) Friendly Tico guides lead many of the tours below with stories about the history and culture of their country.

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Cafe de Monteverde Coffee Tour, Costa Rica
Cafe de Monteverde Coffee TourMonteverde

This coffee plantation doesn’t just produce an incredible cup of coffee, it’s also a vitally important part of the community. Learn how family, sustainability, and attention to detail all combine to nurture coffee from cherry, to bean, to brew on this educational tour that’s part local history and part culture. Yes, you will enjoy samples!

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Coffee Tour
Cultural
Talamanca Indigenous Village Half Day, Costa Rica
Talamanca Indigenous Village Half DayPuerto Viejo

Get a peek into the extraordinary lives of the Indigenous on one of the largest indigenous communities in central America. The Bribri family are extremely proud to share their heritage.

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Community
Cultural
Indigenous Culture
Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Pura Vida ExperienceSan Jose

This tour takes visitors to some of San José’s most interesting cultural highlights. To get from one destination to the next you’ll walk and take local transportation.

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City Tour
Cultural
Guided Tours
Museum
Palo Verde Boat Expedition & Cultural Tour , Costa Rica
Palo Verde Boat Expedition & Cultural Tour Palo Verde

To learn about how far Costa Rica has come, you need to understand the nation's history. The Palo Verde Boat Expedition and Cultural Tour will teach you about the country's cowboy and agrarian history, as well as how this tradition influenced the emphasis Costa Rica now places on sustainability.

Enjoy the fruits of the sustainability movement when you explore protected wetlands. See a variety of animals in their native habitat. Don't worry, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments before your tour and after.

Boat Tours
Cultural
Hacienda Arío Cowboy Experience, Costa Rica
Hacienda Arío Cowboy ExperiencePlaya Manzanillo

Always wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl? This vacation, fulfill a dream with Hacienda Arío's 'Cowboy Experience,' where you and at least three other adventurers will roam the Guanacaste Province's hamlet of Playa Manzanillo and participate in a real cattle round up.

Cultural
Horseback Riding
San Jose Bites and Sights, Costa Rica
San Jose Bites and SightsSan Jose

This culinary tour introduces visitors to Costa Rican food and coffee. During this tour you’ll focus on the offerings at popular local markets, and pass by scenic parks.

City Tour
Cultural
Guided Tours
Chocolate Tour, Costa Rica
Chocolate TourSarapiqui

This tour introduces you to the origins of modern-day chocolate. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history of cocoa agriculture.

Chocolate Tour
Cultural
Educational
Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour, Costa Rica
Espiritu Santo Coffee TourNaranjo

The history and development of Costa Rica has been tied to coffee plantations, and no trip to Costa Rica would be complete without the cultural experience of a coffee tour. Espiritu Santo’s 640 acre high-quality Arabica coffee plantation sits in the picturesque rolling mountains of Naranjo, conveniently located near the handcraft center of Sarchi. From San Jose, it lies in route to many northern destinations including Arenal, Monteverde, and Guanacaste.

Coffee Tour
Cultural
Cinco Ceibas Full Day Tour, Costa Rica
Cinco Ceibas Full Day TourPangola

The Cinco Ceibas’ full day tour includes a walk along the elevated rainforest boardwalk and your choice of horseback riding, river kayaking or an educational oxen wagon tour. Transportation to and from hotels in San José area is also included.

Cultural
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Kayaking
Sloth Territory and Campesino Tour, Costa Rica
Sloth Territory and Campesino TourArenal

Take this tour to see some of the wildlife and agriculture that thrives around the Arenal Volcano. You’ll get to follow a nature guide to see some sloths in their natural habitat, and then visit a local farm to see more animals and have a homemade lunch.

Cultural
Naturalist Guide
Nature Wildlife Tour and Tortilla Making, Costa Rica
Nature Wildlife Tour and Tortilla MakingArenal

Take this tour to see the Peñas Blancas River and eat lunch with a Costa Rican family. You’ll get to see wildlife and experience a side of Costa Rican life that visitors don’t always get to experience.

Culinary
Cultural
Safari Float
Wildlife
Maleku Indigenous Reserve , Costa Rica
Maleku Indigenous Reserve Arenal

Who says you can't learn something new during your vacation? The Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour is your chance to immerse yourself in history and culture of the Maleku. Listen to them speak their native dialect, and discover how they continue to uphold their customs in the wake of a changing world.

This tour is an excellent choice for families who want their children to become educated citizens of the world. Adults with a penchant for anthropology, history, and do it yourself movements will enjoy learning about life outside of the rat race. This vacation, think outside the box and participate in an authentic cultural exchange.

Cultural
Indigenous Culture
Bribri Medicinal Plants and Chocolate Tour, Costa Rica
Bribri Medicinal Plants and Chocolate TourCahuita

The Watsi Bribri people lived in Costa Rica long before the Spanish arrived. On a visit to the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains, you’ll have the chance to meet the modern-day Bribri and learn about their pre-Columbian culture.

Chocolate Tour
Cultural
Educational
San José City Tour, Costa Rica
San José City TourSan Jose

This tour immerses you in the history and culture of San José. Along the way, you’ll visit parks, museums, and stores.

City Tour
Cultural
Guided Tours
Madre Tierra Farm Visit and Horseback Ride, Costa Rica
Madre Tierra Farm Visit and Horseback RideMonteverde

Even the transportation is sustainable on this tour! Enjoy horseback riding across beautiful Monteverde, Costa Rica on a fun and educational sustainability tour. Discover up-close how the Hotel Belmar sources some of its most delicious offerings, and try your hand at farming. Let nature and your trusty steed show you a great time on this unique getaway.

Cultural
Horseback Riding
The Art of Craft Beer in San José, Costa Rica
The Art of Craft Beer in San JoséSan Jose

Like so many cities in North America, San José foodies consider craft beer a staple of nights out. On this tour you’ll go on a pub crawl in the trendy Escalante neighborhood and try some popular Costa Rican brews.

Cultural
Educational
Guided Tours
Cooking Class, Costa Rica
Cooking ClassArenal

Submerse yourself in the Costa Rican atmosphere with this fun and entertaining cooking class. With a beautiful view of Arenal you will get a true feel for Costa Rica’s culture.

Culinary
Cultural
Finca Madre Tierra - Sustainable Costa Rican Agriculture, Costa Rica
Finca Madre Tierra - Sustainable Costa Rican AgricultureMonteverde

Do you know where your food comes from? You do when you stay at Hotel Belmar. The hotel sources their eggs, cheese, coffee, and sugar can from their farm. Learn what goes into sustainable farming on this exciting tour of Costa Rica's first carbon-neutral farm — Finca Madre Tierra. This tour will give you the opportunity to explore the farm up-close, and learn what it really means to operate a sustainable business.

Community
Cultural
Educational
Mi Cafecito Coffee Tour, Costa Rica
Mi Cafecito Coffee TourSarapiqui

This tour takes you to a coffee farm surrounded by colorful mountains. Along the way you’ll see every stage of the coffee production process, from harvest to cup.

Coffee Tour
Cultural
Educational
Cooking Class and Tortilla Making, Costa Rica
Cooking Class and Tortilla MakingArenal

Learn a traditional Costa Rican skill with this experience.

Culinary
Cultural




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