3 Days Taste of Costa Rica Chocolate & Cooking Vacation

  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Overview

Cooking Holiday in Costa Rica

Fill your appetite for a culinary adventure with our Taste of Costa Rica Itinerary! Enjoy your stay in the adventure capital of the Costa Rica, in La Fortuna home to Volcano Arenal. La Fortuna was voted by TripAdvisor as one of the Top Ten Emerging Destinations of 2013. Costa Rica is rich with a variety of destinations to fulfill most your expectations of an exotic destination in paradise. This retreat is perfect for foodies who are looking for a quick getaway to satisfy their taste of Costa Rica cravings!

Highlights

  • Costa Rican cooking class
  • Chocolate tour in the rain forest
  • Harvest cocoa beans, create chocolate drink
  • Lunch with cocktail drink after cooking
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 day with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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You will be staying at Casa Luna, at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano with beautiful swimming pool and lush tropical gardens to give you joy and relaxation during your stay. The location allows you to witness the beautiful Arenal Volcano from a unique vantage point, and quality service will ensure your stay is a good one. Enjoy convenient amenities like cable TV, air conditioning, and hot water showers.

Day 1: Arrival

  • Welcome to Costa Rica.
  • After arriving at San Jose International Airport (SJC), shared shuttle transportation will pick you up to begin your three-hour drive to La Fortuna.
  • Settle in and enjoy your first evening in paradise!
  • Experience a true Costa Rican finca (farm) tour with beautiful views of Arenal Volcano and taste all the delicious organic fruits and vegetables while learning about the Costa Rican culture.

Day 2: Chocolate tour, cooking class

  • Rise and shine! Have a sweet start to your morning with the rainforest chocolate tour. This 2-hour hands-on program gives you the opportunity to learn interesting aspects of cocoa and chocolate as well as participate in the entire production process: from the harvesting of the fruit, drying and grinding of the seed, to the developing of the traditional drink of our ancestors, and last but not least, enjoying high quality organic chocolate. Enjoy this journey through the history, culture, traditions and the flavor.
  • Enjoy the sweetest rainforest experience, discovering the ancient secrets of chocolate, from its discovery and use in tropical America to the processing of the product we know and enjoy today, all within view of the majestic Volcano Arenal.
  • Afterward, you will join Chef Scott Alan and his local chefs for a fun and entertaining afternoon of Costa Rican cooking. Learn tropical grilling and tropical cocktail recipes. Enjoy amazing views of Volcano Arenal and a Pura Vida atmosphere while preparing and tasting your newest culinary creations and sipping Costa Rican cocktails. Classes are held at The View Arenal, a beautiful property at the base of Volcano Arenal on the road to the La Fortuna Waterfall.

Day 3: Departure

  • Hasta luego!
  • Stop at the famous Lava Lounge for a delicious breakfast.
  • Shared shuttle transportation will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the San Jose International Airport to catch your flight home.
  • Until next time. Pura vida!

La Fortuna is a small town located in San Carlos in the province of Alajuela. It is located 75 miles from Costa Ricas capital San José, with a drive time of around 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours from the airport. La Fortuna received its name after the eruption of the Arenal Volcano in 1968, now one of its most famous attractions. La Fortuna, which means the fortunate, refers to the town's luck during the eruption. The Arenal Volcano is currently active, but is considered to be in a dormant stage. Visitors can visit Arenal Volcano National Park to get up close and personal to the volcano, go hiking, and explore the areas wildlife.

La Fortuna offers a number of hotels in the town center as well as outside of town in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. The hotels that are outside of the towns boundaries are generally more expensive, but they offer great volcano views and many also offer access to volcanic hot springs. La Fortuna has a number of tasty restaurants, sodas, and bars, as well as banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, gift shops, and more. Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the central part of Costa Rica near La Fortuna. Rainforest covers more than a third of the 30,000 acre national park. Deeper into the park, you'll encounter the remnants of the 1968 eruptions lava flow with volcanic badlands that offer a truly unique experience. Standing on top of the lava flow, you can see impressive views of Lake Arenal and the volcano.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge

During your stay, you will be able to try several different dishes that will delight your taste buds. Some of the dishes that you may try are:

Appetizers

  • Costa rican ceviche
  • Garlic fried yucca
  • Patacones

Salads

  • Green mango salad
  • Grilled chicken salad
  • Grilled corn and sweet peppers salad

Side dishes

  • Mashed sweet potato
  • Pico de gallo
  • Yucca pure

Breakfast

  • Banana pancakes
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Breakfast sandwich
  • Chipotle eggs benedict
  • Gallo pinto
  • Huevos (eggs) rancheros
  • Ranchera sauce

Lunch and dinner

  • Arroz con pollo
  • Chifrijo
  • Macadamia encrusted seabass
  • Pork chop with tropical fruit chutney

Desserts

  • Baked plantains
  • Chocolate bread pudding
  • Coconut flan
  • Tres leches

Activities in La Fortuna and Arenal

The La Fortuna and Arenal areas offer a wide range of activities and tours to enjoy, including whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, hiking, canopy ziplining tours, horseback riding, cooking classes, chocolate tours, and more. Those who are looking for volunteer work to give back to the local community have a number of causes they can volunteer their time and money.

You can volunteer at animal rescue centers such as Costa Rica Dog Rescue, Proyecto Asis, and the La Fortuna Safehouse for Children - just contact us if you are interested. Visitors enjoy relaxing at the La Fortuna Waterfall or at the areas various volcanic hot springs. La Fortuna is often referred to as the adventure capital of Costa Rica because of its variety of adventure tours and activities.

Arenal volcano national park

The Arenal Volcano National Park is popular with birders, as most of the 850 species identified in Costa Rica can be found within the parks borders. This includes one of the countrys most elusive and beautiful birds, the endangered resplendent quetzal. Other animal species living within the park include white-faced capuchin monkeys, jaguar, deer, coati, and snakes like the fer-de-lance and parrot snake.

The park also has a strong showing of plant life, including orchids, heliconias, ferns, laurel, cirri, guayabo de monte, palms, bromeliads, and strangler figs. Although its too dangerous to actually walk up Arenal volcano (poisonous gas is always a deterrent), you can still enjoy more than five miles of trails through the parks many habitats including rainforest, grasslands and volcanic badlands.

Arenal volcano trails

Heliconias Trail: This 0.6-mile loop trail is the ideal introduction to the park and volcano, as it passes by the 1968 lava flow site. The trail has access to a longer one-mile trail that leads to an overlook of the volcano and Lake Arenal.

Las Coladas Trail: Mostly flat, this 1.25-mile trail winds around the base of the volcano, offering views of the 1993 lava flows. This trail connects directly with the Toucans Trail.

Toucans Trail: Continues from the Las Coladas Trail another 1.8 miles through dense, tropical rainforest. This is a great place for spotting wildlife, especially howler and spider monkeys in the trees. On the way back to the park entrance (the trail does not loop, so hikers must double-back), enjoy excellent views of the volcano summit.

Lookout Trail: Accessed only from the park headquarters, the Lookout Trail leads down to Lake Arenal. Located at the base of the volcano, the trail offers great views of the 1968 and 1993 lava flows, as well as Cerro Chato and Arenal Basin.

Optional tours

  • ATV tours
  • Biking tour
  • Bird watching
  • Canyoning
  • Chocolate tour
  • Cooking classes
  • Hanging bridges tour
  • Hike to celeste river
  • Hike to cerro chato
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Night walk
  • Safari float
  • Sunset lake cruise
  • Venado caves tour
  • Volcano hike
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Ziplining
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Hands-on cooking class
  • In-country transportation
  • Some meals
  • Taxes
  • Tours mentioned in the itinerary

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJC).

For information about the booking conditions, please send All Around Costa Rica an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Monica Ramirez

    "Arianna from Get Around Costa Rica was awesome. She helped me arrange a volunteer experience with Costa Rica Dog Rescue and Adoption for 5 days which was incredible. Arianna also arranged my reservation for Proyecto Asis which was awesome and it was one of the best experiences I've had in Costa Rica. This is highly recommend and I will be using Get Around Costa Rica for my next trip. :)"

    Get Around Costa Rica website, edited

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