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4 Days Costa Rica Eco Lodge Tropical Cooking Vacation

Guayabo Lodge Cooking School, Cartago Province, Turrialba, Costa Rica

Cooking, Cacao, Coffee and Spices Holidays in Costa Rica

Given the success of their Tropical Cooking School, Guayabo Lodge proudly presents to all their guests their unique Tropical Cooking Program that combines nature, culture, and culinary art. Learn how to cook typical Costa Rican dishes, learn more in-depth information on the ingredients and immerse into local culture and habits through participation in rural farms. Go on a variety of tours to learn more about the Costa Rican culture as well as discover nature's hidden treasures. The Costa Rican way of life will provide for an unforgettable experience.


  • Tropical cooking class
  • Chocolate and spices class
  • Garden tour and cheese tasting
  • Macadamia, sugarcane, and coffee tour
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Restaurant trip and cocktail
  • 3 nights accommodation


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Guayabo Lodge offers 24 standard rooms and 4 mountain suites designed to give you the comfort you need while travelling through Costa Rica. Because the hotel is at 1500 meters, the temperature is pleasantly cool and no fans or air conditioning is needed in this area. Rooms are cheerful, light, and well decorated: each in a different way and with their own color scheme. The decoration of the rooms and of the lodge in general, is based on folk art with an emphasis on the nature that directly surrounds the lodge. Local artists have painted the murals in the social areas.


  • 26 comfortable rooms
  • Balconies with panoramic views
  • Ecological soap and shampoo
  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathrooms with hot shower
  • Table and chairs
  • Twin, full or queen size beds


Day 1 - Arrival

  • Check in at Guayabo Lodge and enjoy a free cocktail at Smoky Volcano Bar.
  • Relax and take in the beautiful scenery of the Turrialba Valley in front and the Turrialba Volcano at the back.
  • You will be given an introduction to the cooking tour you are taking and the special region you are in.
  • At 19:00, you will be served dinner at Granadilla Restaurant.

Day 2 - Macadamia, sugarcane, coffee tour, cooking class

  • After a good breakfast, head down to the Turrialba Valley and go to the most beautiful Tayutic Hacienda, where you will be doing the macadamia, sugarcane, and coffee tour.
  • This tour will immerse you into the traditional Costa Rican way of living and the main tropical agricultural products of the Turrialba Valley.
  • Gardens and views at the Hacienda are astounding, so you will enjoy this tour in every possible way.
  • After lunch at the hacienda, head back to Guayabo Lodge for your afternoon cooking class. During this session, you will learn more about tropical products and how to use them.
  • With the help of a skilled instructor, you will be preparing a three-course meal which you will enjoy at dinner time, with a good glass of our South American house wine and some good music.

Day 3 - Excursion, restaurant trip, cheese tasting, chocolate, spices class

  • You are in one of Costa Rica's richest regions as for bird and plant species. Because of its strategic setting as a natural pathway to South America and to the north, the differences in altitudes and the abundant rainfall, the Turrialba area possesses an undocumented richness that includes species that are found nowhere else in the country, like the Guaria Turrialba (Cattleya dowiana), known as the most beautiful natural cattleya orchid species in the world.
  • This morning, you will be doing the extended garden and bird tour with a specialized guide that will introduce you to the richness and beauty of the area you are in.
  • At the end of the tour, you will be taken to a charming local agro farm restaurant, where you can enjoy fresh trout and local cheeses.
  • After lunch, head back to the lodge where you will be immersed into your chocolate and spices class, learning about and using different ingredients in different recipes.
  • At the end of the class, you will savor all you have made with some tea and coffee.
  • Dinner at the lodge will be served at 19:00 with a glass of our South American house wine.

Day 4 - Departure

  • Today, you are free to plan on a day activity to your leisure or check out and drive to your next destination.
  • If you decide for a day activity, let the reception know.


Guayabo Lodge is a beautiful light and airy lodge at 1500 meters above sea level, set in a rich garden, surrounded by the pastures of a dairy farm. It is at half an hour from the bustling town of Turrialba. The eco-lodge is in the center of a region that offers a great diversity of tours and activities for all ages, like river rafting, visits to the Irazu Volcano and Lankester gardens, birding, hiking, the Orosi Valley, and many more.

The eco-lodge has spectacular views of the Turrialba Valley and the Talamanca Mountain range to the south, the Turrialba Volcano to the north, Santa Cruz to the east, and pastures and mountains to the west. On clear days, you can observe from the lodge three of the four highest mountains of the country: the Chirripo (3820 meters above sea level), the massif Cerro de la Muerte, with its highest peak at 3431 meters above sea level and the Turrialba Volcano (3340 meters above sea level). Although Guayabo Lodge is just a few kilometers from the Irazu Volcano (3.432 meters above sea level), you cannot see it from the lodge, but it can easily be visited.

The resort is located in one of Costa Rica's richest regions as for bird and plant species. Because of its strategic setting as a natural pathway to South America and to the north, the differences in altitudes and the abundant rainfall, the Turrialba area possesses an undocumented richness that includes species that are found nowhere else in the country, like the Guaria Turrialba (Cattleya dowiana), known as the most beautiful natural Cattleya orchid species in the world.



  • Cooking classes
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayak nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Zip lining nearby


  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant


  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Tour assistance

Things to do (optional)

  • Aquiares Church, waterfall
  • Biking
  • CATIE collections
  • Coffee tour
  • Guayabo monument
  • Hacienda tour
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Irazu volcano
  • Lankester gardens
  • Organic sugarcane
  • Orosi valley
  • Rafting
  • Rainforest and ruins
  • Santa Cruz & Aquiares
  • Schools community projects
  • Snake project viborana
  • Tortilla lesson
  • Tree planting

What's included

  • 1 bottle of wine
  • 1 cocktail per person
  • 1 tropical cooking school apron per person and recipes
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Different tours and cooking classes as described in program

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Guide
  • Optional activity on day 4
  • Personal expenses
  • Transport

How to get there

Driving directions from San Jos

  • Follow the road to Cartago-Volcan Irazu; at the crossing where there is a big statue of Christ, just before reaching Cot, keep on the right and follow Pacayas, Capellades.
  • After Capellades follow Santa Cruz, Turrialba. Do not turn left to the Turrialba Volcano!
  • Before reaching Santa Cruz Center, turn right in front of the cemetery, on to the private dirt road that leads to the Lodge (300m down).

Driving directions from Turrialba

  • Follow road to Turrialba, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz. Do not go to Guayabo monument!
  • After Santa Cruz Center, turn left in front of the cemetery; to the private dirt road that leads to the lodge (300m down).

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is San Jose International Airport (SJC).


San Jose International Airport (SJC) - 2 hours

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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