6 Days Cultural and Culinary Holiday in Costa Rica

6 Days Cultural and Culinary Holiday in Costa Rica

  • Villa Fiesta, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Cooking Vacations

Welcome to a premier culinary adventure where you'll discover how fresh, regional ingredients paired with guided treks can spice up a vacation getaway leaving you with unforgettable memories. This all-inclusive 6-day/5-night getaway offers private, small group culinary classes in a 5-star villa, paired with guided treks exploring the best sights and natural wonders Costa Rica offers.

Highlights

  • Cooking classes with Chef Ina Lejins
  • Hike with wildlife in a cloud forest jungle
  • Savor Tico-style village cuisine cooked over a wood fire
  • Visit Liberia, Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, Bijagua de Upala
  • Explore the Miravalles Volcano National Park
  • Cinco Beaches personal ATV expedition
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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Villa Fiesta is a 3-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, multi-level home tucked away on a private road with over 3000 square feet of living space to roam. Overlooking Playa Flamingo and Potrero Bay, this luxury location provides easy access to the beach, villages, and Tamarindo - a popular west-coast surf town without the congestion of being right in town.

Tastefully furnished to meet the needs of travelers, yet still providing an authentic Costa Rican experience, each bedroom reveals the same spectacular clifftop ocean view overlooking the beaches of Potrero and Playa Flamingo from your private deck. Feel pampered while basking in the Central American sun while marveling at the illusion that the infinity pool creates of spilling into the crystal blue ocean beyond.

​All rooms feature sweeping canyon and ocean views, air conditioning, high-speed internet, full indoor/outdoor kitchen and patio, infinity pool, BBQ, fully-stocked kitchen, coffee maker, espresso machine, blender, dishwasher, microwave, telephone, stereo, DVD/CD player, satellite/cable TV, gated property, combination safe, on-site laundry and daily maid service. Villa Fiesta is a non-smoking property.

Fiesta Suite

  • King bed with sweeping views over Playa Flamingo and ensuite bathroom featuring a floor-to-ceiling glass walk-in shower with canyon view.

Playa Suite

  • Queen bed with pool and lounge access, plus views over Playa Flamingo. Full hall bathroom.

Pura Vida Suite

  • Deluxe master suite features a king bed, an ensuite bath with soaking tub, walk-in closet and sweeping views over Playa Flamingo and Potrero Bay.

Upon arrival at Liberia International Airport (LIR), your guide will drive you in comfort directly to Villa Fiesta with its expansive sweeping views of Playa Flamingo, Las Catalina's Islands, and Playa Grande. Enjoy a champagne toast and a dip in the infinity pool before dining beachside in Playa Potrero. Cooking classes with Chef Ina Lejins and guest Chef Michael Munoz will add to a fun-filled week of day-treks, culinary surprises, village artisans workshop visits, and plenty of Pura Vida!

Spicy Halloween Itinerary (October 30, 2018)

Day 1

  • Arrival at Villa Fiesta with a Happy Hour check-in (champagne toast and appetizers) followed by seafood feast with margaritas at the oldest seaside restaurant in Playa Potrero
  • Halloween town party

Day 2

  • Culinary breakfast class with Chef Ina followed by beach expedition on horseback or personal ATV
  • Beach lunch
  • Afternoon farmer's market
  • Chef Miquel culinary class
  • Sunset dinner at Villa Fiesta

Day 3

  • Waterfall and geothermal hot spring adventure - heated natural mud baths, sauna, a dip in the hot springs, hike 7 waterfalls and swinging bridges (easy to moderate) with a waterfall plunge (for the adventurous!)
  • Traditional Tico lunch
  • Visit village artisans workshop
  • Coffee tour
  • Sunset dinner at Flamingo Beach

Day 4

  • Pura Vida day - open day to chill by the infinity pool, explore and shop Coco Beach or Tamarindo, or add-on a trek!
  • Culinary dinner class with Chef Ina at villa and dining under the stars

Day 5

  • Wildlife riverboat trek in Palo Verde National Reserve - crocodiles, monkeys, rare birds and iguanas (up close and personal!)
  • Traditional Tico wood-fired lunch
  • Progressive dinner in town
  • A night of local music and dancing

Day 6

  • Depart for airport or extend your stay.

Spicy Paddle Battle Itinerary (November 6, 2018)

Day 1

  • Arrival at Villa Fiesta with Happy Hour check-in (champagne toast and appetizers) followed by seafood feast and margaritas at the oldest seaside restaurant in Playa Potrero

Day 2

  • Waterfall and geothermal hot spring adventure - heated natural mud baths, sauna, a dip in the hot springs, hike 7 waterfalls and swinging bridges (easy to moderate) with a waterfall plunge (for the adventurous!)
  • Traditional Tico lunch
  • Visit and demo with local pottery artisans
  • Coffee tour
  • Sunset dinner at Flamingo Beach

Day 3

  • Culinary breakfast class with Chef Ina
  • Beach expedition on horseback or personal ATV
  • Beach lunch
  • Afternoon farmer's market
  • Chef Miquel culinary demo
  • Sunset dinner at villa

Day 4

  • Wildlife riverboat trek in Palo Verde National Reserve - crocodiles, monkeys, rare birds and iguanas (up close and personal!)
  • Traditional Tico wood-fired lunch
  • Progressive dinner in town
  • A night of local music and dancing

Day 5

  • Annual Pura Vida SUP Paddle Battle - Participate or just watch from beautiful Las Catalinas Beach.
  • Explore and shop Coco Beach or add-on a trek!
  • Culinary dinner class with Chef Ina at villa and dining under the stars

Day 6

  • Depart for airport or extend your stay

Non-traditional Thanksgiving Itinerary (November ​14, 21, 2017, November 13, 20, 2018)

Day 1

  • Arrival at Villa Fiesta with a Happy Hour check-in (champagne toast and appetizers) followed by seafood feast and margaritas at the oldest seaside restaurant in Playa Potrero

Day 2

  • Culinary breakfast class with Chef Ina
  • Beach expedition on horseback or personal ATV
  • Beach lunch
  • Afternoon Farmer's Market
  • Chef Miquel culinary demo
  • Sunset dinner at villa

Day 3

  • Waterfall and geothermal hot spring adventure - heated natural mud baths, sauna, a dip in the hot springs, hike 7 waterfalls and swinging bridges (easy to moderate) with a waterfall plunge (for the adventurous!)
  • Traditional Tico lunch
  • Visit and demo with local pottery artisans
  • Coffee tour
  • Sunset dinner at Flamingo Beach

Day 4

  • Pura Vida day - Open day to chill by the infinity pool, explore and shop Coco Beach or Tamarindo, or add-on a trek!
  • Culinary dinner class with Chef Ina and dining under the stars

Day 5

  • Wildlife riverboat trek in Palo Verde National Reserve - crocodiles, monkeys, rare birds and iguanas (up close and personal!)
  • Traditional Tico wood-fired lunch
  • Progressive dinner in town
  • Night of local music and dancing

Day 6

  • Depart for airport or extend your stay
  • Beach expedition on horseback or personal ATV
  • Coffee tour
  • Farmer's market
  • Village artisans workshop visit
  • Waterfall and geothermal trek at Miravalles Volcano National Park
  • Wildlife riverboat trek in Palo Verde National Reserve
  • Ina Lejins

    As a hospitality chef, Ina has cooked for many travelers over the years. What she hears, time and again, is that some of the best memories people take home with them are the meals savored and the company they have kept.

This holiday will take place in Costa Rica.

During this holiday, you will learn to prepare signature cuisine of Costa Rica, Tico-style, from local guest chefs. Chef Ina will also teach spicy secrets of Latin and Caribbean cuisines. Full-course meals are prepared by all and enjoyed that evening as you dine overlooking a sparkling Potrero Bay.

During your free time you can chill by the pool, nap in a hammock, or catch up on your novel. However, if adventure is your game, ask about adding any of these private treks led by a personal guide.

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Mountain bike trek
  • Sea turtle night hatch expedition
  • Sunset and snorkel cruises
  • Surf or SUP lessons
  • Zip-line or bungee-jumping adventure
  • 3 gourmet culinary classes
  • 5 gourmet breakfasts
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All restaurant meals
  • Beach expedition on horseback or ATV with beach lunch
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Daily, private transportation to all activities and adventures
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Full-day waterfall and geothermal trek at Miravalles Volcano National Park with hot springs and mud baths, Tico-style lunch and sunset dinner
  • Full-day wildlife riverboat trek in Palo Verde National Reserve viewing crocodiles, monkeys, rare birds and iguanas, with a village visit for a traditional wood-fired lunch and artisan demonstration
  • Halloween night town party/annual Pura Vida Paddle Battle trek in Las Catalinas
  • Live Spicy chef's gift
  • Private Costa Rican chef
  • Private transportation on arrival and return from Liberia International Airport
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuity for Costa Rican guide and driver
  • Lunch or dinner on departure day
  • Other items not listed in the program
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Liberia International Airport (LIR) on the start date of the tour. Transfer from and to the airport is included. Live Spicy Culinary Adventures will pick you up from the airport.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.

Northwestern Pacific region, Costa Rica

Live Spicy Culinary Adventures hosts small groups of foodies, emphasizing cultural immersion with regional cooking classes, day-treks and local guided adventures in Costa Rica.

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