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Costa Rica Vegan Culinary Vacation

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Organic vegan foods are the new medicine for humanity. Through a proper balance of fruits, vegetables, and grains, anyone can become healthy. When you visit the villas, your meals are created with love and heart and they will care for your every allergy or sensitivity. You will discover how wonderful healthy live foods and fresh foods can taste.

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  • Learn vegan recipes
  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Visit to local organic market
  • Opportunity to visit the area
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All daily meals


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$150 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Quepos La Managua Airport (US$60 per person)
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  • Spa
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga shala
  • Tour assistance

For this retreat, you will be staying at the Cascadas Farallas Waterfall Villas. The Waterfall Villas has six eco-luxurious suites that flank the hypnotizing rhythms of a sacred stream fed by an underground spring as it carves its way through a verdant rain forest gorge flowing into waterfalls.

Suites feature large glass doors to enter an open veranda exposed to the swirling waters, bringing mind, body, and spirit in unison with nature. Experience an exclusive stay with exemplary personalized service.


Retreat starts on a Sunday or Monday so that we can visit the Organic Market on Tuesday in the farmers village of Tinamaste with the best all organic market in Costa Rica. Classes are held at the home of Fateh, where there is a special large kitchen for the cooking classes.

Classes are from 11 a.m. and until 2 or 3 p.m. and will include a variety of dishes including those requested by students.

Cascadas Farallas Waterfall Villas promotes healthy lifestyles for a happy world. They believe that what people eat is the key to achieving sustainability on the planet and is crucial to what saving the rainforest is all about. This is a healing journey and you will experience tropical flavors and textures that you are sure to treasure. Tasting is believing!

They specialize in vegan meals. All the kitchen staff is very passionate about promoting a plant based diet and introducing people to the most wonderful meals, so that they would consider adopting a greater portion of vegan meals in their life. Enjoy the most fresh variety of organic foods that Costa Rica has to offer.

The vegan cooking retreat package includes a luxury suite and all the meals for the five nights, with four cooking classes crafted to give you a full spectrum of their vegan specialties. Each day, you will learn how easy it is to get on the path to health as a vegan and save the planet. Becoming vegan is a sure way to become healthier, loose unwanted pounds, reduce stress, and experience more energy in your daily life.

You will be loving every minute of your new vegan lifestyle when you learn how to cook in the Cascadas Farallas Waterfall Villas' way, featuring their world fusion cuisine using all fresh ingredients. Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and local Costa Rican meals will be featured. The class is taught by their two top chef, Fateh. Full meals including incredible deserts that use no sugar will be demonstrated in the classes.

There are 4 days of instruction in this holiday. You will visit the local, all-organic market where you will get to see local farmers and the vegetables and tropical fruits of Costa Rica. Visit to the market will either be on Tuesday or Thursday, but not on the day of your arrival or departure. Classes are held in the mornings and lunches will be of a taster's assortment. In the afternoons, you are free to enjoy their spa offerings, go to discover the palm lined beaches of southern Costa Rica, or join one of the many adventure tours. The southern region of Costa Rica has everything Costa Rica has to offer in one place.

The retreats for vegan cooking classes need to include a Tuesday for the organic market visit where all fresh ingredients for the classes will be picked, so recommended arrival is on Sunday or a Monday. For arrivals on Friday, ingredients will be picked on a farmers market.

There will be no classes on Sunday.

Included excursions

The retreats for vegan cooking classes include a visit to the organic market, where all fresh ingredients for the classes will be picked.


Fateh Bolivar


The retreat will take place in Costa Rica. The villas are 500 meters above sea level where the mountains rise very quickly and only five minutes drive from the beaches, yet they are far enough into the rainforest that their plant and animal diversity is stunning and exotic. Also, the mosquito count is much lower than on the beach.

Cascadas Farallas Waterfalls are three miles on paved road from Dominicals famous surf beach, yet secluded and also close to a wide variety restaurants and night life. The exotic southern pacific beaches extend all the way to the Osa Peninsula and are within easy reach by the Pan American highway.

This area is called the Costa Ballena or Whale Coast for the large number of migratory whales spotted here. It is close to five national parks. The Corcovado National Park and Cano Island are day trips. If Osa Peninsula or Manuel Antonio and Quepos are in your itinerary, the villa is a perfect base.

Nearby places

  • Dominical Beach Town - 5 minutes
  • Quepos and Manuel Antonio Beach - 30 minutes
  • Uvita - 15 minutes


You will have the opportunity to try many tropical delights from their rainforest and their own highland organic farm where a unique micro-climate facilitates the most tasty veggies and fruits imaginable. Fresh foods are delicious and they are dedicated to proving that to the most skeptic guest. Cascadas Farallas Waterfall Villas offers many packages with meals.

Please indicate in advance if you would like a raw gourmet meal, gluten free, or a detox program. All meals must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance if you are not on a specific meal package. Their meal service is an important part of your healing journey. Delicious gourmet meals with the freshest and purest ingredients are offered to guests in bistro style (one set daily menu, which is changed every day).

They have a meal service that allows them to prepare fresh daily meals when there are requests for meals. They do not store foods or prepare in advance. Please let Waterfall Villas know your dietary requirements as they have a personalized chef service. Offering on request or as part of their specialty packages are the gluten-free, macrobiotics, Ayurvedic dosha balancing meals (with personalized analysis), detox, and sugar free and salt free meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Pescatarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy canopy zipline tour
  • Enjoy giant Nauyaca waterfall tour
  • Enjoy sunset sail
  • Go bird watching
  • Go white water rafting
  • Visit beach nearby
  • Visit national parks nearby

Spa treatments

Spa treatments are additional and include:

Deluxe detox treatment with Hot Lava Stones

Waterfall Therapeutic Massage next to the Waterfalls on one of the many Waterfall Decks

Waterfall Couple Massage

Deep Tissue

Detox treatment


Lymphatic drainage

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Mani / Pedi

Srub and body mask

Traditional Shirodhara treatment

What's included

  • 1 visit to local organic market
  • 3 cooking classes
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All daily vegan meals

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Shamanic treatments
  • Spa treatments
  • Energy healing
  • Coaching
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. If you are a first time traveler to Costa Rica, it is highly recommended that you use this pick-up service, especially if you arrive late in the evening.

Private transfer from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) can be arranged at the cost of 190 USD for each way or 380 USD for a round trip. From Quepos La Managua Airport (XQP), the pick-up costs of 60 USD each way for one or two persons.

If you are coming from Puerto Jimenez, the transfer is 150 USD each way, and will take up to 3.5 hours as the road requires four wheel drive in that area from Puerto Jimenez in the OSA and Matopalo.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Quepos La Managua Airport Airport transfer available: Quepos La Managua Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.

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This vacation is available from January to December.

Arrivalls on Sunday or Monday are highly recommended.

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