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Aquiares: Hacienda Horseback Ride & Coffee Tour

1. Aquiares: Hacienda Horseback Ride & Coffee Tour

Arrive in the charming town of Aquiares and head to the Casa Hacienda La Esperanza, Costa Rica's best-kept secret, which is only 7km north from Turrialba. Be welcomed at the hacienda with a cup of local Costa Rican coffee and pastries where you will have the chance to meet and greet your guide. Get to know your friendly horse then enjoy a 1-hour ride to the Aquiares Waterfall. Continue on for 1 more hour to the Ceibo Lookout where you can admire the fantastic views.  Then, take the opportunity to visit the coffee roastery, the Aquiares Church, shop and cafeteria. Learn all about coffee production from seed to cup.  This tour can be taken in the morning at 9 AM or the afternoon at 1 PM and lasts for 4 hours. 

San Jose: Casa Hacienda La Esperanza Coffee Experience

2. San Jose: Casa Hacienda La Esperanza Coffee Experience

Begin your journey with a warm welcome to Casa Hacienda La Esperanza at 8:30 AM, where you will be able to enjoy a selection of pastries with coffee. Then, move on to visit the Ceibo Lookout and experience the vibrant community in the local church. After the church, go to plant your own coffee tree and experience picking coffee. After that, view for yourself the mighty waterfall and benefit from the option to take a swim in the flowing water. Return to La Esperanza and indulge with a delicious, traditional lunch. Next, learn about the production of coffee during a tour at the beneficio and see the roasting of coffee beans. End your day at the cafeteria, where refreshments can be purchased.  

Aquiares Estate: 2-Hour Coffee Tour With Tasting

3. Aquiares Estate: 2-Hour Coffee Tour With Tasting

Aquiares Estate is the largest Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee farm in Costa Rica. Family owned since its founding, the farm is known for the quality of the high-altitude, shade-grown Arabica Coffee it produces. Along with its distinctive coffee, a century of history has also helped to shape the farm into a model of ecological sustainability and social responsibility. Come to Aquiares and learn all about coffee in this educational tour of the community and its practices. Learn about how coffee is farmed from seed to harvest, and discover what makes the Aquiares Estate so special. See how coffee is roasted and its flavours are tested in a cupping session and sample the complex flavors of high-grade coffee.  This tour can be taken at 9:00 AM in the morning or 2:00 PM in the afternoon and lasts 2 hours.

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4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

I started out with this experience realizing it was going to take some expense and time to get to Aquiares' La Esperanza. I even considered cancelling when I realized this. I am glad I didn't! Well worth the time and expense to get to the location. We arrived in the morning to La Esperanza and we were absolutely awestruck by this home. It's over 100 years old and has been recently updated while keeping all the charm. We enjoyed a light breakfast outside overlooking the volcano and gardens. Then our education of the town, people, company and plantation commenced. At every turn, we were enamored by the people and the educational aspect of the tour. This is what tourism should be all about. We loved it. We were a private group of four of us, and we felt like we received the VIP treatment the entire time. We saw how coffee starts out from seed, learned the educational aspects of the whole process, learned how the plantation operates, visited a national historic monument church located

We can highly recommend this tour! When we arrived our guide greeted us in front of the beautiful estate finca. While the horses were being fetched we strolled through the garden. Then it was time to go - the two of us, our guide and horse carer. The horses are tame, so even my boyfriend who doesn't have many experiences with horseback riding was doing fine. Along the way our guide talked about the estate and the coffee making. After about 30 min we made a stop for a beautiful waterfall. Unfortunately, I experienced some blood pressure problems, so we had to cut our horseback riding trip short. But everyone was very patient with me, caring, and they swiftly organized a car to fetch us. Later we managed to visit the factory and again got a perfect explanation of how things work there and tasted some good coffee! Thanks again to everyone, we enjoyed our stay very much!

This tour is a must-do when visiting Costa Rica! A little over an hour drive from the city, this scenic area is surrounded by gorgeous coffee fields. Our tour guide was super knowledgeable and gifted us with the rich history of coffee in Costa Rica. This tour comes with a breathtaking view coupled with a tantalizing breakfast and gorgeous views all around the town and even some hands-on experience with the coffee plants! Highly recommended for coffee connoisseurs and those wanting to get a memorable experience with one of Costa Rica‘s biggest economic contributors.

Amazing horse riding tour through coffee country. Enroute visit a waterfall, local church and coffee making factory Wonderful staff, extremely helpful and patient. Cant recommend this tour enough

Very complete visit in which you learn the entire coffee process from the plant to the cup. Highly recommended, even for non-coffee lovers.