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Casa Hacienda La Esperanza Full Day Coffee Experience

1. Casa Hacienda La Esperanza Full Day 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

2. 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.

Aquiares: Hacienda Horseback Ride & Coffee Tour

3. 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. 

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(7 reviews)

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.

We were greeted with a delicious breakfast, fresh dark bread, homemade jam. We then drove to the coffee plantation with a very dedicated guide, where we were given very competent information about coffee cultivation. Then we picked coffee beans ourselves. After the hike to the waterfall, there was a very good lunch and finally a tour of the factory. All the employees were extremely friendly, helpful and very professional. The hacienda gardener was happy to show us his plants and herbs. It is a beautiful, well-kept property and it was a very successful day.

Very interesting, the guide is very pleasant and gives very interesting information about coffee and extensive information about cultivation, processes and which coffee we should buy according to quality

Great experience and way to learn about the delicious Costa Rican coffee while exploring the land

Great tour, nice people and the waterfall was just great!