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    In this blog you will find all you need to know about this beautiful country; from travel tips to our culture.
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  • How is life and travel in Costa Rica?

    In this blog you will find all you need to know about this beautiful country; from travel tips to our culture.
    Want to know where you can find the best "pinto" in town or which beaches you should cross off your bucket list first? .

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  • How is life and travel in Costa Rica?

    In this blog you will find all you need to know about this beautiful country; from travel tips to our culture.
    Want to know where you can find the best "pinto" in town or which beaches you should cross off your bucket list first? .

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  • How is life and travel in Costa Rica?

    In this blog you will find all you need to know about this beautiful country; from travel tips to our culture.
    Want to know where you can find the best "pinto" in town or which beaches you should cross off your bucket list first? .

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What to do?

A place for people...who love horses and local tourism


You like horses and the energy given by riding. Today, we bring for you an interesting recommendation located at Platanar de Florencia in Ciudad Quesada, a place that belongs to Alajuela Province. It is better known as the “Northern Touristic Zone” due to the fact that it is nearby Arenal Volcano. “Ralunas de San Carlos” is the name of this interesting local country estate that offers to the tourist a perfect place to ride and know more about horses, including other kinds of cattle. 

According to what Mr. Manuel, its owner, told us, this project’s idea was born from his father. From a simple cattle farm, a little place for rural tourism was started to be developed where the visitors can enjoy the nature and the fauna of the place. This country estate has a mountain and the pleasure of enjoying the fresh water that flows through some trails, and of course, enjoying the clean air.

The most taken tour is the one in which you ride a horse from 60 to 120 minutes, guided by people who know the country estate. This tour includes contemplating wide pastures, the mountain, rivers, and typical local animals of the zone. For Mr. Manuel, his phrase is “Living a different day in harmony with nature.”

Another activity of this place is that it offers the local food service. This means that you eat the typical or local zone’s food, including the Costa Rican delicious desserts. You can take a tour to visit the sugar cane press, to see when the cows are milked, to see how the cattle is fed, to see the local agriculture’s plantation, to see the trees’ plantation, and take Spanish lessons. This place has cattle to get milk and meat; it has pigs growing up, sheep, horses, and chicks.   Schedule: Monday-Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The prices are from $35 or higher. To reserve your place: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  /  Phone: 506 83856020/506 86331747
 
 
 
Photo by:  Ralunas de San Carlos 
 

 

Part 2: Río Perdido Hotel & Thermal River… A Place Blessed by Nature



* More details about its attractions 


The Gastronomy of this place is based on a gifted chef who creates his recipes inspired in fresh and local ingredients. He respects the zone’s culinary tradition integrity, including area’s collaborators who add their wide farm knowledge to each dish. According to what Blog Life and Travel in Costa Rica was told, they look for local farms with amazing products that fulfill international standards managing.  


But, if you like the real adventure… There are 15 platforms used for the real adventure: 6 of them are located over the rock and 9 of them are hanging on the canyon’s walls. In addition, there is a “pendulum cable” called “Tarzan Swing” of fifty-feet-high, and a bridge called “Desafío” (Challenge) of ninety-feet-high. There are 4 via ferratas whose length is from 15 feet to more than 30 feet. There are 5 zip lines whose lengths vary from 260 feet to 800 feet.


Something that the bicycles’ lovers enjoy in this place is the “Mountain Cycling Park” with unique and impressive views. The mountain cycling route of Río Perdido currently attracts cyclists from the whole world, not only from our country. The professional cyclists generally visit the place for only one day, and they choose a second day for another round in the eclectic route that offers solid rock parts, sand and soil that go through bridges, slopes, hillsides, and also, some gradients in the advanced route.

This route offers incredible stops that include short walks to several panoramic viewpoints, two waterfalls, one cave, the ruins of a colonial house, and a thermal water spring that is naturally carbonated. This water spring was historically visited by the residents who were looking for its medicinal properties. However, there are also guided routes for leisure cyclists who only want to enjoy the landscapes.   


And we do not end right here… There is still more to know about this majestic place, wait for our 3rd Part. 

 

Photo by:  Río Perdido Hotel & Thermal River

 

 

 

 


 

Organic, local, handmade, healthy and agroecological...GREEN Market


The Green Market was born in 2008 in our country as part of the dream and need of a people group. These people have different occupations. They were thinking about to create a place to interchange ideas, actions, products, and food. It was a meeting point among friends, local producers who were dedicated to the organic agriculture, and consumers. To sum up, they wanted to support a “Sustainable Life” Style in San José.


Nowadays, it is not only an Organic Market, but a meeting place that includes the community. Here, every kind of people can create connections and develop within a healthy and friendly environment, promoting the long-term health, the sustainability, and the care of our alimentary systems and Costa Rican communities.


Besides the products’ selling, a cultural schedule is offered, delivering live concerts, Yoga, workshops, lectures, discussion groups, and other artistic and cultural manifestations. You can visit it each Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Aranjuez Sports Center Park in San José. It is also in Ciudad Colón, every Tuesday, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at “Mercado Viejo” (Old Market). In both places, the visitors can enjoy delicious and healthy food.   More information: https://www.facebook.com/FeriaVerde/   
 

Photo by: Communications Department -Feria Verde 

 

 

Do you Like Orchids and Tropical Nature?


Botanical Orchid Garden is a unique place located at La Garita, Alajuela, near the capital city (San José), and only 15 minutes in car from the International Airport. Here, during more than 40 years, native trees, palms, and other specimens have functioned as the “habitat” of hundreds of orchids and plants that people can discover walking along its beautiful trails.


This real tropical nature space was born when its owner, Claudio Salas, nature’s lover and Botany’s knowledgeable, saw a great potential in the land. When it was bought, this place was an abandoned coffee plantation, more than 40 years ago. But, it had very nice trees, some of them were estimated to be 100 years old so far.   


Botanical Orchid Garden can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The land is practically flat, so one does not need to make a big physical effort to go across it.   This is a very outstanding place, due to the fact that the “Guaria Morada Festival” is carried on every year (Guaria Morada: Costa Rican National Flower). This festival is carried out between February’s second week and February’s third week. This is a very good choice to include in your traveling itinerary. More information: www.orchidgardencr.com
Schedule: From Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

 

Photo by: Botanical Orchid Garden


 

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