Costa Rica Culinary Delights 2022

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Availability : April 3-10, 2022

Costa Rica
Culinary Delights 2022

A Borton Overseas Specialty Journey

Highlights Include:

  • Journey with food guru Stephanie Hansen to discover and explore the tastes of Costa Rica. 
  • Visit botanical gardens and plantations.
  • Learn how coffee, macadamia nuts, and sugar cane are processed.
  • Float or raft down the Sarapiquí River, or a zipline through the treetop canopy.
Tour Details

From: $4360 per person | Single supplement $513

Price includes roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city).

8 days/7 nights

Tour Dates:
April 3 – 10, 2022

Stephanie Hansen

Experience the tastes, aromas, and sights of Costa Rica with Stephanie Hansen!  Not only is Costa Rica known as a prime ecotourism destination, with its volcanoes, rain forests and “pura vida” lifestyle, but it is also famous for its farm-to-table culinary experiences. This trip will teach you everything you need to know about the Epicurean delights of Costa Rica along with Stephanie Hansen!

For over 13 years, Stephanie Hansen and her radio partner have kept you up to date about the latest restaurant, food, and spirit happenings in the Twin Cities on Mytalk 107.1’s the Weekly Dish radio show and podcast.  She has won the NAWBO, Women Business Owner of the Year Award for her company Printz. Stephanie has built a food and lifestyle brand, and is a champion of local Minnesota Makers. She has over 250 interviews with Minnesota Companies on her MakersofMN podcast. She now does sponsorship sales and social media consulting, as well as produces her own podcast, Dishing with Stephanies Dish and is a regular foodie contributor on Fox 9’s The Jason Show.  Stephanie loves to travel and has sailed throughout the Caribbean, Italy, and Croatia and travels the United States in her Winnebago Passeo, Winnie. Now she is off to Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is located in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama, bathed by the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. This little piece of land is home to a population of under 5 million people and thousands of animals and colorful bird species.

Five percent of the world’s biodiversity can be found within Costa Rica’s borders and great efforts have been made to preserve this rich resource; protected national parks make up almost 25% of the land – more than any other country in the world!

This is a Borton Overseas Specialty Journey – a premier, small-group tour hosted by Twin Cities podcaster foodie and radio show co-host Stephanie Hansen (FM107.1's Weekly Dish).

Sunday, April 3Depart the US | D

Depart from Minneapolis, or your home city, to Juan Santamaria International Airport (Flight details TBA) in San Jose, Costa Rica.

At San Jose airport, we are met and assisted with our arrival and board our transfer bus for the interesting journey to our first destination. The transfer takes about 2 hours and traverses through the bustling suburbs of the city to lush mountain vistas and jungles.

Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner to get to know our fellow group members and trip hosts. Welcome to Costa Rica!

Overnight at Hotel Villa Florencia. Hotel Villa Florencia is owned by a local Costa Rican couple with the vision of offering a new and enriching experience for tourism. The hotel was born with the focus of maintaining the essence of being Costa Rican and bringing to life the beauty of the region with memorable hospitality. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, walking trails, and in-room massage/spa treatments. Meals are taken at the Verolis Restaurant located in the hotel and offer both local and international dishes.

Monday, April 4Central Valley | Meals: B L

After breakfast we will visit Hacienda Sitio de Mata, where you will enjoy gorgeous views of the Turrialba Valley while you learn how coffee, macadamia nuts, and sugar cane are processed. The hacienda is a unique place full of Costa Rican history and and beautiful gardens. A traditional Costa Rican lunch will be served.

Return to the villa for dinner on your own.

Overnight at Hotel Villa Florencia

Tuesday, April 5Central Valley | Meals: B L D

This morning after breakfast enjoy a guided walk in CATIE Botanical Garden with its hundreds of plants from around the world. Make sure you taste all the exotic fruits at the end of the tour!

Since 1942, the valley has been home to the campus headquarters of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), housing some of the most important plant collections in the Americas. The majority of the center’s collections are located in the Botanical Garden, a 45-hectare farm that maintains nearly 4,400 genetic samples— representing more than 280 species from around the world.

The Botanical Garden is an interactive experience based on CATIE’s scientific work to create sustainable agro-productive systems and promote the sustainability of natural resources. Here, you will learn about a breathtaking variety of tropical fruits, medicinal, oil-producing, and ornamental plants, roots, tubers, and timber trees.

Enjoy lunch at CATIE in the Botanical Garden.

Returning to the Villa, you’ll have time to relax, take a swim or a siesta before we complete this tasteful day with a cooking class and dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Villa Florencia

Wednesday, April 6Puerto Viejo De Sarapiqui| Meals: B L

After breakfast, we begin the drive down the mountains to the Caribbean lowlands, where different food crops and tastes await our palates. Visit an active Palmito plantation, and enjoy a tasting of hearts-of-palm-based foods for lunch. Then, head to a pineapple plantation to enjoy a tour and the sweetest flavors.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge.
La Quinta has 36 rooms in bungalows with concrete walls to ensure privacy. These are surrounded by tropical gardens rich in heliconias, gingers, palms and flowering trees. Rooms have private bathrooms, hot water, clean fresh towels, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a walk-in closet area, hairdryer, safety box, and a beautiful porch facing the gardens with hammocks and rocking chairs, from where you can enjoy the view of the native flora and fauna. This beautiful estate offers 20 acres of walking trails, butterfly and frog gardens, swimming pools, yoga areas, library, organic gardens and more. Costa Rica is home to over 850 species of birds and birdwatching at the lodge is spectacular.

Thursday, April 7Puerto Viejo De Sarapiqui| Meals: B

Morning Optional Tour Choices: river floating or rafting in the Sarapiquí River or canopy tour.

Floating from Chilamate to Puerto Viejo: This 7-mile journey takes you through the small communities of Chilamate and Puerto Viejo. This trip is especially attractive for bird watchers and tropical forest lovers of all ages. This section does not require previous experience. The journey on the inflatable rafts is calm enough for passengers to bring their cameras, video cameras, and binoculars with them.

Rafting from La Virgen to Chilamate: This 7.5-mile trip takes you through the communities of La Virgen and Chilamate in Sarapiquí and includes crystalline ponds and agitated rapids. Halfway through the journey on a peaceful pond, passengers can swim and eat the tasty tropical fruits of the season. No previous experience is required.

Canopy Tour: This amazing experience consists of 12 zip lines located in Hacienda La Linda, from which you can enjoy incredible passages through fields of ornamental plants, an exciting tropical rainforest of 114 hectares, as well as the magnificent Sarapiquí River, which we will cross two times during the trip. During this experience, you will be accompanied by experienced guides, using specialized equipment of the highest quality.

Lunch on your own.

This afternoon we learn about the wonderous cacao plant and every scrumptious stage of the chocolate process! With its origins in Mesoamerica, cacao has a rich and extraordinary history. The discovery of America took it to Europe, transforming it into the product we know and LOVE today.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight at La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge

Friday, April 8San Jose | Meals: B L

After breakfast, we make our way back to the Central Valley, stopping briefly for some pictures at Catarata La Paz waterfall. We will continue on to the Green Ark Botanical Garden to awaken our senses before enjoying a delicious farm-to-table lunch.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica.
This iconic gem located in the heart of San Jose overlooking the Plaza de la Cultura and the National Theater, perfect for a memorable experience. This 1930’s building, a historical-architectural monument of Costa Rica, features contemporary urban interiors and is located on the Avenida Central pedestrian boulevard, steps from the National Theatre, Gold Museum, cafés, and shops. Facilities include a fitness center and piano bar.

Saturday, April 9San Jose | Meals: B D

After breakfast, we enjoy a guided walking city tour exploring the Central Market.

The Central Market is a must-see sightseeing attraction for those looking for the authentic side of San Jose, Costa Rica. This indoor market opened its doors for the first time back in 1880 and it hasn’t changed much since. Its numerous shops comprise a maze of narrow corridors where shoppers can ponder all sorts of products, like herbs, flowers, meats, authentic meals, apparel, souvenirs, coffee, tobacco, poultry birds, tropical fruits, jewelry, and so much more.

Return to the hotel. Lunch on your own and a free afternoon to explore on your own or unwind at your hotel.

Tonight, we will savor a farewell dinner at a local restaurant and regale one another with the many adventures and experiences we have shared.

Overnight at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica

Sunday, April 10Departure | Meals: B

Time to go home!

Breakfast and check out.

Group transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for our scheduled flight back to Minneapolis/St Paul.

Buen Viaje!

  • Roundtrip economy-class flights from Minneapolis/St Paul to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Stephanie Hansen, Twin Cities podcaster, foodie, and radio show co-host (FM107.1’s Weekly dish) accompanying on itinerary (in the event Stephanie is unable to travel due to unforeseen circumstances, Borton Overseas reserves the right to substitute the host)
  • Meet and greet at San Jose airport
  • Private group transfer to your hotel
  • Private bilingual naturalist guide from day 1 to day 7
  • Private group transfer to SJO airport on day 8
  • Accommodation as mentioned:
    • 3 nights at Villa Florencia (Standard room)
    • 2 nights at La Quinta de Sarapiqui (Superior room)
    • 2 nights at Gran Hotel Costa Rica (Colonial room)
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, BL-Boxed Lunch, D-Dinner):
    • 7 Breakfasts
    • 4 Lunches
    • 3 Dinners
  • Botanical Garden (and tasting of fruits) at CATIE
  • Tour at Hacienda Sitio de Mata with typical lunch
  • Dinner and cooking lesson at Villa Florencia
  • Palmitour with lunch
  • Pineapple tour
  • Morning optional tour in Sarapiqui (hiking, floating, rafting or canopy tour)
  • Chocolate tour
  • Green Ark Botanical Garden visit and farm to table lunch
  • Walking city tour to the Central Market in San Jose
  • Local taxes on accommodation and meals
Not Included
  • Airline ancillary fees (meals, seat reservations, and luggage costs, etc.)
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
    • Any required COVID-19 testing
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
    • Currently, Costa Rica requires unvaccinated travelers to have a travel insurance policy that will cover medical & quarantine expenses due to COVID-19
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned as included
  • Any optional or additional activities and services
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
  • Any other item not mentioned as included
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