Coffee, Chocolate & Sarchi Experience

5.75 hours | Puntarenas | P A 4 - 2 1 0
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Points of Interest

  • Coffee Plantation
  • Sarchi
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Espiritu Santo Cooperative Coffee Plantation
Tucked in the picturesque rolling mountains of Naranjo, the 640-acre coffee plantation grows high-quality Arabica beans. The cooperative was established over 40 years ago, and it is composed of more than 2,500 farmers from throughout the region. During your tour of the plantation and processing plant, you'll learn how the organic coffee is grown, cared-for, harvested, and processed and may even see workers picking from the or taking care of the final process of preparing and packing the coffee for exporting purposes. After a visit to an authentic replica of a Costa Rican laborer house, you'll learn how cacao was toasted, grinded and turned into delicious chocolate by Costa Rican ancestors.

Eloy Alfaro Oxcart Factory
The quaint artisan town of Sarchi is famous for producing Costa Rica's vibrant and pretty hand-painted oxcarts. Founded in 1902, Eloy Alfaro is considered to be the birthplace of oxcart handicrafts in Costa Rica. Once used to transport coffee beans and other goods to markets and ports, today's oxcarts are highly ornate and elegantly carved. See artisans at work using traditional methods such as a water wheel to power their cutting and boring machines.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
In the main square of Sarchi stands the largest oxcart ever built and on a hill overlooking the town sits an unusual two-towered church that is painted pink and blue.

SHOPPING
Spend a few minutes browsing the gift shop at the Espiritu Santo Cooperative Coffee Plantation; and in the town of the town of Sarchi, you'll find souvenir shops that sell everything from beautifully decorated bowls and trays to intricately carved wooden utensils, jewelry and masks.

REFRESHMENTS
Following your tour of the Eloy Alfaro Oxcart Factory, you'll be treated to fruit and natural refreshments before returning to port.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
This enjoyable and educational guided excursion starts with a delightful ride through the rustic countryside, passing a variety of landscapes including rich farmland, lush forests and mountain views as you approach the highlands of Naranjo.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart Ship by Bus

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No

Arrive at Espiritu Santo Farm

Transport Capacity:
45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Coffee Tour at Espiritu Santo

Transport Capacity:
45
Time at site:
01:50
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
350
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Bus Transfer to Sarchi Main Square

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:15
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No

Pictures of the Largest Oxcart ever built

Transport Capacity:
45
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Countryside bus transfer

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No

Comfort stop at El Jardin

Transport Capacity:
45
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
40
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Bus ride to the ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:00
Air conditioned:
Yes
Restroom available:
No