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Eco-Activities & Attractions

Guided Eco-Activities, Tours & Expeditions | Free Eco-Activities & Attractions | Workshops & Classes

Guided Eco-Activities/Tours:


* These two Guided Tours are included in ALL of our 3-7 Night All-Inclusive Packages

Orientation Tour THREE SEEDS EDIBILE FOOD FOREST ORGANIC FARM TOUR

A guided walking tour with Tamara and Gerardo, owners of Three Seeds Organic Farm and Eco-Education Rainforest Camp. Learn about organic farming, composting and harvesting, and taste fresh tropical fruits and foods in season from the farm and garden.

Length of tour: 1.5 - 2 hours
Adventure level: Easy/Soft
Rate: $10 per adult / $6 per child 4-12 / free under 4





Avatar Adventure Toucan Rock Waterfalls Hiking Tour AVATAR ADVENTURE TOUCAN ROCK WATERFALLS & SWIMMING HOLES HIKING TOUR
With your mountain guides Harlow Salvador & Gerardo Saenz

Hike up the Buenaventura Mountain to Toucan Rock at Pavas Creek, where you can soak under waterfalls and dip into pools of fresh running spring water, and give yourself a Do- It-Yourself Spa Treatment (Full Body Rich Blue & Orange Clay Exfoliation!).. Become an AVATAR!

Immerse yourself into the fresh water pools surrounded by jungle, waterfalls, sunshine, and the sounds of the rainforest. Experience the rainforest, see wildlife, and learn about natural medicinal plants from Gerardo, a local guide with 30 years of living in the area. Return down the mountain in the early afternoon to Buenaventura.

Length of tour: 4 hours (Half-day tour)
Adventure level: Moderate
Rate: $30 per adult / $15 per child 4-12 / free under 4





Additional Guided Eco-Activities/Tours:


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RAFT THE SAVEGRE CONFLUENCE - RIO DIVISION & RIO SAVEGRE RAFTING TOUR
With Autentico Adventures Costa Rica
Raft two of the most scenic and unspoiled rivers in Costa Rica, from two small rural community towns located in our valley, starting in El Llano and ending in Silencio. Raft and experience the Savegre and Division River confluence (an amazing spot where both rivers meet!)
Length of tour: 4 hours (Half-day tour)
Adventure level: Easy/Soft (minimal horseback riding experience necessary)
Rate: $90 USD per person - Transfers to El Llano and back from Silencio included





GUIDED WALKING TOURS TO THE RURAL COMMUNITIES OF EL BRUJO OR EL LLANO

About the tours:

Get around the old-fashion way and take a horseback ride where Costa Rica’s country-side meets virgin rain forests to the river-front rural farming towns of El Brujo (The Wizard) or El Llano (The Plains).
Hike along a back-country dirt road and visit these rural local villages, ride up to the Pulperia for a fresco, and immerse yourself in rural country living.

Length of tour: 3-4 hours (Half-day tour)
Adventure level: Easy
All Season tour: (Wet and Dry Seasons)
Rate: $30 per adult / $15 per child 4-12 / free under 4
(Either to El Brujo or El Llano - you can choose)





Eco-Challenges/Races & Expeditions:


GUIDED HIKING TOUR TO LOS SANTOS WATERFALLS:

Los Santos Waterfalls About the tour:

Hike up the mountain to "El Mirador", a look-out point with views of two 400+ foot waterfalls off in the distance. Then continue across Los Claveles open pastures and begin an acent in the rainforest along a trail leading up to the base of the Los Santos waterfalls. This tour takes place inside the Los Santos Forest Reserve on a privately-owned property.

Picnic lunch under the waterfalls.

Length of tour: 4-5 hours (All day tour)
Adventure level: High (Only for the Adventurous)
Rate: $60 per adult / $20 per child 4-12 / free under 4 (minimum 2 people)





GUIDED HIKING TOUR TO "LAS PILAS" NATURAL ROCK SLIDES AND SWIMMING HOLES:

About the tour:

Horseback Riding Tour to Las Pilas Hike up the Buenaventura Mountain and continue to Las Pilas, where you can swim in natural swimming pools and slide down large smooth bolders into the fresh running waters... Immerse yourself into the deep pools surrounded by jungle, waterfalls, sunshine, and the sounds of the rainforest. Experience the rainforest, see wildlife, and learn about natural medicinal plants from Gerardo, a local guide with 30 years of living in the area. Picnic lunch at Las Pilas. Return down the mountain in the early afternoon to Buenaventura on horseback.


Length of tour: 4-5 hours (All day tour)
Adventure level: Medium
Rate: $60 Hiking per adult / $20 per child 4-12 / free under 4 (minimum 2 people)




Free Activities & Attractions:


ceiba sagrada
Ground Yourself below the Avatar Tree

La Cieba Sagrada

Find a comfortable place to sit down or stand below the Sacred Cieba (La Cieba Sagrada) to meditate or relax after a day of activities. La Cieba Sagrada is located along the river and is between 200-250 years old. Buenaventura can also arrange ceremonies, rituals, rainforest weddings and anniversary vows under La Cieba Sagrada.



Division River Rio Division Swimming Hole

Located near the Buenaventura Ceiba Tree near the entrance to Buenaventura, this swimming hole is a great place to cool off after a day of hiking or horseback riding up on the mountain.



Workshops & Classes:
(Available next to Buenaventura at Three Seeds Eco-Education Rainforest Camp)


Three Seeds Three Seeds (Tres Semillas) Eco-Education Rainforest Camp is a working organic family farm located next to Buenaventura and on the border of a 150,000 acre primary rainforest reserve. The Saenz-Newton family grows most of their own food organically using a combination of local indigenous knowledge and progressive permaculture techniques, and they offer Workshops and Classes to guests visiting Buenaventura, as well as Meals Plans at their Mountain Inn.

If you want to see an amazing & thriving organic farm and learn about organic gardening & how plants and herbs are used in Costa Rica, this is THE PLACE to go! At Three Seeds Farm, the garden is a big & VERY YUMMY part of everyday life. Tamara & Gerardo grow fields of beans & corn every year, and they also cultivate dozens of different types of vegetables and medicinal & culinary herbs year round. They have planted over 150 fruit trees including mangos, avodados, oranges, star fruit, papaya and various types of bananas.

Three Seeds has provided Workshops and Classes to hundreds of visitors and students from all over the world, including US universities, high schools and local schools including Escuela del Valle in San Isidro. View photos of 3rd Grade and 6th Grade Field Trips.

For More Information on Three Seeds Eco-Education Rainforest Camp, please visit: www.experiencecostarica.org
List of Workshops & Classes available at Three Seeds:

Cow Milking Workshop

Learn how to Milk a Cow! Cow milking happens every morning between 7 am - 9 am.

Workshop Rate:
$4 Per Adult
$2 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Cow Milking & Cheese Making Workshop

Learn how to Milk a Cow and Make Fresh Cheese (Queso Fresco)! Cow milking happens every morning between 7 am - 9 am, followed by Cheese Making.

Workshop Rate:
$10 Per Adult
$5 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Sugar Cane Juice Workshop

Learn how to make sugar cane juice! Gerardo will teach you how to make sugar cane juice using a hand cranked trapiche. The sugar cane is grown organically on the farm. Sugar cane juice is used to sweeten fresh tropical drinks, coffee, etc. and is extremely yummy and refreshing as it is. Drink up!

Workshop Rate:
$5 Per Adult
$3 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Organic Gardening Workshop

If you like to garden, you are welcome to put your green thumb to work on the Tres Semillas Organic Farm. You can plant some seeds, uproot some yucca, cut some mangos, help harvest crops, weed some flowerbeds, water the herbs, create a new garden bed, sing to the plants and more.

Workshop Rate:
$10 Per Adult
$5 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Chocolate Making Workshop

Learn how to harvest de Cacao pod, process the seeds and make Chocolate products like Brownies, Pudding and Choco-Cake. Eat or take home what you make!

Workshop Rate:
$10 Per Adult
$5 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Fresh Corn Tamales Workshop

Learn how to make Fresh Organic Corn. Eat or take home 4 tamales!

Workshop Rate:
$20 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $40 for 1 Person)
$10 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Chicken or Pork Tamales Workshop

Learn how to make Chicken or Pork Tamales with either Masa or Fresh Organic Corn. Eat or take home 4 tamales!

Workshop Rate (with Masa):
$12 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $24 for 1 Person)
$6 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Workshop Rate (with Fresh Organic Corn):
$25 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $40 for 1 Person)
$12 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Tamal Asada Workshop

Learn how to make Tamal Asado with either Masa or Fresh Organic Corn. Eat or take home 3 pieces!

Workshop Rate (with Masa):
$6 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $12 for 1 Person)
$3 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Workshop Rate (with Fresh Organic Corn):
$10 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $20 for 1 Person)
$5 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Home-Made Pizza Workshop

Learn how to make Home-Made Pizza from scratch. Eat or take home 2 slices!

Workshop Rate:
$15 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $30 for 1 Person)
$8 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Salvadorean Pupusas with Cheese, Beans, or Pork Workshop

Learn how to make Salvadorean Pupusas. Eat or take home 4 pupusas!

Workshop Rate (with Masa):
$7 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $14 for 1 Person)
$4 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Workshop Rate (with Fresh Organic Corn):
$12 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $24 for 1 Person)
$6 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Costa Rican Empanadas with Cheese, Beans or Chicken Workshop

Learn how to make Costa Rican Empanadas. Eat or take home 4 pupusas!

Workshop Rate (with Masa):
$7 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $14 for 1 Person)
$4 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Workshop Rate (with Fresh Organic Corn):
$12 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $24 for 1 Person)
$6 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

Chorriadas with Fresh Organic Corn Workshop

Learn how to Chorriadas! Eat or take home 2 chorriadas with fresh natilla (sour cream).

Workshop Rate:
$12 Per Adult (minimum 2 adults or $24 for 1 Person)
$6 Per Child (4-12)
Free for Kids ages 3 and younger

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