Local farm visit and cooking class
Transfer to the Pacific coast, with a stop over in Zapotal of Miramar in Puntarenas province, is a small rural community of 100 inhabitants. The dairy products are the main economic activity but a few families made a bet on authentic rural tourism: you will visit an ecological farm where everything is produced organically. You will learn about wastewater purification process,about how to feed a biodigester with pigs, how to grow chicken organically and how to maintain an organic garden with medicinal plants. But most importantly, you will learn how to cook costarican style, at Betty’s house!
Your journey in Costa Rica continues as you make your way towards the Tropical Dry Forest of Ensenada Wildlife Refuge. This privately-owned sanctuary is managed by a family who also run a couple of economic activities, including salt production and agriculture. As a result of their efforts, the mangrove and coastal areas have undergone significant reforestation, making this site an exceptional location for nature lovers, particularly bird watchers. the refuge has become one of the most popular destinations for birding enthusiasts in Costa Rica.
Hacienda La Ensenada
La Ensenada Lodge is located on the Pacific Coast in the province of Puntarenas, on the Gulf of Nicoya only 2:30 hours from San José, and 1:25 hours from Liberia. It is an ideal place for Horseback Riding; for naturalists, bird watchers and nature lovers. The most important commodities on this ranch are cattle and horses, the production of salt and fruits. They offer accommodations on comfortable villas facing the Gulf: with bathroom, hot water, with closet and terrace, from which you enjoy an unforgettable sunset relaxing in a hammock. Swimming pool, restaurant, cabins for guide and driver.
Because of its family management, the guests have the opportunity to participate in the daily activities of the farm, as well as horseback riding assisted by local guide. You will become part of the typical life of Costa Rican ranch. The gulf of Nicoya, the mangroves and the salina offer those who love birds, wildlife and photography many different species and variety of birds such as pelicans, herons, parrots, Montezuma oropendula, bellbird, white iris, Roseate Spoonbill. The menu is Italo Costa Rican.