Costa Rica Tours, Ltd.

Specialists in Costa Rica & Panama

Students with TCS Staff

Chocolate Demonstration

Afro-Caribbean Cooking Class

Fruit displat at CATIE

Students at Guayabo Lodge

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The Only Cooking Tour in Costa Rica
Specially Designed for Culinary Students & Professionals

ACF Certified for 12 Continuing Education Hours

WHY: Interest in cuisines from Latin America is growing as American tastes are becoming more international and exotic tropical fruits and vegetables unique to this region become available.

The Tropical Cooking School & Tour will provide you with the knowledge of traditional recipes and cooking techniques needed for adding authentic Latin American cuisine to your repertoire.

HOW: Each day of the program includes at least one cooking lesson or tour and one cultural or recreational activity. You will be taught by local instructors with ample opportunity for hands-on participation, supplemented by visits to local markets and farms to see the cultivation and processing of local crops. Your program will be enriched by local and cultural activities, many of which are only possible through our Tropical Cooking School.  

WHERE: Guayabo Lodge, located 90 minutes east of San Jose in Santa Cruz de Turialba, will be the home base for your tour. This cozy lodge has an international clientele who are drawn to its scenery, tranquility and hospitality.  There is a dedicated kitchen for your lessons, constructed so you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains as you work and learn in this lodge which has been certified for its commitment to Sustainable Tourism. 

Tour Highlights:  

  • Tico cooking lessons: Highland Cooking and Afro-Caribbean

  • Cheese making lesson at a local organic farm

  • Interactive lesson in turning raw cocoa beans into a tasty chocolate desert (For more details)

  • Hands-on lesson in making several types of tortillas

  • Tour of Golden Bean Coffee Farm to learn how coffee is grown and processed

  • Tour of tropical fruit tree collection at world renowned CATIE research center

  • Guayabo National Monument: rainforest hike to Costa Rica's most significant archaeological site

  • Folk dances by local school children           

  • Veragua Rainforest Research & Adventure Park: nature exhibits & Canopy (zipline) tour, or White Water Rafting

What our passengers have said about their Tropical Cooking School & Tour experience:

 "The tour and guides were great, the energy they showed to everyone was outstanding. They thought of everyone, and made you feel welcomed." (Matthew Crowe, student, the Art Institute of Dallas

"Words cannot describe how thankful I am for the opportunity to be on this trip.  It was very well organized and executed. I had the time of my life, learned way more than I thought, and gathered memories of a lifetime.  I can't thank everyone enough, thank you for all your hard work." (Emily Bair, aluma, The Art Institute of Houston)  

Cost for Land Tour (6D/5N): $1995 per person, double occupancy.  Includes lodging, 15 meals, apron, cookbook, gratuities for the full-time Costa rican guide and driver and local guides when used for some activities.  Does NOT include: International airfare, passport fees, travel insurance, airport exit tax ($28) or personal expenses.