Arenal Cooking Lesson

2h30

Food tour

Arenal Vida Campesina attendants crushing sugar cane for juice.
Guest prepares tortillas during cooking class.
Arenal Vida Campesina serve traditional Costa Rican food wrapped in banana leaves.
Guest and wheelchair user cuts tomato during cooking class.
Traditional Costa Rican food won display for guests to enjoy.

Experience description

Taste, experience, and support indigenous Costa Rican culture as you explore the food on your plate and the farmlands of Arenal Vida Campesina. Your journey to this traditional Costa Rican ""Finca"" starts with a trip on an accessible van with a free-turning space and e...Taste, experience, and support indigenous Costa Rican culture as you explore the food on your plate and the farmlands of Arenal Vida Campesina. Your journey to this traditional Costa Rican ""Finca"" starts with a trip on an accessible van with a free-turning space and electric lift. However, it's at the farm that you'll truly pursue your truly creative culinary passions.

Upon arrival, you'll be met by farmers with over 10 years of experience tending to native agriculture and assisting with various accessibility needs. Whether you're on foot or using a wheelchair, these farmers will guide you through the Finca and its farmland as you pick herbs, fruits, and tubers to prepare to end the day. As you explore the Finca's land, you'll learn and practice environmentally sound organic food production, tend to land surrounding Arenal Volcano, and preserve Costa Rican identity and customs.

After picking tasty produce, you'll visit Arenal Vida Campesina's main house and restaurant. Access to the house is made easy by its ramped entryways, step-free doorways, and smooth floors with a turning radius of over 152cm (60 in). The house is also where you'll find the Finca's accessible restroom, which features a toilet with grab bars, sink with legroom, and step-free entrance. However, where the fun continues is in the kitchen.

As you enter the kitchen through its step-free doorway, you'll be able to test your creativity in a cooking class. Using the ingredients you picked by hand, you'll dive deeper into the culinary traditions of Costa Rica and end your journey with a toast of ""guaro de caña"" (sugar cane extract). Before you head back to your hotel feeling full and satisfied, you have the option of leaving your mark on the Finca and the Costa Rican rainforest by sponsoring and planting a tree that will endure long after your visit.

Accessibility. What to expect?

  • Assistance

    Guides / staff members have experience assisting people with disabilities

  • Transportation

    Transportation is wheelchair accessible

  • Bathrooms

    Accessible bathroom available in only one stop of the activity

  • Places

    Places visited are all wheelchair accessible and can be navigated independently

    There are smooth floors and pathways

  • Equipment

    No adaptive equipment included

From $70 USD / per person

*Price based on 2 travelers

Request to book

    1. Starting point: You will be picked up from your hotel

      Flexible

      Transfer in van

      30 minutes

    2. 2

      Vida Campesina

      3 hours

      Transfer in van

      30 minutes

    3. End point: You will be taken back to your hotel

      Flexible

    Keeping you safe during COVID-19

    • Cleaning measures

      Enhanced cleaning protocol

    • Safety measures

      Local authorities safety protocols followed by all staff members

    • Social distancing measures

      Social distancing measures in place

      What's included

    • Dinner

    • Snacks

    • Soft Drinks

    • Assistants

    • Instructors

    • Parking

    • Accessible transportation

      What's not included

    • Insurance

    Important information

    • The same price applies to all travelers. Please select the number of travelers with and without disabilities when booking on our website.

    • Please note that the price featured is the lowest price available based on 2 people traveling. Please get in touch with our travel experts to know what rates apply for your traveling dates / number of participants.

    • This trip can be arranged for customers traveling by themselves. Assistants and trained guides will be hired to assist and help out with the logistics needed.

    • Spoken language(s): English, Spanish

    • Travel insurance is not included but an appropriate insurance based on your personal needs is highly recommended.

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