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“Educational and Enjoyable”

Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices
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Owner description: Come experience Villa Vanilla's Spice Tour and Gourmet Tasting!! Only 10 miles east of Quepos/Manuel Antonio Park our 2.5 hour plantation tour includes: 1. Post-harvest warehouse where spices are dried,processed and packaged. Our "bean to bar" spicy chocolate is tasted here. 2. A garden walk thru our Epiphyte Trail where you'll see, smell and taste our tropical spices and plant collection 3. Flavors of the World Spice Tasting at our breathtaking Mirador viewpoint from our vanilla, chocolate and Ceylon cinnamon. 4. Spice Shoppe where you can stock up on our vanilla, Ceylon cinnamon, cocoa, peppers, ginger, red turmeric, allspice and cardamon.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We can highly recommend the half-day experience at Villa Vanilla. It was an intimate tour of a very small business with a knowledgeable, delightful English-speaking tour guide. The "farm" grows many spices and herbs intermingled with glorious flowers and trees. You wrap up your visit tasting amazing home-made treats in a spectacular setting overlooking the Costa Rican hills.

Thank Annette C
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to this vanilla farm.
Was a difficult 10 km drive off road to get to- but well worth the effort!
There were only the 2 of us on the tour- which I'm sure helps, because you get the guides full attention.
The tour was interesting & very informative, and you also get some delicious samples to taste at the end- we also found the souvenier shop useful at the end to buy little presents for the folks back home!
It was expesive howvever at 40 dollars per person- but woth the money in our view!

Thank Kev_007_13
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

If you want to see how a variety of spices and local plants should be grown and processed then you will enjoy this. So great to see an eco-friendly plantation and learn how bio-diversity works. The most interesting thing was seeing and tasting the spices at the various stages they are processed. The difference in flavor between their natural processing vs factories is amazing. The guide was very good and knowledgeable.

Thank BenjiH839
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

An intersting tour of a spice growing plantation. The tour takes you through some of the farm grooves and you get a good explanation of how vanilla, chocolate and other tropical spices are grown and processed. Naturally there is a chance to buy at the end. Road to get there is long and unpaved.

Thank 643retiredguy
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This was a fun and interesting tour for our group.... my sister and I being foodies who like to bake, my husband who likes to eat, and our daughter who is studying sustainable farming and environmental economics! We drove our rental with the directions provided and had no problem finding the farm. Our guide was Roy, a young student who was very well spoken and certainly knowledgeable about the farm. We enjoyed a "tasting" in a nice little tree house with a spectacular view and learned much about vanilla and the Ceylon cinnamon. At the end of the tour we were able to purchase the products grown on the farm and were also provided with the recipes from the tasting.... all that is, except for the vanilla bean cheesecake that was to die for! (Farm secret!)
We loved this tour!

Thank Lilly003
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