Ideal for people willing to experience the genuine Costa Rican culture. Santa Juana is a tiny town about an hour away from the Manuel Antonio region, which offers a singular opportunity to join in the traditional lifestyle of the rural area of this fantastic country.
The tour starts with a drive through the pastures, oil palm plantations and forests of the South Pacific of Costa Rica. The first part of the trip is an interpretative walk through the rainforest where your expert guide will teach you all about the fantastic and super diverse ecosystem of the region.
You will be crossing rivers and getting to the gorgeous waterfall of Rio Rodeo, where you can delight in a dip in the natural pools and within a magnificent natural setting.
Afterward, enjoy a visit to a working sugar mill where you can see the ancient milling of sugarcane, still done by the people in the rural areas of Costa Rica. The sugar cane juice is extracted from the cane with huge oxen turning to get the “agua dulce” a raw syrup; you can taste on site.
By then you will be hungry enough to welcome a great Costa Rican meal made with ingredients of the area and served family style.
After lunch, you will enjoy some of the ancient sustainable methods that have been used in Costa Rica since a long time ago, as the Costa Rican traditional culture values nature and its balance.