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Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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Address: Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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+506 2779 1155
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Come experience Villa Vanilla's Spice Tour and Gourmet Tasting!! Only 10...

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.

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Wonderful off the beaten path stop

We were looking for a few off the beaten path options for our visit to the Manuel Antonio area. This was a good choice. About 40 minutes outside Quepos, mostly by dirt road. Our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were looking for a few off the beaten path options for our visit to the Manuel Antonio area. This was a good choice. About 40 minutes outside Quepos, mostly by dirt road. Our family was there one one other large extended family. The guide, Gisella, was warm, engaging, and full of lots of info. The Eco-farm grows everything organically... More 

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was educational and very interesting. The snacks as part of the tour were great. you can just go on your own. no need for the hotel to set up tour. they will charge you more. The drive will be bumpy but no need for 4x4. This is a good down time activity if you are sore from hiking,... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

See how vanilla, Ceylon cinnamon and other spices are grown in a rural but accessible Costa Rica town

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my mother. We drive ourselves. Beware that the directions reference a large gas station that we couldn't find initially as the name had changed. If you are driving south in 34, it's before the airport. There is a sign on the left hand turn but it's small. I am an enthusiastic cook but I still learned a... More 

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Thank Lorraine B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed learning about vanilla and cocoa farming and sustainable practices. Tour includes snack break with tasty cinnamon tea, ice cream, etc. and spice shop. A little pricey but a good choice for a less strenuous activity.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were picked up at our condo and driven to the farm. The drive was pleasant but very bumpy near the end, but that was OK...as we thought it was kinda fun. Our driver was very nice and informative. Once we arrived we were introduced to our guide, I wish I could remember his name, as he was very patient... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We learned a TON about spice production from our very knowledgeable tour guide. It's definitely not just vanilla - we saw coffee plants, cinnamon trees, amazing orchids, etc. Most incredible was to taste fresh cinnamon before it has dried. I loved the cinnamon tea most, but all of the baked goods at the end of the tour were fantastic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First off, you must have a 4×4 to get there as I have seen better logging roads. Upon arriving the spice farm itself is very unassuming. And that is were the negative,s end. We were greeted by a very nice young man, who spoke perfect English. He started our tour by explaining how cocoa was produced and then how Ceylon... More 

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We learned so much! We went as a big group and our guide was so informative. Even the toddlers had a good time! The tasting platform was a beautiful spot and we tried some really wonderful desserts and beverages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wonderful, out of the way visit to one of the last remaining vanilla farms in Costa Rica. Seems that Mexico and Madagascar now dominate the global game but most of it is synthetic. An in depth intro to vanilla and cinnamon and lots of other spices, in a beautiful park, good guides, a leisurely 3-hour wander, and a shop at... More 

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