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Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2779 1155
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vanilla and a thousand spices

not only vanilla is what you are going to find here. also curcuma, chocolate, hot spicy chocolate... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Raquel M
Montevideo, Uruguay
Total senses engaged

There are already many reviews describing the tour but to capsulise, we learned so much about... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Andrea C
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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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2779 1155
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

not only vanilla is what you are going to find here. also curcuma, chocolate, hot spicy chocolate, cinnamon, pepper, and so on. In a cloudy humid tropical farm, the only thing is that all the explanations are in English, not so easy for Spanish speaking...More

Thank Raquel M
Reviewed 24 August 2017

There are already many reviews describing the tour but to capsulise, we learned so much about cinnamon and vanilla that was totally new to us! The walk through the forest was beautiful, the forest sounds soothing, the treats were the best postres in Costa Rica...More

Thank Andrea C
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Fabulous Tour!!! Family owned farm grows, processes Vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, black/white pepper corn, turmeric, curry, etc. Microbiotic farm!! Repurposed EVERYTHING!!! No pesticides!!! Walk through beautiful farm, see process growth to product, many samples!!! Handmade chocolate bars (w & w/without exotic flavors). Gift shop with reasonable...More

Thank Peggy S
Reviewed 6 August 2017

I LOVED THIS TOUR. I learned so much about spices and chocolate. It's a great sensory tour because there is tons to see, smell, and taste. Our guide, Giselle, was lovey and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot. I was so glad we booked this...More

Thank jilliannowlin
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Loved this tour. We learned so much about the making of chocolate and the growing of spices. We got to walk through farm and view the plants and were given more information regarding how the plants grow and the farm works. At the end you...More

Thank smcdaniel221
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The tour includes an overview of how spices are grown and processed that was very interesting, including many facts that I had never heard about before. The walk through the grounds was fabulous, not rows and rows of plants to be harvested, but a pretty...More

Thank Lynne W
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We found that pretty much everything to see in Costa Rica had to be done on a "tour", and this was no exception. We got to see how vanilla grows - right on the vine, and how cinnamon is grown and processed. Haven't been anywhere...More

Thank Dana D
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Despite the pouring rain, we enjoyed this tour. We learned about how different spices are harvested and prepared and got to taste quite a few tasty items made with the spices they grow there. Payment is cash only, which we had been misinformed about, so...More

Thank andib513
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We had a brilliant time here. Our guide was a young lad called Daniel (I think), who was full of useful information about the process of producing vanilla, chocolate, and various spices. He took us on a very rainy walk around the grounds, and showed...More

Thank Adam S
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Having already done coffee and chocolate tours we found this tour not to be very informative and also at $40 / person it was priced well above anything else we did. The treats at the end were nice, but not really worth the money or...More

Thank Elena P
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Butch H
4 October 2017|
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Response from Ed598 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the responders above. You can buy without doing the tour but call ahead.
3 August 2017|
Response from Dana D | Reviewed this property |
9:00am and 1:00pm Mon-Fri and 0900 only on Saturday. I contacted them directly from their website to check pricing and "get on the schedule". You will also want directions. Not hard to find, but out of the way. You can... More
Shannon K
19 April 2017|
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Response from 50somthin | Reviewed this property |
If I recall, it was right around $50 (plus tips). We were picked up from our hotel outside Manuel Antonio. I will say, it was well worth it, and one of the highlights of our entire trip. We were able to see parts of the... More