Rancho Raices de Osa

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Rancho Raices de Osa
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We are a local family farm, we do home made traditional chocolat and we share all about our culture, traditions, fruit trees, cultivations, animal farm and more !!!
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MissPerkyAK
Palmer,AK98 contributions
Chocolate y cultura
May 2021 • Couples
Herman was very kind and fun to talk to if you speak Spanish. Watching th process of making chocolate was neat. The farm is super accessible you could probably get a stroller or wheel chair around the farm if needed. The food they serve is very authentic tico cuisine. You'll be fed through out out tour too. They also has a wick tall tree house that I braved. Great tour if you have sometime to kill.
Written 21 May 2021
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piatheworldtraveller
Davis, CA30 contributions
What a special treat everybody should reward themselves with!!!!
Apr 2021
We were so lucky to have gotten this wonderful day trip planned by our hotel operations manager Vanessa from El Castillo, Ojochal. Her family owns this rancho which is so much more than 'just' a cocoa plantation. Herman, the owner planted a whole plantation with amazingly rare trees, medicinal plants, flowers and edible plants together with farm animals you can visit. His knowledge about plants is so vast that we wanted to listen to him and Vanessa talking about their rancho and its plants and wildlife forever! The have the second largest tree in Costa Rica on their property (I think around 60 meters tall) which you can climb up on like a tree house well, more like massive wooden stairs leading up to a log cabin. We received a refreshing coconut to enjoy while resting in a tree cave, medicinal plants for my husband to try out, lots of fruits and then....cocoa in all sorts and forms. We started with a cold cocoa and moved on to cocoa bites and chocolates. Not just could we eat a lot but we not just observed but made our own chocolates from beginning to the end of the whole process. Oh, and we did a cocoa facial as well. The family who is owning this farm is so accommodating and interesting. I am surprised this is not one of the number 1 attractions on the must visit list. It should be!!!! We will make this our annual visit from now on for sure! Thank you Rancho Raices for your hospitality!!!
Written 10 May 2021
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Nedine
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Much more than a chocolate tour!
Apr 2021
This is much more than a chocolate tour! German welcomes you to his ancestral land, showing you how chocolate is made and giving you a very interesting tour of his property. This is a must-do activity if you are visiting the Puerto Jiminez area!
Written 24 April 2021
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thrillseekers09
24 contributions
Chocolate tour and much more!
Feb 2021 • Couples
We visited Rancho Raices expecting to learn about the chocolate making process but we learned so much more. This was such an interesting tour if you like learning about all types of medicinal herbs. This family run business is the real deal. You’ll see and taste fresh, delicious fruits grown on the farm, drink fresh coconut water that is husked and opened right in front of you. Then you drink it with a bamboo straw! At the end of the tour you will see and taste chocolate and see how they make it from Herman’s wife and children. Don’t eat much before you go because there is many different things to taste and you will be full. The owner Herman is a wealth of knowledge ( funny too)!. He doesn’t speak English so his neighbor Michael does the tour with him and is very friendly and knowledgeable also. You will not be disappointed. It was our favorite tour in Costa Rica.
Thank you Herman and Michael!
Pura Vida!
Written 9 February 2021
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Eagar4Nature
12 contributions
A fun and educational tour with a chocolate making family
Dec 2020 • Family
This was a wonderful tour given by a beautiful Costa Rican family who share their chocolate farm experience directly with you. They let you and your kids participate as much as you want in the whole chocolate making experience. The guide Herman was very knowledgeable about native plants that he grows on his farm and their various uses and you get to sample many along the way. If you visit the Osa peninsula I highly recommend you visit this family and support their tour! Covid has hurt many families like this in Costa Rica who depend on ecotourism and I recommend you support a beautiful family like this over some ecotourism corporation.
Written 3 January 2021
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jeneagar
Kaysville, UT29 contributions
Memories to last a lifetime, must do in Osa Peninsula!
Dec 2020 • Family
I got excited for this tour my 20 year old foodie picked out once I read the reviews.
But this paradise on earth was even better than I expected! Once we were done my 17 year old said this is probably the most fun we have had as a family where each family member had an amazing time. We have 4 kids 6-20 so it's kinda hard to pick an activity for everyone. We were the first group to come through since the pandemic hit hard. Please support this amazing family! You will be graciously and lovingly be welcomed into this family for the tour. You begin by exploring their forest/garden and learning about the plants in a fun, educational way. For example, you may get a new red nose, plant based temporary tattoo, and our 6 year old got a plant pony to ride. You may also play games like through the fresh coconut you just drank through the hole in the vine, or flick the seed in a hole. Along the way you can smell and sample edible plants like fresh cilantro, cacao seeds, etc. But wait, there's more, they have beautiful hand crafted bridges on their property over a river. They let my son catch 3 fish with bananas and put them back. Had no idea fish ate bananas;)Then you get to the chocolate demonstration area where you are welcomed to sit and are served some fresh fruits, chocolate drink, and chocolate piece to try. If you are a fan of dark chocolate which we love you will be in heaven! Then, you get to help make chocolate and the girls in our group got chocolate face masks, who new it was a spa too!?! Then you can look at the gift shop. We bought chocolate bars, handmade earrings by our tour guide Andre's niece, kitchen utensils, and they gave my boy a hand carved knife for a present and a rock which was so he would always remember his new friend/guide Herman. Also I lucked out and spotted a hand crocheted light blue bikini my daughter fell in love with. Also made by Andre's niece. I crochet and knit so can appreciate the detail and beauty of it was breathtaking! $25 US for it wad6an amazing price! We took our treasures and thanked the family and went on our merry way in pure happiness discussing how much fun we had. Thanks for the memories Herman, Andre, and your familia, we will never forget!
Written 31 December 2020
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Saltspringsgirl
Tres Rios, Costa Rica433 contributions
Perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon
Jul 2020
What a great place to visit and as others have said, it is like visiting a family. It was great seeing the variety of plants & learning about how the indigenous people used them. The cost of the tour was $40 per person & well worth it. We loved the samples of fruits & chocolates & we left with cacao seeds, bamboo straws & fans. We were not able to drive that day due to vehicle restrictions so we took a taxi which cost $40 round trip for 4 of us.
Written 2 July 2020
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Tom and Marysia
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Not a "tour"-- A Visit with Herman and his family!
Feb 2020
This was absolutely among the highlights of our already amazing week in the Osa. Herman met us with a translator, and from the start of the tour, he made us feel like long-lost friends. His well-deserved pride in this farm and his absolute joy in sharing it with us was so infectious. His knowledge of plants that, to our eye, were barely discernible was astounding. It was magical and SO much more than chocolate. Thank you SO much Herman- what a fantastic place!
Written 29 February 2020
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Joe C
1 contribution
exceeded every expectation!!
Feb 2020
My family and I went to this tour and it was amazing. I had very low expectations but my wife wanted to go so we did it. $40 seemed too pricey but it wasn't! They were really interactive with the kids, we did everything from holding baby geese and using plants to do war paint on our faces to seeing the chocolate grow and participating in the manufacturing. Hector, the owner even threw some hooks out with bananas on them to fish, and they gobbled them up! The kids all had a chance to reel in some fish. To end we made chocolate, ate chocolate, and even did chocolate masks. It was a must do and we'd do it all again. Side note: we tried to call to make a reservation but no one answered so we just stopped in, I think they do it in the morning and around 2 PM. It's just a big family owned ranch so not very sophisticated, if they don't answer don't worry.
Written 5 February 2020
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Mark H
Kauai, HI6 contributions
Afternoon Chocolate and Sustainable Family Farm tour
Dec 2019
This was such a well spent few hours just outside Puerto Jimenez. We rang a telephone number from trip advisor as the farm was closed when we arrived. But they were happy to open up for a private tour. Just a really sweet (get it) charming family operation and you come away with a real feel good factor (aside from any chocolate consumed).
The family raise their own livestock, grow their own vegetables, and cacao for chocolate production. They are also passionate and proud about showing visitors what has been created, sometimes just to preserve ancient trees and woodland. Loved this tour.
Written 18 December 2019
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