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Close to the Ticos

Costa Rica stands out for offering activities concerned with the nature and wildlife. In routes we offer excursions that allow travellers to enter into the most traditional Costa Rica throughout very incentives experiences and at the same time you can connect with their people of "Pura Vida" country. Here just some of those:

campesinos reserve

Trapiche’s Tour In Quepos (1h from Manuel Antonio)

What do you think about starting a day at an altitude of about 40m crossing a 120m long bridge along an imposing forest, following a trail that takes you to a natural pool, drinking a juice prepared with your own hands in the trapiche and finally finishing the day with a tasty traditional style barbecue?

Everything and many other things are possible to prepare in the reserve of peasants, a treasure to satisfy preferences of any kind of traveler, but especially for anyone who are interested in learning a little about the way of life of the Ticos and their customs. In Quebrada Arroyo's people, dedicated traditionally to the agricultural activities around a decade ago, they created a rural tourism project, a fusion between traditions and natural beauty.

For nature lovers, peace, security, adventure and quality, the Ecolodge Farmers are the best option. The rappel tours around here are perfect for those seeking to letting out. We can prepare a one-day excursion, but it is worth spend the night and resting in bungalows. The area has 9 rooms, rustic style, all of them with private bathroom and hot water.

No excuses, turn away from the traditional routes and visit the Peasants's Reserve in Quepos, just 60 minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park.

Goldmine in Abagares

Mining Experience in Las Juntas de Abangares

A new experience awaits you here, where you will know an important part of the history of the Ticos' (Costa Rican) life. Abangares is known as the Canton (county) of the mining in Costa Rica. This area features the largest gold mine that Costa Rica ever had. It was there that Minor Cooper Keith placed his gold processing plant “Gold Fields of Costa Rica”.

During the “gold fever” in Costa Rica (1884 to 1931) a lot of people came to this town in search of fortune, some of them were from Jamaica, North and South America, Asia, Europe and Russia, creating a population with a multiracial background not present in other towns of Guanacaste. In fact, this immigration of Costa Ricans and other nationalities populated the area giving birth to the town of Abangares.

The mines had a large number of tunnels, long narrow passages, and galleries to extract the metal located 100 meters deep into the earth. With the mines, camps, factories, pharmacies, commissaries, prisons, ice houses and mills were built. Electricity was generated thanks to industrial technology from Europe and United States introduced not only to generate electricity but mainly to extract and process the valuable mineral.

In 1991, the Abangares Mine Ecomuseum was founded in the place where the gold processing plant used to be, on a 45 hectare property, rescuing the buildings and machinery used at the time of the gold rush. The museum has photographs and models characteristic of the mining practices.

And our friend Marvin is going to show you everything related to this activity more deeply. You will see the whole area and he will show you first-hand how this mining industry still survives and how gold is worked and extracted from Abangares. 75% of the population of Las Juntas is works in mining.

bri brí children eating artesanal chocolate

Coffee and Chocolate Tours,


Processing of coffee and chocolate have long been very close to the Ticos. There are excursions that offer interesting tours where you can see the making process of these products in an ecological way following traditions and the life- philosophy of indigenous people as the Bri Brí.

In Talamanca, for example, we have the ACOMUITA Association which is dedicated to manufacturing cacao by means of the Tsirutami Tour (bri bri: masters pieces of cacao) they offer us a journey through the history of the different periods that cacao goes through, from the sowing to the elaboration of handmade chocolate. The Tsirú cacao is one of the most important pillars of the Bri Bri culture and the people live through it, in a respectful way with the environment in balance with nature.

In La Amistad National Park, presented the Coffee Tour with a Woman's Seal.

This tour offers the opportunity to visit a coffee farm where you will learn about the cultivation and the coffee-harvesting. A model of integral production since it has a great variety of native trees of the zone and also fruity. After the visit to this model farm we will visit the Coffee Benefit managed by ASOMOBI women's group. This benefit is ecological because it minimizes the use of water, it takes advantage of the brush as an organic fertilizer and uses the coffee husk as an energy feeder, together with a local guide you will learn the art of the coffee process in every phase.

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At Rutas Costa Rica, we try to include the best quality-price ratio to accommodate your trip and budget. Not only do we appreciate the proximity of the hotel as well as the flexibility and kindness of their staff, but also that the establishment can be a part of the total trip experience, either by the privileged location or by the particularity of your hosts.

On the other hand, private trips allow us to personalize our tours and choose our own routes. Because of this, we are not bound to fixed schedules so we can adjust them according to the preferences of each traveler.

Traveling in Costa Rica usually takes time as not all roads are asphalted and their maximum allowed speed is usually 80 km/h. From San Jose to Tortuguero, the trip can take about 5-6 hours between car and boat and the same amount of time is needed to go from Tortuguero to La Fortuna. The same is the case with traveling from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Limon in the Caribbean area of Costa Rica. It usually takes 4-5 hours if we are lucky and don’t find any accident or other problem on the road. We keep such factors in mind in order to make the most of the days and reduce the traveling time as much as possible. Sometimes, we use domestic flights as well as other private transport that allow us to organize the trip and stops just the way we want it.

When there is no choice than to spend a few more hours on the road, we try to make that time pass in the utmost comfort and privacy we can provide. For such journeys, we recommend that you be patient and don’t stop looking through the window as the magnificent green views of the Tico’s landscape might surprise you.

The relationship created with the guide in a private trip is much stronger and enriching than the guide in a group tour. In most of our trips, you will cross national parks, volcanoes, and rivers together with your guide, an expert eco-guide who will tell you many stories about the country.

Our trips include tickets to national parks as well as domestic flights with allowed luggage and international travel insurance.

We are absolutely sure that there is always a possibility to explore a country in another way, even if it is as popular and well-known as Costa Rica. To plan yours, you will need to tell us about your preferences, ideas, and your budget. We will adapt to these factors and design a personalized trip to Costa Rica that you will never forget. You will return home with the unforgettable memories of traveling the beautiful land of the Ticos and your stay there.

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