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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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Great tour!

Loved this tour! The guide was very informative, answered everyone's questions very well. This is an easy walking tour with some lovely chocolate treats at the end!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Loveland, Colorado
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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this tour! The guide was very informative, answered everyone's questions very well. This is an easy walking tour with some lovely chocolate treats at the end!

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Montauk, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At $50.00 a head for about 2.5 hours of rainforest walk, with 45 minutes of the talk in the hot warehouse. There is no advertising of the cost of the tour, but half way through they hold you hostage and let you know it's $50 per person with no where to run. I just didn't get it. They should clean... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

See this working farm in action! Great examples of sustainable, respectful agriculture with enough cool things to do, try, and experience along the way. The samples of goodies in the treetop retreat were delicious! We were a group of friends with one 10 year old in tow---glad we went in morning--but it was toasty warm so bring some water to... More 

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Berkley, Michigan
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We selected the Villa Vanilla tour for the day after arriving in Costa Rica and the tour exceeded our expectations. It is an educational tour through an organic biodynamic farm that grows spices, cacao and cotton. The tour starts at their warehouse where you meet your guide (Giselle was excellent) and learn how the plants grow and how they are... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little tour - informative and educational. So interesting to see where vanilla and cinnamon come from and how they are produced. Near the end of the tour you climb into a treehouse type observation platform for treats. The cold cinnamon tea was AMAZING. We had a fantastic view of rain forest covered mountains. Cicadas sang out all around us... More 

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked this trip with Villa Vanilla the day before, and was more than excited to go. In fact, I was most excited about this part of our trip to Costa Rica. They told the front desk at our hotel that they would pick us up at 8:45am the next day. 9:00am rolls around, nothing. Ok sure, no problem, they're probably... More 

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Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is certainly not your typical tourist site, but it is extremely interesting and informative. For anyone interested in cooking and spices, this is for you! The food sampling and store at the end of the trip is an added bonus!

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Thank heyjude72017
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour was just OK, compared to the other tour we made in Costa Rica (El Trapiche in Monteverde, that I recommend!). I would have liked to spend more time in the fields and get the educational information from the guide as we walk. Instead, we spent the first 45-60 minutes steady in the "warehouse" during which most of the... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

I talked my husband into joining me on this tour - by the end, he was as fascinated as I was and so glad we came. The tour guide was a very knowledgeable and personable young woman who really knew her stuff. We took the morning tour because it was cooler and saw the vanilla beans all laid out in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

We booked an afternoon tour during our stay in the Manuel Antonio area however this day we were the only two who signed up so we got picked up at our resort by an SUV instead of the usual tourist bus. Glad we elected not to drive there ourselves since we would have likely become hopelessly lost in the hill... More 

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