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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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A very interesting way to spend a morning or afternoon, if you like learning about spices.

We had arranged to be picked up from our condo (Shana Residences) but the Rainforest Spices people got their messages mixed up and we were picked up an hour late. After a late... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 February 2017
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Altona, Canada
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Altona, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

We had arranged to be picked up from our condo (Shana Residences) but the Rainforest Spices people got their messages mixed up and we were picked up an hour late. After a late start, we did have an enjoyable, easy walk around the spice plantation. It is quite obvious that they make their money on the tours and the higher... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

If the tour cost half the amount I would suggest going if you have a free afternoon. However at $40, the short tour is overpriced and you feel like not buying anything in the gift shop afterwards. For that money you can get a three hour guided tour of Manual Antonio park and use of high powered binoculars where you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

My sister and I did this tour last week. The guide was very knowledgeable. There was so much I learned about vanilla, pepper, cocoa!!! The desserts were amazing!!!

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Beautiful land and a great tour. Love that everything is organic and they use the principles of biodynamics (I think that's what it's called). The tour guide was a knowledgeable young man. The treats from the rooftop area were delicious and just what we needed. The gifts at the end are not very expensive considering that they are organic. Much... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

This was an excellent tour, especially if you like to cook and bake. The bumpy trip up the dirt road was an experience in its self. Looking at the way of life in Costa Rica was an education. The tour was educational as well as informative! Our tour guide was exceptional and knowledgeable! It's amazing how a small staff can... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Laid back informative tour of a cool biodiverse farm. They produce many spices and now chocolate. Had a great guide in Gisele, and wonderful homemade treats form the vanilla and other spices they grow. Everything is completely organic and meticulously cared for by just a few people. Was a great day trip though a little pricey!!

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 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 3 January 2017

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 3 January 2017

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 January 2017 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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