Prepare for sensory overload with this half-day vanilla and spice and everything nice tour! Discover the origin and ancient history as well as traditional uses of the world’s most loved spices: vanilla, Ceylon cinnamon, cocoa, allspice, turmeric, cardamom, black and white pepper, to name a few.
Located in the Pacific rain forest overlooking the beautiful Manuel Antonio beach, this certified organic and Demeter biodynamic farm takes great pride in bringing you to the best spices Nature has to offer. In addition to spice, you will be introduced to how a wide variety of essential oil and medicinal plants are cultivated.
Hand pollinated vanilla orchids abound and, if it is pollinating season, visitors learn to fertilize the vanilla flowers themselves by hand. The major crop of this plantation is vanilla, a native to Central America, but many other native aromatic spices and exotic tropical fruits are grown here as well which you will be encouraged to taste, touch and smell.
Your bilingual tour guide will begin at the warehouse where spices are dried and packaged after being harvested. You will then amble along the sensory Rock Garden Trail with its array of pungent bromeliads, tillandsias and epiphytes landscaping a fish pond until you reach a stunning view of the Pacific coast.
In this lovely spot you will learn how to use the many spices grown on this farm as the pastry chef prepares a delicious sampling of gourmet treats and drinks created especially for you. In one review of this tour it was described as “the best foodie tour in Costa Rica.”
Your final stop will be to visit the Spice Shoppe, a famous destination for chefs and visitors alike to buy naturally grown and processed spices, vanilla beans, extract and the highly prized Ceylon cinnamon.
Included roundtrip transportation provided from Manuel Antonio.
The Villa Vanilla and Rainforest Spices is available from Manuel Antonio
Amazing tour. Learned so much and host very accommodating.
Absolutely LOVED this tour! Learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the tasty drinks and treats made from farm products. Highly recommend! Our guide gave us his recipe for gallo pinto!
I want to work there! :D
It would up being a private tour because a group canceled. They sent someone who works in the office to pick us up. We enjoyed the tour and tasting spices right off the trees and vines. Pepper was awesome. Then a beautiful lookout where we enjoyed delicious tea and the drink of the gods, and baked goods they made with their spices. Informative and delicious experience.
This was a very interesting tour. Our guide was excellent and we learned alot about spices grown in Costa Rica.
Hank made this visit very enjoyable. We were very happy to experience the natural wonders of this organic farm.
This was an absolutely lovely experience. Quiet, picturesque, informative, and tasty! This was the hottest day of our vacation, and the tour guide was so attentive to that. Thanks!
This ended up being a private tour. Giselle, our guide, was knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.
The tasting was really great - I hadn't expected such a high standard and range of items. A real Foodie experience.
Did not expect such a nice tour - learned a lot about the spices and vanilla as well as chocolate- excellent food and refreshments
Enjoyed the tour immensely, learned a lot. Would highly recommend it.
Best tour on our trip.
Actually, on this tour, I learned soooooo much about spices etc... I had no idea. Loved it.
This was a great tour. The only complaint is all of the sweets at the tasting, it would have been fun to try some items in a different way not just the sugar and vanilla in 5 different ways.
This tour was not what I expected. It was not worth the price. However, the tour was conducted by the owner and he was knowledgeable and friendly. I appreciated the taste testing at the end of the tour.
This tour was AWESOME! The beauty was breath-taking and the knowledge we gained not only about vanilla but the many other spices was great. The end of the tour, with the snacks and the view are really without compare. It was great. The kids loved the swing. We brought home some spices--I wish I had brought home twice as much. Love the tea!