The Blue Zone Tour
HACIENDA EL VIEJO
& SANTA CRUZ CITY TOUR
$210 per person
(min. 4 people)
This tour includes private transportation, breakfast and lunch, and a dedicated, certified bilingual guide
Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is one of five famous Blue Zones in the world, where people tend to live longer and healthier lives enriched by community, cuisine, lifestyle and climate. The Blue Zone Tour will introduce you to some of the unique gems of this diverse region. Accompanied by experienced local guides, you will sample traditional and hearty Costa Rican cuisine, visit a sugar cane plantation and natural preserve. In the morning we will drive through the city of Santa Cruz, with stops at historical sites, followed by breakfast at a local favorite, Coopetortilla.
We will travel next to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, where you will take a boat safari on the Tempisque River, where you can catch glimpses of crocodiles, monkeys and exotic birds. Next you will learn about the harvesting and processing of sugar cane, an important agricultural crop in Costa Rica, while sampling tortillas and other traditional foods.
And finally, the Rum Experience will teach you about the history and production of this magical liquor, complete with a tasting and the opportunity to infuse your own bottle! A hearty mid-afternoon lunch will be the last stop on our tour before returning you to your lodgings in time to catch the sunset.
Who is this tour for?
The Blue Zone Tour is a great choice for history buffs, wildlife enthusiasts, and adventurers of all ages and abilities. Degree of difficulty: Very easy. Some walking required.
Your day includes:
Door-to-door spacious and comfortable transportation with your private chauffeur and bilingual naturalist guide on board. Your day begins early with a 6:00am pick-up. We promise it will be worth the early start!
An hour-long (+/-) drive will take us through the city of Santa Cruz, with stops along the way at historical sites like Bernabela Ramos Park and the Church of Santo Cristo de Esquipulas.
Traditional breakfast cooked over the fire at local favorite Coopetortilla – founded in 1975 by a group of Tica women. It is a great example of the cuisine found throughout this region.
A drive of about 45 minutes to arrive at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands – a historic sugar cane plantation and natural preserve near Palo Verde National Park. This stop includes a boat safari on the Tempisque River with your skilled captain helping to point out the abundant wildlife along the way.
A presentation on the harvesting and processing of sugar cane, along with sampling of tortillas and traditional snacks.
The Rum Experience – an interactive demonstration about the history and production of rum, along with a rum tasting. You can even infuse your own bottle to take home as a souvenir!
A hearty traditional Costa Rican lunch followed by a safe return to your lodgings in time for sunset.
Included in your tour: Private certified guide and driver, breakfast, lunch, entrance fees, all activities mentioned above, bottled water
Not included: Tips, souvenirs
What to bring: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, hats, bug repellent, cameras, binoculars, snacks (especially if traveling with children), motion sickness medication if needed (our Costa Rican roads can be bumpy). Reusable water bottle – single use plastic is not allowed in National Parks.
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Are you interested in learning more about Costa Rica's Blue Zone? Enjoy our blog post Discovering the Secrets of Costa Rica's Blue Zone.
Some other day tours that may interest you.
For history buffs, check out our History and Culture: Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City Tour.
For a fun family adventure, try our Palo Verde National Park Boat Safari & Pottery Village Tour.