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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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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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LOVED this spice tour.

Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and the farm itself was fascinating. It was a mellow, small group that started at the main farm building and learned about growing and... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and the farm itself was fascinating. It was a mellow, small group that started at the main farm building and learned about growing and harvesting vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, allspice, etc. Then we strolled around the grounds and saw all the plants first hand. We then meandered our way up to a little lookout hut and... More 

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stop here every time we're in the area to stock up on vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, and spices. Fantastic farm. A little hard to access, but absolutely worth the trip!!!

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Belleville, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We toured this farm as part of our recent trip to Costa Rica. The tour included a demonstration of how different spices are prepared for use. The grounds are breathtaking and there was a small tasting at the end where we sampled several products including vanilla bean ice cream and vanilla cheesecake prepared with fresh vanilla beans and chocolate chip... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this tour. Lasted about 4 hours including transfers of around 1 and half hours. Easy walking though some of the tracks would be unsuitable for wheelchairs. Our guide was good and knew his stuff, although I looked up what he said about the Chinese cinnamon (cassia) and it isn't true about being bad for you, but i suppose... More 

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Playa Jaco, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anybody that has any interest in plants will enjoy this informative tour in a beautiful setting. Excellent guide, lovely snacks and a wonderful spice shop included.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to have a private tour the day we went! Our tour guide was great and we learned a lot about the different trees, plants, and the growing and production process. Who knew that vanilla took so much work?! They were very open to questions. Easy walking tour through generally flat ground would be suitable for all... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't do the tour but bought a lot of spices and got to taste the cinnamon tea YUM can't wait to make it back home.

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Loveland, Colorado
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

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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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 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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Reviewed 15 March 2017

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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