Come to our luxury sustainable boutique hotel and experience many activities we have planned for you.
"This is one of the most peaceful places we have ever been. You have our highest recommendation!"
- Mr. & Mrs. Borden
Finca Rosa Blanca is renowned for its exclusive and in-depth coffee tour of our own organic sustainable coffee farm where we grown our Estate Coffee. The guest is treated to a complete history of coffee while hiking through the tree-shaded plantation to the "Beneficio" where we process the cherry and put it out to dry on its way to roasting and grinding in our Casa del Café. We also offer our own certified naturalist and guide, who will take you on a bird watching walk in our gardens and coffee farm as well as to many of the areaes national parks, cloud forests, biological rain forest reserves and botanical gardens. Other tours include butterfly farms, bungee jumping and white water rafting. You can join in the festivities, taste local food and touch the soul of the Tico culture through art and music as well as meet the school children and families of the small towns surrounding Finca Rosa Blanca on our culture and history tours.
The most common regret voiced by our guests over the past 20 years is that they did not stay long enough to enjoy the myriad of adventures offered at Finca Rosa Blanca. Let our professional team help you plan your explorations in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. Contact: Reservations@fincarosablanca.com
Experience coffee through the ages; learn how coffee was discovered, traded and consumed, then stroll the lanes of our organic sustainable coffee plantation and learn the entire process of organic cultivation and harvest, including participating in the picking of coffee during our harvest Season (Oct- Jan.) We will then take you through the processing of coffee, including cleaning the berries and drying them, ending with roasting your own coffee in our roasting and packing house.
Learn how the experts discern and rate gourmet coffee by participating in a “coffee cupping” (catación) session with our knowledgeable Barista and Coffee Tour Guide.
Sit out on the spacious deck and enjoy the views of the volcanoes above and coffee fields below while sipping your cappuccino, enjoying fresh Rosa Blanca pastries and learning more about the benefits to the environment and the community of an organic sustainable coffee farm. This tour plus the cupping session will be about 2 hours.
Finca Rosa Blanca is situated in the Central Valley, surrounded by several magnificent volcanoes, including Irazú, Poás and Turrialba. Barva Volcano is located within the northwest area of Braulio Carillo, the largest of the National Parks, and is only 30 minutes from Finca Rosa Blanca. We have a unique and special relationship with the "Parque Volcán Barva" and therefore we can arrange extraordinary tours and hikes of all categories within the park and to the various Lagoons of the crater.
Some of the animals that can be observed along the trails are the white-faced monkey and the red spider monkey. Footprints of Jaguars, Tapirs, Coyotes, and Peccary, can be seen crossing the paths in the area as well. There have been reports of more than 80 species of birds observed, among them being the Fabulous Quetzal, 7 species of Warblers, 5 species of Hummingbirds, the Bonking Bell Bird and many more.
This tour represents only one of the many possible adventures you can experience while staying at Finca Rosa Blanca. Barva Volcano (2,906-meters/9,534 ft.) on the western extreme of Braulio Carrillo National Park offers excellent hiking through Cloud Forest to the crater lake where resplendent quetzals have been sighted. The park supports one of the last zones of wild vegetation and animals in the high areas of the Central Volcanic Zone. Finca Rosa Blanca assists the park management by writing and printing brochures; trail maintenance, general technical, and life support. Mornings best from May-December. Bring a poncho or light jacket, hiking or tennis shoes, binoculars and camera.
Walk with our naturalist guide through the grounds of Rosa Blanca and the surrounding coffee farms at dawn, experiencing the wealth of bird life in our own backyard. Enjoy the high altitude coffee farms of the area while discovering such birds as Wild Parakeets, Mot Mots and bonking bell birds.
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Meeting the children and teachers of Barrio Jesus Elementary School, the volunteer mothers at the Children’s Food Bank and the wonderful folks at the Senior Citizens Center, Recycling Center and Clinic as well as local artists and artisans will highlight the tour with our bi-lingual guide. Meet the children and members of the community at work and play. Offered only Monday –Friday when school is in session. Arrange transportation in Reception.
Experience Costa Rican Culture and History with our knowledgeable guides who will take you on a magical journey through the colonial towns of Barva and Heredia. Barva was founded in 1561 and has been declared a national monument; it is still filled with 17th and 18th century buildings made with walls of adobe and horse hair and roofed with ancient ceramic tiles. You will visit the famous mask makers of Barva where they still pass on the traditions of mask making for the community festivals and the giant puppets that dance through the streets to the wild music of the cimimarron, a percussion and horn accompaniment. We will Immerse you in the spiritual traditions of the people, visiting the Iglesia San Bartolome completed in 1575 and then on to Heredia , the provincial capital founded in 1706 which has several lovely old Spanish Colonial style landmarks arranged around the Parque Central, the main cathedral, El Fortin, the Guard tower as well as the Casa de La Cultura, an historic colonial residence. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Central Market, crowded and bustling and filled with exotic fruit, vegetables, spices and herbs. On our way back to Rosa Blanca we will stop at the Museo de Cultura Popular (The Museum of Folk Art and Culture) which recreates Spanish colonial Costa Rica in a century-old farmhouse, restored with period pieces and ingenious tools. If we are lucky, docents in period costumes may use the beehive-shaped ovens to make typical tico foods. But not to worry as we will return to El Tigre Vestido to enjoy a made to order typical meal of tamales, homemade tortillas with black bean soup and spicy or sweet empanadas. We will taste the exotic fruit from the market and drink freshly ground Rosa Blanca coffee made with a chorreador the traditional Costa Rican way to prepare coffee. Enjoy!
On Saturdays we will visit the weekly outdoor produce market in Barva where Ticos shop to find the freshest produce. We will have the local Fiestas, Patronales, Processiones , Turnos, y Topes, festivals with music and dance, religious processions and patron saint celebrations , horse and ox-cart parades and rodeos on our calendar, which can be found on our Activities page. Please let us know if you would like to join us at any of these festivities and we will create a special cultural itinerary for your stay. We also offer cooking classes and will arrange for dance instruction, both folkloric and salsa for your visit.
Walk with a bilingual guide through the property of Finca Rosa Blanca discovering the myriad of ways we are working with the environment and the community. We hope you will take away our methods and ideas to your own community and home, joining our efforts to change the future of our planet.
After a brief history of Rosa Blanca and our journey toward total sustainability, we will visit the “back of the house” to learn about our “good practices”; including our use of biodegradable products in the hotel and laundry, solar drying area, solar panels for heating water, and the copper silver ionization system for the pool.
We will walk the trails identifying native trees and plants, their uses and tastes, the organic garden, coffee and orchards, the recycling center, and the compost center and red-worm farm. Free Tours offered upon availability of guides; please inquire at the office for more information.
Poás Volcano (2,708 meters) is a still active, but tranquil volcano with three craters; one the second largest crater in the world- bubbling with active fumaroles and a simmering lake. On your way to the volcano and waterfalls you will pass by coffee and sugar plantations, strawberry fields, and small towns with picturesque homes adorned with colorful flowers.
This tour visits sites such as the famous National Theater, the Gold Museum, the Jade Museum of pre-Columbian artifacts, the Central Market and several other art and artisan galleries.
National Museum of Costa Rica: Open Tues - Sun, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Costa Rican Art: Open Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat - Sun, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Museo Numismática: (old notes, banknotes) Open Tues - Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Gold Museum/Central Bank Museum: Open Mon - Sun. 9:30am - 5 p.m.
Jade Museum: Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Free entrance
Childrens Museum and National Art Gallery: Open Wed - Sun from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: Open Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Museum of Spaces, Forms and Sounds: (The Antigua Train Station of the Atlantic) Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p. m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Experience the magnificent 860 foot suspended bridge by foot over the rushing Sarapiqui River; continue hiking through an 800 acre mid-elevation rain forest reserve with an enormous biodiversity from two-toed sloth to spider monkeys, ant eaters and countless exotic birds. Bring poncho, comfortable shoes, long pants, binoculars and camera.
Reaching 11,256 feet, Irazú Volcano is Costa Rica’s highest volcano with four craters, each with its own fascinating characteristics. On a clear day you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. On the way to the volcano you will make a stop-off at Lankester Gardens, a 25-acre tropical paradise that houses more than 3,000 species of plants, including bromeliads, heliconias, ferns, bamboo, palm trees and a wide variety of tropical trees and one of the world’s foremost collection of orchids. On the way back, the tour will pass through the town of Orosi where you will visit Costa Rica’s oldest colonial church.
Relatively small in size (4,700 Hectares), the significance of Carara National Park stems from its geographical location in a transition area between the Tropical Dry Foest region to the north, and the more humid Pacific Rainforest to the south. Carara has flora and fauna from both ecosystems and the virgin forest that covers most of the park is the ideal environment for such rare wildlife as the Scarlet Macaw, the Collared Aracari and three species of monkeys.
Discover Costa Rica’s tallest waterfall (200 meters), the Bijagual Waterfall, by hiking through the mountains with breathtaking ocean views. One of the highlights of the tour is the chance to swim in refreshing spring-fed pools surrounded by nature’s gardens while viewing howler monkeys, scarlet macaws and toucans at play.
Costa Rica has more species of butterflies than any other country in the world and the Butterfly Farm is the second largest exorter of living pupae in the world. An educational tour begins with a video documentary introducing the world of butterflies, followed by a guided tour through the gardens and laboratory where you witness and learn all about each stage of the butterfly life cycle.
Sarchí is famous for the intricately detailed, hand-painted oxcarts still used here in Costa Rica during festivals and the town is a major artisan center known for a myriad of beatifully handcrafted wooden items. You can combine Poás Volcano with Sarchí ending up in the town of Frijanes just below the volcano, where if you choose, you can buy lunch at a local restaurant.
Bring poncho, comfortable shoes and camera.
A guided floating tour on the Sarapiqui River, declared a National Historical Monument, where you will have the opportunity to spot many kinds of reptiles, crocodiles, caimans, iguanas, howler, spider, and squirrel monkeys and countless exotic birds such as toucans and green macaws in their natural habitat. This exciting tour is all day with naturalist guide and transportation.
We also offer other rafting tours, please request the information at the hotel's front desk.
Turu Bari is a private park that offers nature and adventure tours. It is located in a transition forest (from dry to rain forest) and covers 240 hectares (600 acres) of beautiful landscape. You will discover exotic nature, and adventure in 583 acres of sustainably managed land and ancient mountains.
Bring: comfortable shoes, sun lotion and camera.
We also offer other canopy tours, please request the information at the hotel’s front desk.
Nowhere else in the world are so many types of habitats squeezed into such a small area. The range of habitats in Costa Rica, a consequence of its unique geography, creates an incredibly rich diversity of flora and fauna; in fact no other country on the planet has such variety.
This educational excursion allows visitors to discover the characteristics and benefits of Costa Rican biodiversity through interactive exhibition halls and interpretive paths that meander through the many diverse habitats of native plant species. Inbioparque is a recreational and educational space where one can enter the vast world of Costa Rica’s biological diversity, protected areas and national parks. If you want to take full advantage of your trip to Costa Rica, we recommend that you start with a visit to Inbioparque. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 8am-5pm.
Bring: poncho in the rainy season or umbrella, comfortable shoes, binoculars and camera.
A fantastic private zoological garden including dozens of toucans, macaws, cranes, curaçaos and parrots in addition to crocodiles, indigenous deer, turtle and spider, howler and white face monkeys in open-air cages with lots of trees and meandering paths.
- Mr. & Mrs. McAlister