El Encanto De La Piedra Blanca – Rural Tourism

Central Valley

About this activity

Nature & living culture! Besides learning about the rural life in San Antonio de Escazú, you will admire the majestic mountains that surround Escazú. The guide will take you along a beautiful hike of approximately 2 ½ back and forth along the Escazú mountains.

At El Mirador del Valle, enjoy impressive views of the mountains and the Central Valley, while you enjoy a refreshment. Part of the adventure along the mountain will be to have a short ox-cart ride overlooking the valley of San José.

Along the hike, the guide will share information on the flora and fauna of the area and the way of life, as well as the legends of Escazú. Then continue the journey to the masquerade's workshop, where you will get to meet Don Gerardo Montoya, the grandson of the legendary Pedro Arias, one of the first Costa Ricans to introduce masquerades in the Central Valley.

You will witness the process of making masquerades, and try to make them on our own. After this, will head to La Cuevita de Zárate, to enjoy a delicious traditional meal prepared by the associates. Here, you will also learn about the efforts that CODECE has made in order to conserve the mountains of Escazú. After lunch, tour continues to the traditional sugar mill of Don Torino, who will explain the process of making sweets out of sugar cane.

Overall, it will be an unforgettable experience in the picturesque village of San Antonio de Escazú. Included: guide, hike in Escazu Mountains, entrance to the sugar mill, mask maker´s workshop, traditional lunch, fresh fruits, water.

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