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Costa Rica Cooking Class "Cook Like a Local"

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Cooking Class "Cook Like a Local"

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Get a taste of authentic Costa Rican life and cuisine as you join a local family for a cooking class and home-style meal. Along with a guide, visit the home of your hosts outside of La Fortuna and learn about household customs and cooking techniques. Join in the preparation of a typical meal, and then savor the fruits of your labor alongside new friends.
  • Cook and eat with a Costa Rican family in their home
  • Learn how to make authentic Costa Rican dishes
  • Eat a delicious Costa Rican dinner with your new local friends
  • Visit a garden and pick vegetables for a fresh salad
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off
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You’ll be gathering all of the farm fresh ingredients and chopping up vegetables from local providers and creating a delicious “Casado” meal.
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5:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.We can pick you up from your La Fortuna hotel or you can meet at our office in downtown La Fortuna, 100 meters West of the Central Park on the west side of the Church. The Coking Class takes place at our exclusive riverside location at Hunters and Gatherers. Returns to original departure point at approximately 8pm
We'll pick you up from your hotel and drive to a hidden spot next to the enchanting El Salto waterfall near downtown La Fortuna. Upon arrival to your Costa Rica Cooking Class, you'll learn about the farm where the fresh cooking ingredients come from. You'll get an understanding of what it takes to get the food from the farm to the table.

To get started, you'll try your hand at mixing a delicious tropical Costa Rican cocktail we call the “Kiss of the Cacique!” You will then start the cooking process of a traditional Costa Rican “Casado.” Get ready to chop as you learn how to cook up some Tico-style "picadillos," tortillas and "guisados" for a delicious traditional sit-down meal and plenty of captivating conversation.

After dinner, relax with a cup of coffee, share some recipes and head back to your hotel to dream about the scrumptious food you'll hopefully recreate back home! This is the perfect, interactive Costa Rican Cooking class.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years old.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Please let us know if you have any allergies or food restrictions. We have options for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc,
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Desafio Adventure Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Costa Rica Cooking Class "Cook Like a Local"?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Costa Rica Cooking Class "Cook Like a Local"?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Costa Rica Cooking Class "Cook Like a Local"?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Costa Rica Cooking Class "Cook Like a Local".
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Costa Rica Cooking Class "Cook Like a Local"?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Perfect evening spent cooking, learning, and eating!
, Apr 2022
What a great evening experience to learn to cook a local meal & the history of the dish & ingredients. The venue was very accommodating & clean. Then to try what we made was the best part!
Not as advertised - don't waste your money
, Sep 2021
This tour was not the activity that was advertised and paid for. We signed up for a tour advertising a trip to the garden to pick fresh produce while learning about the farm everything came from, going to a local family's house to meet them and learn about cooking and mealtime customs while cooking and eating with them in their home, then learning and trading recipes over coffee after the meal. Not one of these things were a part of this tour, and our guide/cook was not very open to answering questions or discussing traditions, etc. She told us that she was hungover from a party the night before, and did not seem interested in actually teaching us anything. She wasn't even able to tell us what fruit was used to make the juice provided. The "fresh picked produce" was a couple herbs that she cut from a pot sitting nearby the restaurant (not local family home) that we cooked in. The produce was all cleaned, picked, and ready to chop, and she just handed us pieces of things to chop or dump into pots then did the rest herself. It felt like we were completing a "Hello Fresh" meal prep. The food was pretty good, and the cocktail tasted great, but we certainly had better at local restaurants for about $6 compared to the $100 we paid for this. Don't waste your money if you are looking for a true local learning experience.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hola Erin, Thank you for letting us know about your experience with us. We advertise that our cooking class takes place at our elegant riverside location next to the El Salto waterfall, not at a family’s home. We are sorry for any misunderstanding and that the tour did not meet your expectations. I have also spoken with our staff about your comments to take corrective action. I appreciate your feedback. Wishing you the very best, Christine Larson Co-owner Desafio Adventure Company
, Aug 2021
Great food and great teacher. Got the recipe afterwards right away. Very delicious meal that we made!
A Must Do Activity!
, Aug 2021
Such a fun experience! A great option when the weather is unpredictable as it is all covered. The food was delicious and we loved talking with our teacher! I would highly recommend anyone traveling to La Fortuna to take this class.
Great and friendly host
, Apr 2021
Our teaching chef was enthusiastic and energetic even though our group does not have much real cooking talents. We enjoyed learning about the local vegetables and spices. Definitely recommend this for a fun way to have a dinner.
Great teacher, great food!
, Feb 2020
This class was wonderful. It was a really hands on experience, our instructor was great, nice facilities, and the food was delicious! Everything was super fresh and locally sourced. I also really appreciated that hotel pickup and drop off was available for this experience. Highly recommend!
Cooking At Another Level
, Feb 2020
First, the location is amazing! It’s tucked off down a steep hill and opens up to a beautifully lit open kitchen and tables. Our chef & host, Katherine, was amazing. She explained everything we were going to cook and the utensils and ingredients needed... everyone had a job in the preparation. and she was very helpful along the way. My ten year old loved making the salad and vegetables. Finally, the food was DELICIOUS. We received recipes via email and I will definitely make at home!
Wonderful Costa Rican Cooking Experience
, Jan 2020
This cooking class was a perfect experience. We made a sugarcane liquor cocktail and casado (chicken, rice and beans, chiramote with corn, a cabbage salad, and handmade corn tortillas. Eli was very knowledgeable instructor. We certainly came hungry and left stuffed!
Wonderful Cultural Experience
, Jan 2020
Our family enjoyed an evening of cooking Costa Rican food followed by an hour of learning the local dance. Facilitators were energetic and enthusiastic to share their culture with the attendees.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Good Experience, different than what was advertised though
, Dec 2019
Overall we had a good experience. We were picked up on time from downtown La Fortuna Desafio Adventures office and dropped off at a "restaurant". Cooked the local food and the guide/chef was great. The tour was advertised as we would meet a local family, pick veggies from their garden for salad and cook at their home - which did not happen. We cooked in a restaurant setting and all veggies were already ready to be cut/cooked. Hence the "poor" rating as we expected a different experience as was advertised but the actual activity was different.
Beautiful relaxing setting and awesome hosts
, Sep 2019
We really enjoyed our time here - before, during and after. Our hosts and transport were so friendly. Would come back and do this again. They also offer many other activities.
Cooking Class Fun
, Jun 2019
We were taken to a beautiful house, and hands on when making both the drinks and food. Super delicious and fun as our teacher was helpful and enjoyable!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun time.
Marsha E
, Sep 2018
We had a good time, four of us went together and there were five more there. We all help in the preparation. It would have been nice if the tables were set in an Lshaoe so we could have all been together during the preparation instead of separating us into 2 groups.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We had a fantastic time learning how...
Mary C
, Mar 2015
We had a fantastic time learning how to cook with Antonio and his wife. Our guides were very friendly and helpful everyone was very hospitable. Antonio even let us ride his donkey!
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, Feb 2020
Wir hatten viel Spaß, es war ein wunderbarer Abend und natürlich hat das selbstgemachte Essen fantastisch geschmeckt.

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