Cook your own Authentic Costa Rican Meal at Arenal Vida Campesina
Blog - March 21, 2021

statue in arenal vida campesin

This trip was made possible through Il Viaggio Travel and Family Travel Association. However, all opinions are my own.

I recently spent six days in Costa Rica enjoying everything the country has to offer through a family focused tour operator called: Costa Rica Family Holidays. We could not have truly enjoyed these beautiful sites without our amazing tour guide Luis Diego Soto from Il Viaggio Travel. We visited many family friendly destinations during our trip to Costa Rica, including Arenal Vida Campesina, a self-sustained, organic, cultural education center. There are many things to do at Arenal Vida Campesina and it makes for a great family destination where all ages will find something to enjoy.  You will learn about the culture and take an educational tour of this beautiful organic farm. Of the many activities, my favorite part was the cooking class.

pink flower in costa rica

Learn About the Costa Rican Culture

Taking a vacation to Costa Rica gives you so many interesting experiences. The farm is a great place to learn about Costa Rica’s culture and its food. It is great for children over 8 years-old. The children can partake in the cooking lessons as well.


You may even run into the guard dog…


Educational Tours

We were taken on an educational tours of the farm where we learned about responsible production in harmony with the environment.

The Costa Rican agriculture keeps the economy of the country strong, growing: sugar cane, coffee, corn, yucca, cocoa, bananas and plantain. The Arenal Vida Campesina also cultivate nontraditional crops such as Chinese potatoes, yams,  and a few others. Not everything grown on the farm is used as food, some of the crops are used as base for pesticide and for medicinal purposes.

One of the things I enjoyed the most, besides the education on the crops, was seeing the beautiful exotic flowers and fruits you can see on this amazing property.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even ride the bull!

Cooking Classes

My favorite part of the tour was definitely the cooking classes. You get to use these beautiful produce and learn traditional Costa Rican cooking methods. Everyone works together to prepare dinner.  Our group made tortillas, another prepped veggies, it was all a collaborative effort which made it even more fun.  Everything was made from scratch and the ingredients were picked from the farm which is really cool as well. It was so much fun!

There is nothing like eating freshly picked, organic vegetables from an organic farm.


We also learned about the process of making fresh sugar cane juice.

We got use all the equipment used at the farm for the process of making cane sugar juice. I didn’t realize how  much work it took to make cane juice! After all this hard work we had to reward ourselves with some shots of the very popular  drink called Cacique Guaro which is made with sugar cane juice.

During our tour we also got to learn some Costa Rican slang which is a big part of the culture. It was a great time! The food was as authentic as it gets, and before we left I purchased some items that they make there.

If you want, you may also participate in their reforestation project by sponsoring your own tree from an endangered species, and know that you have done something to protect the natural beauty of this amazing landscape.

pin for arenal vida campesinaThe cooking class was definitely the highlight of trip.  They saved the best for last!

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