Artisanal Gold Mining Tour

Rancho Quemado, Costa Rica

Artisanal Gold Mining Tour

Finca Las Minas offers the experience to get to know the work of artisanal gold miners, as well as the history of Rancho Quemado and the Osa Peninsula. From the first steps taken on the property, the visitor is engulfed in history. The former gold mining diner now serves as a reception and refreshments area. A brief historical context of gold mining and techniques will be covered before heading to the famous river where gold miners mined for gold. You'll also get to try your hand at the techniques!

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2-3 Hours

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion, Off the Beaten Path and Historical Sites



Physical Activity

Light activity


Rural Communities


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited
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Speaks: Spanish



Flexible Departure Date
All year

What's Included



Local guide (not bilingual)


Refreshments will be served, but no meals are a part of this tour

Your Local Host

Rancho Quemado Development Association

Rancho Quemado Development Association

Locally Owned Community Association

__Welcome to the Heart of the Osa Peninsula: Discover Rancho Quemado__ Embark on an extraordinary journey to Rancho Quemado, a vibrant village nestled in the lush Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. This community-driven rural tourism haven offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich culture, and sustainable living. __Why Choose Rancho Quemado?__ - __Community Empowerment__: Experience the transformation of a traditional agricultural community into a dynamic tourism hub, where residents have skillfully transitioned to eco-friendly activities, safeguarding their cultural heritage and natural environment. - __Diverse Activities__: Dive into an array of adventures – from hiking community-run trails, participating in soccer and volleyball games, to exploring artisanal gold mining and sugar cane mills. - __Conservation Success__: Witness a remarkable shift from extraction to conservation, where former gold miners and hunters now champion sustainable tourism, preserving the breathtaking Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve. __A Legacy of Sustainable Development__ Rancho Quemado's journey began in response to environmental challenges and economic hardships. The Development Association, with support from the University of Costa Rica and international foundations, transformed the community through sustainable tourism initiatives. This visionary approach has not only revived the local economy but also nurtured a generation of women entrepreneurs and strengthened community bonds. __Connect with Nature and Culture__ As Lokal Travel's recommended destination, Rancho Quemado invites you to immerse yourself in an authentic Costa Rican experience, where every activity you engage in contributes to the community's sustainable development goals. Discover more about our unique story, engage with our vibrant community, and be a part of this inspiring journey towards a harmonious coexistence with nature. Scroll down to explore the wonders of Rancho Quemado!

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Getting There

Transport options

Drive and Walk/hike
The finca can be accessed on foot or by car. There is parking available for cars and mini buses. Cancellation Policy: If cancelled 72+ hours in advance full refund minus the deposit. If cancelled less than 72 hours in advance no refund.
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