San Antonio de Escazú, Costa Rica

El Encanto Full-Day Enchantment Tour

Full Day | Cultural Activities, Hiking and Wildlife Viewing

Just 15 minutes from the capital of San José, you will find San Antonio de Escazú. You will get to see the other side of the capital —a rural San José— where people maintain their most authentic traditions. Calm and simple life reigns here, and people are willing to share their way of life.

San Antonio is a town of great cultural richness and fine traditions, such as sugar mills, wooden carts, typical meals, masquerades, adobe houses and interesting legends. In addition to learning about the great cultural richness of rural life in San Antonio de Escazú, explore the majestic hills that unfold on the beautiful town of Escazú!

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Full Day

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion and Active Adventure


English-speaking guides are available for an extra cost.

Physical Activity

Moderate activity


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited


Locally Owned Community Association
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Speaks: Spanish


  • Historical monuments in San Antonio
  • Visit the farm of “Don” Luis Chacón, founder of CODECE
  • Observe a variety of butterflies and birds
  • An ox driver will take you for a ride in his beautiful typical cart
  • Visit a mask factory
  • Learn how sugar can is processed by visiting “Don Torino’s sugar mill”, which still uses oxen to get the juice of sugarcane
  • Delicious typical lunch with “olla de carne” prepared by excellent cooks of San Antonio de Escazú



Start time is 8 a.m.


Flexible Departure Date
All year


2 travelers minimum

What's Included




Farm Visit, Cultural Activities, Community Visit, Class/Workshop, Birdwatching, Getting to Know Locals, Hiking and Wildlife Viewing


Bilingual guide (extra $)


Snacks and lunch.


Hike and Other local transport

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Locally Owned Community Association

ACTUAR (Costa Rican Association of Rural and Community Tourism) supports a network of over 40 partner communities across Costa Rica. They offer innovative and customized programs for visitors who wish to live authentic experiences of Costa Rican culture and experience the local charm. They combine the great classics of Costa Rica ecotourism and visiting destinations in rural communities, planning fun, educational trips that promote a harmonious relationship between conservation and rural development.

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Getting There

Transport options

Drive, Bus and Get picked up (extra $)
Escazú is located southwest of the capital of Costa Rica. The offices are located 300 meters west and 125 meters south of the Catholic Church of San Antonio de Escazú. Buses are also available from San José.