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Palmichal, Costa Rica

Nacientes Palmichal Coffee Tour

Full Day | Coffee Farm, Class/Workshop and Cultural Activities

Meet an authentic coffee-growing community, and live the genuine experience of a farmer tending his field. Discover places of incomparable beauty, creased with crystal waters and home to primary rainforest and a breathtaking variety of flora and fauna – the rural face of San José. Spending time with the residents of Tabarcia and Palmichal will allow you to see another side of San José, and discover the quiet, simple, campesino way of life.

Learn about the different phases of coffee processing, the different uses of medicinal plants, and the craftsmen's handicrafts secrets all the while enjoying breaks to eat delicious locally-made food!

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Full Day

Travel Style

Foodie Fun and Cultural Immersion


English-speaking guides are available for an extra cost.

Physical Activity

Light activity


Small Towns/Villages


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited


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Speaks: English


  • Learn about history of coffee in Costa Rica
  • Visit El Cerco de Don Manuel, a small coffee farm belonging to Don Manuel and Doña Mary
  • Share a delicious, typical campesino lunch
  • The Association of Craftsmen of Palmichal will show us their secrets about handicrafts



8am to 4pm


Flexible Departure Date
All year


2 travelers minimum

You will make your own way to the community of Palmichal de Acosta, located near one of the cloud forest reserves nearest to San José, in an important coffee-producing area of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. On your trip to Palmichal de Acosta, you will pass through the Quitirrisí indigenous territory, where the Huetares live. You can stop on the way to visit a Huetar family and learn about how they use medicinal plants! In the morning, upon arrival at the rural lodge Nacientes Palmichal, your guide will welcome you with a delicious breakfast while he is talking about the history of coffee in Costa Rica, particularly from this coffee-growing region and the importance of coffee of Palmichal in a national context. Next you will visit El Cerco de Don Manuel, a small coffee farm belonging to Don Manuel and Doña Mary. They will show you the process of producing coffee from harvest to roasting. Don Manuel’s farm is a glimpse into the traditional campesino way of life. Enjoy the anecdotes this lovely couple shares with their visitors. Doña Mery will prepare us a typical coffee plantation lunch, wrapped in plantain leaves. Independent farmers in Costa Rica are able to make a living by growing coffee and selling it to the beneficio, a processing plant that prepares the coffee for export. After spending time with this lovely couple, you will visit the Beneficio Palmichal, in operation for more than 80 years in the center of the village. The plant purchases and processes the coffee harvested by the growers in the area and employs more than 30 people from the Palmichal community. The Beneficio Palmichal processes around 46,000 kilos of coffee per year.

We will take a tour of the beneficio, learning about the different phases of coffee processing: de-pulping, drying, roasting, grinding, and packaging. We will also see how earthworms are used to help compost the waste from the Beneficio Palmichal, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the environment. Later, we will watch a video and enjoy a cup of either “Yodito” or “Don Manuel” coffee, the two main brands produced by the Beneficio Pamichal. We will share a delicious, typical lunch in the Nacientes Palmichal Rural Lodge, where we’ll learn about the important conservation efforts of the association that manages this project. Finally, we will be visiting the Association of Craftsmen of Palmichal. They will show us their secrets about handicrafts, such as bamboo, macramé and other handicrafts and how they convert them into beautiful craftwork and they will tell us about their experience with recycling. This visit reaches its climax in a very special manner: together with the artists we will enjoy a coffee with fresh, homemade bread.

What's Included




Community Visit, Cultural Activities, Getting to Know Locals, Making Crafts, Storytelling, Coffee Farm and Class/Workshop


Bilingual guide (extra $) and Local guide (not bilingual)


Lunch and Breakfast
Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack.



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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 Taxi
The lodge is in the community of Palmichal, located in a peaceful area about 45 minutes from San Jose.