Living the Pura Vida! Behind the perfect cup of Costa Rican coffee

Living the Pura Vida! Behind the perfect cup of Costa Rican coffee

During our 7-day all-inclusive stay at the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica, we embarked on two excursions to get a little more familiar with our temporary country of residence. 3.5 hours from the hotel, the first trip we did was to Monteverde located  4,662 ft (1,440 m) above sea level. Renown for it’s steady supply of clouds and mountainous landscape, Monteverde was our entrance to a whole new side of Costa Rica. Leaving beaches behind, we headed out for a day that included a visit to a coffee plantation and a trip to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

Now that I’ve recovered from the bouncy roads and air-con, I can honestly say that the best part of the excursion was the beautiful landscape we saw and the micro-climates we experienced en route to our destination. Over the course of the 3.5 hour journey to the Cloud Forest, we saw an entire transition from dry and mountainous to green lush rain-forest. Thankfully we were able to get out and stretch our legs about 2.5 hours in to take a tour around a working coffee plantation and grab a bite of lunch! The plantation itself was smaller than expected but really cozy a hidden in the very hilly and lush area of Monteverde. With clouds hovering near over top, a constant drizzle in the air and a descending fog that would make it’s presence known on our return journey back home, stopping here really gave us the impression of stepping into another world. While I can’t be sure, judging from the decor found inside the sampling room that displayed the final product (as seen below) I believe the plantation was part of the Coopeldos R.L, a cooperative  company formed by small and médium coffee producers of the high area of Tilaran, Abangares and Monteverde.

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Living the Pura Vida! 7 days all-inclusive at the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica (Guanacaste)

Living the Pura Vida! 7 days all-inclusive at the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica (Guanacaste)

Have you ever seen the movie Six Days Seven Nights, starring Anne Heche and Harrison Ford? If you haven’t, where have you been? Seriously! The movie is a fabulous depiction of a pilot and his passenger who get stranded together en route from one island to the next and will have you rolling over in laughter. My point? Well, the movie might have been filmed in Hawaii but when it comes to getting stuck on an island – or in this case a mainland – my vote goes to Costa Rica.

We flew in on boxing day after the Christmas rush, a first for my family but the beginning of what will surely become an annual tradition. Out of Pearson International, we arrived, about six hours later in Liberia, Costa Rica. We flew with Sunwing Vacations – affordable with obvious downfalls like no personal entertainment system and a rather limited selection of food and drink, but hey, the price was right and we got a glass of champagne soon after take-off. Sold! After we pulled in to what was a surprisingly large airport, we made headway to the bus that would drive us the additional 30 minutes to Guanacaste and the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica. We arrived at sunset to this view of the resort… need I say more?

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