RATE PER PERSON: $145 EACH

Minimun 4 persons / 2 persons the price is negotiable.

3/4 Of Day Tour

Highlights

Professional Bilingual Naturalist Tour Guide

Round Trip Transportation with Pick up/Drop off from Hotel

Description

Starts with 2 hour boat safari on the Tempisque River bordering Palo Verde National Park viewing a vast array of wildlife such as iguanas, crocodiles, monkeys, and many species of birds. After a plentiful Costa Rican style meal, we will visit the Guaitil Pottery village that is famous throughout Costa Rica and the rest of Central America for its pre-Columbian Chorotega style.

Discover the Charm of Chorotega-Style Pottery

You may recognize the unique style of Chorotega pottery, which has been practiced by the villagers of Guaitil for centuries using ancient practices passed down from generation to generation. The pottery makes use of bold earthen colors taken from the local clay the pottery is made from, and stylized with unique, ornate designs particular to the native indigenous Chorotegas.

Chorotega-style pottery is made with painstaking care using dried clay that is then pounded with a massive wooden mortar and pestle to create powder, which is then mixed with a fine freshwater sand called “iguana sand” due to iguanas’ tendency to lay their eggs in it. Once potters have created this mixture, they blend it with water and knead it into a malleable, soft, yielding clay that can be shaped with tools or on a pottery wheel. One such tool is a suika stone, used to give the pottery its shine. Upon drying, the pottery is then fired using a natural wood oven as a kiln.

Many secrets of their pottery style are closely guarded, and the beautiful pieces hand-produced and painted by the villagers have become one of the largest attractions drawing tourists and creating a self-sustaining economy supporting the village. Many potters sell hand-made pots, pitchers, vases, and jars.


Inclusions

Guided Volcano Hiking and Waterfalls day tour

Admission fees and taxes

Lunch, beverages, and bottled water

Roundtrip transportation to and from Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Designated Areas

Live commentary provided in English or Spanish


Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)

Know Before You Book

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place
  • You must have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to walk in unpaved or uneven terrain. A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • If you have back, neck, joint, or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether to participate
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible
  • Roundtrip transportation.
  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel or house 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time