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Stories from Hacienda AltaGracia

Eat Sweet Secret

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Good foundations are the premise of every Costa Rican meal. Our ecology in the Pérez Zeledón region is perfect for sourcing rice, beans, and tortillas and growing sugarcane and coffee, but most people don't know we're experts at transforming the savory empanada into a sweet treat. With corn from Hacienda AltaGracia's farm as the base, we make viscachas - sweet empanadas made with sugar instead of salt. It tastes delicious with picadillo made from chayote squash, a pear-shaped green fruit packed with fiber, antioxidants, and even weight loss properties.

Yendry Aguero Manager, Hacienda AltaGracia Tours
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Do Saddle Up, Wine Down

people horseback riding

I've been traveling to Costa Rica for almost 30 years, and I've been to plenty of the country's resorts. In all that time, I've never seen a place where both kids and adults can have equally incredible experiences than at Hacienda Alta Gracia. For kids, the stables are the best in Central America. Well-trained and easy for kids to ride and enjoy, my granddaughters fed and brushed the horses following their ride. Plus, a huge bonus - there are almost always baby horses on the property, which are always a hit! Back at the resort, the kids played at Kata Grande, conveniently located near a bar where parents can enjoy!

Leigh Ann Cloutier Namu Travel Group
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Do Costa Rica Smells Like...

hikers on bridge

I don't just plan trips, I change lives. When a couple comes to me in need of a romantic getaway, it's especially exciting to plan a travel experience that is not only out-of-the-box and inspiring but that also stops time. An insider tip I love to give my clients is the special opportunity to make their own scrubs at Hacienda AltaGracia's spa. The team of massage therapists assist you in mixing your bathtub blend with lush tropical oils, bottling the scent of Costa Rica for you to take home.

Leigh Ann Cloutier Namu Travel Group
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Do Bird-Friendly Brew

“Am I really here? Can you pinch me?” said my husband almost every morning during our coffee-sourcing trip to Hacienda AltaGracia. We came to select the perfect beans for our shop in Vancouver, as Costa Rica is considered one of the best coffee growing regions in the world - it's the only country where it's illegal to produce any type of coffee other than 100 percent Arabica beans. Though we tried the renowned Tarrazú Geisha coffee before - the most expensive coffee ever sold by Starbucks - we came for the bird-friendly beans found in the Perez Zeledon mountains, an area where mountainous terrain and warm temperatures collide to form the ideal conditions for Arabica beans to flourish.

Coffee Aficionado 2018
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