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Bamboo Farming and Tortilla Making with Alexis and Xania

Food & Culinary Argendora
$20
Xania is famous. She makes probably the world's greatest tortillas "palmeadas", or tortilla completely made and shaped by hand. Then they are cooked on an "fogon de leña" or a wooden stove. You will go through the whole process with her of making traditional Guanacasteco tortillas. After you will take a light walk with her husband Alexis and see his farm of plantains, yucca, sugar cane, and more. Alexis is in the process of growing an exotic bamboo farm where he hopes to someday be able to make great art and even possibly construct some cabinas for visitors. You can also add on an additional tour of the river and trails that the community has to offer.
Xania and Alexis have three children who have all moved to nearby neighborhoods. Their hope is when tourism begins to develop a bit more in Argendora that they will build rustic ranch style cabins and that their daughters will return to help with the family business.
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Bamboo Farming and Tortilla Making with Alexis and Xania

Food & Culinary Argendora
$20
Xania is famous. She makes probably the world's greatest tortillas "palmeadas", or tortilla completely made and shaped by hand. Then they are cooked on an "fogon de leña" or a wooden stove. You will go through the whole process with her of making traditional Guanacasteco tortillas. After you will take a light walk with her husband Alexis and see his farm of plantains, yucca, sugar cane, and more. Alexis is in the process of growing an exotic bamboo farm where he hopes to someday be able to make great art and even possibly construct some cabinas for visitors. You can also add on an additional tour of the river and trails that the community has to offer.
Xania and Alexis have three children who have all moved to nearby neighborhoods. Their hope is when tourism begins to develop a bit more in Argendora that they will build rustic ranch style cabins and that their daughters will return to help with the family business.
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Pigs and Pancakes with Elias and Ana Cecilia

Food & Culinary Argendora
$20
While they are not really pancakes like you may be used to, these traditional corn "choriadas" are made from fresh ground corn. Ana Cecilia and her husband Elias will give you a tour of their farm that includes fruits and vegetables of the area, African Palms, and sugar cane all of which help to feed the gigantic pigs they have! The pig farm is where they gain the majority of their income by breeding and selling baby pigs, but seeing the adult pigs is the true spectacle! After the farm tour you will pick fresh corn, shuck and peel it, and then manually grind it in a traditional hand held machine used here in Guanacaste. After the grinding process she will teach you how to make a "choriada", a mix between a thick corn totrtilla and a sweet pancake.
The community of Argendora is just starting to welcome small tours of adventurous travelers to the area. The majority of the community members here make a living off of farming and small handicrafts, but all are looking forward to what tourism will bring for their future.
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Traditional Cooking and Oxcart Farming with Cristina

Food & Culinary Argendora
$28
This will be quite a treat! Depending on the day Cristina will teach you to make some of Guanacaste's most traditional dishes. This could include anything from sopa de gallina (traditional chicken soup), sopa de al bondiga (corn and meatball soup), tamales, arroz de maiz (corn rice), a traditional casado (plate dish), picadillo de chayote (chopped squash), cuajada (milk curd/cheese), tortillas or more! You will go through the process of learning some of her favorite dishes and cooking them on a wooden stove or the traditional wooden oven. After a delicious meal and lesson Cristina will demonstrate the traditional Oxcart farming technique, famous in Costa Rica. She will also take you around the remainder of her farm of chickens, seasonal vegetables, and even her tilapia!

If you have any dietary restrictions please share when you book the tour, and since her English is extremely limited it is recommended to bring the Spanish words of any allergies or dislikes written down on paper to share.
Maria Cristina is a busy woman! Her house seems to be constantly filled with the cutest kids of Argendora. With eight of her own children living throughout Costa Rica, and six grandchildren in Argendora Maria Cristina shared that her dream for the future was simply to sleep more. All jokes aside, her and her husband do have dreams for a larger and more productive farm in the future. She is extremely passionate about maintaining the traditions of local Guanacasteco dishes, and her grandchildren are more than excited to practice their English with you!
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Bamboo Farming and Tortilla Making with Alexis and Xania

Food & Culinary Argendora
$20
Xania is famous. She makes probably the world's greatest tortillas "palmeadas", or tortilla completely made and shaped by hand. Then they are cooked on an "fogon de leña" or a wooden stove. You will go through the whole process with her of making traditional Guanacasteco tortillas. After you will take a light walk with her husband Alexis and see his farm of plantains, yucca, sugar cane, and more. Alexis is in the process of growing an exotic bamboo farm where he hopes to someday be able to make great art and even possibly construct some cabinas for visitors. You can also add on an additional tour of the river and trails that the community has to offer.
Xania and Alexis have three children who have all moved to nearby neighborhoods. Their hope is when tourism begins to develop a bit more in Argendora that they will build rustic ranch style cabins and that their daughters will return to help with the family business.

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Majagua Weaving with Rudi and Enrique

Arts Argendora
$20
While it is not the traditional weaving you may have in mind, Rudi and Enrique make exquisite baskets and bags by a traditional form of knotting. You will first take a small tour of their medicinal plant garden and learn about the Majagua tree. You will then see the process of extracting the fibers from the tree and learn how to make your own rope/twine. From there Enrique and Rudi will demonstrate the knotting process for bags and the basket weaving technique for other forms. You will leave with your very own piece of twine made from the process you have learned! You will also have the opportunity to shop the many other products they make such as carved bowls made from jicara, a local gourd like fruit, or their original water bottle holder bags. A light refreshment of tea or juice made from the plants in their medicinal garden will also be provided.
The community of Argendora is just starting to welcome small tours of adventurous travelers to the area. The majority of the community members here make a living off of farming and small handicrafts, but all are looking forward to what tourism will bring for their future. Rudi and Enrique travel throughout the country working at and showcasing in local art shows.
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Artisanal Painting with Mari

Arts Bijagua
$30
Mari welcomes you into her arty wooden home, built on the side of the river in the beautiful valley of Bijagua. Spend a couple hours with her where she will guide you in painting local birds. Take a glimpse into the rainforest from her window where you are likely to catch a glimpse of a mot mot, toucan de watson, red foot, quetzal, or rainbow toucan. Mari will explain how to prepare the wood, where it comes from and then show you how to draw and paint the birds. Sit in her cozy home and explore the biodiversity of Costa Rica's amazing birds through your paintbrush.
Painting is Mari's primary source of income. She is helping to support a household of 4 along with her husband who works in agriculture. Mari has been officially painting as a business for three years, selling at many local and national fairs. She is often invited to participate in various markets across the country. Painting birds is Mari's passion and she would do it day and night if she could. As part of her studies, she spent hours walking through the mountains watching birds in silence. This is how she fell in love with the mountains, forests, landscapes and birds. As a child, Mari remembers that her Grandma used to put bananas in the trees to feed all the animals that came around so she has always been surrounded with admiration for wildlife.

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Artisanal Fishing with Gerardo

Water Tours Puerto Soley
$70
Gerardo is an artisanal fisherman. With over 45 years of experience, he spends his days in the Bahia Salinas in the top northwestern corner of Costa Rica. Artisanal fishing is defined as small-scale, low-technology fishing practices that are generally undertaken by costal or island families. Gerardo starts his morning at 5am by pulling in the nets from the previous night. He then goes back to shore, cleans his catch, and then heads back out for his line fishing. Generally a single line wrapped around a small board, his style of fishing is very simple. He starts by baiting a weighted hook and simply drops the line from the edge of his boat. If his location and time are just right, it can be a very exciting process of pulling in one fish after another!

Gerardo will take you into Bahia Salinas in his small motor boat. From Puerto Soley, you can see Isla Bolaños, a beautiful bird sanctuary and excellent fishing spot. From there you will circle the island learning his fishing techniques and can spot the frigate birds (or fregatas) and pelicans above. Depending on the time of year, Bahia Salinas is a great place to see whales, dolphins, or the occasional kite surfer. The minimum number of people is set at 3 to cover fuel, bait, and labor costs. If you're group is smaller you can still book but need to reserve 3 spaces to cover operations.
Gerardo has six sons, five fishermen and one is a successful businessman. He says that fishing is a family tradition. He notes that he thinks his sons are truly happy to carry on the family tradition because they are all fat and happy, a local sign of a good life.