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10 Reasons why Costa Rica Holiday Homestay is right for you

Dona Leyla's pioneer home is a local treasure

Dona Leyla’s pioneer home is a local treasure


Here’s 10 reasons why Costa Rica Holiday Homestay can promise you a vacation to cherish:
1. You want to learn Spanish – no way better than to live with a family!
2. You want to explore Costa Rican cloud forest – in San Gerardo it’s all around you – wake up and see it all!
3. You have children and you want them to meet children from another country and learn another language – welcome to our family homestays!
4. You want to climb Mt. Chirripo – we can help you with your planning and provide you the best base for your climb and security.
5. You want something different – experience the real Costa Rica by living in a traditional village with a campesino family instead of a hotel.
Cosy in the kitchen at Dona Leyla's

Cosy in the kitchen at Dona Leyla’s


6. Get back to basics – a vacation to rediscover cultural values – the family, living close to the land and…living with less.
7. Pick your own dinner! Our meals are composed of produce grown in our backyards: vegetables, fruits, poultry and local trout. Our Sunday farmer’s market even offers local cheeses and chocolate!
8. Support and more in making your plans for your Costa Rica vacation! We take time to answer all your questions and help you plan the best experience ever.
9. Local transport provided to all your activities and on arrival and departure.
10. Your stay supports a local family and keeps traditional villages like San Gerardo alive.

We promise you a warm and genuine welcome – Bienvenidu a San Gerardo de Rivas!

Fresh, local food always available

Fresh, local food always available

Chirripo National Park Celebration and Race

Carrera Chirripo

August 24/25 will see the annual celebration of the founding of Parque Nacional Chirripó and a weekend full of fun events. The event is organized between MINAE – Oficina de Parques San Gerardo de Rivas, the Guides and Porters Association – Los Arrieros, and the Asociacion de Dessarollo de San Gerardo de Rivas (village council) Make sure you come by to enjoy:

Saturday August 24

  • Football tournament
  • Delicious food available all day in the Salon
  • Dance in the evening

Sunday August 25

  • Marathon covering Los Angeles, the National Park limits and Cloudbridge Reserve.
  • Bingo – 4 pm in the salon
  • Expo of local handcrafts
  • Children’s events related to the Park

Proyecto San Gerardo at Café Bambú will also be featuring:

Saturday August 24

  • 10 am – Cachivache (second hand sale)
  • The Café will open with our new super cook Angie Chavez

Sunday August 25

  • 8:30 am – our regular Feria La Union (Farmer’s Market – get all your fresh food in one place and grown locally)
  • Super breakfasts and morning pastries in Café Bambú.

See you there!

For more information (in Spanish) about Parque Nacional Chirripo and the Anniversary event see Parque Nacional Chirripo

NEW! Costa Rica Cooking Classes in San Gerardo de Rivas

 

Yummy corn tortillas

 

So you’ve come to love your ‘gallo pinto’ in the morning – literally ‘painted rooster’! That delicious mixture of rice, beans and flavorings goes down a treat with fresh eggs and coffee first thing.

How about tortillas? Enjoyed with ‘natilla’ (sour cream) or cheese, tortillas with fresh coffee are traditional afternoon snacks in Costa Rica.

So when you have to go home wouldn’t it be handy to know how to make your favourite Costa Rican dishes? We thought of that too, so starting the first week in January we’re offering cooking classes twice a week in San Gerardo de Rivas:

What?

LESSON 1: A full lunch (almuerzo)
Learn how to make gallo pinto, tortillas and ‘agua de sapo’ (fresh ginger lemonade)
Served for lunch with eggs and fried plantain
Cost $20

LESSON 2: Tortillas
Learn how to hand make delicious corn tortillas! It takes some practice!
Served with natilla (sour cream) and locally produced blackberry jam
Cost $10

When?

Every Monday and Wednesday in January, February and March
Lesson 1: 11 am
Lesson 2: 2pm

Reservations?
Call 2742-5356 or 8793-7783
    or 2742-5102
Or email: costaricaholidayhomestays@gmail.com

Teachers: Dona Leyla, Dona Xinia & Dona Shirley – all Costa Rica Holiday Homestay hosts.

Gallo pinto with all the trimmings

 

 

Neighbours from Térraba visit to learn about Costa Rica Holiday Homestay program

Last Monday Costa Rica Holiday Homestay hosted a visit from the indigenous community of Térraba to San Gerardo de Rivas. The senoras from the village nearby to Buenos Aires about two hours’ drive south-west of San Gerardo, are members of the Boruca tribe who live in various settlements in the Talamanca mountain range. They have a long history of art and culture as well as a distinctive language; see: http://www.boruca.org for more information about the Boruca.
Getting together was a chance for us to get to know each other better, and to share Costa Rica Holiday Homestay’s development as a local social enterprise benefitting women in the region. Getting together for a delicious lunch featuring torta de oja de remolacha, picadillo de aracache and fresh local salads and fruit, we shared our experiences with visitors from faraway places and the wonder of learning about new cultures as well as respresenting Costa Rica.
As a social enterprise Costa Rica Holiday Homestay is committed to helping women in various communities explore ways to support themselves while building awareness of cultures, beliefs and language. In the near future we hope to offer tours of one or more days to the Boruca village in Térraba to our guests. Contact us for more information about opportunities to learn more about indigenous peoples in Costa Rica.

PLUS! If you are planning to visit San Gerardo de Rivas during January – March we will be offering traditional cooking lessonsat Café Bambú, Proyecto San Gerardo’s community centre in the village. Learn how to make tortillas, gallo pinto or (wáter of the toad!) from delicious and all-local ingredients. More info here next month about times and rates!

Sharing homestay tips!

Gathering at Cafe Bambu

Gathering at Cafe Bambu

Last Monday Costa Rica Holiday Homestay hosted a visit from the indigenous community of Térraba to San Gerardo de Rivas. The senoras from the village nearby to Buenos Aires about two hours’ drive south-west of San Gerardo, are members of the Boruca tribe who live in various settlements in the Talamanca mountain range. They have a long history of art and culture as well as a distinctive language; see: http://www.boruca.org for more information about the Boruca.

Getting together was a chance for us to get to know each other better, and to share Costa Rica Holiday Homestay’s development as a local social enterprise benefitting women in the region. Getting together for a delicious lunch featuring torta de oja de remolacha, picadillo de aracache and fresh local salads and fruit, we shared our experiences with visitors from faraway places and the wonder of learning about new cultures as well as respresenting Costa Rica.

As a social enterprise Costa Rica Holiday Homestay is committed to helping women in various communities explore ways to support themselves while building awareness of cultures, beliefs and language. In the near future we hope to offer tours of one or more days to the Boruca village in Térraba to our guests. Contact us for more information about opportunities to learn more about indigenous peoples in Costa Rica.

PLUS! If you are planning to visit San Gerardo de Rivas during January – March we will be offering traditional cooking lessons at Café Bambú, Proyecto San Gerardo’s community centre in the village. Learn how to make tortillas, gallo pinto or agua de sapo (wáter of the toad!) from delicious and all-local ingredients. More info here next month about times and rates!

SAN GERARDO, COSTA RICA-VACACIONES.

Costa Rica Holiday Homestay le da mas coordial bienvenida a nuestro sitio oficial, donde encontrara la informacion mas actualizada y novedosa de nuestros servicios.

Esta es la epoca del año mas esperada, el verano. Nos despierta grandes emociones, deseos de salir, conocer y explorar nuevos rumbos (pasear).

Es por eso que le invitamos a aventurarse con nosotros, con los tours y paquetes diseñados para disfrutar de una agradable e inovildable vacacion.

TOURS DE UN DIA.

TOURS DE UN DIA.

February is a fantastic month for a Costa Rica holiday!

Costa Rica Outdoors!

Welcome to our website and Holiday Homestays in Costa Rica! We are here to provide a very personalized and authentic Costa Rica experience to travellers who want to go beyond the usual holiday. Practice your Spanish? Experience the REAL Costa Rica? Pick your own coffee? We can provide you with all these experiences as well as helping with Chirripo reservations for those wanting to hike the 2nd tallest mountain in Central America – and see both oceans from the top!

February is a very special month to visit San Gerardo de Rivas because  it’s sun, sun sun every day! And because the village holds its annual fiesta on February 24 – 26 along with the Carrera Chirripo – a madcap race 17km UP the mountain! (Great to watch from a deckchair with an ice cold beer!) Enjoy a festive atmosphere with typical food, garden pub, children’s activities, dance, exhibition of local folkart, and of course the finals of the local football tournament.

Book your homestay soon! San Gerardo will be in high demand for February. And send us all your questions – planning holidays is our specialty and we have helped many visitors with questions about where to go and what to see. Try us!

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