Edible Landscaping in Costa Rica

Foraging in the Tropical Wilds

A new epicurean adventure has guests embarking with Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge’s head chef and eco guides, foraging for exotic edibles from the tropical jungle and lodge gardens. With this trip you will roll up your sleeves and play assistant chef for a meal, working in the wilds, as well as the kitchen, selecting and preparing the food and garnishes for the evening’s savory meal.

The Foraging in the Tropical Wilds package includes:

  • 4 night’s accommodations and all meals.
  • Preparation of one guest meal with the chef.
  • Garden tour & foraging excursion
  • Rainforest hike & termite foraging.
  • Trip to Casa Orquidias Botanical Garden
  • Visit to Farmers Market in Golfito.

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Package Full Description:

Playa Nicuesa takes pride in its menu which is designed around the philosophy of using only the freshest fruits, vegetables and fish/meats available locally.

In this way, Nicuesa’s menu highlights a combination of authentic local cuisine and a variety of Latin American dishes, while at the same time achieving two of the Lodge’s environmental goals of:

  • reducing food miles (impact on the environment related to transport of food products from afar)
  • supporting the local economy by purchasing organic produce from local vendors and farmers’ markets.

To supplement what Nicuesa purchases in local produce markets, guest will help identify and select fresh herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables from Nicuesa’s very own gardens. Edible landscaping involves the planting and harvesting of vegetables, herbs and fruits to provide fresh produce for the table. Culinary enthusiasts explore the on-site gardens, harvesting a delicious bounty of chili pepper, lemon grass, red zinger/hibiscus, garlic vine, wild culantro and several varieties of ginger. An abundance of fruits are also collected such as momochino/lichee, carambola/star-fruit, papaya, coconut, guava, water apple and a full range of citrus. Guests will then work with Nicuesa’s chef to use these ingredients to help create a delectable tropical dish.

One of the dishes that a guest may help create is coconut-ginger fish, accompanied by garlic infused yucca and sautéed chayote (green summer squash). A tropical fruit chutney serves as an excellent complement for the fish! Those even more adventurous may want to help catch the “fish of the day” with Nicuesa’s local fishermen for use as sushi or sashimi appetizer or for the main course.

Also included in this edible adventure is a short boat or kayak excursion to Casa Orquidias, a beautiful botanical garden. Here guests will learn about indigenous fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and even medicinal plants while touring the grounds of this private tropical botanic garden. There are more than 150 types of edible tropical fruits found in Costa Rica alone.

Perhaps a highlight of the new program is, well, munching on yummy termites. Yes, the health and nutritional benefits of eating lip-smacking termites are part of the culinary line up. Did you know the ancient insects taste like sweet carrots, are high in protein and act as an appetite suppressant?

While not foraging, cooking or eating the healthy daily creations, guests may take part in a variety of eco-adventures ranging from waterfall hikes, kayaking and dolphin watching excursions.

Our Edible Landscaping Package Includes:

  • 4 Nights at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Cabin or Mango Guest House. All rooms and cabins have private terrace, canopied bed, private hot water open-air garden shower and ceiling fan.
  • 3 Delicious Meals Daily; Snacks and Natural Juices. Prepared fruit, carbonated and alcoholic drinks are not included.
  • Unlimited Self Guided Tours on Lodge Preserve Trails.
  • Unlimited Use of Kayaks, Snorkeling and Fishing equipment.
  • Boat Pickup and Drop off from Town of Arrival/Departure (Golfito / Puerto Jiménez).

Prices are per person and taxes are included. Rates are in US Dollars.
Child Rate is valid for children 6-12 years of age when sharing room with adults.

High Season

High Season

November 16th- December 21st, 2014 and January 2nd- April 30th, 2015

Mango Guest House One Bedroom Cabin Two Bedroom Cabin
& Cabin Suite
Jaguar House
4 Nights
4 Nights
4 Nights
4 Nights
Double
$1145 $1245 $1745 $2085
Triple
$1065 $1165 $1245 $1505
Quadruple
N/A N/A $1165 $1245
Child
$745 $745 $745 $745

Prices are Per Person based on Double Occupancy.
Please inquire about additional accommodation options.
2 Person Minimum for All Packages.
Children (6-12 years) receive a 25% discount on package rates.

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Holiday Season

Holiday Season

December 22nd, 2014 – January 1st, 2015

Mango Guest House One Bedroom Cabin Two Bedroom Cabin
& Cabin Suite
Jaguar House
4 Nights
4 Nights
4 Nights
4 Nights
Double
$1225 $1385 $1945 $2325
Triple
$1185 $1285 $1385 $1665
Quadruple
N/A N/A $1285 $1385
Child
$785 $785 $785 $785

Prices are Per Person based on Double Occupancy.
Please inquire about additional accommodation options.
2 Person Minimum for All Packages.
Children (6-12 years) receive a 25% discount on package rates.

Make a Reservation Inquiry

Green Season

Green Season
May 1st, 2014 – Sept. 30th, 2014
Mango Guest House One Bedroom Cabin Two Bedroom Cabin
& Cabin Suite
Jaguar House
4 Nights
4 Nights
4 Nights
4 Nights
Double
$985
$1085
$1505
$1765
Triple
$905
$1005
$1085
$1305
Quadruple
N/A
N/A
$1005
$1085
Child
$740
$815
$815
$815

Prices are Per Person based on Double Occupancy.
Please inquire about additional accomodation options.
2 Person Minimum for All Packages.
Children (6-12 years) get a 25% discount
Teenagers (13-17 years) get a 10% discount

Make a Reservation Inquiry

 

Lodge is closed October 1st – November 15th Annually.