Educational Tours offers the opportunity to dive into the world of organic farming and sustainability and live with a Costa Rican family learn from their culture customs animal care and various local educational tour, while enjoying the biodiversity of Costa Rica and the beautiful waterfalls La Cangreja national park.
Excursions are usually 7 days long and include various activities that contribute to a comprehensive introduction to sustainable building, organic farming, indigenous practices and culture of Costa Rica and the National Park.
Here is an example of the tour we usually do:
a) 1 night accommodation with a local family in the village (homestay) and the other nights in our family own organic farm
b) Visit to La iguana chocolate, a neighbour making its own cacao bars, where you can have a tour to see the process making
c) Visit to the Indian Reserve Zapatón: cultural history, medicinal plants and local art
d) Discussion on sustainable development and practices with local specialists
e) The cultural activity of the Community (Football games with local and volunteers)
f) Visit to Rancho Mastatal sustainable buildings
g) Participation in villasmastatal organic farm (composting, planting, harvesting, etc.)
h) Ecological walks and excursions to waterfalls, surrounding hills and the La Cangreja National Park
j) Exchange with school projects for school improvement
We receive groups of students from different US Universities each year, as well as groups of local universities in San Jose and hiking groups.
Below is a list of universities that have visited Villas Mastatal as part of its program: