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Off Site Experiences

Discover the Top Experiences Outside Our Lodge

When it comes to experiencing the stunning beauty and exhilarating activities in the Costa Rica cloud forest, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is one of the best-located luxury hotels for adventure seekers. Moments from the hotel, you’ll find the best of Costa Rica, from beautiful waterfall hikes to cultural excursions, coffee or chocolate plantation tours, volcano hot springs and more.

When planning your Costa Rica adventure, our attentive Eco-Concierge is available to make recommendations and assist with arrangements.

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LAS GEMELAS WATERFALL HIKE

(10 MINUTES AWAY)
A fun hiking session to reach a pair of Costa Rica's stunning blue waterfalls. Hued reflections are caused by the water's volcanic mineral content, creating a sight to behold and photograph! 

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CULTURAL EXPEDITION: BAJOS DEL TORO

(5 MINUTES AWAY)
Embrace the living culture of Bajos del Toro, highlighting unique elements of Costa Rica's rural communities. Explore Don Martín's private orchid garden or learn to palm fresh tortillas at Doña Olga's home.  

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DEL TORO WATERFALL HIKE

(15 MINUTES AWAY)
A challenging hike down to the base of a roaring 400-foot waterfall that sinks into an extinct volcanic crater. One of Costa Rica’s most impressive sights! The magnificent scenery will render you breathless.

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ESPÍRITU SANTO COFFEE HACIENDA

Visit an active coffee farm to learn everything about one of the planet’s most sought-after beverages. From planting to brewing, coffee production is explained in a fun interactive session, peppered with insights about Costa Rica’s historical ties to this marvelous crop and the special attributes that grow the world’s best coffee

LA TIRIMBINA: RAW CHOCOLATE EXPEDITION

(60 MINUTES AWAY)
A former cocoa bean plantation embedded in the Sarapiquí River basin lets visitors experience a hands-on chocolate making session. From cracking open the raw cocoa fruit, to hand grinding and adding your favorite complementary flavors for the perfect organic chocolate experience, a delicious adventure awaits.

Sarchi Oxcart wheel

SARCHÍ: THE OXCART PATH

(60 MINUTES AWAY)
The colorful town of Sarchí is home to Costa Rica’s traditional oxcart, recognized by UNESCO as an example of world cultural heritage. Local craftsmen carry on the legacy, transferring the beautiful patterns to authentic utilitarian art pieces. Perfect for finding the ideal gift or trip memento.

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RIVERSIDE LUNCH

Enjoy lunch on a private deck overlooking the Gorrion River, with gorgeous views complementing our signature fresh and organic dishes. The perfect way for couples or families to enjoy El Silencio’s magical setting and signature cuisine, this is one of our guests’ favorite onsite activities.

ARENAL VOLCANO HOTSPRINGS

(2 HOURS AWAY)
Set in Costa Rica’s lush northern plains, Arenal is one of Costa Rica’s iconic landmarks. A magnificent example of a conical volcano it is known for its wild vegetation and a maze of soaking hot springs. Perfect for therapeutic relaxation.

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POZO AZUL RAINFOREST ADVENTURES

(2 HOURS AWAY)
A complete eco-park for adrenaline enthusiasts! From white-water rafting down the Sarapiquí River to intense mountain biking. Choose your favorite or favorites for the ultimate Costa Rica adventure experience.