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Casona Rio Fortuna

Casona Río Fortuna, a renowned Costa Rican historical an elegant, turn-of-the-century country home of former Costa Rican ex president Rafael Yglesias Castro, considered one of the most-charming and authentic cultural site near the Arenal Volcano´s sites in Costa Rica. A century ago, they rised mules and oxen that were the main transportation to carry coffee to Puntarenas Port.

The former Costa Rican ex president Rafael Yglesias Castro was born to Demetrio Yglesias Llorente and Eudoxia Castro Fernandez, whose father was also president, the "Founder of the Republic" José María Castro who served two terms, 1847–1849 and 1866–1868. Yglesias traveled to the United States and to Europe to further his education. He also studied law at the university of Santo Tomas, but was unable to complete his studies due to his parents' economic difficulties at the time. He went into business, but did not meet with much success in that arena. He married Manuela Petronila de la Trinidad Rodríguez Alvarado, daughter of president José Joaquín Rodríguez Zeledón (1890-1894). She was a private woman, and did not share his enthusiasm for the political arena. They had a happy domestic partnership, and produced eleven children; Miguel, Eduardo, Luisa, Eudoxia, Bernardo Rafael, Margarita, Maria de los Angeles, Manuel, Jose Maria and Rafael.

In 1894, at the age of 33, Yglesias was elected president by a majority of 23,000, and his election was marked with by largest voter turnout to date. Upon his election, he made official visits to Paris and London. He had an audience with Queen Victoria, for whom he had great respect. Duly impressed by the technological advancements he saw in Europe, he decided to return to Costa Rica and usher his country into the 20th century. Yglesias’s substantial progress was due mostly to his indefatigable energy and determination, and to the world’s enthusiasm as it stood on the brink of a new century. Yglesias’s presidency can be characterized as the bridge between the old world and the new. His accomplishments were evident in every area; finance, health, education, politics, industry and the arts. He completed the construction of a national theater (Teatro Nacional), and was present at its inauguration, the opera "Faust", presented by a French company under the auspices of Frederic Aubrey. He established the colon as the unit of currency, and put Costa Rica on the gold standard. He completed the Atlantic to Pacific railway, and built up the coastal town of Puerto Limon. In addition, he set up a department of sanitation in the city. He oversaw the building of an electric tram, and brought municipal electricity to the city of Heredia. He established a house of correction for minors. He also instituted educational reforms, establishing a precedent for text books to be authored by Costa Rican citizens. A firm believer in public education, he founded a school for the arts (Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes) in 1897. Yglesias was ahead of his time in terms of the environment, and was the first president to send a scientific expedition to Isla del Coco. Hearing of its rich natural resources, Yglesias closed the penal colony that was there, and decreed the island a nature preserve. Ever conscious of health issues, Yglesias established a system of emergency health care in the provinces. In 1895, Congress approved a measure to create a board of medicine, surgery and pharmacy, composed of all the doctors, surgeons and pharmacists that had been nationally certified. In 1902, he established the pharmaceutical college (Instituto de Farmacia).
In 1981 he was awarded "Benemerito de la Patria" for his years of service.
Rafael Yglesias appears on Costa Rican paper money in the denomination of 5 colones.

Ten years ago, The Molina Herrera´s musician family & founders of Cultour Foundation are famous for their warm, Tico hospitality and charity. Cultour Foundation is an educational trust founded, as the Association for Cultural Exchange promoted understanding through education, music and art. The charity has been a pioneer of children and continuing education by your visit helping Local Rural Schools in a Scholarship Program that keep Rural kids studying and not working on the fields.

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Costa Rica

A Brief History
Costa Rica has become a household name in terms of tourist destinations within Latin America. Gracefully posing as the bridge between Mesoamerican and Andean cultures', as well as the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, this little country beckons the patronage of approximately 1.5 million tourists a year. There are many reasons why Costa Rica calls the attention of foreign travelers and investors while the rest of the region struggles for stability.

Beginning by establishing a national park system that makes up 25% of the entire country, Costa Rica is able to protect lush and exotic flora and fauna that make up 5% of the world's biodiversity (the country itself makes up only 1% of the worlds land mass). They have paved the way for and encourage the spread of ecotourism: a more people and planet friendly way to enjoy what the country has to offer. By nationally protecting the vast riches that the country naturally possesses and laying the foundation for tourism to flourish in a more natural, eco-friendly manner, Costa Rica exudes an openness and hospitality not easily found in other developing countries.

Other things catch one's eye when noticing the warmth of the country; one of those being the fact that Costa Rica was the first nation in the world to voluntarily abolish its army. Under the presidency of Jose Figueres Ferrer, the abolition of the national army was engraved into the constitution in 1949, allowing its funds to be redirected towards education and culture, and its official building revamped into the National Museum of Costa Rica. This act became hugely significant in the years to come by nearly abolishing its illiteracy rate (95% of its population is literate), and allowing the country to focus on humanitarian and environmental efforts, on both domestic and global levels, rather than the country's security.

In Latin America's colonial era, Costa Rica was the southern most province in what was known as Captaincy General of Guatemala. When independence from Spain was declared in 1821, Costa Rica was the last to know, thus any form of physical upheaval was unnecessary and their independence was gained without any human sacrifice. This, along with the fact that its population is largely monochromatic (94% European/Mestizo with only 3% African and 1.7% Indigenous), leaves little room for the scuffles that its Central American neighbors seem to be presented with. Nonetheless, massive immigration mostly from Nicaragua, Colombia and Taiwan, especially during the last decade, is significantly changing the ethnic panorama of the country into a more multicultural society.

Costa Rica is also a huge advocate for peace and humanitarianism holding a seat in the United Nations, the Organization of American States and the International Criminal Court. It's current President, Oscar Arias received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his work in the Esquipulas II Peace Agreement promoting democracy and peace in Central America.

The Threat of Globalization It is important to point out the negative effects of globalization that is now threatening Costa Rica's peace tradition and historical progress. In more recent decades, Costa Rica's "Pura Vida" (translated pure life) approach has become threatened due to many factors. The harmony of local communities is being transformed due to the ramifications of the tourist trade, the importation of technology, and the threats of privatization through trade agreements.

Its economic dependence on tourism has encouraged a rapid growth of large scale beach resorts and real estate development, especially on its west coast, thus generating conflict between local communities and developers over the use of water, (a resource that is becoming increasingly scarce in the region) as well as generating land disputes as a result of public land privatization.

Because of its educational level, Costa Rica has become a hotspot for technology and pharmaceutical development. Previously Costa Rica focused on its agricultural sector but has recently announced a 7 year plan for technological development giving tax credits to companies like Intel and Proctor & Gamble, which sees in the country's location the key factor for their choice: Costa Rica has direct ocean access to the rest of Latin America, the US, Western Europe, South-East Asia, and Russia.

The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) with the USA (at this point not ratified yet by the Congress due to public pressure) has become one of the issues of controversy and division among the population. Costa Ricans' especially treasure the state-run telecommunications and power companies, as well as their universal health insurance system, which could be negatively impacted by the action of transnational corporations favored by CAFTA.

Costa Rica maintains a positive global reputation due to its continued commitment to peace, human rights and the environment. Due to accords such as CAFTA, and other booms in private development, this reputation could be in jeopardy. A significant number of Costa Rican citizens are afraid that their successful development model based on social security and solidarity will become drastically transformed.

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Cultour and Casona Río Fortuna

Casona Río Fortuna is a traditional country estate located in the La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano area that aims to let visitors experience the genuine and peaceful way of country life in Costa Rica.
Located in the rural surroundings of the Arenal Volcano yet only 7 km from La Fortuna, Casona Río Fortuna is surrounded by green pastures, plantations, woodland, tropical gardens and the Fortuna River.
Let the folks at Rio Fortuna share with you the culture, traditions, and the way of life in the country on a unique journey combining the beauty of nature and encounters with the local population for an unforgettable learning experience.

Tour activities include:
• Typical lunch at Casona Río Fortuna, prepared on original wood stove and served the traditional way
• Introduction to Casona Río Fortuna and its rich history
• Stroll through the surrounding orchard, kitchen and flower gardens
• Preparation of Tico-style coffee and traditional corn tortillas
• Excursion on a comfortable, tractor-drawn trailer with rooftop across plantations of pineapple, papaya, plantain, and cassava
• Meeting the owner family of a local farm at their authentic country house
• Visit of the rural settlement of Sonafluca
• Presentation of local folk dances performed by students of a local middle school.
• The morning departures include lunch, whereas departures in the afternoon initiate with lunch. Both departures include the same activities, but the sequence varies.
• Departs: 8:30 a.m. and 12.30 from Casona Río Fortuna
• Returns: 12:30 m.d. or 4:30 p.m. to Casona Río Fortuna

Rates

For agencies rates, please contact us

Featured on the week

  • CulTour

    $ 73.00

    Visit to the Ancient Sugar Cane Mill, Walk through Medicinal Garden and Local Organic Plantations, Tractor Town Ride, School Folkloric Dances, Tortilla Class, Lunch or Dinner.

  • CulTour

    $ 98.00

    and Whole Cooking Class “ Casado Typical Dish”

  • GUAROTOUR DELUXE

    $ 90.00

    Liquor Making Demonstration, Sugar Cane Mill, Cocktail Party, Great BBQ Dinner & 2 hrs Live Group Tropical Music

  • Milling Sugar Cane Day

    $ 95.00

    w/ Live Music, Moonshine & BBQ Tortilla Class

  • Cooking Class + Sugar Cane Mill Visit

    $ 35.00

    Breakfast-Lunch or Dinner Time, included the meal

  • Cooking Class Only

    $ 26.00

    (Breakfast-Lunch or Dinner Time, included the meal)

  • Natural Beauty Garden Tour

  • Chocolate Tour

    $ 25.00

    ( w/ PINNEAPLE /Aloe Vera, Pepper and Papaya Organic Plantations)

  • MEALS

    $ 15.00

    Typical Lunch – only--

  • MEALS

    $ 21.00

    Typical Lunch with Sugar Cane Mill Visit -OR- Tortilla class

  • MEALS

    $ 19.00

    Typical Dinner Time –only--

  • MEALS

    $ 39.00

    Typical Dinner Time with Professional Folkloric Dances in Casona

  • MEALS

    $ 26.00

    Typical Dinner+ Tortilla Class OR Sugar Cane Mill Visit

  • MEALS

    $ 28.00

    BBQ DINNER

  • MEALS

    $ 38.00

    BBQ Dinner with Live Tropical Music

  • MEALS

    $ 44.00

    BBQ Dinner with folklore dances

  • TRANSPORTATION : No Comissionable

  • ZONA 1:

    $ 50.00 per group

    Fortuna Centro a Termales Baldí.

  • ZONA 2:

    $ 50.00 per group

    Termales Baldí a Tabacón.

  • ZONA 3:

    $ 50.00 per group

    Embalse Arenal / Hotel Tilajari.

Beauté Naturel Tour

Ce guide vous dévoilera les secrets et les recettes de beauté naturel que nos grands-mères utilisaient et que nous voulons toutes! A noter : Que c’est la persévérance des petites habitudes qui améliorera l’aspect de votre peau.

Exfoliation:
Couper un morceau de “tapa dulce” puis râpez le dans un bol de cuisine traditionnel. Une fois râpé, couper un citron en deux, pressez le, ajouter le au miel et mélanger. Une fois la pâte homogène, appliquer sur votre visage et votre coup. Rincer à l’eau tiède.

Les rides:
• Retirer le gel qui se trouve à l’intérieur des feuilles d’Aloe Vera et appliquer sur les rides.
• Laver et couper en morceaux une betterave cuite et mixer. Ajouter 2 cuillères à soupe de germe de blé et une de miel. Mixer jusqu’à obtenir une pate homogène. Appliquer sur les zones sèche ou tendance à rides comme : front, cou et en dessous des yeux. Laissez poser 20min et rincez à l’eau tiède.

Taches brunes sur visage et mains:
Dans votre mixeur, mélanger : 1 tasse de riz blanc cru et une demi-tasse de lait entier pour obtenir une pâte Appliquer sur les taches, laisser pendant 20 min et rincer à l’eau tiède. Le traitement doit se faire sur une période d’un mois minimum, les résultats sont bluffant.

Yeux gonflés:
Pour dégonfler vos yeux, vous devez réduire votre consommation de sel et boire minimum 8 verres d’eau par jour. Massez-vous doucement avec votre index les contours de l’œil. Le faire minimum 5 fois pour chaque œil. Autre astuce : compresses de cresson et pomme de terre cru infusés sur les poches sous les yeux.

Fatigue et stress:
Base: le corps a besoin de minimum 7 heures de sommeil par jour en continu pour que le cerveau puisse délivrer un message à tous les organes du corps basic afin qu’ils se régénèrent

Circulation:
Soyez la meilleure amie des OMEGA 3 ! Tous les jours : 2 capsules après le petit déjeuner pour réduire le cholestérol, triglycéride et gras dans le sang. Eviter la consommation de sel.
Recette : 2 radis légèrement piquants, 3 carottes et un verre d’eau. Râper les radis, couper les carottes et mélanger le tout dans votre mixeur jusqu’à la disparition de grumeaux. Boire un verre 3 fois /semaine.

Cystites:
Peler et couper un concombre, passez le au mixeur avec le jus d’un citron frais. Boire 1 tasse de ce jus avec quelques gouttes de miel, 3 fois par jour.
Conseil : ne jamais se retenir d’aller aux toilettes peu importe si vous êtes pressé, votre corps vous le rendra.

Rhum:
Pour augmenter vos défenses et éliminer le gras abdominal, boire une tasse d’eau chaude avec un demi-citron tous les jours, à jeun.
Si vous êtes déjà malade, et afin de pouvoir bien respirer durant votre sommeil, mettre 10 feuilles d’origan en dessous de votre oreiller ou couper un oignon en deux et le mettre sur votre table de nuit.
Vous pouvez également vous faire un thé de camomille et mettre quelques gouttes de cette infusion dans chaque narine
Pour la toux : infuser jus de citron, gingembre frais et miel.

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