Doka coffee plantation on the slopes of Poas Volcano

coffee beansAgenda Preliminary and subject to change

Note: Breakfast will be served daily and an allowance toward meals at leisure will be provided

Wednesday, October 3

Arrivals & Registration
Tico Welcome Party

Thursday, October 4

Doka Coffee Plantation (1)
Travel to Pacific Coast
Free night with Dinner at Leisure with Shuttle Provided to Jacó (2)

Friday, October 5

Choice of Activity
Dinner at Zephyr Palace (3)

Saturday, October 6

Networking Sessions
Shopping Shuttle to Jacó (2)
Rainforest Awards Gala

Sunday, October 7

Departures

  1. Situated on the slopes of the active Poas Volcano, Doka has been a family-owned estate since 1929. Today, its coffee beans are ranked among the best in the world. The drive to the plantation is spectacular and provides breathtaking vistas of the mountain-rimmed valley below. Once there, a guided tour will explain coffee production from harvest to worldwide shipment. Later, freshly made brews and lunch will be served on a verandah overlooking the plantation. Time will be provided for shopping and exploring the estate's butterfly farm before descending nearly 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) through coffee-wrapped slopes to the rainforests of the Central Pacific Coast.
  2. Jacó is located about 10 minutes south of Los Sueños. It is a never-ever-sleepy little beach town located on a yawning stretch of Pacific at the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya. The surfing town is full of open-air restaurants that specialize in seafood and local cuisine, small seaside hotels, and lots of shops selling locally made products. We'll provide transportation to Jacó twice, first on Thursday evening for dinner and then again on Saturday afternoon for shopping.
  3. Perched 1,150 feet (350 meters) above the Pacific, atop a jungle-pinnacle, is Zephyr Palace; the masterful creation of its French architect-owner. This tiny but sumptuous villa is surrounded on all sides by nature. Stunning views of the Pacific and the Gulf of Nicoya dazzle even the most jaded traveler and provide backdrop to ornate architecture. The palace's beautiful terrace and ballroom will be the site of Friday's dinner.