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Happenings On Site

Happenings On Site at El Silencio Lodge & Spa will let you sample Costa Rica’s authentic natural landscapes, adventures, and charming culture.  Find your favorite activities and experiences here!


Plant Your Tree (Complimentary)

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”– Kahlil Gibran.  Plant a living legacy in Costa Rica’s carbon-offsetting forests and help bring back beautiful Quetzal birds to the region. This complimentary ceremony is one of the highlights of the El Silencio Experience.

Happening on site. A girl planting a tree in Costa Rica.

Mystic Hike (Complimentary)

An inspired walk through the Hummingbird Garden and cloud forest trails.  A magical knot garden, hidden paths that embrace nature’s elements, and mesmerizing hummingbirds provide a relaxing hiking experience. A perfect chance to see El Silencio Lodge & Spa and the cloud forest from a different perspective.

Hummingbird in flight at a hummingbird garden in Costa Rica

Waterfall Magic

Explore a waterfall wonderland.  The best way to enjoy our private trails!  Your Eco-Concierge will guide you along paths that trace a pristine creek to find soothing waterfalls. Learn the fascinating secrets of the cloud forest eco-system.

The Mystic Waterfall at El Silencio Lodge & Spa Costa Rica

Daybreak Bird Watching

Start your day surrounded by some of nature’s most enticing bird species.  El Silencio’ trails are peppered with the area’s most exciting feathered species including diminutive hummingbirds, black guans, and the seasonal quetzal.  Great photo-ops for everyone, from newbies to experienced enthusiasts.

Birdwatching in Costa Rica.

Horseback Adventure

Bucolic landscapes are best appreciated on horseback.  Ride an enjoy perfect views of Poas Volcano’s heat-etched slopes, green pastures, and the charming Bajos del Toro community.  This relaxed adventure provides a serendipitous chance to meet and greet members of the local community.

Three travelers exploring Bajos del Toro on horseback.

Adventure Park

Bring out your inner daredevil!  Zip-line over the forest canopy and rappel down the face of roaring waterfalls.  Choose your favorite or complete both for the ultimate bragging rights.  These thrilling Happenings On Site are perfect for fit adrenaline buffs.


Forest Sundown Dinner

Savor a romantic torch lit dinner in a private forest-surrounded setting and live a storybook romance!  Surrounded by torches and accent candles, an impeccably laid out table  awaits… Perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, or a special proposal.

Riverside Lunch

Set on a private deck overlooking the Gorrion River.  Gorgeous sights complement our signature fresh and organic dishes.  Perfect for couples or families to best enjoy El Silencio’s magical nature and signature cuisine.  One of our guests’ favorite Happenings On Site.


Wine Tasting

Our Sommelier will guide you through a fun session to learn about wine and the secrets of food pairing, emphasizing non-traditional tropical cuisine.  Elemental flavors are contrasted through two reds and two whites to best illustrate how to select the perfect wine for your favorite dishes.


Coffee Journey

Embrace Costa Rica’s coffee excellence!  An interactive session to savor this invigorating beverage.  Learn from its history, social impact, varieties, and diverse brewing methods.  Features premium samples from the highlands that trim El Silencio Lodge & Spa.

Coffee Tasting session featuring Costa Rican coffee

Cook Like a Costa Rican

Foodies will love picking their own organic veggies and herbs to prepare Costa Rica’s hearty traditional dishes with our Chef.  Learning about your destination’s homespun culinary favorites is one of the best ways to connect with its culture and traditions.

Cooking lesson in Costa Rica

Oxcart Design Session

The traditional decorations of the Costa Rican oxcart entail beautiful mandalas of nature-inspired patterns.  Learn to create these colorful designs from a true local master, Eco-Concierge Ronald.  Embrace your inner artist through local culture!

Oxcart Painting Lesson in Costa Rica is one of the favorite Happenings On Site

Happenings Off Site

Happenings Off Site let travelers experience a bit more of Costa Rica.  For explorers who wish to venture out to visit unique nearby attractions or some of Costa Rica’s best-known spots.


Las Gemelas Waterfall Hike  (10 minutes away)

A fun hiking session to reach a pair of Costa Rica’s stunning blue waterfalls.  Hued raleigh-scatter reflections are caused by the water’s volcanic mineral content, creating a sight to behold and photograph!

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.  These nearby Happenings Off Site are the most charming.


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.

Espíritu Santo Coffee Hacienda (60 minutes away)

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 live 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.  Yum!

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.


Mercadito Culinary Adventure  (60 minutes away)

Explore a local market, purchasing the fresh ingredients for a traditional Olla de Carne stew (vegetarian version if requested).  Interacting with local farmers and shopkeepers is a fun way to engage your destination.  Followed by a group cooking session back at El Silencio Lodge & Spa.

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.


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.  One of the most daring Happenings Off Site.