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.