While most Costa Ricans live in or near urban centers today, the vast majority of the nation’s landscape that is not forested is being utilized for agriculture.   Much of this land is owned by local farmers who are humble and hard working and are perhaps the best representatives of true Costa Rican culture.   At Sun Tours we are pleased to present a new program of rural home stays whereby visitors can get an authentic view of Costa Ricans and their ways of living, while also helping to support them as a part of our efforts to foster more sustainable tourism.   By staying in homes of local families, enjoying home-made meals, and even participating in daily activities (if they so desire), visitors will experience much of our culture.

At present, we offer home stays in two regions:

In La Trinidad de Dota, visitors will enjoy the cool mountain air of a community perched over 5000 ft. in elevation in mountains about 25 miles south of the capital city of San José.  Here country life revolves around farming activities of producing blackberries, milking cows and producing other products of mid elevation farms.

In El Roble de Sarapiqui, visitors will experience life in a lowland community close to the famed rainforests of La Selva (which is research forest most renowned among vacationing visitors for having over half of all bird species in the country and abundant, easily seen wildlife).   This warm and humid region’s farms produce typical lowland “tropical” crops of bananas, plantains (large, robust types of bananas that are usually cooked), beef cattle, and lately, increasing numbers of large commercial plantations of pineapples.