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La Gavilana Herbs & Art

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Plan Your Adventure! Our goal is to provide unique products and services, from hand crafted soaps, medicinal bitters, fermented hot sauces or original paintings to fermentation workshops or food forest and other exclusive hikes.
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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 8533 7902
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We spent two days at the BNB across the street. It was a wonderful experience! When we visited the shop, Hannah explained the process she uses when making her soaps. We enjoyed the art work and meeting aspiring artist Noah. Definitely worth the visit!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 65bethf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Review of: Food Forest Hike

Amazing experience. The guides were incredible, we tried an amazing variety of wild plants, and learned about dozens of different medicinal plants. Their enthusiasm and love for the land was so evident, and the meal we were served at their camp was the best food...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the Food Forest Hike with Tomas, Hannah, and Noah and had an absolute blast! The hike was gorgeous, and not too difficult, with interesting commentary on the environment around us explaining the plants which grow along the trail. Tomas was gracious enough to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jsolaro
Reviewed February 8, 2019
Review of: Food Forest Hike

Tomas and his Nicaraguan companion, Pájaro, led us up a winding trail into the rainforest mountains of northern Costa Rica -- stopping frequently along the way to pick the leaf from a nearby plant and describe its medicinal benefits. When we reached the top, there...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JoeBrewer
Reviewed January 19, 2019

La Gavilana's Food Forest Hike was the highlight of our trip! The tour began with a short drive from La Gavilana to a trailhead located in a lush, verdant valley by a river flowing towards Lake Arenal. From there, Tomas, Hannah and Noah, our hosts...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

This is one of the best days I’ve had, definitely the best day hiking. Absolutely beautiful in the jungle and felt like a real adventure. Everything from the booking, the guides, the lunch was excellent. If you love getting away from the crowds, have sense...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank AliStork1
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

The Forest Food Tour led by Tomas was the best experience of the holiday. We went by horseback into a secluded part of the Rainforest which Tomas owns and has cultivated as a natural source of food. He showed us the plants and explained their...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cheerymary
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

We hiked up with 2 couple's to Basecamp and we had a magical time together! The nature ad atmosphere are so pure and so unique. A place outside of the toerism, a place into the wild. A real experience that blew our minds of! The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MaikeV63
Reviewed December 8, 2018

My friends and I spent a few days in El Castillo where we rented a home managed by the La Gavilana team. The home was beautiful with incredible panoramic views of volcano and forest below. We enjoyed privacy and mildly rustic living with open air...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DougT1000
Reviewed November 29, 2018

This was an exciting, challenging, humbling, and very rewarding experience! It will be the most cherished memory from my visit to Costa Rica. I say this having zip-lined in Monteverde. The sights and views offered on this hike are amazing. Mikey's, our guide, excitement and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Jerry B
July 14, 2018|
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Response from TomasNinger | Property representative |
Sure, let me try.
Mi K
January 28, 2017|
Response from TomasNinger |
Hi, the scientific name is Ocimum Gratisimum, the biggest of all the Ocimum.
Renee L
November 29, 2016|
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Response from TomasNinger |
thanks, if the tincture was at least 30% alcohol then the shelf life is almost indefinite, as long as it is stored in dark cool place and importantly closed.