This will be quite a treat! Depending on the day Cristina will teach you to make some of Guanacaste's most traditional dishes. This could include anything from sopa de gallina (traditional chicken soup), sopa de al bondiga (corn and meatball soup), tamales, arroz de maiz (corn rice), a traditional casado (plate dish), picadillo de chayote (chopped squash), cuajada (milk curd/cheese), tortillas or more! You will go through the process of learning some of her favorite dishes and cooking them on a wooden stove or the traditional wooden oven. After a delicious meal and lesson Cristina will demonstrate the traditional Oxcart farming technique, famous in Costa Rica. She will also take you around the remainder of her farm of chickens, seasonal vegetables, and even her tilapia!
If you have any dietary restrictions please share when you book the tour, and since her English is extremely limited it is recommended to bring the Spanish words of any allergies or dislikes written down on paper to share.
"It’s a passion of mine to preserve the traditional cooking of our area here in Guanacaste."
Maria Cristina is a busy woman! Her house seems to be constantly filled with the cutest kids of Argendora. With eight of her own children living throughout Costa Rica, and six grandchildren in Argendora Maria Cristina shared that her dream for the future was simply to sleep more. All jokes aside, her and her husband do have dreams for a larger and more productive farm in the future. She is extremely passionate about maintaining the traditions of local Guanacasteco dishes, and her grandchildren are more than excited to practice their English with you!
The community of Argendora is just starting to welcome small tours of adventurous travelers to the area. The majority of the community members here make a living off of farming and small handicrafts, but all are looking forward to what tourism will bring for their future.