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TEFL Training In Costa Rica | Updated: 01/05/2023

An Evening of Costa Rican Culture

Written by International TEFL Academy Costa Rica

Looking for an evening with great food, stunning views and lots of culture?  Not in Costa Rica during Independence Day or another national holiday?  Consider checking out one of these recommended restaurants!

Ram Luna

Ram Luna is located in the hills above Aserrí, about nine miles south of San Jose and about 15 miles from Barva, Heredia, where our TEFL school is. Not only is the restaurant adorned with traditional Costa Rican memorabilia, the view of the Central Valley is breathtaking!  The all-you-can-eat buffet includes traditional Costa Rican dishes like rice, beans, plantains, olla de carne (beef stew), empanadas and chicharones (fried pork), not to mention some of our favorite local desserts like arroz con leche (rice pudding).  

After enjoying a delicious dinner and taking in the views, the cultural show begins.  Ram Luna's presentation includes traditional music, costumes and dance plus the Cimarronas and masks that Aserrí is famous for.  Please note, the cultural presentation at Ram Luna is only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Local artists are also present to sell some of their handicrafts and traditional souvenirs. 

Mirador Tiquicia

A kilometer and a half south of the church in the mountains of Escazu, Mirador Tiquicia is located 1300 meters above sea level and has a stunning view of San Jose.  Escazu is about 16 miles from our school in Barva, Heredia.  Tiquicia's Noche Tica (Costa Rican Night) starts at 7pm and includes a buffet of traditional Costa Rican foods like arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) and frijoles molidos (refried beans).  Heads up, drinks are not included in the cost of the buffet at Tiquicia!  

As everyone is wrapping up dinner, the cultural show will start.  Tiquicia's presentation includes beautiful costumes, dances and music for each of the country's seven providences.  The professional dancers also include the audience in the dancing to finish up the evening.  The show at Tiquicia is presented every night during the tourist season.

How would we compare the two? 

Although both have unbelievable views of the Central Valley, Ram Luna has a larger variety of food, including the drinks and desserts.  Both shows are given by professional dancers with beautiful costumes, however, the show at Tiquicia is longer and more interesting, in our opinion.  If that doesn't help you decide, don't forget that Ram Luna only presents its show on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Regardless of which you choose, reservations are required, so make sure you plan ahead.  Carlos, our tourism representative, can help with that, plus arrange your transportation to the restaurants.

We absolutely love exploring this country, and we are waiting for you to join us on this journey!  Talk to us today about saving a seat in one of our 4-week TEFL trainings!

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