Agri-turism

Coffee Plantation

Coffee – a very popular beverage all over the world. Do you like it as well? So let’s have a look from where the coffee in our supermarkets comes from. Aquiares is a beautiful place to get to know the whole process of the coffeeproduction from seeding and processing it to roasting. At the bottom of the Turrialba volcano high cualitiy coffee is grown on an altitude between 800 and 1500 meters on a very fertil soil. The farm. Aquiares is situated in between the rivers Aquiares and Turrialba, there the name comes from. Aquiares is an indegene word for “betwenn the rivers”. Aquiares is well known for excellent cuality and sustainable growing. The farm has been certified by the Rainforest Alliance and meets the CAFÉ Practices Standards of Starbucks. Aquiares has it’s own processing facilities – a Beneficio and processes his own coffee which garantees a high and constant cuality. An excursion to Aquiares it’s worth it to get to knwo the whole coffee process but also because of the nice view over the Turrialba valley.

Bananenplantagen

Until a few years ago the export of bananas was one of the supporting pillars of the Costa Rican economy. Between Limón and Hamburg (Germany) are operating permanently four big containerships which transport only bananas. The biggest banana plantations are on the carribean coast between Limón and the border to Panamá. It is certainly interesting from where the bananas in our supermarkets come from, how they are grown, processed and shipped. So the visit of a banana plantation it’s worth it. If you have some time on your way back to the Finca Pura Vida you should go to the harbour of Limón and see the embarkation of the banana container on to the container boats.  It’s quite an impressive spectacle to observe how smooth hundreds of containers are loaded onto the ship one after one without loosing not even a second. The perfect organisation is amazing. Here you find some links to tour agencies:

 

Sugar Cane

More than 100 years ago the Hacienda Juan Viñas was founded. The hacienda is situated geographically between the volcanoes Turrialba and Irazu. On 8000 acres of fertile volcanic soil they grow coffee, sugar cane and macadamia on an altitude between 1000 and 1500 meters above see level. On 4500 acres they grow sugarcane in a conventional manner and partially organic. If you are interested in the sugar production you can see the whole process in der company-owned/captive sugar refinery (ingenio). As part of its corporate philosophy, Hacienda Juan Viñas has demonstrated a strong committment to the quality of life of its workers. The company provides housing (more than 400 homes thus far), health care benefits, training programs and educational facilities for both the employees and their families. Hacienda Juan Viñas has shown a strong commitment to environmental protection. On the farm, sound agricultural practices and an aggresive reforestation program help prevent soil erosion. Both the coffee and sugar cane mills operate proper water treatment facilities. The company also operates the largest and most advanced composting facility in Costa Rica, producing a high quality organic fertilizer.

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