Finca La Isla Botanical Gardens

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A highlight of our trip to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica was visiting a working tropical farm in the jungle. Here a father and son raise pepper, cacao, tropical fruits, and ornamental plants. We had a lesson and tasting of local fruits and learned how chocolate is made.

Then we took a self guided one kilometer tour of the farm – a meandering through the jungle on paths and finding labeled trees and plants with a map. It was an experience to pick up nutmeg seeds off the ground and smell cinnamon bark peeled of a tree. We also had a guide pamphlet with fascinating details like how breadfruit caused the mutiny on the bounty!

I loved seeing so many tropical plants growing wild and abundantly – like the Heliconia shown with me in the photo.

At the end of the tour we bought a few bars of the 72% chocolate that is produced right there at the farm – delicious!

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