La Anita Rainforest Ranch
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We had a lovely breakfast of fresh fruit, hot chocolate grown and processed on the farm, scrambled eggs, rice and beans and fresh salsa. Our package here includes all our meals and a couple of tours, so we decided we would like to know more about the village and we had Pablo to ourselves for the morning who took us on a walk around the village …
Up at 6 for a nature walk with Steve, Virginia and another guide, a cousin of Donald's. We saw a few birds but it started pouring, so we came back for breakfast. Afterwards we said goodbye to S&V, who were off out for the day, and went with Donald round his farm where he spotted two sloths in the trees and some monkeys. We then went with …
After breakfast Pablo took us on a tour of the farm. When his father-in-law bought the land he started growing macadamia trees, but they are not native to the country and needed a lot of fertilisers and insecticides and so Pablo has gradually replaced them with ornamental plants which are exported to Europe, and also cacao trees which he hopes …
... harvesting from the trees, things for the
workshop…carambola (starfruit), oranges, sweet lemons, tangerine lemons, limes,
mango, papaya, herbs, chayote, some other squash, a strange fruit I have never
seen before, and pineapple. I made a list of what we would make, decided on an
order in which to make them (from sweet to sour so that we can reuse pots
without imparting a pickled flavor on a jelly) from longest cook time to
shortest. Since ...
... the onset of carpel tunnel and the "S" key on my laptop is about to give out...BUT I have 60 pages field notes and chapter drafts, 35 pages of Blog stories and 30 pages of outreach materials...all single spaced. Not to toot my own horn or anything but I can't remember the last time I was this productive. I guess I am a lot closer to the final reports I mentioned above than I realized!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLa Anita Rainforest Ranch Rincon de La Vieja National Park
We stayed here for 3 nights and loved every moment. Pablo and Ana are a lovely couple who went out of their way to make our stay memorable, and who do such a lot for the local community. We took the 3 night package, which we would recommend, partly because it is a long way to go to eat out, and also because the food is wonderful. It also includes 2 tours. We chose to have a tour of the farm and also a cookery lesson with one of the local villagers which was so nice. She cooked over an open fire and we had the meal with her family afterwards. Our cabin was lovely - spacious and spotless with a verandah with a hammock and a great view. We would thoroughly recommend this stay for anyone who wants to get away from the touristy places and have a genuine Costa Rican experience.
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