Organically Caribbean

One of the great places we visit with our students on the Costa Rican Field course is Finca la Isla Botanical Farm in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast. Its a really wonderful place and the farm has an amazing botanical garden consisting of 10 acres, housing many important tropical fruit and ornamental trees: Their stunning collection contains of over 150 different species of fruit, nut and spice trees, plus diverse collections of tropical palms, heliconias, bromeliads and rare tropical species.

Walking through the forest and enjoying the abundance of bird, animal and insect life you would never know you were walking through a farm. The pure environment and natural farming means that this is one of the best places in Costa Rica to see poison dart frogs, and Kiawe, our host and guide, is so knowledgeable about every aspect and is a wonderful communicator. The farm itself celebrates 30 years of farming organically on the Caribbean coast and is a model of sustainable, commercial, organic farming working in harmony with the rainforest. The students were overwhelmed by their experience here, learning in detail about all the species of plants and associated animals, having new fruits to try, and finding out how probably the best organic chocolate in the world is produced here!

 

The Chocolate Plant

Finca la Isla

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