Costa Rica's market stalls are bursting with colorful fruits and vegetables of all kinds. With its fertile soil and pleasant climate, Costa Rica enjoys ideal conditions for growing produce. To learn where these delicious tropical fruits come from, you can visit a plantation, where some farmers welcome visitors to their estate, known as a finca, and share their expertise.
Discover Providencia's apple and avocado orchards, or treat yourself to delicious hearts of palm in Sarapiqui. Certain fincas even offer accommodations, so you can truly immerse yourself in the farmers' daily lives. The aromas of Costa Rica's coffee and chocolate stimulate the senses. Coffee bushes grow high on the green mountain slopes in the Orosi Valley, making it an ideal place to learn about the different stages of the coffee-making process—from harvesting the beans to roasting and tasting. You can also visit coffee plantations in Monteverde or the volcanic region located between Poas, Barva, and Irazu, framed by an exceptional backdrop.
Food-lovers take note: Costa Rica is also a cacao-producing country. In Sarapiqui, you'll learn that cacao beans grow inside shiny pods before being turned into chocolate. Don't miss a chance to taste the pulp around the beans, which is deliciously sweet. Once you've become an expert in everything chocolate, you can celebrate with a piping hot cup of cocoa.