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My girlfriend and I rode rental bikes outside Puerto Viejo to Finca la Isla. The turn off the main road is a bit hard to notice a small handwritten sign, and the actual property is a little bit down the side road past houses in the area. Once we arrived, we were surrounded by lush jungle life and greeted warmly by our host, Allen. We wanted to take our time and walk through alone, so he assured us that he would be waiting to share fresh fruit, fruit juice and organic chocolate, all produced at the farm, once we finished the tour. While there, we were able to see a few different species of tree frogs and several birds flying around as well as all the cultivated plants. The first area was the medicinal herb garden, then the path turns quickly into the jungle in and out of patches of farm. We saw kumquats, black pepper, jackfruits, and mangosteen as well as other varieties. Be sure to bring plenty of bug spray, because there’s no shortage of mosquitos either. Once we completed the loop around the farm, Allen rejoined us with fresh kumquat (the largest I’ve ever seen!), some fresh juice and a bit of organic chocolate. He easily answered questions we had about the farm and identified some of my plant pictures for me as well as chatting about the area and giving us some pointers on where else to enjoy while in Puerto Viejo.
The botanic garden is great, diverse and you'll see many red poisonous frogs, butterflies and birds. For about 6$US, the visit includes a drink and trying various fruits and chocolate beans. Opens Friday to Monday, 10am-4pm.
A botanical garden amidst the jungle. This is a good way to acquaint yourself with tropical vegetation. It's a self guided walk so you can spend as long as you like. We saw some frogs and a few butterflies. The cold beverage was quite delicious and there was an interesting collection of fruit for tasting. They also feature a plant nursery with a good selection.
We really enjoyed our visit to the botanical garden here. We were greeted on arrival and, having decided on a self--guided tour, we were provided with a map and guidance on how to get around a well as tips on what to look out for. The gardens were an enjoyable experience right from the beginning, with the interesting selection of bromeliads teeming with lizards, geckos and tiny red poison dart frogs. As we walked round we spotted agouti, monkeys, tarantula, and morpho butterflies amongst the interesting selection of plants and trees. It s fascinating learning about the production of pepper, vanilla and many other botanical plants we take for granted back home. At the end of the third, we are provided with samples of chocolate produced by the garden owners, as well as some unusual fruits and juices which are a refreshing way to end the tour. Overall I would highly recommend a visit to the gardens.
Terrible. If you have had any experience with any garden ever you would know one that is poorly managed and ill maintained. Trails are mud ruts that could easily be improved with palm fronds but no effort is made. The sophomoric introduction is suitable for children, not so much for adults. Plants are not well marked. Plants that are supposed to be extant are not like nutmeg and pepper. Loys of non natives. Do not go unless you have no plant experience and have low or no expectations.