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Published: July 24th 2017
This morning, after breakfast, the group headed to Don Juan Coffee Plantation to learn how Costa Rican coffee is produced. At the plantation, we discovered the difficult economics of growing coffee. Much work is involved but very little money is made in coffee production. During the coffee harvest from November to February, ripe coffee cherries are hand-picked. Each cherry contains about one to two coffee beans. Workers get paid based on the weight of coffee they pick. Most of the coffee pickers are from the neighbouring country Nicaragua, and receive minimal earnings for their hard labour. Furthermore, coffee farmers receive very little income to justify having a coffee plantation. Most of the money goes to the big corporations that buy the coffee and sell it for 3-4 dollars a cup. Farmers have to support themselves by adding other crops such as sugar cane and coco plants to make a stable living.
After the interesting coffee tour, we headed out to Sky Adventures for our Canopy Tour. Although, I did not see a quetzal, I did hear the crazy sounds of howler monkeys in the distance.
For dinner, on our last night in Monteverde, Renata and
I ate at the much raved about Taco Stand, Taco Taco. The tacos were delicious. While we were enjoying our Tacos, we were approached by various stray dogs, whom we became accustomed to in our time in Monteverde. We were so accustomed to the dogs that we named each of them. We made sure to say goodbye to Frederico, Tico and Gustavo, who kept us entertained during our time in Monteverde town.
Tomorrow, we head back to San Jose with a stopover at Puntarenas Beach.
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