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Day 3 - Guayabo Lodge & CATIE

Guayabo Lodge, view from back patio
Guayabo Lodge, view from back patio
This morning, after a wonderful breakfast and beautiful view from the lodge, we started with a mountain bike tour of CATIE in Turrialba. This was an intimate hands on tour. The guide was very patient to answer all of our questions. This was very insightful to the practices of a sustainable dairy farm unique to Costa Rica. We experienced the botanical gardens, coffee & cacao plants, lily pad filled pond - all very interesting and beautiful. Later that afternoon we toured the local Hacienda Real Coffee Farm. Wow, talk about a perfectly organic farm - Tyrone, our guide was so full of energy and passion for growing coffee, he not only showed us exactly how the coffee is processed to your cup, but he also taught us how to taste & smell coffee to know what is the best. Also the Fleur de Cafe is the most beautiful perfume! The gift shop is fabulous from the chocolate covered coffee beans to the coffee liqueurs. Drink up!

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