El Trapiche Tour Monteverde
Costa Rica Agriculture Tours
Duration: approx 3 hours
El Trapiche tour (which is the Spanish word for 'sugar mill') first started in 1948, closed for a while and then re-opened in 1989: From 2005 it was open for tourism. The Monteverde Trapiche tour is run by a local family whose mission is to teach not only about sugar cane but also a little more about Costa Rican culture. The tour also demonstrates how coffee is produced and you will learn about other crops grown on the farm. Perhaps the tour would be better named as general agriculture tour with emphasis on sugar production!
The Monteverde Trapiche tour takes place on a farm located two kilometers outside of Santa Elena, Monteverde. The two hour tour involve walk along an easy trail with a bilingual guide and at the end of the tour you get a chance to sample some local snacks.
There are two daily tours: 10.00am and 3.00pm. The tours last approximately 2 hours but might run a little longer depending on interest or number of people. Pick-up times depend on your hotel locations but usually 30 minutes before the tour. Private tours can also be arranged for groups
To make it more interesting the family have made the tour partly 'hands-on'. The bilingual guide will walk with you through their small forest, pick coffee if possible and take you an ox cart ride back to the main building - a unique Costa Rican experience! You also get a chance to make your own candy out of sugar cane.
You will also learn a lot about coffee production on this tour!
At the end of the tour you can enjoy a refreshment of sugar cane juice or lemonade, eat picadillo de arracache (a typical Costa Rican food) and you get a chance to buy some of the local coffee.
Included on the Monteverde Trapiche Tour:
- Refreshments and Snacks
- Experienced, Bilingual Guides
- Umbrellas or ponchos (just in case it rains!)
Prices until 2014
- Adults $32
- Children ages 6-12 $13
- 10.00am (pick-up time 15-30 mins before tour)
- 3.00pm (pick-up time 15-30 mins before tour)