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Private Tour: Botanical Garden and Coffee Farm...
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Calarca
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed April 7, 2014

In a sunny Sunday morning, while in a weekend in the zona cafetera area, we went, "driven" by our Colombian friends, to this famous finca where they have coffee plantations and they make visit to it. The best moment to go is the early morning (between 9:00 and 10:00), to avoid the strong sun.
At our arrival we were so lucky that an English tour was already booked for that time, so we joined it. So in case you don't speak Spanish, be sure to ask for it in advance in order to not miss anything of the great explanation about the local life at the time of the "paisa" (typical old name of the farmers in that area)! The girl who was our guide (Jennifer, if I well remember the name) was very kind and really good in English and she explained us everything.
The tour will start explaining the plants, the different coffee varieties, the origin, ... . All this, moving among the coffee plants. Then you will go to pick the coffee fruits from the plants, as they do! You will get a fresh aguapanela, perfect under the equator sun. After, you will also dress yourself as the old "paisa" and will learn how to dance typical dances. And at the end, if you booked it at the time of your arrival in the morning, you can also have lunch there. I really recommend it, it's not expensive and very traditional (also according to our Colombian friends who were with us).
Not to miss!

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

This is definitely a very educational yet interactive tour of the the coffee production process as well as of the norms and lives of coffee collectors in this region. Not only was the tour fun, but the staff went beyond the call of duty to be accomodating. When I was talking to my niece about what "panela" was, one of the guides over-heard us and went out of his way to bring some panela from the kitchen to show my niece. As if we weren't charmed enough, since one member of the group could not walk through the coffee field and had to wait behind during that portion of the tour, they found a staff member to play cards with him while he waited. I have never seen hospitality like this!

1  Thank Cat G
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Great enjoyment from welcome to farewell. You will be guided through a history of coffee production in Colombia with a full explanation of growing conditions etc. Our guide Ivonne, was very knowledagable and passionate about coffee. This is followed by a role play where you put on the equipment of the people who pick the coffee beans and pick some yourself! Then there is more role play putting on the typical clothes of the region, a five minute dance and photo opportunities. Then there is a demonstration of how coffee is dried and the steps which finish in a cup of premium grade coffee. Lunch is a traditional "bandeja" which is an optional extra. One suggestion for the managment, during the role play, photographs are taken and at the end of the visit you can view the pphotos and pay 10,000 pesos for a small picture. If I had been offered all the photos on a memory stick for 30,000 - 40,000 I would have paid for them.

1  Thank geoffturner100
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

RECUCA is an unique cultural experience you cannot miss if you are traveling through Quindio. You will go by the farm and see what it takes to make coffee. Part of the tour includes harvesting it and of course, drinking it. Nice people around, great staff.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

This was a great experience. Staff is great!!. I would love to come back!. Drink great quality coffee all day long and enjoy the sightseeing while learning about coffee production.

Thank Desiree F
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