I'm glad I chose today to post my review as a positive to the previous negative review. From my perspective, I was excited to see these spices growing wild, as there aren't any rainforests in Illinois! I will agree with the previous post that the road is very rough, but to me that was part of the adventure! The admission is $50 per person, but being a foodie I was willing to pay that for my husband and I to have this opportunity. I would recommend it for families with older, school age, children as it was a great experience to see spices grown in a sustainable, agricultural setting...it is very beautiful and educational. For small children???
Henry & Chelsea, have a great thing going with the farm and the "tastings" done in the cabin at the Punta Mira viewpoint. Besides vanilla, they harvest peppercorns, allspice, cinnamon ("the real McCoy" that has health benefits, not cassia!) cocoa, cardamom and tumeric plus various essential oils. They are both very willing to share their vast knowledge with whomsoever would ask! The end of the spice tour finds you in the Spice Shoppe with all the farm grown spices you need to restock your kitchen back home. Yes, as mentioned previous, you must pay with cash. This is simple to understand when you take into account where you had to travel to, to experience this epiphyte eden in the rainforests of Costa Rica! =) Again, well done Henry and Chelsea! It was a delight!!!