Turrialba’s Hacienda Experience

coffee plantationHacienda Tayutic is located in Turrialba, about 2 hours east of San Jose.  As you drive there, you’ll pass by sugar cane fields and coffee plantations.  Most of the red coffee berries had already been harvested but there were still a few, shining bright against the dark green leaves.

The Hacienda is such a sweet place.  It was, at one time, the home of the owners and a full working ranch.  Now, there are still some plantations but more so, it’s become a place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and relax for several days in the country.

You can easily go there and do nothing but birdwatch for hours on end.  I couldn’t believe how many birds we saw while we were there.  And really cool birds – the bright red and blue ones were my favorite.  We were told there are currently over 300 migrating birds from the US in the area.

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Outside of our room was a citrus tree with a sign that said it was a lemon tree.  But when I googled the Latin name, it again was not a lemon but instead a key lime.  A lime is not a lemon!!

Limon sign

During our stay, we had the opportunity to have a private tour of the products that the Hacienda grows: Macadamia Nuts, Sugar and Coffee.  Three of my favorite things!!  We watched them make brown sugar, then turn it into a delicious treat – one was mixed with freshly ground coffee beans and the other had crushed macadamia nuts.

Making brown sugar 1

Making brown sugar 2

Brown sugar treat

My only issue while I was there, which was totally my fault, was I forgot where I was going.  I forgot that the temperatures in the central part of Costa Rica are way colder than those near the coast.  So I pretty much froze for 5 days.  I had no socks, close toed shoes, pants, sweaters – all of which are totally necessary for a visit to this part of the country.  Fortunately, on the third morning, the hotel staff brought me a jacket – which I didn’t take off for the next 3 days!  Mind you, it ranged from 16-22 degrees Celsius.  But for this Guanacaste girl, that’s really cold.  Teeth chattering cold.  Hopefully this will be the first and only time you will see me wearing a jacket!

1st time wearing a jacket in 6 months

Pura vida…Chrissy

Note: While I am now paid and/or receive comped services at many of the places I visit, I will always offer my unbiased opinion to you, my readers. Fortunately, I almost always have experiences that exceed my expectations.