This was a very original experience.The garden is more like a jungle where you are walking on your own, surrounded by nothing but the wild plants and trees. The staff was really nice and personable, gave us a taste of the exotic fruits growing in their garden and were generally very nice. While there were hordes of tourists running around town, this place was deserted and during the time we went there, no one else even showed up. For what it offers, seems like a very overlooked jungle gem.
If you have the time while in Puerto Viejo, you must go to the Botanical Garden. The staff are incredibly nice, specifically Allan, one of the employees. All very knowledgeable and passionate about the finca and about puerto viejo in general. The tour made for some great pictures and was nice to be admits gardens, trees, plants and fruits instead of in the main town. *Wear boots if it's been raining! It can get muddy :) *
We loved the entire visit : trees, plants like ginger, galanga or curcuma, ants, red frogs ... The host was pleasant. Thank you !
...not quite for city folk like us. We were received by a very nice young man who gave us a taste of all kinds of exotic fruits and some chocolate and then send us on our way with a map. He referred to the 'Botanical garden' (as it is listed in Frommer's guide) as a 'farm' and maybe that is more accurate and then we wouldn't have expected easy to follow paths. They weren't many of them and it would have been helpful if the numbered points (to find your way through all that wild growth) had arrows on them. Halfway through we got lost and found our way back to the entrance. The young man then took us to the other part of the farm, but it would have been helpful, if he had stayed with us. It is a beautiful spot, densely planted and has huge trees, but it's a bit intimidating if you're new to this kind of nature.
This should be one of our. Highlights in puerto viejo de talamanca but it was a big dissapointment. The trees were almost not labeled, there where no fruits on the trees. Should there be fruits on the trees the price would be ok.
This lovely Djungel garden is an Costa Rica Adventure. Need some Boy Scout experience, to find the way around, which makes it so very special. We were welcomed by a gentle young man ,who teached us to spot the little red frogs , and were offered a rare fruit juce and a taste of the own-produced chocolate.Think we going to visit it again.
Be sure to take bug spray!! lolIt a fruit and choclate farm and botanical garden. Super cute and so worth the 5$. The guy at the front gave us a map and we wondered off on our little adventure. then when we got back to the start he gave us juice, we tried the fruit that they grow there and had some amazing choclate. The whole thing took like an hour.
We had high expectations based on previous reviewers, which probably made the experience that much worse. It rained the night before we went and everything was muddy and slippery - to the point of being dangerous. The guide map they gave us wasn't very helpful and we didn't see very many of the items listed on it. The wildlife was more interesting than the flora, but we live in the area and see toucans, parrots, frogs, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, etc. all the time. It looks like it was once very nice but hasn't been maintained recently. Much of the "trail" consisted of a muddy footpath with no gravel or sand to fill in the low spots - lots of standing water.
We had a really nice time. Lots of small poisonous frogs everywhere and wonderful tropical fruits. The guy running it was lovely and really wants to make sure you have a nice visit. Gives you the fruits that are in season to try as well as some locally made coffee. Well worth the visit for the price, thoroughly recommended.
I spent a couple hours there March 6th, 2015 and saw & also got great photos of an eyelash viper, a banana spider, and some very strange red and blue spikey flowers. I also saw red dart frogs, lizards, Toucans, butterflies, plus the great variety of plants being cultivated. Wasnt particularly muddy when I went. Just take your time to look up and down, and listen to the jungle as well.