Costa Rica: Monte Verde coffee farming

Our next Costa Rican destination was Santa Elena, near Monte Verde. This presented some logistical challenges. The distance from Alajuela to Monte Verde is around 75km as the macaw flies, but unfortunately there are some rather large mountains in the way. Once you factor in meandering roads, the route ends up being around 130km. In addition, the people of Monte Verde are concerned about what’s happening to areas of Costa Rica that are popular with tourists.


Dole seem to be the major supplier of bananas to the supermarkets of Texas. Each hand of bananas has a Dole sticker on. But whenever I see the name, I think of Bob Dole, Republican senator and advertiser of Viagra. So, not entirely what I want to be thinking about when choosing bananas.