Experience the Paradise of the World’s Best Sustainable Coffee Farms

 Connect with your coffee.  It is a truly amazing experience, not only to visit the countries where it comes from – Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, El Salvador, the Galapagos Islands – but also to explore or even stay at the actual farms or ranches where the coffee grows.  Located in areas with fantastic, temperate climates – low elevation mountains or jungles, even protected cloud forests – these properties allow you to re-connect with nature and agricultural life all at once.  Join a coffee tour and learn about the whole process, from seed to bean to cup.  Walk in the countryside and enjoy the best, freshest coffee you can imagine, straight from the source, while taking in some of the healthiest air you will ever breathe.  Wellness abounds …

Read on to discover more — contact Ideal South America for information on trips and tours.

We’ve highlighted a few properties below that operate in more sustainable ways – exemplifying a commitment to improving our natural environment, as well as the local, socio-economic surroundings.

Finca Rosa Blanca – Costa Rica

Located just outside San Jose, we can’t think of a better place to stay while passing through the capital city on your way to the explore Costa Rica’s many natural wonders.  Finca Rosa Blanca combines luxury accommodations, a sustainable forested coffee plantation, and cuisine that creatively honors the culinary traditions of the coffee highlands. Come share the richness of the local culture, steaming volcanoes, cloud forests and the splendor of the abundant nature that surrounds them. Come and enjoy their hospitality and find out why they’re one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World (TM).

Click here to find out more: https://fincarosablanca.com/

La Palma y El Tucan – Colombia

The hotel was built in the middle of LA PALMA & EL TUCAN’s coffee fields, only 90 minutes away from Colombia’s capital city, Bogota. The region is blessed with exuberant nature that offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, while discovering the story behind the project that challenged Colombia’s specialty coffee industry.

This Program Is A Sustainable Coffee Relationship Model That Helps Small-Scale Farmers Produce Top Quality Coffee With Traditional Colombian Varieties, Such As Caturra, Castillo, Colombia, Typica, And Bourbon.  By working collaboratively with more than 100 coffee-growing families located within a 10km radius of our farm, we buy and process exceptional coffee cherries while controlling every step of the process.

La Palma & El Tucan Hotel Is A Coffee Experience Straight From The Source, Here At Origin. This Is Not An Average Farm Tour; The Experience Is Designed To Bridge The Gap Between Coffee Lovers And What Lies Behind Their Everyday Cup Of Coffee. The Experience Is Highly Active, Engaging, And Educational At Every Turn.

Click here to find out more:  https://lapalmayeltucan.com/

  

Fazenda Alliança – Brazil

The historical Fazenda Alliança is an example of sustainable care of the cultural and natural patrimony of the Coffee Valley. It is possible to establish a parallel between the historical past and present times with only one word: sustainability.

Fazenda Alliança Agroecológica is a historical farm from the Golden Coffee era of Brazil, productive and certified organic since 2011 by IBD (Biodynamic Institute)

The visitor can enjoy and experience organic food, and a broad variety of vegetable and fruits, usually not possible to find in the markets, milk and cheeses from our buffalos, white meat from our hens, ducks and geese, and red meats and sausages from our sheep, pork and buffalos. Our animals are free-range and fed fresh pasture.

Buildings and refurbishments have been designed and directed by the owner Architect Josefina Durini, always prioritizing our own and recycled material with the minimum possible impact on the environment.

Click here to find out more:  https://hub.cropster.com/store/listings/6399

El Mangal – Peru

El Mangal – Tourist Hotel, is managed by a local, Maranureña family that is dedicated in its efforts to diversify agricultural crops, while preserving and respecting ecology. It is located in the Maranura district, La Convencion Province, Cusco Region – in the Quillabamba Jungle.  15 hectares are cultivated, with help from a micro-climate that favours the entire region for the cultivation and harvest of various organic products such as: varieties of cocoa chuncho and creole, coffee, coca, mango, citrus, exotic fruits and other native shrubs and medicinal plants in the area.

Before or after visiting Machu Picchu, head there to experience agritourism at its finest.  World-famous chef Gordon Ramsay did – visiting recently, in collaboration with National Geographic and the BBC.

Click here to find out more:  http://elmangal.com/

MONTEMAR Eco-luxury villas – Galapagos

Montemar collects 100% of the water from rain. Clouds arrive at Galapagos without any contact with civilization for thousands of miles. You will both drink and shower in some of the most natural waters on Earth. It generates 99% of the energy used in its operation from solar panels and solar water heater.  Nature provided the local materials used for 70% of the volume of the construction. Besides providing camouflage, our local Bamboo, Spanish Cedar and Lava Rocks help to create an authentically pleasant atmosphere.

In Montemar, they live and work with nature. For this reason, they apply biodynamic practices to improve the soil, to keep the plants healthy and eradicate invasive species. This allows them to offer a natural, exotic and specialty coffee with sweet tones of dry red fruits, chocolate and nuts.  Montemar grows much of the organic food that you will taste during your stay. Free range, organic chickens and ingredients from the organic, biodynamic garden are a great plus for your taste-buds.

With the dream to restore an abandoned pasture, they have planted several varieties of arabica coffee that grow under the shade of tropical fruits and native trees. Montemar coffee supports the rehabilitation of ecosystems for Galapagos Tortoises that graze in the farm.

Click here to find out more:  https://montemar.ec/coffee

Tapichalaca Reserve – Palanda – Ecuador

This coffee is for the birds.  The project involves Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco and APECAP, the Association of Organic Coffee Growers of Palanda. Palanda is a small town located near the Tapichalaca Reserve, in Zamora Chinchipe province, south of Ecuador. The Association groups 190 coffee producing families, which also produce bananas, honey, guavas.  It is managed in a sustainable way, balancing the interests of the local community with those of the local flora and fauna – the natural environment.

Click here to find out more:  https://www.jocotoco.org/wb#/EN/AVESYREFORESTACION

Stay in the reserve at Casa Simpson – surrounded by hummingbirds, in the heart of Ecuadorian cloud forest:  https://www.jocotoco.org/wb#/EN/Tapichalaca

Finca Miravalle – El Salvador

Finca Miravalle is located in the fertile foothills of El Salvador’s Santa Ana volcano, at an altitude of 1,700 to 1,800 metres above sea level. This small farm is owned and managed by Dr. Jaime Ernesto Riera Menendez, whose family has been producing coffee in El Salvador for several generations. Although Dr. Menendez has a full-time job as a Gastroenterologist, he still maintains the love for coffee farming that runs deep in his family. His legacy, in turn, is some stunning coffees produced on Miravalle’s high slopes (the farm has placed in the Cup of Excellence for the last three years running) and a passion for farming coffee that he has been passed on to his son, Jaime, as well.

The farm’s first picking is Mid-February through March. At this time, the farm’s year-round staff of 2 expands to about 35 to accommodate the 3 passes necessary to complete the harvest. Workers are paid up to 40% above the legal minimum wage due to the scarcity of labour resulting from migration after the eruption of the Santa Ana volcano in 2005. The farm produces approximately 300 sacks of cherry per year or about 250-300 quintales of green coffee (yields of about 20 quintales per hectare). This relatively high yield despite the farm’s altitude, which contributes to slow cherry development, is a testament to the farm’s careful management.

Click here to find out more:  https://www.coffeehunter.com/the-coffee/finca-miravalle/