Costa Rican Candy

Sometimes we travel for adventure, and sometimes we travel to relax.  This month we were definitely doing the latter on a wonderful cruise to the Panama Canal.

And when we set out to relax, we know we’re better off taking tours than trying to read maps, communicate with our limited other-than-English speaking skills, and catch taxis.

So… here are some happy moments from a beautiful excursion in Costa Rica.

We rode for miles and miles into the volcanic mountains, past fields and fields of bananas, into cool air and magnificent views.

Our day was spent at Hacienda Tayutic which began as a coffee plantation, but through the years grew macadamia nuts and eventually sugar cane.

My favorite part of the day was the candy making. 

The cows turned the press to get the fresh sugar cane juice, and the men cooked it into the most amazingly flavorful brown sugar you could ever imagine.



They cooked that with macadamia nuts into a fabulous hunk of candy!  Rich in flavor… a very strong taste of sugar cane molasses.  (I had several sample bites!)


A delicious lunch with the most peaceful view, flowers blooming all around us, old original buildings speaking of simpler times.  It was a lovely day for strolling slowly, drinking in the views along with some of that wonderfully smooth Costa Rican coffee. 

I hope to return!


6 Responses to “Costa Rican Candy”

  1. Sandy says:

    These are more of the photos I accidentally deleted, which were thankfully retrieved. While I sat enjoying the demonstration and eating the goodies.. Gary was taking these wonderful pictures. Just had to share a few with you!

  2. Kim says:

    Wonderful! You should write a travel magazine with wonderful photos!

  3. Pam says:

    What wonderful photos! I’m so glad you were able to get them back!

  4. Bette says:

    What beautiful scenery!!!

  5. Sandy says:

    Thanks, everyone. Here’s my plan… one of these days I shall print up some wonderful coffee mugs with great travel photos. Then you’ll all have to purchase one. This shall fund my traveling, making it a business, and I’ll go around the globe telling you all about it.

    Doesn’t that sound like a marvelous plan. ha ha!

    We think we’re keeping our “day job”!

  6. Jan and Rick says:

    Great pics

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