The problem with visiting paradise is that you can never stay there long enough and reality hits you twice as hard when you come back. If riding horseback across hills of lush green countryside and through rushing streams in a cowboy hat is what you’d describe as your thing then a visit to Finca El Cisne is a must. Cowboy hats not your thing? What about roaming field after field of fruit trees and being able to cut down a piece when you fancy? Where you can pick avocados from trees when their ready to eat rather than storing them in paper bags for days. Where ginger (photographed above) is pulled straight from the ground. Or how about a place where you sit down to a meal consisting of dish after dish of food; all of which has come out of the ground or plucked from a tree within a two mile radius? Or drinking coffee that was harvested, dried and roasted across the street that’s served with milk that was only milked from a cow an hour ago. And if you still don’t really think it’s your thing then let me just be so bold as to say, it would be after a visit to Finca El Cisne. If ever I had a desire to move out to the countryside and live solely on what I grew- it was after a visit to the Finca. And it’s not because I think it would be easy but once you’ve tasted food this fresh, then you’ll know it’s even harder to go back to Trader Joe’s.
A diversion in our planned route in Honduras led Don and I to this little gem- and the highlight of our Central American honeymoon. I usually save my reviews for Tripadvisor, but being that this is a foodblog I felt impelled to gush about it on here too. Finca means plantation and Finca el Cisne is primarily a coffee and cardomom plantation that is set in the Honduran hills about 10 km from the Guatemalan border and 25km from the famous Maya ruins in Copan. It is a working farm, with an agrotourism component. You can stay there, for up to three days and learn about the production of coffee and cardomom- did you know for instance that farmers only earn about $.60 per pound of coffee compared to the $9/10 we pay per pound? Just another reason to buy fairtrade.
But aside from a new insight into the coffee industry, a visit to the Finca will immerse you in a life where the chickens roam free, bananas grown in on trees, corn is hand milled to make tortillas, cooking is done on woodburning stoves and evening meals are served by candlelight. Oh, and the only noises you can hear are the crickets at night and the roosters warming up their vocals in the morning. There certainly isn’t incessant drilling going on in the aparment above, or the hammering to the one on my left or the noise of traffic out the window…. well, like I said- reality hits twice as hard.