Finca Monte Galan (con loco tico) is located in a mountainous region between San Jose and the Pacific Ocean. The nearby village is called Galan (Spanish for “gallant” or “handsome”), and is so small the area school has only two students!
The area is principally Conservation Reserve land so there is very little by way of development. As a result the biodiversity is incredible with amazing things like huge shade grown coffee plantations (the banana trees provide the shade!), gargantuan teak, mahogany, and cedar trees, and bamboo everywhere. Monkeys swing along tree tops in the evenings, and macaws, chestnut mandible toucans, hummingbirds and parrots are everywhere. It’s unbelievable!
The farm is about an hour’s 4-wheel drive from anything considered civilization, on seriously scary and eroded, cliff-side paths. Little Tico huts dot the landscape. But the white knuckle drive is worth it to arrive at what feels like someplace near the gates of heaven. The views are breathtaking and the land is a gorgeous mix of hillside grassland and deep, dense, lush jungle. Mountain streams flank the parcel on the north and south.
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