BANANA FARM & COMMUNITY EXPLORATION
One of the best ways to get to know an area and learn its customs and culture is to meet its people. At the end of this half-day tour, you’ll not only acquire a deeper understanding of the local people, but you’ll also have the opportunity to see the inner workings of a banana plantation […]
One of the best ways to get to know an area and learn its customs and culture is to meet its people. At the end of this half-day tour, you’ll not only acquire a deeper understanding of the local people, but you’ll also have the opportunity to see the inner workings of a banana plantation cooperative and learn how the sales of bananas are distributed among the community members. A portion of the proceeds of this tour will go to the local community center to help the families of the cooperative.
Your enlightening adventure begins as you board your transportation at the pier and travel through the scenic countryside to the tropical banana plantation that overflows with tall banana trees. Once you disembark, you’ll meet your plantation guide who will take you on a walking tour of the plantation. As you stroll the grounds you’ll learn about the history of the region, its people and traditions, as well as the banana-growing and harvesting process. Your next visit will be to the banana packing plant. Here, you’ll witness how the entire community works to pack the bananas that they’ve cultivated before being shipped to buyers throughout the country. Being a cooperative, all the proceeds from the sales of the bananas are distributed between each of the community members.
Next on your itinerary is a drive into the nearby town that owns and operates the banana cooperative. Here, you’ll get to visit a local elementary school and meet with the children, their dedicated teachers, and several social workers. Devoted to improving the lives of the local residents, the community center has instituted programs aimed at improving the literacy of the adult population and has also established Internet facilities to help the local children and adults learn about the world and improve their computer literacy. During your visit, you’ll be given a school kit, which contains several of the basic day-to-day needs of the children and you can make a donation.
WHAT TO BRING
- Comfortable shoes
- Money for tips and souvenirs
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