In my last post, I took the uncomfortable step of pledging to be more direct in reviews of certain hostels, tours etc. There’s no point in writing a review if you’re not honest! It shouldn’t have to make me feel uncomfortable if I’m being unbiased. The reason why I wrote that last post is because I need to come clean about my feelings for Rio Muchacho Farm near Canoa and would be really happy to get feedback on this because I felt like it’s not living up to it’s ethos as well as the sparkling comments it received in Lonely Planet- I also have to say that it was the last time I really took a recommendation from LP because I just feel like it’s not for me; a bit commercial, outdated and sometimes it delivers a big misrepresentation of a place which is ultimately misleading. Ok, here goes.
Even though the $45 fee per person was a bit steep for us, we decided to go to Rio Muchacho Farm because it sounded just perfect. The large plot of land was bought over forty years ago and was showing the effects of heavy deforestation due to coffee plantation (I think it was coffee but don’t quote me on that bit). Following years of dedication, it has been taken back to it’s former glory through reintroduction of native trees and plants, cultivation of organic crops and an advanced water cleaning system. It was billed as an exemplary display of sustainable living and I was so excited to go on a tour.