Mike and I were apart for 4 weeks and I would have enjoyed my 1st full day with him pretty much anywhere. We chose to spend it on a tour with Bruno Kuppinger, a German expat guide recommended by Kate and Ian of Hickatee Cottages. Another night of heavy rain removed Blue Creek hiking and caving from the itinerary and nearly cost us the rest of the tour; Ian drove us to this water crossing and gingerly made his way across to where Bruno was waiting on the other side.
We made our way to the jungle farm of Eladio Pop. This fantastic man charged through his jungle property talking a steady stream about his farming practices and spiritual beliefs, whacking all sorts of food bits for us to try from the surrounding growth, setting snare traps, dragging buckets of slimey 'jungle beer' from the bush, and sharing medicinal plant recipes followed by "I've proved it myself". The photos are in chronological order.
The main cash crop is cacao - chocolate. The pods grow from the trunk and main branches.
Afterwards, Bruno took us to see the local furniture factory he's restarting with beautiful local wood.