Hidden Gems

Hands-On Foodie Experiences: Hidden Gems of Costa Rica

Locations in this article:  Anchorage, AK


Costa Rica is a country literally named for its beautiful coastline. It’s known for its scenery, and is famous for outdoor adventures like zip lining and kayaking. Travelers come from far and wide to explore coffee plantations and hand-crafted chocolate making.

But there’s another culinary experience you may not know about.

If you’re persistent enough to make the long trek to the village of Santa Juana, you’ll discover sugar cane being harvested the old-fashioned and organic way.

Using the power of the oxen, a trapice crushes sugar cane to extract its juice. This organic, unbleached, raw cane sugar will make it hard to go back to the white, processed stuff in packets.

Watch as Peter goes hands-on in the Costa Rican sugar-making process:

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