On the way up to Poas Volcano. San Jose lies at our feet.
Hills are covered with coffee plants.
Ella under a Poor Man's Umbrella plant
The Poas Volcano's crater. Mist rolling in and steam arising from the crater.
Hike up from the Poas Volcano crater and you will find Botas Lagoon, an inactive crater filled with water.
Beautiful flowers and plants in the Poas Volcano area.
Rolling hills on our way down from the Poas Volcano.
Lots of dairy cows.
We made a stop at the Doka coffee plantation.
The obstacle course amongst the coffee plants.
Tiny coffee plant seedlings.
Our guide tells us about the process of raising, cultivating, and roasting coffee.
They also grew fruit for the workers to enjoy.
The guide talks about the separation of the beans from good quality to lesser quality.
The warehouse is filled with bags of coffee beans from...
floor to ceiling.
Most of the top quality beans are sent overseas where people are willing to pay top prices while the beans of lesser quality are kept in the country where the people are content with the quality for less of a price.
The beans are ranged from light to medium to dark roast. Trays show roasted and unroasted beans.
The Doka Estate had a beautiful butterfly garden where the insects flew around from plant to plant.
Some might stay still for a few seconds to be captured on film.
Others clung to the nets for a brief stop.
Or rested on a boulder.
Or stopped on a plant leaf.
Downtown San Jose is a busy place.
The church is always part of the main plaza.
The flowering tree is a Savannah Oak which stands outside the Concert Hall.