$32 per person
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Cane Mill
Farming Experience in Rancho Quemado, Costa Rica · Hosted by Noemy and Johnny

5 hours
1 - 20 people
Low Difficulty
Available Mon - Sat, 8am
Speaks Spanish
English interpreters available

About the experience

Learn how to cut, peel and process sugar cane using a traditional mill that is operated by horses (traditionally, oxen). Watch the sweet juice pour out as the sugar cane is passed through the mill. Then, help stir the juice over a wood burning fire to create a thick soup. When it is ready, you will pour the mixture into traditional molds, to form the sugar cane final product. Add peanuts, herbs, and different flavors to your liking. Then later, when everything has cooled down, enjoy some local food, such as patacones or banana ceviche, served on banana leaves. Just don't leave before the sugar cane candies are ready to eat with some coffee!

About 50 years ago there was only dulce from sugar cane, there was no processed sugar. Now everything is industrialized and everyone just buys sugar. From sugar cane, we can make sweet juice, candies. honey, caramel, and have natural sweeteners for our coffee and tea.

What's provided

Snack and sugar cane tasting. You can also purchase candies as souvenirs.

What your should bring

Sneakers, insect repellent, drinking water, and a camera.


About Noemy and Johnny

Johnny and Noemy have been active members of change in the community. When agriculture prices dropped and work became difficult in Rancho Quemado, most people left. Johny and Noemy stayed, believing it was a good place to people and knowing that they could be part of what makes Rancho Quemado prosper. They learned what community really meant during the difficult economic times.

The sugar cane mill is called Don Carmen, named after Johnny's father, the inspiration. Don Carmen will turn 93 this year.