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Rural Experiences

An authentic rural experience

To create an authentic rural experience, which creates an interrelation between the Mollejones community and its visitors.

This is achieved by offering a product with our essence, committed to inclusion, to the principles of sustainability and socio-cultural tourism activation.

Please note: These experiences are booked with and operated directly by the community of Mollejones. The following experiences do not include transportation or a guide, but you’ll be greeted by a host from the community with basic English skills.

Our kitchen

Unique flavors

The preparation of the traditional corn tortillas has a lot of work behind. Starting with the cob cooked with ashes, the husking of the corn, grinding it to make the dough, and from there the preparation of two delicious product: the tortillas with cheese and the bread baked in home-made tin ovens.

Some of the experiences we offer:

  • Patting my tortilla

  • Traditional artisan bread
  • We harvest Chileras (homemade hot sauces)
  • The flavor of guava

Our community

Mollejones is a beautiful town of 240 hectares located in the mountains of Turrialba, currently 210 people live here.

The community was founded approximately 86 years ago, back in the 1930s. When Mr. Arnoldo Ramírez arrived in 1935 and 5 families were already living here.

The community joined with other people who had settled in the nearby area and together they developed an economy based on agriculture: growing rice, beans, corn, coffee, sugarcane and bananas. Later, domestic animals such as chickens, pigs and cattle were introduced.

THE REAL RURAL EXPERIENCE


One Day in Mollejones
  • Arrival to the town of Mollejones
  • Visit the traditional sugar cane mill
  • Lunch
  • Learn to bake home-made bread
  • Cultural activity
  • Farewell

$55.00

Per person
(2 persons minimum)

EXPERIENCE OUR CULTURE
1 night & 2 days

Day 1

  • Arrival to the town of Mollejones
  • Visit the traditional sugar cane mill
  • Lunch
  • Learn to bake home-made bread
  • Cultural activity
  • Arrival to host family
  • Free time
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to the jalapeño farm
  • Visit the butterfly garden
  • Lunch
  • Learn to make tortillas
  • Cultural Activity
  • Farewell

$139

Per person
(2 persons minimum)

BECOME A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY
2 nights & 3 days

Day 1

  • Arrival to the town of Mollejones
  • Visit the traditional sugar cane mill
  • Lunch
  • Learn to bake home-made bread
  • Cultural activity
  • Arrival to host family
  • Free time
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to the jalapeño farm
  • Visit the butterfly garden
  • Lunch
  • Learn to make tortillas
  • Cultural Activity
  • Free time
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the guava farm
  • Gathering with the village elders
  • Lunch
  • Cultural activity
  • Farewell

$219

Per person
(2 persons minimum)

CONSIDER FOR YOUR COMFORT AND PERSONAL SAFETY

  • Comfortable, fast-drying clothes that you can wear for hiking
  • Hiking shoes
  • Repellent
  • A change of clothes

VISIT POLICIES

  • Minors cannot go out alone
  • No alcoholic drinks and no smoking in the host family’s house
  • No smoking within 20mts around the host family’s house
OUR WEALTH

INTANGIBLE HERITAGE

The most valuable part of our visit will be sharing with the elders of the community. They’ll tell us their stories of what the town used to be like, its foundation and even teach us games and even show some tools and gadgets of those times. On top of this, a cultural night is included, where typical dances, traditional games and typical dishes are shared.

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

THE RICE MILL

The Pilón de Arroz (big wooden pestle and mortar used to mill rice) is part of the local culture, since Mollejones is one of the few high-altitude communities that produce rice, which differentiates them from other areas in Turrialba.

ACTIVITIES
& ATTRACTIONS

  • HACIENDA RC

    TRADITIONAL SUGAR CANE MILL, THE SWEET TRADITION OF THE CANE

    This sugar mill experience will allow you to learn about the sugar cane crop and the variety of products that are derived from it. The farmer will explain you the varieties of the cane and will show the process that is carried out with it until a finished product is obtained. You will be able to take part in every step of the process and taste the different sugar cane products. In this activity you will experience one of our most important traditions, in a genuine way to live the cultural heritage of Costa Rica.

  • MOLLEJONES ESSENCE

    SHARING VALUES AND TRADITIONS

    This activity is carried out by different people in the community in an effort to rescue the traditions and values of our grandparents with dances, traditional games and agriculture. With a demonstration of how  the rice crop is sown and harvested in our community, each participant learns and gets involved in an authentic cultural exchange. We carry out this activity before the visitor leaves, thanking them for their stay and sharing our inherited values.

  • PATTING MY TORTILLA

    RESCUING THE CORN TRADITION
    In this activity you will listen to the life story of a housewife immersed in tradition, she will show us the process of cooking corn and how she grinds it to obtain the dough for making tortillas. Each visitor will have the opportunity to prepare their own tortilla and taste it.
  • GATHERING WITH THE VILLAGE ELDERS

    KNOWING OUR ROOTS, INHERITING VALUES
    One of the objectives of ACE Turismo Mollejones is to involve the elderly, the experience consists of visiting an elderly person, we listen to their life anecdotes, and how they forged our community. This project is very important because older adults feel integrated to the community, valued and loved, filling them with life. After each visit they talk about it for days, they also get benefits from these such as: wheelchairs, articles for personal use, financial aid, an annual party in honor of adults over 65 years of age, among other resources achieved for their greater well-being. We have understood that community development is forged from our roots and passed from generation to generation; this is why caring for the elderly characterizes our community.
  • ART-TRADITIONAL BREAD

    THE FLAVOR OF OUR PEOPLE, FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
    It is an experience where the visitor can enjoy a traditional product and learn an ancestral craft: baking home-made bread. You'll be introduced to the ingredients used and the preparation of the dough, then how different types of bread are made, where each person can choose to shape their creations as shown or let creativity fly and come up with their own. Once finished, we’ll bake it in a fire-wood tin oven, and after 5 to 10 minutes you’ll get to taste delicious homemade bread made by you.
  • BUTTERFLY HOME

    BLUE WINGS, HARMONY FOR TIQUICIA
    In this experience you’ll hear the story of a family that migrated from Mollejones to the city and came back to town to undertake the project of a butterfly farm. You'll visit the butterfly farm, see the butterflies' living area, as well as a laboratory, and learn about the life and breeding of butterflies. They also have a souvenir shop where different crafts are made with the butterflies that die naturally.
  • PEPPERS

    ONE PLANT AT THE TIME WE SOW OUR DREAMS AND HARVEST CHILERAS
    This activity allows the visitor to learn the story of an entrepreneur housewife who has a Jalapeño pepper plantation. She will explain in depth the crop, the care required and the conditions for the harvest. You can take part in the sowing, maintenance and harvesting of the peppers all the way to processing, as well as tasting her famous Chileras (homemade hot sauces).
  • FINCA DON PITO

    RENEWING AND PRESERVING THE QUALITY AND SWEET FLAVOR OF GUAVA
    This activity allows you to interact with the farmer and learn about the guava production. You’ll also learn and help on the layering technique for the reproduction of guava trees. You'll get explanations about production, planting, growth and harvest of the fruit, and you can take part in this entire process. At the end of the activity, you’ll taste the fruit and finished products such as jellies or juices.

WE CONTINUE TO GROW, WAITING FOR YOUR VISIT TO ENJOY THE WARMTH AND ACTIVITIES OF OUR COMMUNITY

FIRST CAR ARRIVED

1958

MOLLEJONES SCHOOL WAS FOUNDED

1964

ELECTRICITY ARRIVES TO MOLLEJONES

1982

FIRST TEMPLE GOT BUILT, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF MOLLEJONES

1984

A SECOND RELIGION ARRIVED, THE WORLD MISSIONARY MOVEMENT

1990

INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ADI IN SPANISH) IS CREATED

1990

DUE TO LIMON EARTHQUAKE, A NEW COMMUNITY ARRANGEMENT AND STRUCTURE IS CREATED

1991

HEALTH CENTER (EBAIS) IS BUILT BECAUSE OF THE NEED OF HEALTH SERVICES

2001

LANDLINES ARRIVE

2009

COMMUNITY OFFICIALLY OPENS ITS DOORS TO RURAL TOURISM

2010

Construction of the multi-purpose court

2010

WORLD RAFTING CUP IS HELD IN PACUARE RIVER AND ATHLETES ARE HOSTED IN MOLLEJONES. ITS THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THIS CUP IS CARBON NEUTRAL

2010

FIRST CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL FESTIVAL IS HELD

2018

MOLLEJONES-EXPLORNATURA CONSORTIUM IS BORN

2020

WE CONTINUE TO GROW, WAITING FOR YOUR VISIT TO ENJOY THE WARMTH AND ACTIVITIES OF OUR COMMUNITY

  • TURRIALBA IS THE CANTON IN WHICH MOLLEJONES TOWN IS LOCATED.

  • THE HISTORY OF THE CANTON POSITIONS IT AS AN INDIGENOUS TERRITORY.

  • THE GUAYABO NATIONAL MONUMENT IS AN INDIGENOUS SETTLEMENT THAT STARTED AROUND 1500 BC. AND IT WAS INHABITED UNTIL THE YEAR 1400 AD, WHERE DEVELOPEMENT WORK STANDS OUT SUCH AS ITS AQUEDUCT, DECLARED IN 2009 “WORLD HERITAGE OF ENGINEERING” BY THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, stood out. (CFIA, 2009).

COSTARICAN ADDRESS

We are located 31 kilometers to the East of the Turrialba Valley taking route # 10 (Turrialba-Siquirres) for 22 kilometers, when you arrive at the El Cruce restaurant, take the entrance on the right and for 9 kilometers along the dirt road.