To create an authentic rural tourism experience in Costa Rica, 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.
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
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 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.
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.
RURAL TOURISM EXPERIENCE IN COSTA RICA
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).
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.