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Hotel Meets First Carbon-Neutral Farm in Costa Rica

by Mary Melnick

Aug 10, 2023

© Hotel Belmar

Destinations / Latin America

Agricultural tourism continues to grow as a popular trend for travelers looking for an authentic experience. A visit to a farm provides the perfect opportunity to see, smell, taste, touch and learn where food comes from.


Costa Rica, famed for its extensive sustainability efforts, holds secrets for purpose-led travelers, and at Hotel Belmar’s Finca Madre Tierra, visitors can experience the country’s first carbon-neutral farm. The family-owned farm, established by Vera Zeledon, founder, Hotel Belmar, offers a real Costa Rican farm experience where guests can learn about sustainable agriculture, see how artisanal products are made and participate in hands-on experiences.


Finca Madre Tierra is the result of the Belmar family’s dedication to sustainability and the preservation of the environment. The surrounding region inspired the group to offer guests a chance to experience the farm. Guests participate in hands-on activities like picking coffee beans, milking cows and grinding sugar cane; enjoying fresh-made snacks; and taking horseback rides through the countryside with bilingual guides.


In addition to the farm experience, Finca Madre Tierra is a crucial part of the hotel’s regenerative dining program. The farm provides ingredients for its restaurant, brewery and food store, including herbs, organic fruits and vegetables, shade-grown coffee, fresh cheese, free-range eggs and other seasonal favorites.


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