Lonely Planet review
Tomas and Hannah, the bakers and distillers of all things vinegary, spicy and sweet in El Castillo, have a finca , a lovely 45-minute hike from Rancho Margot. It's set within the national park, where they grow organic peach palm, hearts of palm and bananas, protected by 50 species of indigenous plants to keep pests at bay. Tomas leads the hiking tour, and that's the one you should do if you want to learn about a highly nutritious indigenous crop that local people lived off for generations, much like the Native Americans did with corn. There are over 200 varieties of peach palm. Some feed humans, others feed livestock, and still others give you an extremely hard, flexible wood, a la bamboo. Yes, Tomas would like to start a peach palm revolution.