Finca El Cisne
Farther along this same road and a 45-minute drive from Copán Ruinas is a century-old, 1,000-hectare coffee farm where you can ride horseback, tour the coffee and cardamom plantations, and bathe in jungle hot springs.
Cowboy Carlos Castejón, whose family owns the farm, leads most trips and speaks English well. He can show you around the farm and show you everything you ever wanted to know about coffee cultivation. The farm also produces breadfruit, beans, avocados, corn, plantains, and oranges, among other crops.
Day trips (leaving at 8 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m., $50) include horseback riding, visits to the cardamom and coffee fields, lunch, and a visit to the nearby hot springs.
You can also stay overnight in a cozy solar-powered cabin with all of the above plus meals for $75. The booking and information office is across the street from the Via Via in a shared office with Basecamp Outdoor Adventures.
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