Domaine de l'Habitation la Griveliere, Vieux-Habitants

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Get to know the inner workings of a coffee plantation at Domaine de l'Habitation la Griveliere. Founded in the 17th century, the plantation boasts a long history of producing fine crops in the area. Coffee is not the only product grown here, however. Take a tour and identify trees like cocoa, banana, bread fruit, coconut, cinnamon, and vanilla. Learn about the hard work that goes into growing and harvesting the products, and if you choose a tasting tour, sample the produce of the plantation. Be careful when visiting, as the road is narrow, steep, and quite bumpy. Also be aware that the plantation only offers tours in French. Add Domaine de l'Habitation la Griveliere to your Vieux-Habitants travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Vieux-Habitants trip planner .
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  • Very nice ride and discovery at the heart of the rainforest through explanations and humor of Sophie. Watch out for the slippery stones in wet weather!
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  • We visit this property were received by a very charming and very bubbly person (aka Gisele Sophie). She was our guide and she regaled us throughout the visit.
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  • The attraction of the place starts with a beautiful road amount toward the heart of the island in the middle of the lush vegetation. The field looks to be at the end of the world and the plants of coffee and cocoa are scattered through the surrounding forest. Quiet and well commented, visit a true pleasure.
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  • accessible only via guided tour in French, worth visiting to learn about locally-cultivated food plants and see how coffee was processed before electricity. You can get lunch there made with garden produce, which we should have done (we took the first tour of the day and didn't expect it would last as long as it did, until 1130 or so), and every tour ends with a sample of the local brew. You can get a bag of beans in the gift shop as well as local chocolate and honey. Good bathrooms which you probably will need after that coffee. If you visit, note that the drive up is pretty hairy (our car stalled out). There are some hiking trails that start from the plantation parking lot taking you into the jungle where you can see some waterfalls, but most are pretty difficult and long (the plantation staff suggested using a mountain guide).
  • Unfortunately site is closed until further notice due to Major (re) construction
  • Worth visiting simply for the views. Absolutely beautiful location, and the road up is an adventure in and of itself
  • Wonderful tour about the history, vegetation, and coffee processing. Guides speak some English.
  • Great visit and guide of the coffee harvest.

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