Maricao is known as ‘El Pueblo de tas Indieras” (town of Indian settlements) and is set around a small plaza at the western edge of Puerto Rico's interior mountains. Not many tourists make the hour and a half drive from the beach along winding roads to this little place. But the annual coffee harvest festival draws many locals for three days of merriment including local food, crafts, music and of course COFFEE.
We got lost only two times. Our GPS put us in Algeria, but vacation time allows for map confusion.
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Coffee harvest festival
Not many tourists find their way here, but many locals come from mountain villages for a three day fest of food, music, crafts, merriment and of course coffee. The come by foot, bike, car, bus and bring the entire family
Local food shop
The signs are in Spanish and no one brought a guide book. The best way to sample local foods is to point to the tastiest looking item and cross your fingers it will not be too spicy.
My experience with local food is best described as eat the bowl as the bowl is french fried potato straws crunched into bowl shape and filled with chicken, unidentified veggies, and salsa. Yep, I ate the whole bowl
Festive at festival
Two bands were playing salsa music. Everyone was in the zone. When this lady stopped dancing, the crowd applauded. The band stood up and applauded.
How to make coffee
Bill (limited Spanish) and coffee grower (limited English) find coffee is their common language. Bill learns that it is not enough to grind the right fresh beans the right way and to use filtered water, he must also make and keep coffee at the right temperaature.
After the 90 minute ride back to our beach hut and our GPS still placing us in Algeria, Bill makes coffee while the Lazy Ladies discuss the fine art of wading