Pineapple Tour in Atlantida

When we think of Atlantida, we usually think of the banana companies that developed the area over 100 years ago, however, around La Ceiba, pineapples are a much more important crop than bananas!

When we think of Atlantida, we usually think of the banana companies that developed the area over 100 years ago, however, around La Ceiba, pineapples are a much more important crop than bananas! If you flew or drove into La Ceiba, you surely noticed expansive pineapple fields just west of the city. These all belong to the Standard Fruit Company of Honduras, which is a subsidiary of Dole Fruits. It might sound incredible, but many people have never ever seen a pineapple plant, and many believe these fruits grow in trees, so this pineapple tour is a great opportunity to learn more about this tasty sweet fruit that we all love!

The Standard Fruit Company pineapple production is a certified ISO operation, and therefore access to the fields and facilities is restricted. They have, however, made an alliance with the community owned Reservaciones La Ceiba tour operator to allow visitation through a series of conditions. This is truly a unique tour not only to Honduras, but in all of Central America!

Tour Begins
The tour begins at the Agropor facilities, which is the corporation that manages the plantations. Here you will board the “chalana” a tractor towed trailer designed to transport the workers into the pineapple fields. You will be provided with a remote communications system so that you can hear your guide while you are wearing your earphones, thus allowing you to listen to what your guide is telling you. Photographs are not allowed within the plantations, except for designated areas, so please refrain from taking pictures unless specifically told that you can.

As you tour the plantations, you will see fields with different stages of production, from land being prepared to be planted all the way to plants with fruits ready to be handpicked. A pineapple plants take about a year to produce one and only one pineapple. After the crop is picked, offshoots grow on the plant which can be used to replant again for another single pineapple within a year! At one point the tractor will stop and you will be allowed to descend and get a close up view of the pineapple plants.

Zacate River
After touring the plantations, the pineapple tour continues on to the Zacate River. There you will enjoy a pleasant, beautiful and natural swimming hole, just below a small fall. Here you can take as many pictures as you wish, as well as take a refreshing dip in the water. You will also have a chance to taste some of the pineapples that come from the fields that you just visited, which will be served as a small snack for your enjoyment.

If you are with a group, you can alternately arrange for tour to end in the beaches of El Porvenir instead of the Zacate River area. This option would allow you to purchase lunch on the beach and enjoy a cold beverage to accompany it.

Duration of Trip
The pineapple tour usually begins in La Ceiba, and transportation from town to the facilities will take about 20 minutes. If you are coming from Tela, the travel time to the facilities will be around one hour. The tour itself takes about 2 hours. Make sure you bring some sun screen, a hat, and your camera to take pictures when allowed. It is always good to have your bathing suit just in case you can’t resist the temptation of jumping in the water after your pineapple tour!
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