Tropical Flowers & Fruit Extravaganza
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Approximately 5 Hours
A 60-minute transfer by air-conditioned van brings you to the Hagia Sophia (Sacred Wisdom) project, conceived with the objective of providing regional farmers with new, more productive and environmentally-friendly crops in lieu of corn.
From the entrance to the short creek trail, you will walk about 500 yards past an amazing exhibition of flowers, foliage, plants and trees. Sample some of the fruits in season and enjoy refreshments. In addition to local species, some thirty to forty varieties of tropical flowers, foliage and fruits from different regions and countries have been successfully introduced to the region, with the end-product being an amazing and interesting horticultural display. The main fruit grown here is rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), considered exotic for people outside of Southeast Asia, where it's a relatively common fruit -- similar to the way apples are so familiar in the Western Hemisphere. At the end of the trail, where the fruit greenhouse is located, you will find a peninsula formed by the river.
The estate is a natural wonder in itself, located between 1,000 to 1,300 feet above sea level. It is home of a wide variety of birds and butterflies that you can observe in their natural habitat.
Wear long pants, a hat, insect repellent and comfortable walking shoes. Minimum age is 12 years. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.