Located in the Northern Central valley of Costa Rica one hour East of the famous Arenal Volcano is the small community of La Flor in the region of Rio Cuarto, the Go Tico! host community. With about 300 residents, the town also has a religious hall, elementary school, soccer plaza, and an expansive Dole pineapple plantation. A single dirt road runs the length of the town, extending toward more sizable Pital to the Northwest and Venecia to the Southwest.
La Flor is a wonderfully safe and friendly community, and many of the residents are extended family or friends who have lived in the town for years. Most men in the community work in agriculture, specifically pineapple, transporting, harvesting or managing plantations. Most women care for children or grandchildren at home while also running a small side business, such as baking, sewing or raising chickens and selling their goods to residents or nearby towns. The local grocery store is a 15 minute walk away in nearby La Tabla. The odds of crossing paths with a sloth, some leaf cutter ants, a toucan, or a poison dart frog en route are high. Nearby is a freshwater, spring-fed river that forms a cool, clean swimming hole many residents frequent, as the climate is quite hot and often humid.
The community of La Flor is incredibly welcoming and enjoy hosting visitors in their community. Residents love to share their culture and are eager to engage with international travelers.