Puerto Chiapas, Mexico and Peacock update

A 90 minute drive over bumpy roads to the Argovia Estate and Flower Planation in the Sierra Madre Mountains was unexpectedly one of the most interesting tours of the cruise. Argovia was founded in 1880 and is one of the oldest coffee producers in the region. In 1995, a coffee fungus destroyed the coffee production so Argovia transformed portions of the estate into a cultivation area for over 125 species of tropical plants. Argovia was the first company to produce flowers in a sustainable manner.

The plantation employs a water treatment plant that recycles residual water and waste products from the coffee drying process are used as an organic fertilizer. The electricity is supplied by a 100 year-old hydroelectric plant on the premises.

After a delicious buffet lunch, everyone was given a beautiful anthurium as a souvenir.

Monica at Argovia

Tuesday and Wednesday were classes with Sue as the Westerdam traveled 1136 miles to our next port of Cabo San Lucus, Mexico. I continued working on my peacock that I began at Madeline Island June 2017. I was able to finish all the embellishing stitching on the peacock feathers and I got a good start on a stitch plan for the wing. When I finish stitching the peacock, I will begin the background embellish stitching.

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