While Lapa Rios also has a garden growing various plants such as cilantro, which is used in the kitchen, the main focus here is actually not production, but teaching the employees the organic process so they can spread it within the community. Some other odder ones including selling the frying oil not just from Lapa Rios, but also around in Puerto Jimenez to be converted to bio diesel or pushing employees to “motocycle-pool” (their very special version of carpooling!).
But this still hasn’t answered the question of the odd tour name. How are pigs involved?!? Well, Lapa Rios actually has a pig farm. The pigs are fed the scraps reducing waste, then the pigs’ manure is transformed into methane and other gases, which is used in the employee staff kitchen. No, I swear, this is real. Apparently, an average 150-pound pig can produce approximately 4.1 cubic feet of gas per day!
If you’re like me, you have no idea what these numbers mean, but I saw firsthand how the huge “bag” collected the gas, then a pipe led to the kitchen, and lo and behold, when you turned on the stove, it was connected all the way to the pig farm. Quite amazing! But not only that, Lapa Rios allows employees to buy the pork from the pigs at half the market price of whatever it is selling in Puerto Jimenez. The thing is, not only is the pork from the pigs much cheaper, but it is actually of much better quality since the pork is organic and free-range. Although it could obviously be sold at a much higher profit in the market place, the idea is to allow employees to have access to a very high quality meat that they may not usually have the opportunity of trying.