The 145-hectare, main section of the plantation is 256 kilometers from
Panama City, before arriving at the community of Yaviza, on the opposite
side of the Chucunaque River from the Interamerican Highway. A 0.5-hectare
staging area with an 800-ft. sq. storage warehouse has been established
on the highway side of the river, between the road and the water.
The 145-hectare area is comprised of three lots: a V-shaped 71-hectare
lot at the confluence of the Chucunaque and Tupisa rivers which is fully
reforested, a 42-hectare lot on the east which is partially reforested,
and a 32-hectare lot on the north which is not planted. The total
reforested area of 80.5 hectares is subdivided by a network of wide
grass trails for access to section blocks or individual stands of trees.
There is an extensive drainage-ditch grid which functions ecologically
and carries ground-water off to the Chucunaque and Tupisa rivers. Two
small streams meander through the area as well which are crossed by
wooden bridges where they intersect with the trails. There is also a
double firebreak around the perimeter of the plantation for protection
during the dry season.
Twenty minutes further down the Chucunaque River on the outskirts of
Yaviza, on the banks of the Rio Chico (a tributary of the Chucunaque
debouching just across from the town), there is a 1-hectare lot where a
1 ½-storey, cement block house with tin roofing (2 bedrooms, 1 bath) and
a native bamboo house for the watchman and his family are located.
The 6,700-sq. ft., 1 ½-storey, cement
house for six people, plumbed, with a water supply from town and run-off.
There is a view of untouched jungle on the opposite bank.
A 1,200-sq. ft. workshop structure
with an office and storage area for equipment.
A 3,200-sq. ft, covered, cement-floored
production area with drying racks, an oven, and storage bins (for
cacao no longer in production)
An 800-sq.ft. storage warehouse on the
2 640-sq ft., native style, bamboo
houses for resident watchmen
A 600-meter grass landing strip with
A Caterpillar D4 bulldozer with
backhoe and blade, and a Massey-Ferguson MF 40 farm tractor, with
A Yamaha 15 HP outboard motor and
canoe (piragua) for river trips.
A Hilux double-cabin Toyota pick-up
with air-conditioning and winch
A Perkins 4-cylinder diesel motor
2 hydraulic pumps 6 x 8 (no motor) &
PVC pipe for irrigation
Assorted farming tools: weed whackers,
lawnmowers, chain saws, fumigation pumps, tools