Ever wonder how chocolate is made? Our Chocolate Forest Experience is the best cacao farm and chocolate factory tour in Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica. Our chocolate tour is one of the best things to do in Puerto Viejo. Our owner/guide will teach you everything you need to know about cacao, chocolate history, tropical wildlife and of course chocolate making. We grow our own cacao and make the chocolate right here amongst the cacao trees. Search the world over, and you will not find a truly tree to bar chocolate tour.
Our Chocolate Tour includes:
Hiking our sustainable cacao forest (some physical exertion over hilly terrain)
Tasting the fruit of the cacao tree from our cacao farm
Tasting the chocolate with amazing ocean views
Seeing the bean to bar process at our chocolate workshop
This is a walking/hiking tour which last 2.5 to 3 hours. Some physical exertion required, but guest in average physical condition have no problems. Total distance is 1.6 k or one mile. Elevation change about 60 mts or 200 ft. Fresh water is provided at half way point but personal water is recommended. Sturdy shoes are recommended but not required. Flip flops are fine if you like to walk in them.
Tour times are walk up, so no reservations are required, Price is $28 per person. Tours offered every Monday 10 am, Tuesday 10 am & 2 pm, Thursday 10 am & 2 pm, Friday 2 pm, Saturday 2 pm. See calendar for complete list of activities and tastings.
Private tours can be scheduled at other times for $32 per person (4 person minimum) and must be arranged 24 hrs in advance. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some reviews from our tour guests:
What a great chocolate tour!
We really enjoyed this tour! It started with a nice hike up the mountain looking at the cocoa trees and hearing the story of how the business came about. We saw the cacao from the time it is picked, fermented, dried, roasted and churned into chocolate. Very informative, very interesting. Of course the best part was the actual tasting. they have a beautiful tasting station at the top of the mountain overlooking the sea. we tasted chocolate from different farms, had a lovely chocolate drink and tried chocolate with many different spices, herbs ..etc. A great tour for any chocolate lover!I learned so much!
My husband, 13 year old daughter and I went on this chocolate tour on a Thursday afternoon. We learned all about the process of growing, drying, roasting, and tempering cocoa beans. I had no idea!!!!! We got to try out all different flavors, and then we got to try our own “recipes” with spices, fruits and herbs. (My daughter’s favorite part). The owner has done it all with character and tenacity. My husband thought that hearing the owner’s story was super inspiring, and I agree. I highly recommend going on this tour, and supporting this small business!Must do chocolate tour!
We were extremely impressed by the chocolate tour! The guide, Jeff, was very informative, and the walk through the cacao farm was an experience in itself. We saw 3 sloths, tree cutter ants and poison dart frogs. We got to try the chocolate at different stages, including straight from the fruit. The tasting part of the tour was on top of a large incline, with a great view of the ocean and forest. The tasting was the best part! We got to try a variety of dark chocolates, as well as different flavor combinations. The chocolate is great quality, extremely smooth and not bitter. Highly recommend both the tour and the chocolate.
Chocolate lovers, nature enthusiasts, and those looking to learn more about Costa Rica’s rich history of cacao should indulge in the Chocolate Forest Experience, an in-depth exploration of chocolate from tree to bean to bar. The experience begins with a guided tour through varied areas of their cacao farm, from the jungle to the forest and managed cacao restoration zones. Following the tour, there’s a professional chocolate tasting with organic wine. The Chocolate Forest Experience costs $26 per person and includes all the chocolate you can eat. Monday tours are at 10 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am & 2 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 2 pm.
And what about the chocolate?
Chocolate Tour in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica
Any coffee lover knows that some of the best coffee beans in the world come from Costa Rica. But did you know that Cacao beans are also abundant in Costa Rica and are also considered to be some of the best in the world?
Cacao beans were farmed regularly on the Caribbean coast until about 50 years ago. At that point, a disastrous fungus killed off many of the plants and entire plantations were abandoned and the jungle to simply took over. But before that, entire communities and cultures were built around the production of cacao. Cacao beans were currency from the days of Columbus for several hundred years. To many local, indigenous people this plant was sacred and remains so to this day.
One man, a Minnesota native who now calls Costa Rica home, is on a mission to make artisan chocolate production a foodie experience on par with wine, cheese or coffee. His chocolate tour in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica is an absolute must do for any slow food or wine/coffee enthusiast.
How to find Caribeans in Puerto Viejo
Like most things in Puerto Viejo, directions are relative to another building, sign or landmark. In the case of Caribeans, it’s a few minutes south of Puerto Viejo town next to Tasty Waves.
The Resurrection of a Cacao Farm
As you’re driving around Puerto Viejo, trying to read signs and not collide with the constant stream of bikers, pedestrians and ATVs, it’s hard to imagine what’s hiding in the thick jungle, just a few feet from the road.
But on this Puerto Viejo chocolate tour you head up into the hills on foot, and while you’ll be sweating while climbing this hill on most days it’s well worth the effort.
Hiking is a one of the great things to do in Puerto Viejo. However there are few trails that lead to spectacular ocean views like our chocolate tour. Chocolate tasting is another one of the things to do here. Hanging out a coffee shop is another one of the things to do and Caribeans is the best coffee shop in the area.
If you are looking for things to do here in Puerto Viejo, Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate is your place. We offer free wifi, yoga, documentary films, chocolate tastings, chocolate tours, music. Visitor find many things to do near the beach! Make Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate your home base for the day at the beach. We are about a one minute walk from the water. Our free outdoor shower will rinse away the sand and salt and our smoothie bar will wet the palate.