Cacao once ruled the Talamanca region, but few plantations are left these days. One friendly Swiss couple continues the tradition and shows you the workings of their chocolate plantation on their Chocorart chocolate tour. Follow the little-known life cycle of this crop from cultivation to processing. There's sampling at the tour's conclusion. Call or email to reserve a tour. Since these folks are Swiss, they can tailor the commentary in German, French, or Italian, in addition to English or Spanish.
6 km (4 miles) southeast of Puerto Viejo at Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, 70403, Costa Rica
Dec 30, 2011
I just visited in December of 2011. The cost is $22 US per person. You can also try to use their email address to make a reservation for a tour: firstname.lastname@example.org Reservations are necessary. There is a little cafe right before you get to the farm. It is open Monday through Saturday from 1p -6p. Reservations can also be made there. The tour takes you through the cacao farm where you will learn about the cacao plant. You will get to taste the
raw pods from the bean straight off the tree. You will get to see the process unfold of making chocolate. You will also get to taste it along the way. I found the tour to be informative and interesting. This plantation still uses a simple process to make its chocolate, which I found fascinating (no large machinery or factory building). It is a bit pricey, though. Not sure I would say it was worth every penny. I definitely did enjoy it.