Chocolate Pleasures in the Jungle

Learn the traditional process of how to make chocolate during this fascinating tour! Cacao, or cocoa, the legendary fruit from Central America, was not only an ancient currency with a huge impact on history

it also was one of the most important products for the Mayan, Aztec, and other Central American cultures.

The tour begins with a short walk to a former cacao plantation, located in a part of the Tirimbina private nature reserve. In the past, cacao was grown here using traditional methods – the cacao trees grew in the forest, surrounded by other species of trees. On the way to the plantation, you will learn the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree. Once there, you will be shown the artisanal process which transforms the cacao fruit into chocolate, while also learning about pre- and post-colonial chocolate history. Of course, you will have the opportunity to taste different kinds of chocolate prepared on the spot in a traditional way!

Tour starts? At the entrance of the Tirimbina Nature Reserve in La Virgen de Sarapiquí at 8:00 a.m. / 10:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. (please check the exact time of your tour in your travel documents); operates daily with few exceptions.

Tour ends? At the Tirimbina Nature Reserve, approximately 2.5 hours after the tour begins.

Group size: From 2 people, no maximum

What exactly is included? Tour guide (English / Spanish), Tirimbina Nature Reserve entrance fee (you can hike more of their trails after the tour if you like)

What is not included? Transport, meals

What to bring? Comfortable clothing, perhaps a rain jacket, closed shoes, camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, water