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Considered a gift from the gods, the cacao tree was sacred to the ancient culture in and around Costa Rica. While it may not be used for spiritual ceremonies anymore, all chocolate lovers can agree that the sweet treat is still heavenly. Your expert local guide Carlos will take you into the rainforest where the cacao trees grow. Follow the cacao seed from its roots straight into your mug as you learn the process of making hot chocolate drinks and chocolate bars.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite from harvesting and grinding the seeds, get your taste buds ready to try as many chocolate varieties that you can handle. With fresh, local chocolate paired with interesting flavorings such as sea salt, cardamom, chili, and coconut, prepare for a truly unique and exceptional tasting experience. With the spectacular views of the majestic Arenal Volcano and the La Fortuna Waterfall in the backdrop, enjoy the sweetest rainforest tour around.
This tour is easily accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. Please inform your local guide if you need accommodations.
The tour was fun and educational. Witnessing the laborious processs of transforming cacao beans into chocolate was amazing. I wish Kevin luck in his quest to create his own brand of chocolate.
September 3rd, 2017 Report ⚐
My life’s work has been protecting Costa Rica’s beautiful and abundant natural resources. For over 30 years, I’ve dedicated myself to sustainability and ecotourism. After studying those topics, I’ve decided to share all that my home country has to offer with all of its curious and adventurous visitors as a tour guide and a professor.
I remember being a student and my eyes lighting up with excitement as I learned all about the rainforest and the resources it provides us with. That excitement I felt led me to obtain a degree in forestry from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica and a graduate degree in sustainable tourism from the Universidad Nacional of Costa Rica. Now, I’m on the other side of the desk and love seeing my international students from Ball State University and Johnson & Wales University be just as excited to learn about their host country as I once was. When I’m not in the classroom, I’m out in the field helping visitors fall in love with the rainforest, as I did when I was a kid I love introducing people to the world of cacao and chocolate, and showing them how to turn cacao seeds into their own tasty treat by hand. Being able to enjoy our organic and sustainably grown hot chocolate drinks with a tropical rainforest view is the perfect ending to my day.
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