[TRAVEL] The Sweetest Thing: Harvesting Cacao in Costa Rica

Cacao Pics

Considered a gift from the gods, chocolate (more specifically, cacao) has long been revered by a number of ancient cultures around the world. In Mesoamerica, it was often used as a ceremonial drink, religious offering and even currency. Though not quite as revered in today’s society, chocolate still remains a preferred and premium ingredient in many confections.

Nestled deep in the rainforests of Costa Rica with a view of the majestic Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna de San Carlos, you’ll find one of the sweetest tours in the world. Though it is not a working plantation, guests and chocolate lovers can discover the ancient secrets of chocolate from its discovery and use in tropical America to the processing of the modern-day product we have come to know and love. As a resident of the east coast of the United States and living within a stone’s throw of Hershey, PA, long considered the paean of chocolate, I can attest to the fact that Costa Rican chocolate by far exceeds anything ever produced by Hershey. Rainforest Chocolate Tours offers the ability to experience cacao in its purest form.

The 2-hour hands-on experience includes picking multi-hued cacao pods, harvesting their seeds and using old-fashioned grinding techniques to produce cacao powder. Best of all, after learning how to make a variety of organic chocolate products, participants are encouraged to eat and drink the fruits of their labor. Sweet!

Location: On the road to the waterfall of La Fortuna, in front of Cabinas La Catarata.

Tours Hours: 8 am, 10 am, 1pm and 3pm  Click for more information.

General Contact Information:

  • Telephone: (506) 8474-4007
  • General information: info@rainforestchocolatetour.com
  • Reservations : reservaciones@rainforestchocolatetour.com

 

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