Experience the Dominican Republic from a local perspective with this delicious chocolate tour.
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This chocolate tour is associated with CONOCADO, the national confederation of Dominican cacao producers. There are two tour options: one from the Bloque in Hato Mayor to the farmlands of Vicentillo, and the other from Bloque in El Seibo to the farmlands of Los Botados. The tour starts at 9:00a.m in the Bloque (processing plant for cocoa) where a guide (and a translator if needed) greets and begins the tour with a cup of hot chocolate and an introduction of what the day will entail. There is a full tour of the Bloque: reception, fermentation, natural and artificial drying, and exportation. From there you’ll journey to the country side and take a tour of the farm lands of cocoa. You’ll be given the opportunity to participate in planting and cutting the pods off the tree, as well as a chance to taste raw cocoa. After a break in the gazebo with fruit and hot chocolate, you’ll be taken to make cocoa as a souvenir to take home.
After the tour, a group of local women provide an authentic Dominican cuisine for the you to enjoy. The tour normally ends around 12:30/1:00 p.m.
The Tour that is from El Seibo is about 1 hour and half to get to from Punta Cana, an hour from La Romana. Hato Mayor is an hour and a half from Santo Domingo. Travelers are expected to have their own transportation to and from the Tour.
If you interested in spending a bit more time in the area, the community offers a cabin where people can stay and spend the night, and where meals are provided during your stay. Additionally, the community offers horseback ridding excursion to a river where people can swim, relax and enjoy the authentic life of the Dominican Republic.
Prices to spend the night in the cabin:
Queen bed: 16 $
Bunk beds (per person): 11$
Horseback ride costs: $22 per person
(All prices here are in dollars)
From Santo Domingo:
To El Seibo: go to Parque Enriquillo in Santo Domingo and take a bus to El Seibo. When you are entering EL Seibo tell the driver to let you off at the Bloque #3! To get to Los Botados you will need to take a Motoconcho!
To Hato Mayor: Go to Parque Enriquillo and take a bus to Hato Mayor. Once you arrive you will need to take a Motoconcho to the Bloque #3.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.