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Ever wonder how organic chocolate is made? This tour takes you through the jungle and farms of the indigenous Ngabe people, who have been making cacao into chocolate for centuries.
This 3 hour tour walks you through the jungle and the process of turning raw cacao into chocolate. All the cacao is shade grown in the jungle, so during your tour, you may even get to see sloths, poison dart frogs, and toucans. And no matter what you see, you’ll get to sample some delicious organic dark chocolate, made right in front of you by local artisan women!
The tour is led by a local man who learned English working at the famous Bocas banana plantations.Rather than pick coffee or bananas for a low wage, he and the other members of the Cooperative that runs the tour are able to focus on organic cacao farming and sharing their culture with visitors like you.
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Every Thursday is a work day for the artisan group who’s name is ACODAAC. You can call the Oreba Chocolate phone and ask if you can come help out at 6649-1457. Most times it will be physical labor but technical skills could be used for certain projects. Speaking Spanish will help, but if you’re comfortable with communication via pointing and gesturing, you should be fine.
Everyone in the community speaks Spanish but there is also a local language called Ngabere and locals love to try to stump you with it as much as possible. They think it’s funny that they have a language that is only used in a small part of a small country. Show them what’s up by rolling out a couple of these words. You might even impress a local girl or two.
Cu (‘coo’)- Meaning Sloth. They also call them Oso Perisoso which means Slow Bear in Spanish
Hu (‘hoo’)- House
Kuin (‘kween’) – Good
Bu lo cree (boo-lo-kree’) – Full Stomach
Niantori (nyan-toree’) – Hello or good day
There are a lot of artisan goods available through the artisan house or through Jon. If you ask anyone around the artisan house to see the artisan goods they will get someone to show you. There are a good deal of wood carvings and chakaras which are a type of traditional bag that the women make from a local plant called pita. The bags take a long time to make and use all natural dyes. Also, don’t forget about the artisan chocolate. You have to buy chocolate.
The president of the cooperative that runs the chocolate tour (Samuel) also has a small house (think cement hut) that you can rent for $10 per night. It has a queen-sized bed, but is otherwise very simple. You can arrange simple meals with his family.
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.