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Oreba Chocolate Tour


  • Watch local indigenous artisans turn raw cacao into organic dark chocolate
  • Guided tour through the jungle, cacao farm, and local village
  • Free sample of chocolate
  • See local wildlife, like sloths and toucans
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Oreba Chocolate Tour in Bocas del Toro

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.

There are two departures daily: one at 9:30am and the second at 1:00pm.

If you have any questions about the tour please do not hesitate in contacting us!


More About the Town of Rio Oeste Arriba


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

Artisan Goods

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.


Rio Oeste Arriba

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Rio Oeste Arriba 9.251225, -82.415657 Rio Oeste Arriba, The  Land of Chocolate. Enjoy hiking, cultural exchanges with Ngabe Indigenous, and try the Oreba Chocolate Tour. Check out the Rio Oeste Arriba Page Here. 

  1. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    Incredible tour. Friendly guides, great views, fun rivers. This tour really provided a behind-the-scenes look at what life is like for the Panamanian chocolate farmer. So glad I got out of the hostel-scene for a day to see the real Panama.

  2. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    Such a beautiful little community! I got to try the raw cacao fruit as they opened it right before my eyes, and we saw so much wildlife on the hike (including a sloth and several poisonous dart frogs)! The Ngabe guide was so knowledgeable and friendly, I couldn’t imagine a more appropriate person to be our guide. Very happy with this tour!

  3. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    Well, to quote our traveling companion Herky Clark from Wyoming, “from this day forward, I will never look at a chocolate bar in the same way”. This was truly one of the best excursions we did while in Panama. We were met at the boat dock in Almirante, shuttled to the Ngabe village and immediately gathered up by our guides. The knowledge, care, and pride that they have in stewardship of the land were truly enjoyable to see. The moderate hike through the jungle/plantation was really fun; we saw sloths, toucans, red frogs, and all processes of bringing the cacao beans to harvest. We ended the day with a lovely indigenous lunch of chicken and plants from their farm. And, our grand finale was a first for the Ngabe, and arranged by Jack from Keteka; it was my wife Lisa and our pal Robin Clark’s birthdays…. the local women made them a huge chocolate birthday cake and sang them Spanish Happy Birthday. The cake was so big that we shared it with the other folks on the tour, all the guides and locals. Our pal Herky and a 5 year old Ngabe boy ate the biggest pieces, then both went back for seconds. A very fun day, very worthwhile and educational.

  4. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    I am so, so pleased and happy that we booked this tour. Sapphire was wonderful – we had my 82 year old father along, and he walks with a cane. The wonderful folks at Keteka reworked the tour so that he could take part, arranging a special guide just for us who took us on the tour with a shorter, easier walk involved. My dad would have been unable to participate without this special attention. Our guide Mauricio was wonderful. It really was one of the very best days out of two weeks my father visited. These are people who truly work to give you their very best. Thank you!

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