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Oreba Chocolate Tour in Bocas del Toro Panama



  • Watch local indigenous artisans turn raw cacao into organic dark chocolate


  • Guided Oreba Chocolate tour through the jungle, cacao farm, and local village


  • Free sample of chocolate


  • See local wildlife, like sloths and toucans
5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
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USD $50.00

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Join this Oreba Chocolate Tour in Bocas del Toro

Ever wonder how organic chocolate is made? This Oreba Chocolate 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 Oreba Chocolate 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.


  • Spend a morning hiking through the jungle, learning about its flora and fauna
  • See how this organic cacao farming makes its chocolate
  • Enjoy a home-made traditional meal

Tour Information

Duration: 3 hours (Tour starts at the Almirante dock either at 09:30 am or 12:30 pm)
Start/End Location: Almirante Docks (Pick up at 09:30am for the morning tour or 12:30pm for the afternoon tour)
Availability: Year Round


  • The tour begins with a walk through the jungle and among the cacao trees – keep an eye out for sloths, poison dart frogs, and toucans!
  • In the middle of the tour, under the shade of a thatched roof rancho, a local Ngäbe woman will teach the group how to make chocolate by hand the way the indigenous have for centuries.
  • The tour concludes with a traditional meal, consisting of vegetables, local roots, and chicken. After the meal, you will have a chance to buy some of the artisanal, shade-grown chocolate that you saw being made during the tour.
  • After the tour, transport will bring you back to Almirante


  • How do I get to Almirante from Bocas island? Take a Taxi 25 water taxi from Bocas to Almirante (Google Maps location) – if you are on the morning tour, you should plan on taking the water taxi at 9:00am; if you are on the afternoon tour, you should take it at 12:00. The water taxi is $6 and should be paid in cash. In Almirante, a driver will pick you up and bring you to the community for the tour!
  • Can the tour pick me up in Bocas? Unfortunately, no, the pick up point for the tour is at the Almirante dock (see above answer for instructions on how to get there). Fortunately, getting the water taxi from Bocas to Almirante is very straightforward, and if you have any doubts, your hostel / hotel in Bocas will definitely be able to help you.

Important Notes 

  • Voluntourism: Every Thursday is a work day for the artisan group who’s name is ACODAAC. You can call the Oreba Chocolate at 6649-1457 and ask if you can come help out. Most of the times it will be physical labor but technical skills could be used for certain projects. Speaking Spanish will help, but if you are comfortable with communication via pointing and gesturing, you should be fine.
  • Lodging: 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.


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  1. 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. 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    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. 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!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This was one of my favorite tours while visiting Panama. The guides were so welcoming and knowledgeable. With our short hike thorugh the jungle, we all learned about the history of cacoa bean in the area, how much a partof the Ngabe culture and community the cacoa bean is, along with having the treat of a yummy lunch of chicken and local greens and trying a wonderful chocolate bar made in the village. Highly recommend this tour!

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