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El Sendero del Cacao

Hacienda La Esmeralda, San Francisco de Macoris 809, Dominican Republic
+1 809-547-2166
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Owner description: Find the secrets that are behind an exquisite chocolate! Learn from planting a cacao tree, extracting, fermenting and drying the seeds, its importance... more » Owner description: Find the secrets that are behind an exquisite chocolate! Learn from planting a cacao tree, extracting, fermenting and drying the seeds, its importance for aroma/flavor in chocolate, as well as its process in a Factory.Dominican Republic is the major producer of organic cacao worldwide! The tour is in an organic plantation, guided by professionals of Rizek Cacao, most experienced cacao company in the country.*Lunch Available. 1h45 from Santo Domingo/Samana/Puerto Plata « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We loved this trip, all the staff was very friendly, the food was great and the chocolate better. They explain very well the process. Don't forget to stop by the shop, the body cream and the hair conditioner are excelent.

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Sosúa, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This was my third year taking my elementary students to El Sendero del Cacao for a field trip, and it was excellent, as always! It is highly interesting, informative, and fun! Not to mention delicious. The people are friendly and knowledgeable and the cacao forest is pretty. You will learn the whole process from cacao to chocolate, (plus the old-fashioned... More

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Marielle R, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

What a great review Beth, Thank you!!! We are very happy that you have enjoyed and learned with our team, hope to see you again! More

Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Great experience! Everyone one in my family group loved it. We learned about the whole processs from growing the cacao to making chocolate, and got to taste it in its different stages!

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Marielle R, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thank you so Much!! We really appreciate your great review about us. We are always happy to welcome our guests in "El Sendero del Cacao". More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Great tour with nice explanations about the cocoa and the chocolate. The whole tour was very entertaining for all. I recommend to visit this place with your family.

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santo domingo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I was delighted to see the lively town of san francisco de macoris (a lot of businesses and stores) and the Hacienda La Esmeralda where El sendero del cacao is.They have made a great job in creating this interesting excursion where at the same time you can enjoy a beautiful environment and learn about the cocoa growing and how the... More

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sandy utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

It is interesting, the guide was knowledgeable, her English was good. The tour group was small and personalized. It was very expensive for the Dominican Republic. The lunch was limited in choices and not well cooked. I have wanted to learn more about cacao growing, and the production of chocolate so I was very interested in the tour. It was... More

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SANTO DOMINGO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

You have to drive almost 2 hours from Santo Domingo to Hacienda La Esmeralda, where is El Sendero del Cacao in San Francisco de Macoris. I have seen many tours in many countries. If you like chocolate, this is a must go for you. They have made a great arrangement in the ranch, to show you how cacao is grown,... More

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Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I can say this place has everything to be with your family. Great food, gift shop, expand your knowledge about cacao and chocolate. Very beautiful place. I recommend it 100%. If you go to San Francisco de Macoris you should go this place.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We took a Caribe Tour bus from SD to San Francisco and a driver from Sendero picked us up at the bus terminal. Taking a bus was a bit of an adventure but it was fun and the ride was very comfortable (took about 90 minutes). The tour at Sendero was great. Our guide walked us through the entire process... More

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CacaoTour, General Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Dear CMDinMA; What a great review! Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your kind words about our tour and the experience! Carol More

Richland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Girl at tour office said this was not a good tour but boy was she ever wrong. Since we wanted to experience more than city and beach we made reservations online through cacaotour.com yesterday and went today anyway. Well worth the almost 2 hour drive from Santo Domingo. Miguel offered a very informative and fun tour with help from Julio... More

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Marielle R, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thank you so much!! We truly appreciate your Review. We are very happy that you had fun and learned with our team. More

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