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El Sendero del Cacao

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Address: Hacienda La Esmeralda, San Francisco de Macoris 809, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: +1 809-547-2166
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Description: Find the secrets that are behind an exquisite chocolate! Learn from...
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
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Mother and a big fan of adventure!

What a perfect place for chocolate lovers, childrens and the whole family! The ambiance is superb. Insides the Rizek's cacao farm for over 120 years, where the finest personnel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

What a perfect place for chocolate lovers, childrens and the whole family! The ambiance is superb. Insides the Rizek's cacao farm for over 120 years, where the finest personnel, as usual in DR, greeds you with a big smile, wanting to help you and making you feel at home. A great combination of an splendid nature display with men abilities... More 

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Gabriela C, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thanks for that wonderful review, it's a pleasure for us that you spent a great time with us. We hope to see you again soon!! More 

Pembroke, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This was such an interesting and educational trip. As Canadians we do not have cacao plantations and to be able to experience the whole process from planting right through to eating the chocolate was wonderful. I brought some back to Canada for my sister who found it to be of excellent quality.

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Gabriela C, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Sheila!! We are happy that you enjoyed all the process of how the most exquisite chocolate is born. We hope to see you again soon!! More 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I got a great time with my kids in "El Sendero del Cacao". We learned a lot about Cacao and Chocolate, even we could do chocolate figures by our selves. The place is so beautiful and warming, the people was so kind. We could do a lot things, not only listening. The kids enjoyed so much. They included the food... More 

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Gabriela C, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Lisbert!! We are happy that you and your children's enjoyed all the process of how the most delicious chocolate is born. We hope to see you again soon!! More 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Cacao is one of the most important products of exportation in the Dominican Republic. Visiting the Hacienda Esmeralda and having the opportunity to know the process of the chocolate, that delicious food that enlightens everyone's day, is a very nice experience. Is a very comfortable place, staff is very friendly, facilities are very clean and well maintained and the... More 

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Gabriela C, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thanks for your review about El Sendero del Cacao! It's a pleasure for us that you enjoyed all the experience of how we do a delicious chocolat. We hope to see you again soon!! More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I went with a group of 20 people, and they were able to easily accommodate us. The staff were very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable.

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Gabriela C, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed the experience. We hope to see you again very soon!! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

When you come to the Dominican Republic, this excellent experience is an absolute must! From the greeting with warm chocolate to the entire process of how high quality chocolate is made is absolutely worth the trip. You will watch the old-fashioned process as well as the modern process for making chocolate. Lunch is fresh and very good, with more than... More 

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Marielle R, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review
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Gracias por tus puntuaciones!! Esperamos recibirte nuevamente en El Sendero del Cacao. Saludos! More 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Very nice place, warm welcome of the staff and interesting visit. Only the explanations could have been more advanced.

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Gabriela C, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and for your advice! We are happy that you enjoyed the experience. We hope to see you again very soon!! More 

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Marielle R, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias por tu comentario Marielle, que gusto saber que viviste una gran experiencia en El sendero del Cacao y... More 

Sosúa, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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