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Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour provided by My trip to Ecuador - Day Tours

Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour

Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour
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Tour snapshot
Explore a sometimes overlooked city during this full-day excursion
Duration:
7h
Hotel pickup offered
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Tour a cacao plantation before exploring some of Guayaquil’s city center highlights, like Las Peñas neighborhood and the Malecon 200, for a comprehensive day of Ecuadorian chocolate and culture. Ideal for travelers looking to make the most of their time in the region, this tour lets you privately explore a city that many travelers overlook without having to wait on large tour groups.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Don’t worry about waiting on other travelers—this is a private experience
  • Pay a visit to a cocoa farm and learn to make chocolate from scratch
  • Benefit from convenient round-trip transportation to and from your hotel
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Don’t worry about waiting on other travelers—this is a private experience
  • Pay a visit to a cocoa farm and learn to make chocolate from scratch
  • Benefit from convenient round-trip transportation to and from your hotel
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual: a hat and sun protector is recommended
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual: a hat and sun protector is recommended
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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OlgaV
New York City, NY35 contributions
Friends
We had an amazing experience with Mario touring the private cocoa farm and the Guayaquil city gems. Mario was very attentive, patient and considerate. The day before he contacted to ensure that we are ready and giving us tips on what to bring with us and type of clothing to wear for the trip and asked about any food and physical restrictions. Once he picked us up from the hotel, we stopped by a fruit market on the way to the cocoa farm and he introduced us to fruits we haven't seen or tried yet. The cocoa farm was a fantastical experience and for one member of our group definitely a life changing experience. She changed her perception of chocolate completely once she tried the local chocolate. Mario is very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject and we have experienced the cocoa farm experience to the fullest. We learned about the planting, growing, and making chocolate. We picked the ripe chocolate pods from trees, we tasted the pulp, went through the fermentation and drying process steps and learned how to know when the pod is ready and dry for the roasting process. We hand roasted dried pods, then cleaned and grinded them into a paste which we then proceeded to experiment with. We made the original Drink of Gods - Xocolat, served the paste with different flavors such as sugar cane, fruits, made chocolate fondue. As per my taste buds, I could just eat the chocolate paste with a spoon, it was amazingly delicious. Definitely opt for lunch on the farm. Delicious meal prepared with items grown on the farm. We made chocolate bars and got to flavor them individually and tasted Cocoa honey. I have only one regret, that I didn't buy at least 20 chocolate bars. The taste of chocolate definitely beats any fancy chocolate from top Belgium chocolatiers.
Rhe city tour was fantastic. We opted to visit the old cemetery. If you are hesitant, don't. It's like stepping into a sculpture display at a museum. The sculptures details are phenomenal. We visited many other highlights of the city: iguana park, the boardwalk and other neighborhoods.
Thank you Mario for such an amazing experience. When I come back for diving in the Galapagos, we are definitely taking another trip to the farm. But this time I will be prepared to get my chocolate fix.
Written December 2, 2021
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Dear Olga, I can't thank you enough for this review. I am so glad you liked this tour so much, and for me also was very a very special day to meet you, your son and friends. I also hope we can meet in NYC next time for a meal or something. Looking forward to meeting you again, Warmly, Mario
Written December 6, 2021
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Cassie J
Reno, NV1 contribution
Family
We came in a day early before our Galapagos cruise and wanted to learn more about Ecuador and experience some of the mainland. Mario contacted us the day before our tour to confirm and reminded us to dress in layers, wear a hat if sunny, and bring long sleeves or bug spray for mosquitoes.
Allyson our guide and Miguel our driver were fun and informative and accommodating throughout the day. They picked us up at our hotel in an air-conditioned bus and provided bottled water. The drive to the countryside was beautiful and the family members who welcomed us at the farm were so kind and spoke English well. We toured the farm and learned about growing and hand-processing chocolate from pod to table. Our group all worked together to make our chocolate and it was delicious! We customized our bars with fruits, nuts, spices, or coffee, and went to lunch while our chocolate cooled. We enjoyed a terrific three-course lunch of ceviche, then chicken, plantain and rice, then chocolate tarts with Ecuadorian coffee, all beautifully presented on a shaded patio with fresh juice and bottled water to drink. After lunch, we collected our chocolate and purchased some more from their shop, and made our way back to the Guayaquil.
The city tour was great, too, visiting the malecon and historic art district, then the civic center and independence plaza areas, Santana Steps, and then the San Pedro Cathedral and Seminario Park with iguanas to greet us! It was a delightful day learning about the history, people and culture of Ecuador, and making chocolate from scratch on the farm where it was grown. Don’t hesitate to book this tour!
Written June 18, 2022
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MytriptoEcuador E
Dear Cassie, Thank you so much for taking the time in writing this detailed review. I are very happy that you enjoyed the tour with Allyson, and I am glad we could meet at the lobby of the hotel. If you are ever back in Ecuador, feel free to contact us! We will love to show you around. Cordially, Mario
Written June 23, 2022
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Jennifer C
2 contributions
We had the most fun day learning all about cocoa! We started with pulling the huge bean from the tree, opening it, roasting beans, shelling them, grinding them and then taste testing with local fruits and sugar. The lunch at the cocoa farm was delicious and the hosts were so kind! Mario taught us so much! Both the adults and the kids who range in ages from 4-10 had the best time. Then we took a driving tour through the city of Guayaquil. Mario made some extra stops for us based on our requests (we had to get soccer jersey). This was one of the best tours we have ever been on! Mario is a wonderful guide!
Written January 6, 2022
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Dear Jennifer, Thank you so much for this review. It makes me so happy that you think this was one of the best tours you've taken. I also had a lot of fun guiding you and I truly hope we can meet again at some point. Say hi to everyone from my part. Warmly, Mario
Written January 13, 2022
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Evliware
Edmonton, Canada2 contributions
Family
My daughter and I spent the day with Mario at the farm and around Guayaquil. We had the BEST time learning about everything (we asked a loooot of questions)! Mario was attentive, engaging, and just plain wonderful. It was like having an old friend take us around the city - we never felt like we were on a schedule or anything.

The cocoa farm is super interesting to experience the whole process and the meal there was AMAZING. We highly recommend this tour!
Written May 13, 2022
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MytriptoEcuador E
Dear Evelin, I had such a great time guiding you and your daughter. I have to confess you also made me want to go to Canada now!! I hope I can go visit someday. If you guys are ever again in Guayaquil, please let me know. Warmly, Mario
Written May 15, 2022
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Stephanie M
4 contributions
I did this tour on September 23, 2020 and I cannot say enough great things about it. To start with, Mario and all the staff at the cocoa farm wore masks and had everything clean and sanitized throughout the trip. Not once was I worried about COVID as everyone took the best precautions and ensured safety. Mario was so incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about not only the agricultural aspects of the farm but the historical aspects of the city. He was also very flexible to adjust the tour to parts that I hadn't already explored. I highly recommend Mario and the rest of the tour options through his company - My trip to Ecuador. You will not be disappointed!
Written September 28, 2020
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Dear Stephanie, I can't thank you enough for this review. Which is our first tour and review in months! You were our light of hope! I also had a great time guiding you and making a new friend. I MISSED MAKING CHOCOLATE for sure. Hope we cacn meet again soon, Warmly, Mario
Written October 12, 2020
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Britt B
1 contribution
Solo
This experience was so heart-warming and truly one of the best that Guayaquil has to offer. The exceptional reviews are accurate, as Mario is an expert guide and as welcoming as they come. Even in times of Covid, I felt safe as everyone was careful and wore masks throughout.

For my tour, we went first to a family-owned Cocoa farm, where Mario introduced the production of cocoa from seed to plant to fermentation to roasting, finally selecting some beans to grind and prepare as chocolate to eat ourselves. The farm is beautiful and the family was so gracious. My only regret is not also buying the meal option, as Ninfa (one of the daughters of the family) is a wonderful host and would have prepared a delicious vegan meal for me if I had specified. Most of the family food is grown or raised right on the farm, including the spices and flavoring. For the second part of the tour, Mario drove me around the city and highlighted the sites I hadn't been able to explore on my own.

I will recommend this experience to everyone when I return home, and hope to meet them again someday. Thank you to Mario, Ninfa, and Alberto for an incredible experience!
Written December 23, 2020
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Dear Brittney, I am so grateful for your kind words. We indeed focus on sustainable tourism, taking travelers to real family farms, supporting their economy, without hurting the environment. I love meeting travelers who become friends like you! Sending you a warm hug, Mario
Written December 24, 2020
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Elayne6
Columbus, GA37 contributions
We arranged this tour based on the positive reviews Mario got on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed! Even though it was a rainy day, we had a great time at the cacao farm learning about and sampling various chocolate products. Nympha was delightful as she described her family processes. Mario was our guide for the process in general. The lunch was tasty. We had already seen several sites in Guayaquil city, so Mario tailored his stops to our needs and desires. All in all it was a great day to end up our tour of Ecuador!
Written March 5, 2020
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Dear Elayne, Thank you for taking the time in writing this review. It makes me happy to know that you enjoyed the day and the chocolate, of course. Hope we can meet again and some point for more adventures, Have a good week, Mario
Written March 23, 2020
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Kris L
Oak Ridge, TN49 contributions
Our Galapagos Islands tour began in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The first day before our flight to the islands we toured the Cocoa Farm with our guide. Before the tour we sampled the "Drink of the Gods" made from the delicious fruit of the cocao pod (chocolate is made from the seeds) and a fried plantain cookie. The plantation guide showed us fruits from the cacao trees, cut them open, and let the group sample the fruits. He also showed us how the trees are grafted for faster fruit production. We enjoyed seeing mango trees, numerous birds, and butterflies. At the end of the tour we sampled chocolate products at the castillo.
Written July 18, 2022
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Svetpat
Marina del Rey, CA15 contributions
We had a private tour for 3 of us in Dec2020. Mario was amazing tour guide. He is still running very safe tours during covid. We went to the cocoa farm and made chocolate and tasted so many local foods with chocolate. Lunch at the farm was delicious. On the way back we did few stops in the city including watching iguanas at the park.

We highly recommend this tour!!
Written January 8, 2021
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Dear Svetlana, Thank you so much for this review, I had a great time with you and your friends, and hope we can meet again soon whether is here or in California. Stay safe, Your ecuadorian friend, Mario
Written March 4, 2021
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Steven S
2 contributions
This was the best thing we did on our trip. Mario is an amazing tour guide, you can tell he really loves Guayaquil and knows so much about it. The cocoa farm is an amazing half-day excursion and was one of the most memorable things we did (definitely get the lunch!). The city tour was perfect to hit all the main attractions and get our bearings. Mario provided so many great recommendations for things to do during our trip as well.

I definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Guayaquil!
Written November 15, 2021
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Dear Steven, Thanks a lot for this review. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and felt how much I love my city. If you are ever back in Ecuador, get in touch! Warmly, Mario
Written November 20, 2021
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Great Use of Time
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Great tour we now know how to make chocolate from scratch
Mario is a superb guide and just an overall nice person, he has expert knowledge of the local area and in particula
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You will love this trip!
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You have to go here if you are visiting Guayaquil. it is a great experience
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Such an amazing experience with an exceptional tour guide
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