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La Iguana Chocolate

Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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About La Iguana Chocolate
Organic Chocolate, Education & Experimentation When a third generation cacao farmer turns chocolate maker - the results are beautiful! About Us La Iguana Chocolate is a Costa Rican family owned and run, organic farm in the village of Mastatal. Located towards the Pacific Coast: 2.5 hours South-west of San Jose, roughly 1 hour inland from Parrita, 1.5 hours from Jaco or Manuel Antonio. Our family have been farming this land and growing cacao for three generations. We first opened our doors to visitors, volunteers and guests in 2004. We now offer school groups, students and guests the unique opportunity to learn about sustainable living, permaculture, natural building and chocolate processing in the stunning tropical rainforest. We offer chocolate tours and treehouse accommodation for those interested in seeing a less touristic side to Costa Rica. Like most great things in Costa Rica, we are at the end of some slightly bumpy roads, the views are stunning, however we do recommend a 4x4 in the rainy season. Tours Our hands-on educational chocolate tour is lead by one of the family on our farm. Over the course of roughly 2.5 hours, we will take you through every step of the chocolate making process from harvesting and tasting the fresh fruit through to making your own delicious chocolates. You will also have the opportunity to make a traditional Mayan style hot chocolate and sample some freshly baked chocolate brownies. Tours are available from Monday - Saturday. Please book your tour in advance via email. We do our best to be flexible with days and times to suit your plans, however we are a small fully operational farm, run by a team of 4, and appreciate at least 2 days notice to organise our schedule. Find Us Google Maps or Waze will reliably help you to navigate to the farm, simply search for La Iguana Chocolate. For more information about anything we do at La Iguana, please see our website or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Google or contact us directly.
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Heidi A wrote a review Aug 2022
Jacksonville, United States3 contributions
Amazing experience! Mariana was a wonderful host throughout and was very accommodating. We had our favorite lunch in Costa Rica and amazing step by step tour! Our two young kids loved it as much as the adults. Thank you!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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jen wrote a review Jul 2022
Parkland, Florida1 contribution
Can’t say enough good things about this tour. Our party of 10 enjoyed every part of this informative tour. The farm has so much charm and warmth, it is a must visit for sure for an authentic chocolate making experience. We also added lunch to our visit which was so delicious!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Shelby S wrote a review Jul 2022
Los Angeles, California4 contributions
This, for us, was such a highlight of our trip. Make sure you email them in advance to confirm your spot!! Getting to this location is an adventure in and of itself (best with a 4x4 for nervous drivers but really not too bad!!) but getting to walk the grounds of this family run chocolate farms, learn the ins and outs of production and what makes Costa Rican chocolate so amazing was just fantastic. We learned so much and came away so excited about everything. We opted to have lunch as well which was just fabulous and so nice to have alongside their home. It was an honor to be hosted here and get to experience this super unique part of the country!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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FrequentFlyerQueen13 wrote a review Jul 2022
Los Angeles, California135 contributions28 helpful votes
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Great experience! Jorge and Marianna are amazing hosts. We opted for the lunch and glad we did!! Marianna accommodated us vegetarians and it was by far the best Costa Rican cuisine we’ve had. The entire tour was very hands on with lots to taste. We absolutely loved it. We even saw toucans and macaws flying around the farm during the tour! Recommend the afternoon tour if you want to spot the tropical birds. If we’re ever in the area we will definitely be back!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Stroutie10 wrote a review Jun 2022
Harpswell, Maine32 contributions29 helpful votes
Mariana and her family are so welcoming. We booked last minute and she happily agreed to give us a tour. I learned soooo much about their farm and how they make chocolate. Lunch is an absolute must, her mother is an amazing cook AND you'll see loads of birds and animals along the way! Thank you again Mariana!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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