La Iguana Chocolate
La Iguana Chocolate
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica

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2024

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Sld499
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you are looking for an authentic chocolate tour experience that isn’t touristy than come here! Our tour had 4 people, my boyfriend and I and one other couple which was perfect. The farm is family owned and our guide Jorge was great. He was very knowledgeable and took pride in teaching us how to make chocolate. The farm is located up a long dirt road which you will need to drive on for about 45 minutes. I definitely suggest a 4X4. But, the views are amazing and it was totally worth it. We did not have an appointment prior to our arrival and they were able to accommodate us. But, you can email them if you prefer having a reservation before you arrive. The price was $34 per person for a 2.5 hour tour. This includes a tour and explanation how chocolate is made, a hot chocolate drink, chocolate cookies, a free small chocolate bar, lots of chocolate to try throughout, and you get to create your own chocolate by choosing the % of cocoa, milk, cocoa butter, and sugar. I hope this review helps when you are trying to decide which chocolate tour you’d like to attend. There are a lot of them to choose from, but we are definitely glad we chose this one.
Written February 3, 2020
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116alaska
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Feb 2020 • Friends
This tour was well worth the drive! We took a dirt road from Parrita through farm country and up into the mountains. GPS was very helpful as the roads were not clearly marked. The view became more beautiful as we gained elevation.
The 2.5 hr tour was just what we had hoped for, a hands-on learning experience about the production of chocolate. The farm truly cares about true organic quality. Marianna showed us around the farm. We saw different varieties of cocao trees, cinnaman, termeric, vanilla, and a variety of fruits. Marianna did a wonderful job explaining how cacao is grown and processed. We got to grind some cacao beens by hand. Then, Marianna made delicious hot chocolate and truffles from the freshly ground cacao.
I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants an authentic non-touristy experience!
Written February 24, 2020
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Michael N
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Feb 2022
This is one of my favorite memories from Costa Rica. It was also unquestionably the most off the beaten path and not touristy thing we did. Getting there from our place in Manuel Antonio was a 90 minute adventure. A drive down 34 and then half an hour on a very, very rustic road. We were in a 4WD Subaru which didn't have any issues. But a 2WD sedan would likely have issues in the dry season (due to clearance), and would absolutely have issues in the rainy season (due to mud). Be warned. But to be clear I thought this was a fun drive - it's just part of the adventure.

Our guide walked us around the property showing us how they operate as pretty much the opposite of a monoculture farm. She then walked us through the whole process of making chocolate. Then she made hot cocoa and some small truffles. All while answering a million questions.

Finally we had lunch there which was absolutely amazing. Best meal we had in Costa Rica. They put out a huge assortment of different traditional Costa Rican dishes. All vegetarian. All delicious.

Advice for La Iguana: Maybe start tour earlier than 10AM? The heat was pretty brutal for us in February. One of the members of our party had to sit down for a while as it was just too hot.
Written February 27, 2022
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minecandoit
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Feb 2020
We decided to visit here while vacationing in Costa Rica and couldn't have been happier with the experience. We came here with my partner and my parents after reading up a little bit on it. FYI when they say you should have a 4x4 vehicle, they aren't kidding! The views as you steadily drove up the mountain were breathtaking as well.

It's a family run business and you can tell they take great pride in their product. When we got there we were treated to a very informative explanation on the chocolate making experience, from tree to bar. We were taking around the property and shown all the different kind of fruit trees they use in their chocolate making process. And at the end we helped make our own truffles with out choice of ingredients. And it was amazing.

If you get a chance, visit this family run farm.
Written February 23, 2020
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Steph O
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Aug 2021
This was DEFINITELY a highlight of our trip to Costa Rica, it was just a little outing out of Esterillos Estes that we decided on last minute and turned out to be one of the top highlights of our trip. WOW. So interesting, so educational. We had an intimate tour of this small family farm and were completely immersed in the process of making chocolate from cacao. Everything, literally everything that goes into the chocolate this family makes is produced on their farm and handled by hand. What a beautiful look into the culture of this small community and family of cacao growers in the foothills above Parritas. Beautiful drive, deeper appreciation of the area and the people in it, of the families and love that this family has for their land, their product and their community. Very much worth the trip! Highly recommend! Oh and did I forget to mention, the chocolate was delicious!!!!
Written August 19, 2021
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Garky66
Westfield, IN5 contributions
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Feb 2021
My family and I visited La Iguana Chocolate during a vacation in Costa Rica. We were staying in Jaco. My family consists of two teens aged 18 and 15. Both said it was one of the highlights of the trip.
First of all, it is a little off the beaten path, but don't be afraid of the trip. It really isn't bad, just gravel roads. You will get to drive through some beautiful areas. Once on the farm, you will get to see exactly where the Cacao fruit is grown and harvested. You will get to experience a tour with a member of the family. It doesn't get any better than that. Our tour was led by Mariana. All of the family members know the process, because they are the ones working the entire process. You will get to try the cacao at every step of the process. You will get to make truffles, and natural hot chocolate. You will also get to spend time with some of the nicest people. The tour is individualized, and you feel comfortable asking all of the questions you may have. They take their time, and you never feel rushed.
I left with a completely new knowledge of the cacao process, and was amazed during tour.
Not only do you get to be a part of the family farm, but you also get to see why this is some of the best chocolate made in the entire world. It is such a great experience, and your whole family will enjoy it. Not only that, but you can feel good about supporting a family business directly. I cannot recommend this chocolate tour enough.
Written February 8, 2021
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Jenine H
San Diego, United States44 contributions
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Jul 2021 • Family
Our top experience in Costa Rica! This cacao farm is tucked away in the rainforest a little over an hour from Jaco. We had a 2.5 hour, hands on experience that walked us through the process of producing small batch chocolate… from picking the cocoa fruit through making traditional bonbons. Our guide is a third generation chocolatier with so much to share about the history and science of chocolate and how her family went from producing cocoa to creating one of Costa Rica’s top rated chocolate. Our four teenage children were engrossed and had a great time.
Written July 10, 2021
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Annette N
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May 2022 • Friends
This family is truly inspiring. We had such a lovely time and great learning experience. Mariana was our guide. Not only was the tour about chocolate but also so many other things you wouldnt even expect to find in nature. Buy the lunch! Its an extra $10 home made from local foods and I cant say enough about how delicious it was. Made by Marianas mother who should probably open a restaurant! I am excited for this family to do big things in the future ❤️ Pura vida!
Written June 13, 2022
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John S
Saint Clair, MI611 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Family
Gorge (Spanish version "hor-hay") ran the tour. It was outstanding. A very small family operation, I learned a lot and really enjoyed my day. We stayed for lunch, you should too. He showed us everything about their operation, and at the end, we ate some hand made chocolate. We literally saw every step from picking the fruit to eating flavored candy.
Written December 29, 2023
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StephR
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Mar 2020 • Couples
If you want to experience chocolate making while learning about cacao farming and the history of chocolate, have a wonderful time, and taste some delicious things, this is for you! This is a family farm that grows cacao, fruit, and spices, and makes chocolate products. Our host, Jorge, was extremely knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. He was also very patient with our hundred questions. We tasted cacao along every step of its preparation and made a finished product too: both truffles and molded chocolates.
This place isn’t easy to access. It’s a good hour from Parrita (in the dry season) about ¾ of which is along rough dirt road which is quite steep at times. We didn’t have a 4x4 but made it ok in our Renault SUV. Took closer to 1 hr 20 minutes but the drive is through incredibly scenic country.
I highly recommend both the tour and the lunch. Do book ahead, by phone or email, and give them at least a couple of days to respond.
Written March 4, 2020
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