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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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Garky66 wrote a review Feb 2021
Westfield, Indiana4 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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StephR wrote a review Mar 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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116alaska wrote a review Feb 2020
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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!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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minecandoit wrote a review Feb 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Sld499 wrote a review Feb 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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