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El Sendero del Cacao

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Address: Hacienda La Esmeralda, San Francisco de Macoris 31000, Dominican Republic
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+1 809-547-2166
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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$60.00*
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Cacao Plantation and Chocolate Factory Tour with Tasting of Chocolate
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$50.00*
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Cacao Plantation and Chocolate Factory Tour

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sweet experience at the heart of the island

This is a great and educational place, where you can see and learn how the cacao's beans are plant and grow. First, they welcome you with a cup of homemade hot cocoa and then... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 18, 2016
Jonathan G
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133 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

As a chocolate connoisseur I found this tour analysis disappointing. Zero to none deep knowledge on farming and fermentation best practices. Staff was unable to answer some questions related to cacao varieties. I have took this kind of tours in Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru (Venezuelan one was amazing) and of all them we absolutely charming and very knowledgeable. In the... More 

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Thank OneChrisChoc
Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Hi Chris. We're sorry you feel disappointed with your tour. Can you please tell us the date of your visit so we can look into it and take action towards making our tour more interesting and pleasant for our guests. We do appreciate your candid review, as it will help us improve our organic cacao farm experience. Happy travels. :-) More 

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56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

This is a great and educational place, where you can see and learn how the cacao's beans are plant and grow. First, they welcome you with a cup of homemade hot cocoa and then take you to the tour where they teach you how the first habitants of the island cooked and ate the cacao. The tour ends in a... More 

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Thank Jonathan G
Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Hi Jonathan. We're glad you had a fruitful visit and enjoyed our tour. Thank you so much for such detailed review of your experience. It is very helpful for fellow travelers and to us so we can keep providing a memorable and enjoyable experience to our visitors. If you're ever in town, do drop by and say "hi". :-) More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

This place is ideal for turist visits: couples, singles or family trips. The day trip includes: transportation from Sto Dgo, a visit to the chocolate shop and Explanation of the production process, visit to the cacao farm, Museum Hermanas Mirabal nearby and buffet style lunch featuring regional foods. A good way to spend the day an get a closer look... More 

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Thank Carlos E
Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Wow, where you a tour guide? Nice review, thank you very much. 🙌🏼 More 

Arlington, Virginia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

We booked the tour through Gray Line Tours. They have an office at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo. The Sheraton is an okay place to stay, but it needs a face lift. Gray Line Tours provided us with a roundtrip "VIP" ride to El Sendero del Cacao from the Sheraton. The ride is about 1 1/2 hours. We rode... More 

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Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. We are happy you had an interesting experience. 😎 More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

We had a relaxing and enjoyable time at El Sendero del Cacao with a delightful English-speaking guide. The lunch was delicious and everything excellently done. Could not have been better.

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Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Hi IntlTraveler61. Thank you for those kind words. These comments make our day. :-D Hope you come back. Thanks for the visit. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We drove from Cabarete. A family of 7 with three children. We learned about the process to make chocolate and tasted it. We have managed to convince our children that dark chocolate is best.

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Thank EnriqueMMM
Eduardo B, Public Relations Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thank for the kudos ☺️. Really glad your children learned about cacao and it's process to become chocolate. That must have been a really nice drive. Lots of mountain views and small country towns. More 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

If you are on vacation in Santo Domingo or Cibao area this plantation would be worthwhile to visit within 2 hours drive. I would recommend you to take the lunch as well which is excellent. Don't miss the hot chocolate at arrival. :)

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Thank gensley c
Eduardo B, Public Relations Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and the recommendations Gensley. You know your way around. ;-) More 

Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

People, service, information given was well structured. The tour includes lunch, and the food was delicious.

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Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Hi Casa V. Thank you for your kind words. Hope to have you back visiting us again. :-) More 

Helsingborg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Good place for understanding cacao plantation. However, I would like a longer walk in the plantation including picking fruits. The tasting in the end was not very good

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Thank Mattias N
Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Hi Mattias, thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. 🍃🍂🍫😎 The cacao / cocoa plant and fruit are very delicate. If you remember from the walk in the plantation, the fruit has to be cut at a precise angle so it can regrow again. All the leaves on the ground are left for cushion if a... More 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2015

I went to El Sendero del Cacao. The place is super special. So cute. From the beginning they received us with a hot chocolate cup, from their plantations. A lot of explanations about the grow of the chocolate (you can see the plantations, the history, where they process the chocolate, until you can use it. Later, you can enter to... More 

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Thank Lisbert
Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Hi Lisbert. Very kind words from your part. We appreciate it a lot. So glad you had a nice and informative visit. Hope you come back. :-D More 

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