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El Sendero del Cacao

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Address: Hacienda La Esmeralda, San Francisco de Macoris 31000, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: 8095472166
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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*
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Cacao Plantation and Chocolate Factory Tour with Tasting of Chocolate
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Cacao Plantation and Chocolate Factory Tour

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Very Interesting, Staff Is Excellent, Facilities Are Great, Other Guests Can Take Away From Experience

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
TruthTeller703
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Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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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 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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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 stars 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 stars 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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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 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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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 

switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

If you want a super time, don't miss this great place. You'll find out all about cacao from people who grow and produce it.

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Gabriela C, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thank u very much for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed the experience of the cacao tour, we hope that you come back soon. More 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

It's a paradise for chocolate lovers. I'll definilly come back! Great installations, clean and the personal is hospitality.

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Gabriela C, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thanks for your review!! We are very happy that you liked, we hope that you come back soon. More 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

What a perfect place for chocolate lovers, childrens and the whole family! The ambiance is superb. Insides the Rizek's cacao farm for over 120 years, where the finest personnel, as usual in DR, greeds you with a big smile, wanting to help you and making you feel at home. A great combination of an splendid nature display with men abilities... More 

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Gabriela C, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this review

Thanks for that wonderful review, it's a pleasure for us that you spent a great time with us. We hope to see you again soon!! More 

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