We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Main highway to cahuita, Hone Creek 70403, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2756 8186
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Discover the wonders behind one of the world’s most tantalizing foods —...

Discover the wonders behind one of the world’s most tantalizing foods — chocolate The Chocolate Tour begins by taking you across the trails of Talamanca’s Cacao History. Beginning with Talamanca’s native cultures The Bribri’s and Cabecar’s. In their tradicional conic rancho known as The U SULE; The traditional conic shaped rancho of the Bribri and Cabecars Indigenous culture is where we have made the Indigenous Museum. Here you will succumb to the history and hidden mysteries of these unique tribes. The second part of this trail will bring you to the beginning of the 19th century when the Afrocaribbean decendents arrived in the area. Their cultural history and development with the cacao plantations. Imprinted in their food, music and everyday life.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 95 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 44
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Enjoy some time in the rainforest!

We visited with a guide as part of a day tour. Not only did we learn about chocolate, we also thoroughly enjoyed being in the rain forest, where we saw leaf cutter ants... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2017
Vinelanders
,
Niagara Canada
Add Photo Write a Review

95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 60: English reviews
DE
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017

Absolute joke. Staff was unwelcoming. They wanted 25$ for a guided tour (without giving any details on that tour), we agreed on 10$ fee to walk the premises ourselves. A few badly maintained trails through cacao trees, along rotting away banana trees, looping back to a "field kitchen" where they seem to demonstrate roasting cacao beans and producing chocolate in... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bundeshauptstadt
Niagara Canada
Level Contributor
90 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017

We visited with a guide as part of a day tour. Not only did we learn about chocolate, we also thoroughly enjoyed being in the rain forest, where we saw leaf cutter ants, hummingbirds, a howler monkey, and gorgeous flowers. The cacao tour was quite interesting- even got to try a cacao bean fresh from the pod- and watching a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Vinelanders
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
92 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2017 via mobile

We did this on a cruise ship excursion. If you've never been to a rain forest you'll find this interesting. It is a family cacao and banana farm. They tell you about chocolate, make some for you to try, then you can wander the small plantation. It is all very green and lush with pretty plants. You hear holler monkeys... More 

Helpful?
Thank Alan C
california
Level Contributor
50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2017

Loved this tour. Make sure to bring mosquito spray. Very informative. See the cocao growing, taste it before it is dried, see how it is roasted and ground. Finally get to taste the finished product. Highly recommend this tour

Helpful?
Thank marsilva
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Level Contributor
50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2016

Very informative tour about how the cacao trees produce the beans, fermenting the cacao vegetable, fermenting the beans, roasting the beans and finally making the chocolate. Also great information about the history of cacoa production in the area. The finished chocolate made was fantastic. We were the only group there at the time which I thought was great.

Helpful?
Thank ATrusty
Long Beach, California
Level Contributor
21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

You think you know chocolate? Take the tours here at Cacao Trails and you will get up close and intimate with your good friend chocolate. Guides are very passionate about both the chocolate and the culture in the area. And you will learn to see the mosquito in a new, appreciated light. Highlight for sure is making chocolate from the... More 

Helpful?
Thank JRGLBC
Fort Collins, Colorado
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 19, 2016

We stumbled across this place while heading to the beach one day--and we a so glad that we stopped. A wonderful tour through the jungle, followed by a chocolate-making demonstration, pretty much made our day. WONDERFUL guides. In fact, this was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. Highly recommended.

Helpful?
Thank TobyGadd
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
106 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2016

This was a very good trip from our cruise ship at Limon. The gardens are great with a wide range of native plants, the forest trails are very interesting, we saw howler monkeys high in the trees above the sugar cane and a sloth near the chocolate exhibits. The chocolate demonstration was very interesting and the results quite delicious. Makes... More 

Helpful?
Thank Geoffrey I
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2016

We enjoyed seeing the process of making chocolate from the plant to the drying, roasting, grinding and ultimately watching a young woman mix, roll and serve delicious chocolate. An added bonus was seeing the howler monkeys frolic in the trees. An interesting fact to learn is that the chocolate plant needs the mosquito for pollination. Call ahead if you need... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mariellen S
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2016

We and our group of friends visited today a cacao plantation and factory in Limon, Costa Rica. Our guide Ilmer was full on knowledge, very friendly and funny. We learned so much about cacao plants, how they grow and even managed to witness how they make the most delicious chocolate in the world. We are crazy about chocolate, but this... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kristiina K

Travelers who viewed Cacao Trails Culture Tour also viewed

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon
Cahuita, Province of Limon
 
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon
 

Been to Cacao Trails Culture Tour? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cacao Trails Culture Tour staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?