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Oreba Chocolate Tour

214 reviews
Bocas Town, Panama
About Oreba Chocolate Tour
In the Oreba Chocolate Tour you not only get to experience one this worlds greatest inventions (chocolate), you get to view sloths, a wide variety of poison dart frogs, and sometimes even toucans. Most importantly you also see how the indigenous people live within the jungle while growing 100% certified organic shade grown cacao and making chocolate with it. The tour is more of a hike through the cacao farms and jungle where the guide goes through the surprisingly difficult process of growing, harvesting, fermenting, drying, roasting, and grinding process. You learn about what makes the farm organic, how the use of trees, plants, and animals help keep the organic system intact and how the indigenous people work within this system to produce some of the worlds finest cacao and chocolate products. The tour includes a traditional Ngobe Indian lunch consisting of local roots and it actually tastes wonderful. The tour also includes transportation to and from the "Bocas Marine Tour" boat dock, a guided tour in English (its Caribbean English) or Spanish, a traditional chocolate making demonstration in the farm, viewing of the animals, the traditional lunch, and one 4 oz bag of which ever chocolate you would like. As of right now the tour could be considered adventurous as the hike is a little steep in some spots. It is well worth it once you get to the top though as the most heavenly chocolate you have ever tasted is awaiting you at the top fresh from grinding. The tour runs in rain or shine and bringing a rain jacket is advised as this is the rain forest and things get a little wet. Also, good hiking shoes that you don't mind getting really muddy. Bringing a camera is a definite must as the chancing of seeing more than one type of poison dart frog are 100% and there is about a 95% of seeing a sloth. The tour starts at 10am and runs every day. Please note: We now have a place to stay! It is very rustic and with a local indigenous family. There are two beds available for $5 a bed. Ask the tour guide about them and the waterfall tour that is now being offered in the community.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading some reviews, we went for Oreba and we enjoyed our trip from the very first minute. Tolk Jack helped translating tour guide Samuels story, which was very helpful. We were welcomed to the tribe with a lovely lunch, prepared with ingredients from the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank AnneMadrid5
Reviewed June 21, 2019

We went with a group of 13 people and it was an amazing experience. You get to taste the cacao bean at all stages of development and get to witness the local community.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank nzkayla
Reviewed June 2, 2019 via mobile

We had such a nice tour with these guys. 😊 We can totally recommend going to Oreba. You will not only learn a lot about cacao plantation, they also talk about their tribe and culture. About plants and fruits. Everything. It is so intreseting, you...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank maria_unterwegs_muc
Reviewed April 26, 2019

Quick response - we touched down at Bocas and messaged them the night before to organize for a pickup in the morning. We met with Yac and Samuel, whom gave us an excellent tour full of passion for their work and connection with their community....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank asuperman
Reviewed April 23, 2019 via mobile

The tour guides were knowledgeable and the people friendly. A great place to visit if your staying in Bocas Town. Your money goes directly to the indigenous community.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank claairey54
Reviewed March 18, 2019

Wow. I am so glad we did this tour. My children ages 11 and 8 loved it and we all learned so much. The guides Samuel and a young woman whose name I cannot recall did such a great job. We were met at the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Shannon L
Reviewed February 1, 2019

I chose this tour over others offered due to my reading this this was a more indigenous tribe experience and not a glossed over gringo ran operation. And we were right! Traveling from Bocos town, make sure to take the Taxi25 ( located nest to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 29464Steve
Reviewed January 29, 2019

Fascinating glimpse into cacao farming by the local tribe. A walk through the jungle viewing many of the native plants, including cacao, and how they are used by the native people. You get to see and taste how the cacao pod is transformed into roasted...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Douglas G
Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

Jack was our native guide and was very personable and knowledgable. We feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to experience the traditional way of making chocolate with such welcoming tribal members.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 307lindyt
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

The tour was really nice. They had many other fruit trees so it was cool. Moreover the indigenous tribe were the hosts which were amazing. They showed us how to make chocolate by hand and we got to taste the chocolate at all stages in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Ann B | Reviewed this property |
It was $45 per person. They met our water taxi and drove us to the native lands. We had lunch then hiked to the top of the mountain through cacao trees where we we tutored in the process of making chocolate. At the end we... More
March 5, 2016|
Response from Erika B | Reviewed this property |
We bought our tickets for the Tour at Super Gourmet in town and took a water taxi to the main land / Isla Almirante where we were picked up by the guide and taken to the farm. I hope this helps. Erika