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Oreba Chocolate Tour

Bocas Town, Panama
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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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Jason H wrote a review Mar 2020
Quebec City, Canada3 contributions
This tour is really great. An absolute MUST if you are in the area around Bocas del Toro. The plantation is not what we expected. The Ngobe tribe farms this area using traditional methods. The tour is given by tribes people including the actual farmer. They showed us a lot of different plants and their uses for bowls, fabric, medecine and food. They explained the whole cocoa growing and harvesting and processing process. We tasted the fruit, dried beans, roasted beans and some fresh chocolate. It was all delicious. We booked the morning tour which ended with a typical Ngobe tribe lunch. All ingredients grow in the local community. All in all a great experience that we would do again.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Rhinojay1940 wrote a review Feb 2020
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Really enjoyed this tour. Learned a lot and had a great lunch made from local plants. We were told about the life cycle of the cacao plant, as well as the process of fermenting and roasting the beans, on the way to becoming chocolate.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Almostbroken wrote a review Jan 2020
Calgary, Canada18 contributions20 helpful votes
This was very interesting to see how my favorite treat is initiated. We were given the history of the people and their devotion to cacao and how the money helps provide education for their kids. We were shown how the cacao trees and others are planted to allow for more sun on the cacao tree minimizing damage due to a fungus that now affects the flower and killing the seeds. Definitely worth the time and money.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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lindadeex wrote a review Jan 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota27 contributions12 helpful votes
Oreba Chocolate Tour was our favorite activity during our time in Panama. Maruico and Samuel were great tour guides. So knowledgeable, passionate, patient and friendly. We booked the tour through Habla Ya Spanish School, walk in. We were advised to take the Taxi 25 company to Almirante, about $10 per person round trip and a 30 minute boat ride. Once you arrive, there will be people there asking if you need a ride to Oreba. Just look for staff wearing an Oreba shirt and they have a designated van that is labeled Oreba Chocolate Tours. We did the morning tour and had a delicious tradition lunch afterwards. They have a small souvenir shop with homemade items and cocoa. Very educational and eye opening. Along with seeing oreba, we saw different fruits, plants, animals AND a sloth in its natural habitat! I highly recommend the tour.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Donna L wrote a review Nov 2019
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Totally in sync with nature this native tribe is preserving and continuing the life long tradition of chocolate farming in Panama. the chocolate is like no other you can find in the U.S. or elsewhere--rich and flavorful. Friendly and welcoming group of people with decades of knowledge in the art of chocolate farming.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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