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Rainforest Chocolate Tour

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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About Rainforest Chocolate Tour
Rainforest Chocolate Tour The sweetest rainforest experience With the view of the majestic Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna of San Carlos, enjoy the sweetest rainforest experience, discovering the ancient secrets of chocolate: from its discovery and use, in tropical America, to the processing of the product we know and enjoy today.Considered as "a gift of the Gods", the cacao tree was very important to the ancient culture, it was not only used as a ceremonial drink, but its seeds were also used as currency because of its economic value , in many regions of Mesoamerica, including Costa Rica.In this 2-hour “hands on” program, you will have the opportunity to learn interesting aspects of cocoa and chocolate, from its origin and history, participating in all the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying and grinding of the seed, also the developing of the traditional drink of our ancestors, and of course enjoying a high quality organic chocolate.Enjoy this journey through the history, culture, traditions and the flavor.
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Chocoholics, history buffs, and xenophiles alike are bound to enjoy the Rainforest Chocolate Tour. Discover the ancient history of the sacred cacao tree and how its seeds were used in ceremonial rituals and later as currency in Costa Rica. See how the seeds are used to make the rich flavors we love today with a hands-on demonstration. Throughout the experience, treat yourself to as much organic chocolate as you like.
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craigschofer wrote a review Mar 2016
Houston, Texas25 contributions2 helpful votes
The Rainforest Chocolate Tour is a 2 hour interactive education on making chocolate like the Central American natives did. Very educational, but fun, too. Great for families or adults. The facility is not a working cocoa plantation, but a small grove that grows cocoa beans
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Date of experience: February 2016
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FlipFlopsandCoconuts wrote a review Mar 2016
Alabama145 contributions28 helpful votes
A wonderful tour through the history and local traditions of making chocolate. We got to walk among the cacao trees as our guide explained all about the growing and harvesting. In a covered shed we were shown how the cacao was prepared, fermented and roasted the old fashion
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Date of experience: March 2016
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Chris S wrote a review Mar 2016
Zurich, Switzerland181 contributions47 helpful votes
This was a late idea and so glad we did it. From start to finish, our guide was interesting and informative, and funny to boot. A tour of the plantation was followed by an explanation of the process where 'volunteers' are coerced into making chocolate. It's all good fun, but the
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Date of experience: February 2016
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Samuel G wrote a review Mar 2016
Cape May, New Jersey28 contributions9 helpful votes
My girlfriend and I came here on a whim walking back from the waterfall. We grew up near Hershey, PA and thought we knew all there was to know about chocolate harvesting, but this was an incredibly deep and informative walk through the history of chocolate and how to make high
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Date of experience: March 2016
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david t wrote a review Feb 2016
19 contributions3 helpful votes
We spent about 1 hour or more here and you will be tested. The tour has you make chocolate from scratch. This processes gives you a whole new appreciation for your next bite of chocolate. To put a raw chocolate nut in your mouth takes some guts. It does not look like anything
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Date of experience: October 2015
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