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El Quetzal de Mindo

468 reviews
About El Quetzal de Mindo
See an award-winning artisan small-batch chocolate maker. Learn how chocolate is made on-site. Learn about harvesting, fermentation, drying, roasting. See cocoa fruit on trees growing in our garden, taste fresh cacao fruit. Walk through our gardens where you will also see coffee, banana and guava trees. Also a variety of tropical and medicinal plants growing on our grounds. You will have a chance to view small-batch chocolate making in progress and taste plenty of samples including our world famous brownies. Chocolate bars and other locally made products and artisan goods are available for purchase. We also have a festive evening tour available with local drumming. The Leyenda de Chocolate tour takes you back in time experiencing how chocolate has been made for 5,000 years ago. Ask for both tours! Beer brewed on site, coffee grown and roasted on site. Just up the hill from the central park from Main Street in Mindo, Ecuador. Don't miss this unique experience. Look for El Quetzal!
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Mindo, Ecuador
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$14.00 per adult
Dinner and Chocolate Tour PLUS La Leyenda de Chocolate Tour
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$59.00 per adult
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was great. We learnd so much and you se the hole proces from start to finish. The guy who told us about the chocolat was so passioneret about it. And after this Tour you get to try it all. You really get to apriciate...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Bonde87
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've just finished the chocolate tour with Sergio, sitting on the balcony at El Quetzal indulging in the 7 types of chocolates on offer! The tour was brilliant. We were walked through the full process and were not made to feel rushed whatsoever, even though...More

Thank mansellWanderers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was great. They guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He explained their process of taking chocolate from the pod to the bar. You got try suck on a bean from a pod, try 100% pure chocolate sauce, then that mixed with sugar, then...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Suzanne L B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent guide who was Portugese and spoke fluent English. Walked around the compact grounds to see the beans growing right up to the processes (through a window only). They pride themselves on pure chocolate production and do not sell wholesale, just to visitors so the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Thecatsmum4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wooweee. Amazing chocolate tour complete with brownie, tea and chocolate bits. We also tried the restaurant's guinea pig and steak which were a delight. highly recommend both choices.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Madi M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to be the only two people with George for the ‘Tour de Chocolate’ on a rainy afternoon in Mindo. We thoroughly enjoyed his friendly nature, and his sense of humor. The chocolate process was fascinating and the brownie was superb. George...More

Thank Biglildunc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed learning about the cacoa bean . We got to try the bean in it’s pod, see how it how starts and try why happens when you add sugar. The tour cost us $10pp and was very informative.

1  Thank Alimcraig
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great meal here. I order d the trout fish in special sauce, my husband had the lamb and my daughter had a selection of empanadas. All was excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Luvtravel2015
Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

This was a fantastic experience, the tour is well-worth it. The staff is very personable. At the end they provide a taste test, and the shop has cocoa products as well as souvenirs to remember Mindo by (I picked up a couple chocolate bars and...More

2  Thank MayDawn12
Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

We went there with small children and it was great. Our tour guide was a portuguese guy who was extremely nice and with a very good attitude. I think his name was Sergio though Im not completely sure. He knew a lot about chocolate, cacao...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank mateoch
Barbara W, Owner at El Quetzal de Mindo, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2019

Yay! That is always our goal....Happy Customer!

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Susan C
February 7, 2018|
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Response from Barbara W | Property representative |
10 hours by car. By plane one hour to Quito and 1.5 hours to Mindo.
Jack M
November 29, 2015|
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Response from BWElQuetzal | Property representative |
Email me for the recipe. Our email address is on our website for Mindo Chocolate. Sorry Tripadvisor will not allow me to post email addresses or website links. Barbara