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El Quetzal de Mindo

9 De Octubre | Turn Left, Up the hill from the Park Central, Mindo 170167, Ecuador
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See Award-winning artisan small-batch chocolate and how it is made and sold 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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9 De Octubre | Turn Left, Up the hill from the Park Central, Mindo 170167, Ecuador
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I honestly did not know that much about chocolate and the production of chocolate before visiting El Quetzal. I had a very nice experience with my friends. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and cracked jokes. The samples were delicious, including a warmed brownie...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My 13 year old grandson and I took this tour. It was very interesting and my grandson liked it as much as I did. He's not a fan of dark chocolate which is all they make but enjoyed the brownie that was served. Recommend.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at a table on the terrace high above the town. I ate a delicious soup, my husband had a chicken dish with chocolate sauce, and my son a toasted ham and cheese sandwich that was the best grilled cheese he has ever had.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the chocolate and coffee tours. Both were really fun and good experiences. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable about the operations here at El Quelzal. I really enjoyed the coffee tour because we got to pick own beans, peel them, shell them, roast...More

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Barbara W, Owner at El Quetzal de Mindo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed our tours! Thank you for the fewdback.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To see how chocolate is made from “the ground up” in a non-commercialized way is great. This small chocolate farm is a very knowledgeable guide to tell you about each step in detail as you wander through their beautiful grounds. Taste tests are done along...More

Thank Kim K
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Barbara W, Owner at El Quetzal de Mindo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Kim for your review!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent tour Carlos today, his English is fabulous and the tour informative and very hands on tasting and smelling everything from the start. The tasting session afterwards was a bonus and my husband loved your brownies! Well worth a trip, just off the main square,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did a tour in english with Carlos. He had well english and very professional. The tour was covering all cacao aspects, along with variety of tastsings. Highly recommanded!!

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Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

Did the chocolat tour. We arrived at 6 and we could start the tour right away. It was very interesting, even tough sometimes it was hard to follow the guide with a strong accent. We loved the brownie at the tasting at the end. Went...More

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Barbara W, Owner at El Quetzal de Mindo, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2018

Molly, Thanks for a great review! Glad you like our brownies. Barbara

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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.
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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
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