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El Quetzal de Mindo

Mindo, Ecuador
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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. 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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Discover the ancient traditions and flavors of cacao during a 3-hour tour in Mindo. After a tour of an artisanal chocolate factory, sit down for a traditional Ecuadorian dinner served with beer and wine. Afterwards, prepare and enjoy a cacao drink, which was honed by the Mayans and Aztecs thousands of years ago. Listen to a live drumming performance as you roast, shell, and grind the beans.
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Robbe wrote a review Oct 10
3 contributions2 helpful votes
The jugo de cacao is sooo good!! Tried the cacao cocktails, hot chocolate, and chocolate tea, too. I actually didn't get to go on the tour for a booking issue but had a blast listening to the live music instead.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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County-Hunter wrote a review Jul 2021
Tacoma, Washington2886 contributions781 helpful votes
If you love chocolate, heck even if you just like chocolate a little, you should take this tour. Not only will you learn about the process of making chocolate, but you will get the chance to sample the finished product, which of course is the best part. And you’ll have the opportunity to purchase all kinds of different chocolate and coffee products.
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topthat wrote a review Jul 2021
Cuenca, Ecuador238 contributions44 helpful votes
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Really enjoyed this tour! I had done a tour in Quito 2 years ago, but this was better. Got to actually see cacao trees and coffee trees and from tree to finished product. Such a process and rather labor intensive. This is a small batch operation. I took of a star, because they have not updated their hours and we showed up at 9:30am (Google hours state that they open at 8am). After touring yesterday and having a fabulous coffee there, we went back to have another today before leaving town and they were not open. :(
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susch wrote a review Dec 2020
Cuenca, Ecuador87 contributions63 helpful votes
I found this tour to be extremely informative and interesting. I never knew all the steps involved in making chocolate! It was very cool to walk the grounds and see the entire process from small trees to finished product. The tasting of the different qualities of chocolate was interesting too. Definitely worth taking the time to do this tour!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Ian wrote a review Dec 2020
Salinas, Ecuador5 contributions
Our hotel arranged for a family tour in English of El Quetzal. Our guide Frank did an excellent job of explaining the process of turning Cacao into chocolate with opportunities to touch and taste along the tour.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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