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Oreba Chocolate Tour
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 4, 2013

All of the previous reviews have pretty much covered the highlights of this wonderful tour. You'll never look at chocolate the same way again and the experience of seeing how hard local farming communities have to work to support themselves is a real eye-opener. The hike is steep at times, but even though I"m out of shape and a have bad knee, I was able to complete the hiking thanks to the sturdy walking stick supplied by our guide, Mariscio. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes (no flip flops!) and be prepared to get a bit muddy.

Thank Tracy S
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

The locals from the Ngobe tribe that gave us a tour were very friendly. We had never been to a cocoa farm or seen the plants up close. Our guide picked us a star fruit from a tree at the beginning of the tour which was incredible. You do a somewhat steep 40 minute hike at a slow pace and get to hear about the plants and how chocolate is processed. The meal is served at the end. We had the "rhubbarb" root, greens, and small piece of chicken. The greens from the "rhubbarb" like plant were incredible.

1  Thank boback
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

I am writing this review for the kind of people who might think they would not enjoy a tour like this. That its fine for granola munchers and other liberal types bu probably not for them. Well, to give you an idea of what I typically enjoy my favorite experiences in Panama were all solo excursions. The first hammering up Volcan Baru. Next was renting a 4 wheel for the day, strapping on a machete and spending the day exploring Bocas. This being said I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was informative and professional yet at the same time very low key and endearing. And it is one of the very few things like this that I have ever done that seemed 100% genuine. Dont miss this experience. If youre a granola muncher of course youll probably love it but if youre someone more like myself who thinks it might be a little bit too tutty fruity for you I urge you to give it a shot. These are good hardworking people who need your support, and like me youll probably have a blast and walk away with a great memory. Enjoy!

4  Thank TMR1004
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This tour was the most educational, unique and interesting thing we did in the Bocas area. Be prepared to hike uphill, but the guide takes it slow and stops lots to show you many things. I was amazed with how much I learned. The tour is totally a community project, which is very endearing. You basically experience the chocolate making process from the tree right to eating it- YUM! It's awesome! Then, at the end the community makes you a nice home cooked meal. It's really special. I would recommend this trip to anyone willing to hike around a bit! IT'S AWESOME!

1  Thank michellechristine
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Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

If you care about indigenous people, organic food, traditional medicines, local farming, or just love chocolate, this tour is for you! Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb steep hills. It will be worth the exertion. I found this to be a fascinating, educational, and TASTY tour!

2  Thank MuLBerry2
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