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“Great chocolate, Good Prices, Great Tour”

El Castillo del cacao
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Matagalpa
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Yes, we enjoyed the tour. Our tour leader hadn't practiced her English for some time, but with our encouragement, she did just fine. We learned a lot and enjoyed the samples and bought some chocolate--sugar free.

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Reviewed June 15, 2014

We attempted to visit El Castillo del Cacao on a Monday, but it was closed. We tried many times to locate it and finally a man led us there. We would never have found it on our own. There is a white boulder with the name painted on it on the road leading up to the factory. We were able to buy chocolate bars....not a creamy chocolate.

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Reviewed May 6, 2014

El Castillo de Cacao is a small facility, but the tour proves to be packed with great information about the history of cacao, modern uses, and production of chocolate. We were able to go inside the "factory" (with hairnets and mouth masks for sanitary purposes) to see the process, and at the end of the tour, we were given samples of chocolate with hot coffee! There are tour companies that will arrange all aspects of travel for you, but if you speak Spanish and are comfortable hopping in a local taxi, I recommend arranging yourself, as the cost is only about C$150/US$6 per person for the tour itself, plus about a dollar per person to take a taxi from the far end of Matalgalpa to the Castillo (be prepared to walk up the short hill). Call ahead to arrange the best time to make sure you get to see the production! :)

Thank Owl_K
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

I went on a tour with a few friends and enjoyed every part. The information provided was extremely interesting and everyone seemed happy to have us and answer any and all questions. We were given a detailed description of how everything is completed. Our tour ended with samples of chocolate and coffee. It was a wonderful experience and it should not be missed on your trip to Matagalpa!

Thank Emily S
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

I have visited the chocolate factory several times, and they always surprise me with the delicious chocolate i get to taste with my clients during the process. The history that is shared here is very interesting to be heard and you cannot leave Matagalpa without tasting this chocolate!

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