Manta & Rocafuerte
5.5 hours approx.
Timing is adaptable to travelers’ needs (Cruise ship schedules)
Easy (Bring a good appetite) 😉
From 95 USD per person
About this tour
Discover the Secrets of Ecuador’s Ancient Cacao Tradition
On this unique chocolate tour from Manta, uncover the origins of Ecuadorian chocolate through hands-on experience at a sustainable cacao farm and chocolate factory. The rare Nacional genotype of cacao grown here can be traced back 5,300 years to some of the oldest trees ever discovered.
Through conservation efforts starting in 2007, a nonprofit foundation helped revive cacao production in the Ecuadorian rainforest using only the purest Nacional genetics. The soil in this region produces cacao with a 100% Nacional genotype, yielding beans prized for exceptional quality worldwide.
Visit one of 14 partner farms in Rocafuerte practicing sustainable cultivation of this ancient crop. You’ll have the unique opportunity to witness the entire chocolate-making process – from harvesting ripe cacao pods to roasting beans and crafting your artisan chocolate.
Taste what the ancient Incas and conquistadors once enjoyed as the “drink of the gods.”
History leads us to a renovated building that used to store and sell cacao beans and other essential products, pillars of Manta’s development. It now houses an elegant cafe, event space, and rooftop restaurant. During this visit, taste the city’s emblematic dish, the Ecuadorian Ceviche.
This one-of-a-kind experience offers an exciting glimpse into Ecuador’s enduring cacao heritage while supporting environmental protection and community development. Unearth the secrets behind this country’s finest chocolate through hands-on participation in its tradition.