• Duration

    One day tour – 8 AM to 5 PM

  • Location

    Calceta
    Manabí, Ecuador

  • Difficulty

    Mild

  • Price

    2-3 people: $175 p.p

    4-5 people: $125 p.p

    6-8 people: $100 p.p

    Please inquiry for larger group rates

    (Local currency USD.)

What to expect

With this chocolate tour from Manta to the countryside of Manabí, you will learn about the organic farmer’s way of living and the transformation process of the best cacao in the world.

This excursion involves all the stakeholders of the production chain of the finest “Arriba Cacao” beans. Considered the best raw material to make the finest chocolate in the market.

You’ll see it all with this tour, from tree to bar.

What´s Included

  • Lunch
  • Bottled water and local snack
  • Chocolate bar
  • All entrance and activities fees
  • Cruise Terminal / Hotel pick up and drop off (You would have to take the free shuttle bus to Cruise Terminal)
  • *Does not include gratuities

Cancellation policy

  • If you cancel at least 7 calendar days in advance, there is no cancellation fee
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 calendar days in advance, you will be charged a 50% cancellation fee
  • If you cancel within 2 calendar days in advance, you will be charged a 100% cancellation fee
  • For cruise ship travelers: If the ship doesn´t dock due to inclement weather conditions, political matters, or covid-19 related reasons, there is no cancellation fee

The itinerary

Cocoa Nursery Garden

The first stop is the National Institute of Agricultura Research acronym INIAP. They are the only entity authorized to produce our National Creole Cocoa or “Cacao de Arriba,” considered the best Cocoa in the World.

Here we will visit the nursery garden, where experts will explain how they produce these stems and maintain the purity of their genetics. (This visit is only available on weekdays)

Cocoa plantation

The second visit is at Don Alfonso’s Cocoa Plantation.

Don Alfonso has been producing cocoa since he could remember. He is one of the 1000 cocoa farmers that sell their raw organic cacao to Fortaleza Cocoa Association. On this visit, you can experience the daily life of the cacao farmers. You will walk through cocoa plantations, and yeah, you can taste cacao right from the tree; so delicious!

Cacao Association

After having lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit Fortaleza Cacao Association.

This association just won (2107) an international prize for their high standards cacao. Here we can find out about the cacao process after being harvested, fermentation, drying, quality control, and final storage for exportation to their primary markets Switzerland, France, Italy, and the USA.

At the end of the visit, you can buy different kinds of chocolates they produce in their factory!

Book Here

Do you want to book or need more information? please contact us!

See related excursion:

Cdla. Barbasquillo 130802
Manta – Ecuador
Phone: +593 995 376 249

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