Location

Manta & Rocafuerte

Time

5.5 hours approx.

Timing is adaptable to travelers’ needs (Cruise ship schedules)

Difficulty

Easy (Bring a good appetite) 😉

Pricing

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.

What´s Included

  • Lunch (Manta’s traditional fish ceviche)
  • Bottled water
  • Chocolate samples
  • Chocolate drink
  • Snacks: Casava bread, tropical fruits, coconut water
  • All entrance and activity fees
  • Cruise Terminal, hotel, airport pick-up and drop-off
  • *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

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

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