A Brief Description

With this shore excursion to the country side of Manabí, you will learn about the organic farmers way of living and the transformation process of the best cacao in the world.

This excursion involves all the actor of production chain of the finest “arriba cacao” beans. Considered the best raw material to make the finest chocolate in the market.

From tree to bar with this tour, you’ll see it all.

  • Duration

    One day tour – 8 AM to 5 PM

  • Location

    Calceta
    Manabí, Ecuador

  • Difficulty

    Mild

  • Price

    2-3 people: $160 p.p

    4-5 people: $100 p.p

    6-8 people: $85 p.p

    Please inquiry for larger group rates

    (Local currency USD.)

What´s Included

  • Bottled water and local snack
  • 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 lunch ($5-$10) and gratuities

Activities

Cocoa Nursery Garden

The first stop is the National Institute of Agricultura Research by its acronym in Spanish 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 to us, how they produce these stems and maintain the purity of its 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. In this visit you can experience the daily life of the cacao farmers, you will walk through cocoa plantations, and yeah you can have a 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 about the cacao process after being harvest, fermentation, drying and quality control and final storage for exportation to their main markets Switzerland, France, Italy, and the USA.

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

Availability for Cruise Ship Travellers

CRUISE SHIP LINEDATEARRIVALDEPARTUREAVAILABILITY
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – ms Zaandam24 Oct 2019 05:00 19:00YES
REGENT – Seven Seas Mariner11 Nov 201908:0019:00YES
SEABOURN – Seabourn Quest13 Nov 201908:00to be determined
CELEBRITY CRUISES – Eclipse29 Nov 201909:0016:00YES
VIKING OCEANS – Viking Sun20 Dec 2019to be determined to be determined
OCEANIA CRUISES – Marina11 Jan 202008:0018:00YES
HOLLAND AMERICA – Ms Volendam13 Jan 202005:0020:00YES
PRINCESS CRUISES – Island Princess18 Jan 202005:0019:00YES
HAPAG LLOYD – Europa 2 21 Jan 202005:0022:00YES
COSTA – Costa Deliziosa27 Jan 202008:0018:00YES
PHOENIX – Amera28 Jan 202009:0019:00YES
OCEANIA CRUISES – Insignia09 Feb 202008:0018:00YES
PHOENIX – Amadea14 Feb 202012:0020:00YES – Shorter Version
CUNARD – Queen Victoria8 Mar 202009:0018:00YES
CELEBRITY CRUISES – Eclipse21 Mar 202010:0018:00YES – Shorter Version
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – ms Zaandam29 Mar 202008:0017:00YES
PHOENIX – Artania14 Apr 202012:00 18:00NO
REGENT – Seven Seas Navigator29 Apr 202008:0018:00YES

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Cancellation

  • 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 there is no cancellation fee

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