Journey across the region’s longest hanging bridge and along forested trails to reach a traditional cacao plantation in the lush Tirimbina biological reserve. You will learn about the local processes for growing the rich cacao plant and how the fruit becomes the mouthwatering chocolate we know and love.
You are encouraged to use all of your senses and smell, touch, and most importantly taste, throughout all of the chocolate production processes from the raw and roasted seeds, to nibs, cocoa powder, liquid, and finally, the chocolate bar. In addition to demonstrating the artisanal process, guides while sharing stories and the history of how chocolate cultivation and it’s production has evolved from ancient times to the present day.
Tirimbina is a wildlife reserve, research facility, and education center working to conserve the biodiversity of Costa Rica. All of the proceeds from the tours support environmental education programs for local primary school students and to research projects within the preserve. As you walk through the reserve to reach the cacao plantation, keep your eyes peeled for birds, monkeys, reptiles, and the cacao loving Agouti.
Adults $31.00, children $21.00, it doesn’t include transportation.