La Fortuna, Alajuela
4 Hours
English, Spanish
All Year Availability

Discover the entire process and production of two of Costa Rica’s biggest exports: coffee and chocolate – all on this fantastic rainproof plantation a short drive from La Fortuna village. Starting with the coffee tour, your guide with show you how seeds are harvested, roasted, and then processed so they can be made into a delicious cup of coffee. Enjoy the aromatic smells of rich coffee as your guide transports you around various areas of this beautiful estate. Afterwards, you group will move you onto the sweetest part of the tour – delicious Costa Rican chocolate!  Similar to your coffee tour, you will be taken from start to finish. Watch as you guide cuts open a cocoa pod so you can take a look at the fresh cocoa beans inside! Learn how the beans are “sweated” so they can be turned into rich cocoa butter and powder, the back bone of the chocolate we know and love. Finally, select members of the group be able to grind up the cocoa beans so they can make their own chocolate bars to take with them! And did we mention you’ll be able to sample some dark, milk, and white chocolates along with a selection of coffee varieties? All of which can be purchased at their onsite gift store. This Coffee and Chocolate tour is not to be missed.

START TIME 7:55AM, 8:50AM, 9:50AM, 10:50AM, 12:50PM, 1:50PM, 2:50PM, 3:50PM.
END TIME Approximately two hours from start time.
WEAR Comfortable clothing. The trail is 100% rainproof but San Carlos’s weather is very changeable.
Plantation Entrance Guided walking tour
Chocolate making demonstration Coffee and chocolate samples
Tour guide gratuity (optional)

Child pricing is between the age of 7 to 12 years of age (children 6 and younger can join this tour for free – please mark them as “Infant” on the booking form). Please note that a slightly longer private tour is available on request (prices are $80 and $60 USD for adults and children, respectively). This tour requires a minimum of two paying adults to operate – if numbers are not met, then you will be put on stand by until we can confirm. The facilities on the Coffee & Chocolate Trail are fully catered to families with children who require a stroller or people with some physical limitations including walkers, crutches or wheelchair.

Additional information

Ticket TypeAdult, Child, Infant

10.00am - 12.00pm: Coffee Tour

Upon arrival at Don Juan Arenal, you will join your group to begin your coffee and chocolate trail. Starting with the coffee tour, learn all about the wonderful history of Costa Rica’s coffee both in the world and our country, as well as its importance in the development of Costa Rica. During the tour, you will see all the processes that coffee takes, from the seed to the delicious final product: a cup of hot coffee. There will even be time to sample some of these fine brews.

12.00pm – 2.00pm: Chocolate Tour

On the second part of your tour you will get to enjoy between the sweet aromas and rich history of chocolate and it’s place in Costa Rica and the world. Participate in the chocolate process, which consists of tasting and making the different stages of the process, from the cocoa seed all the way up to an ancient aptly named cocoa drink called the “Drink of the Gods”. At the end, select members will even get to try their hand at making chocolate bars for them to take with them.
coffee and chocolate tour
coffee and chocolate tour
Don Juan Arenal Birdseye View
Cocoa Pod & Seeds
Cocoa Beans Sweating
Coffee Growing Cycle Costa Rica
Coffee & Chocolate Trail Tour Guide
Coffee Brewing Costa Rica
Coffee & Chocolate Traditional Wagon

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
January 18, 2021

Very interesting tour and very enjoyable. We did coffee and chocolate. They take you through the process from growing till construction. You get to taste as much coffee (at the end of the tour in their souvenir shop) as you want. We also made our own chocolate bars.

January 18, 2021

My husband and I had an amazing time on this tour. We were lucky enough to be the only ones who signed up at our time slot, so it was a private tour. Brandon did a great job teaching us about the process of making chocolate and coffee. It was a blast actually making them as well, very interactive.

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