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.
||Please arrive before 10.00 AM.
||Approximately 2:00 PM.
||Comfortable clothing. The trail is 100% rainproof but San Carlos’s weather is very changeable. Currently, facemasks are mandatory on all tours.
| 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 younger than 6 are free to enjoy this tour). 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.
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.
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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