Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside on an air-conditioned transportation and recent model deluxe vehicle or mini bus. You will be heading to the Caribbean Slope, crossing the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park until arrives to our private property in Sarapiqui Region, about 90 minutes’ drive from San Jose. Upon arrival to our beautiful property, you will have some free time for use restrooms and explore the surroundings before to start the nature walk to the cocoa plantation and suspension bridge.
In this three-hour activity you will discover the marvels of one of the favorite foods of humankind – chocolate. A plant originating in Mesoamerica with an extraordinarily rich history, cacao, or chocolate, was one of the most important products of the Maya and Aztec, as well as other Central American cultures.
The tour includes a guided hike across the Tirimbina suspension bridge to a cacao plantation, as well as to a forested section where you will observe forest species of cacao and how the product originally developed there. During the hike, the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree is explained. Onsite, you will learn about the process by which cacao is processed into chocolate (harvesting, fermentation, drying, milling). Besides this, you will be able to taste some samples of chocolates made by your own.
After the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch before to make the way back to your hotel in San Jose. During the driving back, our guide will explain about the local products produced in this rich region such as Cassava, Pineapple, Heart of Palm, Sugar Cane, Pejibayes, Black Pepper and more.
DURATION: 7 Hours
PICK UP TIME: 7:00 AM
INCLUDE: Private Transportation to and from your hotel, Lunch, Chocolate Tour and naturalist tour guide.
WHAT´S TO BRING: hiking shoes, poncho, mosquito repellent and hat.