We are still in Puerto Viejo, on the south atlantic coast of Costa Rica. There, we have tested for you the two most popular Trip Advisor rated activities….
First, a chocolate tour…. Yummy…
We went with the company above that we recommend without any hesitation. Indeed, the property owner itself (the property includes cacao plantation, retail store and chocolate tour) leads the tour. And he really knows about what he is talking.
The tour starts in the cacao plantation where he explains that the whole coast used to be filled up with cacao trees before they remove most of them and plant banana trees. Indeed at this time, the selling price of banana went up and it became more interesting to sell banana than cacao.
After explaining how to grow cacao, it goes through the different steps of processing cacao until it gets presented to the factory and become chocolate.
Before visiting the factory (don’t expect a huge factory !) we have one hour of chocolate tasting… Up to 4 types of chocolate, all coming from different plantations around Puerto Viejo. Then some hot chocolate as it used to be made before (not really the same that you would have in a starbuck coffee shop) and finally some chocolate to be mixed with spices and plants to discover the best combination… I really love the chocolate mixed with garlic and mint…
Finally, we arrive at the factory where one operator use the various equipment (some of them are local made) to produce an excellent chocolate that you won’t find in the supermarket around the world. The production is small, so if you want some, the best way is to get there.
The second tour we undertook was to visit the jaguar rescue centre.. Don’t expect to see a Jaguar. They used to have one, but it is not here anymore. It is a very good place to interact with rescued wild animals such as monkeys, birds (owl, eagles), three-toed sloths, wild cats, snakes, spiders, etc…
The good thing is entry fee is directly used to run the centre.. So if you love animal, have a look there. More info on www.jaguarrescues.com
The best moment of our time inside the rescue center is when you play with the monkey inside their cage… So much good time.
That is it for Puerto Viejo. Our next move is to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica but where we won’t stay long before going to the pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Blog you soon,