COCOA PLANTATION EXPERIENCE Full Day

Between March and June, the cocoa season is in full swing across the southern half of Ecuador’s coastal plains. The pods are ripe for picking, some turning from green to yellow, like bananas. Although the cocoa harvest is not confined to one short period but is spread out over several months once or twice a year. The timing of the cocoa harvest varies from country to country, depending on the climate and the variety of cocoa. In countries with a pronounced wet and dry season, the main crop occurs 5-6 months after the start of the wet season. In Ecuador you can actually visit the plantation all year long despite the harvest, because there is more to see and learn from. Some people when visiting the cocoa plantations are impressed by never having seen trees like these before; a quirk of evolution, they would look at home in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia or Tolkien’s Middle-earth: their precious cargo grows not from the branches, but straight out of the tree trunk!

And for chocolate lovers this is a must do trip, since this small equatorial country produces one of the finest cocoa beans, if not to say the finest due to its aroma, because of this, the country’s chocolate brands and producers have recently won international recognition, in the most prestigious world wide chocolate tasting events. Across Guayaquil’s plains, cocoa is grown on family plantations, each typically only a few hectares. The small parcels of land are handed down through the generations, and some farmer’s associations also joined to sell and produce cocoa beans. With global demand for cocoa easily overwhelming supply, Ecuador’s finest beans are increasingly valuable to the big-name chocolate companies.

Enjoy a great day of fine chocolate, learn the process and have a delightful experience.

It includes

    • Bilingual Guide
    • Transportation
    • Detailed entrances

Does not include

    • Meals
    • Drinks
    • Additional activities
Guayaquil is a city with a warm climate.

Regular plan

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