Cacao pods hanging from the tree.

Rainforest Chocolate Tours: Costa Rica edition

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Looking to entice your sweet tooth? Perhaps you are a fan of a bit of education along with a delicious sweetness of chocolate. Then taking a tour with Rainforest Chocolate Tours near Arenal is the perfect place to begin. Rainforest chocolate tours will not only educate on the process of making chocolate, but they will also give you plenty of hands-on opportunities to become part of the process, with a bit of fun along the way.

Cocoa seeds sitting inside a pod with another pod in the background.

Rainforest Chocolate Tours: La Fortuna

One of the fun activities offered in La Fortuna, Costa Rica is a chocolate tour. Before coffee and bananas took over, cacao was once the leading export in Costa Rica. It is known as one of the foods of the Gods and by taking a tour with Rainforest Chocolate Tours, you can do some hands-on learning about the history of cacao, the production, and delicious taste.

Tours are offered: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m
Rates: Adults $26 / Students $21 / Children $18

Arrival:

Drive or hail a cab to bring you to their reception area located 5-10 minutes from central La Fortuna.

You can make a reservation online and then pay once you reach the reception office.

From there, you can use the bathroom or relax in the main reception area for your tour to begin.

Tour:

Our group’s guide was Keylor and I highly recommend him. Great with all his guests, but most especially kids. He makes the tour come alive and has a lot of fun interreacting with the guests and making sure that they are not only being educated about the process of making chocolate but also enjoy every aspect along the way.

You’ll start off learning about the history of chocolate, where it comes from and why chocolate is important. If you want the most points, be sure to study your history ahead of time. A little birdie told me you get extra chocolate if you get the answers correct.

Map showing the history of the cocoa seeds.

After a bit of history, it’s time to head into the cacao fields where you can see two varieties of cacao trees. You’ll also be given a bit of time to look around the fields, take photos and look at the beans drying in the shed.

Once you are done, head over to the covered area where you’ll see tables with ingredients.

Finally, it’s time to start making chocolate! But before you jump in, you’ll learn about the seeds, have a bit of a taste and play a few silly games. I won’t spoil the fun.

From there, you’ll help with the grinding, mixing preparing and finally making of the chocolate powder. Everyone gets to taste the pure cacao before it’s time to make the traditional Mayan “hot chocolate”.

I’ll let you form your own opinion about the drink. My son enjoyed his with sprinkles and marshmallows.

Then here comes the best part. You’ll get a spoon where the chocolate will be dripped into it. From there, you’ll pick your own toppings to enjoy a delicious treat. You can choose from spices, sea salt, cacao nibs, cinnamon sugar, marshmallows, and sprinkles.

Table set up with items to process cacoa seeds.

If you are a huge chocolate lover, feel free to go through the line multiple times.

Soon your tour is ending, but not without a final treat of either milk or dark chocolate. You’ll be well sugared up before you have the opportunity to buy more chocolate or continue your adventures in Costa Rica.

Final Thoughts:

My family and I really enjoyed this tour and it seemed like the other 10 guests in our group did as well. It was extremely interactive, but yet educational. Our five-year-old son had a really good time and was given plenty of opportunities to be a part of the fun.

I’m sure it probably depends on your group and tour guide, but if you can request someone, I highly recommend Keylor.

Woman, little boy and another woman standing next to a guide listening to him explaining the cocoa process.

FAQ:

Is the Rainforest Chocolate Tour kid-friendly? Yes! Our five-year-old son had a great time. He was asked to help with many of the tasks to help make the chocolate and he had a separate (non-spicy) drink made especially for him.

The path looked stroller friendly, but unless you have little ones, I wouldn’t recommend bringing a stroller.

Is the tour fun even if you don’t like chocolate? Yes, I think so. You are welcome to take part without sampling any of the sweet treats. It will take away some of the fun, such as sampling freshly-powdered cacao, taste testing with chocolate syrup and then your final chocolate at the end.

Cacao pods hanging from the tree.

Do you have a favorite activity in Arenal/La Fortuna? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Facebook or Instagram. I created this travel blog to help other families to explore the world with their kids and I hope I’ve inspired you. Want to read more about Costa Rica? Check out my posts below on the various regions in Costa Rica.

Is Manuel Antonio or Monteverde a part of your journey? Here is my post for our favorite activities in Manuel Antonio and here is my three-day itinerary for Monteverde. Or head over to my destinations page and explore my interactive map, it’s pretty fun. Until next time!

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