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La Iguana Chocolate

| Mastatal, Santiago de Puriscal 10409, Costa Rica
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Off the Beaten Track with a Bean to Bar Chocolate Tour

One of the best things we did while visiting Costa Rica was to take the winding road to La Iguana... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
pgsweetdee
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Baltimore, Maryland
Genuine and memorable - a highlight of our trip!

After a beautiful drive through banana plantations, along a river, and into the foothills, we... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
Selene G
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Bristol, New Hampshire
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Organic Chocolate, Education & Experimentation When a third generation cacao farmer turns chocolate maker - the results are beautiful! About Us La Iguana Chocolate is a Costa Rican family owned and run, organic farm in the village of Mastatal. Located towards the Pacific Coast: 2.5 hours South-west of San Jose, roughly 1 hour inland from Parrita, 1.5 hours from Jaco or Manuel Antonio. Our family have been farming this land and growing cacao for three generations. We first opened our doors to visitors, volunteers and guests in 2004. We now offer school groups, students and guests the unique opportunity to learn about sustainable living, permaculture, natural building and chocolate processing in the stunning tropical rainforest. We offer chocolate tours and treehouse accommodation for those interested in seeing a less touristic side to Costa Rica. Like most great things in Costa Rica, we are at the end of some slightly bumpy roads, the views are stunning, however we do recommend a 4x4 in the rainy season. Tours Our hands-on educational chocolate tour is lead by one of the family on our farm. Over the course of roughly 2.5 hours, we will take you through every step of the chocolate making process from harvesting and tasting the fresh fruit through to making your own delicious chocolates. You will also have the opportunity to make a traditional Mayan style hot chocolate and sample some freshly baked chocolate brownies. Tours are available from Monday - Saturday. Please book your tour in advance via email. We do our best to be flexible with days and times to suit your plans, however we are a small fully operational farm, run by a team of 4, and appreciate at least 2 days notice to organise our schedule. Find Us Google Maps or Waze will reliably help you to navigate to the farm, simply search for La Iguana Chocolate. For more information about anything we do at La Iguana, please see our website or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Google or contact us directly.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best things we did while visiting Costa Rica was to take the winding road to La Iguana to meet Mariana and her lovely family, who produce rich, delicious cacao in their humble but welcoming home and farm. Over the course of a...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

After a beautiful drive through banana plantations, along a river, and into the foothills, we arrived at this small, working farm. Marianna was welcoming and very knowledgeable, and is clearly determined to do all she can to maintain and contribute to her family's legacy. The...More

Thank Selene G
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Our group of six stopped by one afternoon without booking a tour. There was a school group touring at the time and they were unable to show us much of the area. However in hindsight, I wish we would have booked something in advance. The...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

A highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. Really cool to see the different types of cacao trees and learn about every part of the chocolate-making process. We got to see (and try ourselves!) the old, manual techniques and then the way to do it...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

If you don’t mind a bit of adventure, this family farm is worth visiting! We loved the tour, making the chocolate, and the lunch. So interesting.. Definitely use gps ( we used google maps). The road is bumpy, but beautiful drive through banana and papaya...More

Thank TravelKat12
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

This is a Costa Rican family owned and operated cacao plantation and chocolate producer. It is located deep in the mountains near Puriscal and while it may take some time and effort to get there, if you love chocolate as we do it is worth...More

1  Thank Rob F
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

This is educational and of fun for all ages. Jorge was a friendly host, knew a lot about chocolate in addition to cacao farming, and spoke great English. Kids will love it, but if you don't have any, bring your youthful curiosity and enthusiasm. Tasting...More

Thank B H
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

We experienced chocolate from the history, the process of making chocolate, to eating what we made. This is a small family-run business and is a great experience for kids 7 to 100. I'm an elementary teacher. I thought it was a well organized tour with...More

Thank Paul F
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

I am a big chocolate addict and was very excited to do this tour. Marianna welcomed us and gave us a 2.5 hour tour just for the 2 of us. She explained each and every stage, from opening the cocoa fruit from a tree, to...More

Thank anne-laure87
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

With my wife I was fortunate to attend a tour at La Iguana Chocolate Organic Farm. Jorge welcome us with a bitter sweet chocolate flower. As soon as we started the tour you could feel the passion and mission of ecosostenibility in this family owned...More

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Michelle U
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64 kilometers / 1 hour, 20 minutes or so, according to Google maps. But from experience I'd say allow 1 hour, 45 minutes.
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