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Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Learn about the chocolate industry in Costa Rica on this private 7-hour tour from San Jose. You'll visit Tirimbina, a private biological reserve in the rain forest and take a guided hike across a suspension bridge to a cacao plantation. Get an intimate look at the chocolate-making process, from fruit to chocolate bar. Lunch is included.
  • 7-hour private chocolate tour from San Jose
  • Take a hike to a cacao plantation
  • See cacao trees in the tropical forest
  • Learn about the process of turning the fruit into chocolate
  • Lunch and private transportation included
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Lunch
Professional Private Guide
Private transportation
Alcoholic Beverages

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
we offer pick up service from all hotels in san jose. if yuor hotel is not listed please tell us your hotel name and we will arrange pick up

Departure Time

7:00 AM
After hotel pickup in San Jose by air-conditioned private vehicle, your tour starts with the drive out of the city to reach the Costa Rican countryside.

During your experience, discover the origins of chocolate, a plant — cacao — that dates back to civilizations of Mesoamerica like the Maya and the Aztecs. With your guide, take a hike across the Tirimbina suspension bridge to a cacao plantation and through a section of forest to see the plant growing.

Hear about the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree, and learn how the fruit is processed and turned into the chocolate that you eat and drink, from harvesting and fermentation to drying and milling. Plus, you may taste different types of chocolate, particularly organic chocolate grown by the Association of Amazilla Women of the Caribbean, a rural group dedicated to the production of organic chocolate.

When your tour is over, you'll be returned to San Jose for hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Tirimbina is a private biological reserve located in Sarapiqui region. In here we run the chocolate tour in an old cocoa plantation. Besides this, the reserve have the largest hanging bridge in Costa Rica
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Braulio Carrillo National Park
Braulio Carrillo National Park is one of the largest protected areas in Costa Rica with 50.000 hectares and is located in one of the areas with the steepest topography of the country. Located Northside of Central Valley in the Central Volcanic Range, among the massifs of Poas and Irazu Volcanoes. This wonderful natural treasure includes Barva and Cacho Negro volcanoes It has a maximum elevation of 9534 feet (2906 m s.n.m.) above sea level on top of Barva Volcano and records a minimum temperature of 37.4 fahrenheit (3 ° C.) and maximum 75.6 fahrenheit (24 ° C.). Due to the large altitudinal gradient spanning the park, precipitation is very varied and ranges from 8.2 feet (2500 mm) on the slopes overlooking the Central Valley up to 18.8 feet (5734 mm) in the Caribbean slope.
Stop At:  
Sarapiqui River
The Sarapiquí River, or Rio Sarapiquí, in Costa Rica is a tributary of the San Juan River and forms the eastern border of Sarapiquí Canton. The area around the river is mostly lowlands tropical rainforest, having lush vegetation with a large variety of plant, animal and insect life. During our tour you will enjoy the beauty of this river and cross a long suspention bridge over it.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child and infant rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Greenway Nature Day Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Chocolate Tour in the Rainforest & Hanging Bridge. Private Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "We cannot recommend Geraldo and Greenway Nature Day Tours enough; great communications from start to finish and they are definitely above the rest when it comes to their customer experience!" See review
  • "We just had a lot of fun and well worth the price." See review

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star-5
Perfect from the start!
Stephen_H
, Mar 2020
We were recommended by a close friend to try a coffee or chocolate tour. His recommendation turned out to payout so much in the positive I cannot thank him enough; but I would caveat that the experience we had that was so meaningful all started with our driver/guide Geraldo! Geraldo showed up on time, greeted us, got us to the car, which was clean, nice and very comfortable. Our conversations just seemed to flow as if we had known each other for a life time; talking about everything and anything and providing us with great insight on Costa Rica. The drive was long, but didn't seem that way because of the good conversations had by us all. Once we arrived at the bioreserve; Geraldo got us all squared away with the tour company and because we had a considerable amount of time before the tour; he took us on a mini tour which allowed us to see a sloth and most importantly to me; a poison dart frog! My hearing is pretty bad, but Geraldo was able to focus in on the singing little guy and point it out for me to grab a picture of it! We got back and went on our tour with Walter. Walter did a great job sharing the history of the park and the fauna and animals that we saw. After our tour we went back to the tour area and sat down in the restaurant. Shortly after our arrival, Geraldo showed up and asked about the chocolate...We were puzzled and stated there was no chocolate on the tour. He instantly jumped to his feet and took off. After a little bit of time had passed he arrived and we very apologetic...it seems the bioreserve had made a mistake and booked us on a walking tour and not the chocolate tour. Geraldo asked us if we had time to go back out on the actual chocolate tour and we were totally fine with it. Geraldo, that short period of time had engaged his company, the bioreserve company and worked out what went wrong and how to resolve it. After a very delicious lunch (I loved the ribs) we were off again with Walter, but this time to the small chocolate plantation on the bioreserve. Very informative, very interesting, but my wife found out that fresh chocolate with lots of cocoa is very bitter! Additionally to having the correct tour, we had a chance to see a basilisk sunning itself on a rock in the river and a mother sloth with her baby! We were back with Geraldo and on the road back to the hotel, the conversations continued to flow and Geraldo offered some extra stops for photos, but we knew we had those stops on another tour and passed so that he could get home at a reasonable hour. We cannot recommend Geraldo and Greenway Nature Day Tours enough; great communications from start to finish and they are definitely above the rest when it comes to their customer experience!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hello Thank you very much for your email and full tour - day report. We are very pleased that you enjoy the day with Gerardo. WE are so sorry for the confussion at the reserve, but we are glad Gerardo was able to resolve it and you have the time for the second visit to the rainforest.
star-5
Amazing first tour in Costa Rica
Peter_G
, Jan 2019
We had a really fun time doing this chocolate tour. My wife and I were on our honeymoon and chose to do a real chocolate tour (since I'm a chocolate maker in the US) Our tour guide Mario was right on time picking us up for the drive from San Jose to the rain forest preserve where the wild life and chocolate tour began. On the way, Mario added historical information about the city and country. We even stopped for a quick view of a pineapple plantation, howler monkeys and a banana search. The chocolate tour was everything we were hoping for and more. A hike through the rain forest and hanging bridge to open and taste real cocoa fruits. Most chocolate makers I know never tried the fruit. It was really good. My wife and I had some amazing chocolate and made our own drinks. We loved it. The lunch after was great too. On the way, we saw some green frogs that were deadly to the touch. Mario made sure we didn't get too close. We just had a lot of fun and well worth the price. Thank you. I wish I could post pictures as we took a ton.
star-5
This is a highly recommended tour...
Dean_L
, Feb 2018
This is a highly recommended tour! We got to hike into a Rainforest and actually see where the Chocolate plantation was and we learned how chocolate was made from the seed to the end product. Not only did we get to see how it was made traditionally but we also tasted different levels of the chocolate. Aside from the chocolate tour, we also stopped for a delicious lunch and also a fruit stall to see the local fruits. The tour company, Greenway Nature Tours was fantastic and our guide Gerardo was superb! This company and tour is not one to miss if you want to know more about how chocolate was made or to take their other tours.
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Hello We really appreciate your positive review about our services and tour. We hope to serve you again in the near future. Regards

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