In the early 1900’s Costa Rica was one of the top exporters and producers of the Cacao plant, better known as chocolate. The seed was so valuable that in the South Caribbean region of Costa Rica it was used as actual currency.
No cacao plantations are left today due to the gradual increase in the production of bananas. But luckily the Cacao Trails Tour allows you to fully immerse yourself in the, what-once-was, with a reenactment of the scene back in the 20’s. Plus, you get a yummy bonus. At the end of the tour a chocolate pro demonstrates how chocolate was made back then. Surprisingly, it’s actually done the same way nowadays, but with much more modern machinery.
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I’m not a chocolate fan at all, but after watching the process, and seeing the natural and super flavorful ingredients added, I helped myself to quite a few servings!
Cacao and chocolate are definitely the highlights of the tour, but there’s so much more. The farm is filled with medicinal gardens, the living quarters of the BriBri Indians (Wikipedia information), who inhabit the nearby Talamanca Mountains, and other native flora species.