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Oreba Chocolate Tour

Rio Oeste, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 162, Panama
+507 6649-1457
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Everything we wanted in a tour

Oreba is 8 years into this endeavor to bring tourists into the world of cacao farming. The love and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sue J
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A chocolate treat of indigenous culture

First, ask for Simon! Although I suspect any of the guides (and there are only 3) would be superb... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
bikecobb
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In the Oreba Chocolate Tour you not only get to experience one this worlds greatest inventions (chocolate), you get to view sloths, a wide variety of poison dart frogs, and sometimes even toucans. Most importantly you also see how the indigenous people live within the jungle while growing 100% certified organic shade grown cacao and making chocolate with it. The tour is more of a hike through the cacao farms and jungle where the guide goes through the surprisingly difficult process of growing, harvesting, fermenting, drying, roasting, and grinding process. You learn about what makes the farm organic, how the use of trees, plants, and animals help keep the organic system intact and how the indigenous people work within this system to produce some of the worlds finest cacao and chocolate products. The tour includes a traditional Ngobe Indian lunch consisting of local roots and it actually tastes wonderful. The tour also includes transportation to and from the "Bocas Marine Tour" boat dock, a guided tour in English (its Caribbean English) or Spanish, a traditional chocolate making demonstration in the farm, viewing of the animals, the traditional lunch, and one 4 oz bag of which ever chocolate you would like. As of right now the tour could be considered adventurous as the hike is a little steep in some spots. It is well worth it once you get to the top though as the most heavenly chocolate you have ever tasted is awaiting you at the top fresh from grinding. The tour runs in rain or shine and bringing a rain jacket is advised as this is the rain forest and things get a little wet. Also, good hiking shoes that you don't mind getting really muddy. Bringing a camera is a definite must as the chancing of seeing more than one type of poison dart frog are 100% and there is about a 95% of seeing a sloth. The tour starts at 10am and runs every day. Please note: We now have a place to stay! It is very rustic and with a local indigenous family. There are two beds available for $5 a bed. Ask the tour guide about them and the waterfall tour that is now being offered in the community.
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Rio Oeste, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 162, Panama
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Oreba is 8 years into this endeavor to bring tourists into the world of cacao farming. The love and care with which Samuel and Jack walked us through the communal farm and showed us how they prune and protect the cacao trees was one of...More

Thank Sue J
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

First, ask for Simon! Although I suspect any of the guides (and there are only 3) would be superb. What you will experience is a breathtaking tour of native flora - particularly that which produces fruit. You will get an introduction to the history of...More

Thank bikecobb
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a chocolate lover this was something that I didn't want to miss for sure. We had Samuel as a tour guide and Jack as our translator into English. Both were very personable and knowledgeable. Samuel was very accommodating to us as we arrived a...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Carlos was excellent. We got a comedy club and coffee tour. Carlos explains everything to do with coffee. He'll let you know how it got started, where they plant, how they plant, how they get the beans, how to clean beans, etc. etc. He was...More

Thank Freddie7368
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

The tour was arranged through Habla Ya and myself and seven other students attended. The tour of the cocao farm was a real learning experience. We got to walk through what appeared to me to be jungle but was really a cocao farm. It was...More

Thank WindowLes
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

A great tour with extremely friendly local people who really care about respectful farming. Would recommend to anybody in bocas area! Thank you again Jack!

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

The tour was very informal. The highlight was our guide Jack (he was fantastic!) showing us fruits & plants that grow in the area and letting us try some. The primary guide, Samuel gave us the same lecture several times in which he essentially explained...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This was just fantastic from start to finish. Our tour guide Jack was so kind and knowledgable, as was everyone else we encountered on the tour. Amazing to see (and eat) the process from pod to bar, absolutely delicious too.

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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Amazing tour! Our guide Jack was very friendly and knowledgeable. And the lunch they served was awesome! Would recommend this tour 100% if you're in the area.

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Reviewed 18 June 2017

We loved this tour. Henry -- one of the owners and our guide -- was extremely knowledgeable of the agriculture of the farm and shared a ton of interesting information about many of the plants, including the cacao plants. He took us on a walk...More

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bencarla
17 January 2017|
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Response from Ann B | Reviewed this property |
It was $45 per person. They met our water taxi and drove us to the native lands. We had lunch then hiked to the top of the mountain through cacao trees where we we tutored in the process of making chocolate. At the end we... More
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Response from Erika B | Reviewed this property |
We bought our tickets for the Tour at Super Gourmet in town and took a water taxi to the main land / Isla Almirante where we were picked up by the guide and taken to the farm. I hope this helps. Erika
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