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Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour

By My trip to Ecuador - Day Tours
Recommended by 98% of travellers
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Tour a cacao plantation before exploring some of Guayaquil’s city center highlights, like Las Peñas neighborhood and the Malecon 200, for a comprehensive day of Ecuadorian chocolate and culture. Ideal for travelers looking to make the most of their time in the region, this tour lets you privately explore a city that many travelers overlook without having to wait on large tour groups.
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C$211.87
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C$211.87
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Ages 0-99
Duration:7h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Explore a sometimes overlooked city during this full-day excursion
  • Don’t worry about waiting on other travelers—this is a private experience
  • Pay a visit to a cocoa farm and learn to make chocolate from scratch
  • Benefit from convenient round-trip transportation to and from your hotel

  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9014P5

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual: a hat and sun protector is recommended
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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How much is Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour?
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What is the Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour cancellation policy?
Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour?
Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour is hosted by My trip to Ecuador - Day Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact My trip to Ecuador - Day Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Small Group Guayaquil and Cocoa Farm Full-Day Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9014P5

About the operator

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Riobamba and beyond 2022
I can not pick a favorite experience the whole trip was absolutely amazing. We were a dental group of 20+ donating
va700
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5 stars all around
From the moment we arrived (in the middle of the night), Mario took great care of us and ensured we had everything
alwaysplanning50
alwaysplanning50
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Great Guayaquil City and Historic Park tour
Mario We booked a Guayaquil day tour including the Historic Park on the My Trip To Ecuador website.  Mario respon
Mike90503
Mike90503
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A Sweet Day
Super friendly Mario took us on a tour of the Cocoa farm, a small independent operation near Guayaquil. It was a ma
169judyw
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Best day in Guayaquil
Do Not miss this experience. Mario is a wonderful person and so fun to be with. He showed us how to buy the best it
Dagmar2011
Dagmar2011
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Great half day tour of Guayaquil
Mario showed me his city in 5 hours, by car and walking. Great knowledge of Ecuador, history, economy, art, scenery
Leonard S
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If I could give six stars, I would. This tour was as good as it gets for an authentic and immersive experience
From start to finish, what a great experience! Mario picked us up at our hotel in a clean and comfortable (air con
motherofthreev
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Unforgettable and Stunningly Beautiful; Very Professional Tour
The one word I can use to describe Mario's tour is "Unforgettable!" My family of five (myself, husband and three te
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Galápagos - last-minute cruise booking
Mario helped us a lot in finding a suitable cruise for us during our extended world trip, providing alternatives fo
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pedtravel
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Top tour and guide !!!
WhatsApp contact was excellent and got all info .price is fine . Pickup and drive on time and good chat about histo
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Isla Trinitaria
I reached out to Mario in hopes that I would be able to have a driver and guide arranged for a day in Isla Trinitar
ElfiW3
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Fantastic dolphin watching and more!
I would give it 10 stars if I could. Mario is top! He knows everything about his business and he does more than he
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Great Use of Time
Mario really knows the city. We were able to see some real highlights in the time we had before sunset. He then r
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Great tour we now know how to make chocolate from scratch
Mario is a superb guide and just an overall nice person, he has expert knowledge of the local area and in particula
LauraWest3421
LauraWest3421
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You will love this trip!
Loved the personal trip with Mario - my mom and I had a great time learning about the entire chocolate-making proce
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Brenda H
Mississauga, Canada33 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Couples
Fantastic experience! We were looking for something more than a city tour and this trip was perfect! Mario is an expert in agri-tourism and was very knowledgeable about the cocoa farming process. We loved seeing how chocolate is made and leaning about growing and harvesting. We got try our hand at roasting and grinding beans, and made our own chocolate bars to take home. Yum! The farm to table lunch was amazing, and was a true Ecuadorian culinary experience! Delicioso! The tour is far more than a typical hop-on hop-off bus tour and that is why it costs more. While driving Mario told us all about the history of Ecuador. He answered all our questions about education, politics, history etc., and was very friendly and welcoming. In the afternoon he took us to the city highlights and gave a thorough explanation of each location. At the end Mario took the time to walk us past recommended restaurants near our hotel and gave us suggestions for things we could do the next day. We had a wonderful day! Thank you so much Mario!
Written November 27, 2022
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MytriptoEcuador E
Dear Brenda, I had such a great time guiding you, you and Leonard were so nice to me and so polite that it didn't feel like I was guiding. Thank you for the recommendation and for all the good qualifications of the tour. I hope we meet someday in Toronto so we can hang out more! Warmly, Mario
Written November 28, 2022
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Klea T
1 contribution
Jun. 2022
This tour was amazing - just like everything else we did with Mario during our stay in Ecuador. The city tour was very exciting: Mario knows Guayaquil like the back of his hand and his personal comments and stories make the information he shares about the city so much more interesting and personable. The cocoa farm we went too was also amazing. The family that owns the farm is super kind and hard-working. Their attention to detail made our tour informative and surreal.
Written September 5, 2022
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Dear Klea, Thank you so much for this review. I will truly forever remember your group and our days in Ecuador. Our day in the cocoa farm was very special. I hope to meet again soon, Warmly, Mario
Written September 7, 2022
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OlgaV
New York City, NY35 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Friends
We had an amazing experience with Mario touring the private cocoa farm and the Guayaquil city gems. Mario was very attentive, patient and considerate. The day before he contacted to ensure that we are ready and giving us tips on what to bring with us and type of clothing to wear for the trip and asked about any food and physical restrictions. Once he picked us up from the hotel, we stopped by a fruit market on the way to the cocoa farm and he introduced us to fruits we haven't seen or tried yet. The cocoa farm was a fantastical experience and for one member of our group definitely a life changing experience. She changed her perception of chocolate completely once she tried the local chocolate. Mario is very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject and we have experienced the cocoa farm experience to the fullest. We learned about the planting, growing, and making chocolate. We picked the ripe chocolate pods from trees, we tasted the pulp, went through the fermentation and drying process steps and learned how to know when the pod is ready and dry for the roasting process. We hand roasted dried pods, then cleaned and grinded them into a paste which we then proceeded to experiment with. We made the original Drink of Gods - Xocolat, served the paste with different flavors such as sugar cane, fruits, made chocolate fondue. As per my taste buds, I could just eat the chocolate paste with a spoon, it was amazingly delicious. Definitely opt for lunch on the farm. Delicious meal prepared with items grown on the farm. We made chocolate bars and got to flavor them individually and tasted Cocoa honey. I have only one regret, that I didn't buy at least 20 chocolate bars. The taste of chocolate definitely beats any fancy chocolate from top Belgium chocolatiers.
Rhe city tour was fantastic. We opted to visit the old cemetery. If you are hesitant, don't. It's like stepping into a sculpture display at a museum. The sculptures details are phenomenal. We visited many other highlights of the city: iguana park, the boardwalk and other neighborhoods.
Thank you Mario for such an amazing experience. When I come back for diving in the Galapagos, we are definitely taking another trip to the farm. But this time I will be prepared to get my chocolate fix.
Written December 2, 2021
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Dear Olga, I can't thank you enough for this review. I am so glad you liked this tour so much, and for me also was very a very special day to meet you, your son and friends. I also hope we can meet in NYC next time for a meal or something. Looking forward to meeting you again, Warmly, Mario
Written December 6, 2021
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Cassie J
Reno, NV1 contribution
Jun. 2022 • Family
We came in a day early before our Galapagos cruise and wanted to learn more about Ecuador and experience some of the mainland. Mario contacted us the day before our tour to confirm and reminded us to dress in layers, wear a hat if sunny, and bring long sleeves or bug spray for mosquitoes.
Allyson our guide and Miguel our driver were fun and informative and accommodating throughout the day. They picked us up at our hotel in an air-conditioned bus and provided bottled water. The drive to the countryside was beautiful and the family members who welcomed us at the farm were so kind and spoke English well. We toured the farm and learned about growing and hand-processing chocolate from pod to table. Our group all worked together to make our chocolate and it was delicious! We customized our bars with fruits, nuts, spices, or coffee, and went to lunch while our chocolate cooled. We enjoyed a terrific three-course lunch of ceviche, then chicken, plantain and rice, then chocolate tarts with Ecuadorian coffee, all beautifully presented on a shaded patio with fresh juice and bottled water to drink. After lunch, we collected our chocolate and purchased some more from their shop, and made our way back to the Guayaquil.
The city tour was great, too, visiting the malecon and historic art district, then the civic center and independence plaza areas, Santana Steps, and then the San Pedro Cathedral and Seminario Park with iguanas to greet us! It was a delightful day learning about the history, people and culture of Ecuador, and making chocolate from scratch on the farm where it was grown. Don’t hesitate to book this tour!
Written June 18, 2022
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MytriptoEcuador E
Dear Cassie, Thank you so much for taking the time in writing this detailed review. I are very happy that you enjoyed the tour with Allyson, and I am glad we could meet at the lobby of the hotel. If you are ever back in Ecuador, feel free to contact us! We will love to show you around. Cordially, Mario
Written June 23, 2022
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Jennifer C
2 contributions
Dec. 2021
We had the most fun day learning all about cocoa! We started with pulling the huge bean from the tree, opening it, roasting beans, shelling them, grinding them and then taste testing with local fruits and sugar. The lunch at the cocoa farm was delicious and the hosts were so kind! Mario taught us so much! Both the adults and the kids who range in ages from 4-10 had the best time. Then we took a driving tour through the city of Guayaquil. Mario made some extra stops for us based on our requests (we had to get soccer jersey). This was one of the best tours we have ever been on! Mario is a wonderful guide!
Written January 6, 2022
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Dear Jennifer, Thank you so much for this review. It makes me so happy that you think this was one of the best tours you've taken. I also had a lot of fun guiding you and I truly hope we can meet again at some point. Say hi to everyone from my part. Warmly, Mario
Written January 13, 2022
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MOWSeattle
Seattle, WA62 contributions
Aug. 2022
I'd give this tour five stars if it were half the price. It was a fun excursion, but not a great value. In retrospect, I should have shopped around first. This day tour was three times the price of our private day tour in Otavalo (with car/driver) and three times the price of our private day tour in Quito (walking/ no driver).
We had both a guide and a driver, which seemed an unnecessary expense. They spent much of the drive talking to each other rather than us.
That said... It was fun to see the chocolate farm and the highlights of Guayaquil.
Written August 16, 2022
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Dear Malia, Thank you for your honest review. I am very sorry to hear that you didn't find the tour worth it. Usually I am the person who guide this tour, but I was up in the Andes in the medical mission, and my right hand guide was not available that day neither so I had to hire a different guide. The idea of having a driver and a guide is that the guide can focus 100% on talking to you, but according to what you wrote, that was not your experience and I apologize for that. Just want to clarify the difference between this tour and Otavalo or your Quito walking tour. In this tour we do pay an entry fee to the farm so you can have the experience, and we pay a separate fee for your 3 course farm to table lunch, so part of your payment stays at the farm and that has helped them get better education, better healthcare and better lifestyle in general. When you do a walking tour or go to Otavalo, you don't have to pay these type of entry fees. I am glad to hear that you had fun and you would have rated 5 stars if it was not for the price, Take my sincere apologies again, Mario
Written August 20, 2022
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Evliware
Edmonton, Canada2 contributions
May 2022 • Family
My daughter and I spent the day with Mario at the farm and around Guayaquil. We had the BEST time learning about everything (we asked a loooot of questions)! Mario was attentive, engaging, and just plain wonderful. It was like having an old friend take us around the city - we never felt like we were on a schedule or anything.

The cocoa farm is super interesting to experience the whole process and the meal there was AMAZING. We highly recommend this tour!
Written May 13, 2022
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MytriptoEcuador E
Dear Evelin, I had such a great time guiding you and your daughter. I have to confess you also made me want to go to Canada now!! I hope I can go visit someday. If you guys are ever again in Guayaquil, please let me know. Warmly, Mario
Written May 15, 2022
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Stephanie M
4 contributions
Sep. 2020
I did this tour on September 23, 2020 and I cannot say enough great things about it. To start with, Mario and all the staff at the cocoa farm wore masks and had everything clean and sanitized throughout the trip. Not once was I worried about COVID as everyone took the best precautions and ensured safety. Mario was so incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about not only the agricultural aspects of the farm but the historical aspects of the city. He was also very flexible to adjust the tour to parts that I hadn't already explored. I highly recommend Mario and the rest of the tour options through his company - My trip to Ecuador. You will not be disappointed!
Written September 28, 2020
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Dear Stephanie, I can't thank you enough for this review. Which is our first tour and review in months! You were our light of hope! I also had a great time guiding you and making a new friend. I MISSED MAKING CHOCOLATE for sure. Hope we cacn meet again soon, Warmly, Mario
Written October 12, 2020
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Britt B
1 contribution
Dec. 2020 • Solo
This experience was so heart-warming and truly one of the best that Guayaquil has to offer. The exceptional reviews are accurate, as Mario is an expert guide and as welcoming as they come. Even in times of Covid, I felt safe as everyone was careful and wore masks throughout.

For my tour, we went first to a family-owned Cocoa farm, where Mario introduced the production of cocoa from seed to plant to fermentation to roasting, finally selecting some beans to grind and prepare as chocolate to eat ourselves. The farm is beautiful and the family was so gracious. My only regret is not also buying the meal option, as Ninfa (one of the daughters of the family) is a wonderful host and would have prepared a delicious vegan meal for me if I had specified. Most of the family food is grown or raised right on the farm, including the spices and flavoring. For the second part of the tour, Mario drove me around the city and highlighted the sites I hadn't been able to explore on my own.

I will recommend this experience to everyone when I return home, and hope to meet them again someday. Thank you to Mario, Ninfa, and Alberto for an incredible experience!
Written December 23, 2020
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Dear Brittney, I am so grateful for your kind words. We indeed focus on sustainable tourism, taking travelers to real family farms, supporting their economy, without hurting the environment. I love meeting travelers who become friends like you! Sending you a warm hug, Mario
Written December 24, 2020
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Elayne6
Columbus, GA38 contributions
Mar. 2020
We arranged this tour based on the positive reviews Mario got on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed! Even though it was a rainy day, we had a great time at the cacao farm learning about and sampling various chocolate products. Nympha was delightful as she described her family processes. Mario was our guide for the process in general. The lunch was tasty. We had already seen several sites in Guayaquil city, so Mario tailored his stops to our needs and desires. All in all it was a great day to end up our tour of Ecuador!
Written March 5, 2020
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Dear Elayne, Thank you for taking the time in writing this review. It makes me happy to know that you enjoyed the day and the chocolate, of course. Hope we can meet again and some point for more adventures, Have a good week, Mario
Written March 23, 2020
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