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Oreba Chocolate Tour

Rio Oeste, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 162, Panama
+507 6649-1457
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Very interesting and informative tour

They picked us up at the ferry boat and took us to the farm right on time. The tour guide was very... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
jkirkk
Enjoyable and interesting chocolate plantation tour

Our hotel in Bocas town booked the tour for us and we took a water-taxi to Almirante on the... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
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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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+507 6649-1457
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

They picked us up at the ferry boat and took us to the farm right on time. The tour guide was very informative about the whole process and we learned a lot about the native people, that operate the chocolate farm, as well. It is...More

Reviewed 19 February 2017

Our hotel in Bocas town booked the tour for us and we took a water-taxi to Almirante on the mainland where our tour guide - himself a chocolate farmer - met us and took us to the village and the plantation. We walked amongst the...More

Reviewed 29 January 2017

What a beautiful experience to visit the plantation. Our guide gave us such a good tour and we learned a lot about the process of the chocolate making. But not just that. He also showed us all different kinds of fruit trees, frogs and explained...More

Reviewed 2 January 2017

We booked this tour while on Bocas island with our hostel. It was really simple and cheap for everything you get on tour! Our guide, Jack, was very helpful and speaks 7 languages! He picked up our group from Taxi 25 boat dock in Almirante...More

Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We took this tour arranged by our hotel. Met at ferry by taxi, we travelled thru many back roads until we got to the reservation owned by indigenous tribe. We had a typical lunch and then a tour which included a hike to a fireplace...More

Reviewed 1 November 2016

Oreba is a must visit in the Bocas. We thought we were going for a simple chocolate tour, but this was much more. It was a reasonable hike through a rain-forest Jungle. It was a tour of an indigenous village. It was a guided tour...More

Reviewed 29 October 2016

This was an adventure well worth taking. The indigenous community that provides these tours do so to help support their community and their ways of life. Our tour guide, Samuel, was warm and inviting, passionate and extremely knowledgeable. He guided us on a 3 hour...More

Reviewed 28 October 2016

It was well worth the $45 I paid in Bocas. I learned a lot about how this community of 700 people live and work their land. John, my young guide was fabulous. Charming,smart, he learned several languages to be able to communicate with the visitors....More

Reviewed 30 September 2016

First a water taxi then a land taxi to meet guides for a walk up the mountainside learning about cacao cultivation and the business that these lovely people, the indigenous peoples of the area, pursue. They demonstrate how chocolate is made, you sample it in...More

Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Great tour around the cacao plantation with a knowledgable local guide, we were then shown how the cacao was processed and given a delicious traditional meal. The whole tour was really interesting and the place was beautiful. You got a great background to the community...More

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bencarla
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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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GreatTripsTexas
5 March 2016
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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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