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Oreba Chocolate Tour

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Address: Rio Oeste, Bocas Town, Isla Colon 162, Panama
Phone Number: +507 6649-1457

In the Oreba Chocolate Tour you not only get to experience one this worlds...

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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Great cacao plantation tour - highly recommended

We visited Oreba and got a tour by Pablo who speaks excellent English, and even German. The tour was very interesting and we learnt a lot. It was so great we wrote an article... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 May 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

We visited Oreba and got a tour by Pablo who speaks excellent English, and even German. The tour was very interesting and we learnt a lot. It was so great we wrote an article about it on our website.

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Satellite Beach, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

This tour was recommended by our hotel as being an authentic experience! It certainly was! We traveled by water taxi to an arranged auto taxi ride to the tour. The tour guide had a young multilingual man there to translate for us. We walked quite a distance to a hut where there was an interesting hands-on demonstration of processing chocolate.... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Our guide had an exceptional background, great knowledge of cocoa, and a real talent for languages and teaching. The tour itself was fascinating and a real treat for anyone who has never seen a cocoa pod. This is not a production plant, but a farm where the cocoa that we get in the states is harvested. Although not a production... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

We loved our Oreba tour! We had a bit of trouble booking ahead, but eventually were able to book with Super Gourmet in Bocas town. Our guide, Jack, met us at the Almirante dock, and took us to the community. It's a beautiful place! Jack and the cocoa farmer who took us around were very knowledgeable, answered my many questions,... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

We arrived early in Almirante and a cab driver called ahead and agreed to take us no charge from us. Samuel who speaks English quite well took us on the first half of the tour and accompanied us to translate the rest of the way. Loads of information on native plants for food, clothing, dye, medicine, etc. took us through... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

I can't comment on the actual tour, because we never got to go! We arrived at the Almirante dock at the arranged time and the tour guide never showed to pick us up. We waited an hour and a half! Spent a total of $24 in water taxis and lost almost 3 hours vacation time we can't get back. I... More 

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British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

Our two families travelled by boat to Almirante on the mainland (about 20 mins away from Bocastown) for the Oreba Chocolate Tour today. The tours are led by Ngabe cacao farmers who are working to educate people about the many challenges associated with running their organic cacao farms and making quality chocolate. 100% of the proceeds from the tours goes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

This was unquestionably a highlight of our trip to Panama. It is pricey but between all the middle men involved (tour company you buy the ticket from, water taxi, and taxi from Almirante to the farm) I wonder how much the Ngobe actually get from the price you pay, which includes a yummy lunch. Samuel was our guide on the... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

Surprisingly its hard to find this tour available whilst on Colon Island, eventually we came across a hostel which sold tickets (30USD pp) Jack was an exceptional guide who was clearly knowledgeable and passionate about sharing his expertise and learning about his clients. All in all, this is a perfect half day activity. Don't be worried when you hear it's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

One of the best things we did in Bocas! You take the ferry to Almirante, then the tour company picks you up from there in a taxi (included in the price). Samuel, our guide, walked us through the entire cacao process, from growing pods, to fermentation, to drying, to roasting and grinding. He showed us the different cacao types, explained... More 

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