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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
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 of the flora that makes its home in the Panamanian Jungle. We started the tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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 hike through the jungle, describing the process for growing, harvesting and processing cocoa beans as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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. I asked him tons of questions and he was a class act. I learned so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 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 several stages of processing. Then you have a lunch and opportunity to buy some handicrafts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 and could really tell how the tourism was supporting them. A must do if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Fantastic eco-tourist friendly tour which we would really recommend. It was very interesting and the chocolate was great! A must do activity when in Bocas del toro.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent opportunity to experience indigenous life. Tour guide Jack & cocoa farmer Samuel shared so much knowledge not just about cocoa but about their tribal life and history. Do not miss this experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

There are a few different chocolate tours in Bocas but this one is by far the best! At Oreba you don't only learn about the chocolate making process, you learn about the life of a whole indigenous community, their goals, their problems, their dreams. We had such a lovely guide who explained to us with all patience every plant on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

We bought our tickets in Bocas, but they shuttle you to the mainland to tour the cocoa plantations. We hiked through the jungle pausing to look at various plants and wildlife. The heart of the tour is the chocolate making demonstration. This is the original chocolate and had an intense flavor. We were also treated to a lunch of local... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

This tour is a hidden gem. They take you from Almirante to the countrysude to see how cacao farming works, so it's very interesting, and then when you get to the end, you get to eat some true unprocessed chocolate and it's so good! Plus, they included a fresh lunch which was the best food I ate in all of... More 

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