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Cocoa and Chocolate Tour

The tour begins in the city of Guayaquil leaving the Chongon-Cerecita road. A short visit to the Chongon Orchid Garden gives rise to this unique experience. On the road you can see the large groves of fruit trees and timber. A refreshing stop to taste the delicious yogurts with natural jellies in the nurseries of Chiveria.

The forests of HACIENDA EL CASTILLO are not only tourist attractions, but rather they are a sign of our commitment to the environment that has made it possible for us to obtain RAINFOREST ALLIANCE certification.

Considering that cocoa was considered the Pepa de Oro in the early twentieth century, in HACIENDA EL CASTILLO has revolutionized the concept of “plantation chocolate” that is having a boom in the market of fine chocolates. We not only fully guarantee the origin of the cocoa, but also the chocolate is produced on the same farm, completely closing the product cycle: the nursery of the cocoa plants, planting, harvesting, fermentation, drying and chocolate production. Truly in HACIENDA EL CASTILLO we can say that our chocolate is “From the Seed, to the Bar” which gives us a special differentiation. The chocolate flavor of HACIENDA EL CASTILLO is unique for its cocoa and the elaboration process and has been perfected to satisfy the most distinguished palates. Upon arrival at the hacienda, a refreshing welcome awaits you with freshly prepared cocoa juice and patacones.

We begin the journey through the planting, through the process of nursery, sowing, drying and fermentation, to continue the visit to the chocolate factory and to know all the artisan process that is developed here. At the end of the tour, a delicious picnic lunch awaits us at the hacienda house. After a short nap in hammocks, we began our return to the city of Guayaquil.


Meals included: Lunch

Optional: horseback riding.


  • Private bilingual guide (Spanish – English)
  • Private land transport
  • Meals specified in the program based on menu / vegetarian menu should be requested


  • No food not specified in the program
  • Tips