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Cocoa farm and Chocolate making!
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Cocoa farm and Chocolate making!

By My trip to Ecuador - Day Tours
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Duration: 4–5 hours
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Live guide: Portuguese, English, Spanish
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  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What's not included
  • Food and drinks


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We will meet you in the lobby. We will be carrying a sign with your name on it.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Pushchair accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Infants must sit on laps
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        • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
        • Children must be accompanied by an adult
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          We will walk through the cocoa farm to learn about the trees, harvest a cocoa pod, and make chocolate from the scratch.
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        • My trip to Ecuador - Day Tours
          357
          Guayaquil, Ecuador
          Joined in September 2014
        • KBTravels10
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Perfect combination tour
          Mario and his driver were amazing-I am so glad we booked this tour! There was great communication prior to the tour and he met us at our hotel with no issues. The cacao farm was fun and educational. Lunch at the farm was fabulous as well-very tender and tasty chicken. The city tour was adapted a bit to our needs and interests (it was just us). We felt very taken care of and saw a lot in a single day. Would definitely book with them again.
          Written 20 May 2024
        • 840sheryced
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          5 Stars Are Not Enough!
          Five stars are not enough! Mario went above and beyond to accommodate us for our Guayaquil tour. From the moment we were met in our hotel lobby through the afternoon in and out of the comfortable, air condition van, Mario and his team insured our time was well spent. We finished with a deeper understanding of the cities, history, culture, and appreciation for its beauty and hospitality. We can’t wait to visit again and see more of Ecuador’s treasures. Thank you, Mario, Tony and Roberto for helping us fall in love with your lovely city.
          Written 30 April 2024
        • Jae_511
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing experience, would love to go again
          We had such an amazing time with Mario. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and made us feel very well taken care of from the first moment he picked us up. The chocolate making was an incredible experience at a lovely family owned cocoa farm (amongst many other things they grow!). We learned a lot and tried some very delicious fruits and chocolates—they also cooked us a fantastic lunch. The city tour around Guayaquil was just as special and interesting. Mario went above and beyond to show us the city he loves and we left wanting to return for more. Very highly recommend this tour with My Trip to Ecuador!
          Written 11 February 2024
        • debramV345FO
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Cocoa Farm
          We really enjoyed the trip to the cocoa farm. The information on farming and chocolate was great and making the chocolate was fun. The lunch served was delicious and artfully presented. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area, history and culture. The tour of the city felt like a bonus. Would highly recommended this tour.
          Written 2 December 2023
        • Gibbo218
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent small cocao plantation and city tour
          Mario was very informative with in depth knowledge of the cocao process. Visiting a family’s plantation was more interesting than a large company’s plantation. The experience is hands on from picking a cocao pod, breaking it open, removing the seeds, then they gave us some dried seeds to roast, peel and put through a grinder which becomes a paste, which you add a percentage of sugar to and any other flavours you want such as salt, lemongrass, raisins, etc. The 3 course lunch was very good too. The walking city tour was also informative with Quayaquils history explained to us. Would definitely recommend this tour.
          Written 27 November 2023
        • 955benedicta
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great trip, amazing guide, a must do!
          I’m so glad we booked with Mario for the layover sightseeing tour as we got to see so much of what the city had to offer despite our limited time. My only regret is not being able to stay in Guayaquil for longer to go on one of the other tours ‘My Trip To Ecuador’ offers - I’ll have to go back! Mario was really friendly, entertaining, extremely knowledgeable, made us feel very safe at all times and is an all round incredible guide - I’d highly recommend booking with him & ‘My Trip To Ecuador’
          Written 20 November 2023
        • J4504CNcharlesb
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Experience the beauty of the Galapagos without any stress
          We had such a great trip to the Galapagos. Everything was seamless and arranged so we could focus on enjoying the islands and the wildlife. Mario was very flexible with our schedule to be able to arrange tours that would work for us. I would recommend this company for any of my friends going to the Galapagos.
          Written 20 October 2023
        • natashamansu
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best week in Ecuador with Mario!
          We travelled to Riobamba, Quito, and Baños with Mario on a medical mission. From the moment he met us at the airport at 2AM up until he dropped us off at the airport at the end of the trip, Mario was the most kind, proactive, and fun-loving tour guide. We were a group of thirty, making logistics extremely difficult, yet Mario handled transportation, food, and differing needs with ease. His attention to detail coupled with his charisma meant we didn’t have to worry while we were working long days. I could not recommend MyTriptoEcuador more and look forward to returning again with Mario. If I could give him six stars, I would.
          Written 7 August 2023
        • klantern
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Guayaquil city and country
          If you have one day in Guayaquil I highly recommend this tour. It’s an excellent mix of city and countryside. Mario, our guide, was terrific. He is punctual, knowledgeable, and considerate. He is passionate about the city and ensuring that we had a wonderful experience. Mario’s English is excellent which was great for us since our Spanish is a work in progress. The cocoa farm is picturesque. The tour is entertaining while being very educational. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch at the farm. Mario hired a driver so he was able to be fully engaged. Having a driver also made it easier to navigate the city. We hopped in and out at various tourist sites within Guayaquil. All in all, a great experience.
          Written 9 July 2023
        • 277margareto
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Incredible way to spend a day in Guayaquil
          My family of 10 had an amazing time on this tour. We had a day in Guayaquil prior to our Galapagos trip and this tour was the perfect addition to our itinerary. Marco is a passionate, hilarious and knowledgeable guide. He tells a lot of personal stories to really shed light on what life is like living in Ecuador. The cacao farm was incredible - we got to see how cacao is processed from the beginning to the end and we got to participate in many of the active parts of the process from picking the fruit to sucking the fruit off the seeds to roasting the seeds to churning the toasted seeds into cacao to making our own chocolate bars! The lunch was fantastic and we have a picky bunch! In the afternoon, Marco gave us a tour of some highlights of the city - we all loved the iguana park the best. Marco accommodated our request to stop by a market to pick up some souvenirs. Marco was one of the best tour guides we’ve ever had and we’ve been on a LOT of tours. Do yourself a favor and book this excellent tour!
          Written 27 June 2023
        • MellitaI
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          One of the best city tours!
          What a fabulous trip! Mario our guide for the day was so passionate about Guayaquil and Ecuador and it was an absolute delight to spend the day with him learning about this city and country.
          Written 30 May 2023
        • Beaulieu18
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great walking tour in Guayaquil, great guide
          Via “Mytriptoecuador.ec" we booked a walking tour through the city of Guayaquil. We had a great guide:Tony Escobar. He speaks excellent English and knows so much about the culture, the history and all of the things that are worth while in Guayaquil to visit and see. He could even tell many things about the flowers and trees we saw during tge walk. Tony really opened our eyes for the beauty of Guayaquil. It is a beautiful city, with many nice buildings and monuments; both historical and modern. A highlight was the visit to Iguana park in the centre of the city, where many iguana’s run around free. In the park an Ecuadorean bigband was playing at the time. I can really recommend a walking tour in Guayaquil and especially Tony Escobar as a guide!
          Written 30 May 2023
        • michelle m
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Walk through guayaquil
          The city of Guayaquil is a perfect tourist place to walk, eat, play, have fun and learn more about this city, be it with your friends, boyfriend, children, or family. It is highly recommended to get to the rocks and go up to the lighthouse. Along the way you can find restaurants, historical parks, snacks, games, etc.
          Written 24 February 2023
        • akblanco
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing Experience
          If you have a full day in Guayaquil, you need to go on this tour. It was one of the highlights of our entire trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Mario is truly the best guide I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! The cocoa farm was an incredible experience- we got to make our own chocolate and then enjoyed a delicious three course lunch. All the ingredients were either grown/raised on the farm or nearby (right down to the sugar for the coffee!). Mario was able to accommodate my food restriction so I could enjoy a delicious meal. We also got to make our own chocolate bars to take home with us. Afterwards, we enjoyed a tour of downtown Guayaquil, including the cathedral, iguana park, and the 444 steps. Mario shared the beautiful history of Ecuador and also provided us with great recommendations of places to eat during our last day in Guayaquil (which we ended up trying and enjoying). Mario us so knowledgeable, kind, and accommodating. I highly HIGHLY recommend this experience!!!
          Written 15 February 2023
        • sarahdG4397NJ
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Two weeks of incredible fun!
          Mario is the best tour guide you could ever ask for in Ecuador! He took care of the students on the internship program I was on for two unanticipated weeks during the road blocks in June (and later in the summer as well). We did so many of his activities while we were stalled in Guayaquil including the cacao farm tour, a cooking class, a city tour, and many many others. They were all a blast and he taught us so much about all of the different places we went to. And the food was absolutely delicious! Mario really set the tone for the entire summer and he elevated the experience of the entire 8 week program even when he was not there. In addition to the tours he led, he provided me with so many good recommendations for other cities and connected us with other incredible guides. He became a good friend and I can't thank him enough for all the experiences he provided us with and will never forget them. Until next time!
          Written 25 January 2023
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        Mike90503
        Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2022
        Super friendly Mario took us on a tour of the Cocoa farm, a small independent operation near Guayaquil. It was a magical experience and we learned all about the farming of cocoa pods and making the purest chocolate I have ever had. Then we had an all organic lunch prepared by the gracious hosts. The farm is self sufficient and everything is produced there. A family run operation, it is a text book model of micro farming. When you are there you kind of wish the whole world was like that.

        Mario is an expert chocolate maker and very knowledgeable about every aspect of the country and Latin America. The Lonely Planet calls him the best tour guide in Ecuador and it is a well deserved reputation. We traveled all over the country and his advice and help in planning was invaluable. This is only one tour he does and at the end of the day you will have a smile on your face.
        Written 31 May 2022
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        Dear Mika, I highly appreciate taking your time to write such a nice review. I loved meeting you since the first day we meet at your hotel to tell you the tips about what to do in Ecuador, to the last day we went to the cocoa farm. I hope we can meet again at some point, so we can have more fun. Thank you again for your words, Warmly, Mario
        Written 3 June 2022
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        Go West!
        Hot Springs, AR6 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2021
        Loved the personal trip with Mario - my mom and I had a great time learning about the entire chocolate-making process from plant to plate. It was nice to see the countryside and also monuments around the city. He was very accomodating with pick up/drop off and keeping our bags secure in the car. Much appreciated!
        Written 10 August 2021
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        Dear Laura, Thank you so much for this review. I had a great time with you and your mom, and it makes happy to know that you enjoyed the tour as well. Please say hi to your mom from me, Warmly, Mario
        Written 10 August 2021
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        Rob H
        Halifax, Canada390 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2021
        Mario is a superb guide and just an overall nice person,
        he has expert knowledge of the local area and in particular the whole chocolate making process. the farm we went to knows that he knows the business and allows him to conduct the whole process. Mario speaks English perfectly. Mario also follows all Covid 19 protocols and asked us to keep our masks on except when eating. we did the whole process from harvesting the cocoa beans to heating them and then grinding the beans. Our souvenir: a home made chocolate bar for each of us.

        One other note the traffic as very busy coming back to Guayaquil but Mario was safe and had us back to hotel at the time we planned for.
        Best thing we did in Guayaquil.
        Written 5 October 2021
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        Dear Rob, Thank you so much for writing this review. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and hope we can do somehting in the future if you come back to Guayaquil. Warmly, Mario
        Written 9 October 2021
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        Leonard S
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        From start to finish, what a great experience! Mario picked us up at our hotel in a clean and comfortable (air conditioned) suv and was engaging and friendly from the beginning. On the drive to the farm he pointed out many of the historic and interesting places along the way. Water was provided for the drive and I can’t say enough good things about Mario.

        After a 30 minute drive along a well paved highway we turned off onto a country road. Don’t worry, he’s not kidnapping you, it’s just the way to the Cacao farm.

        The farm is rustic and real! There are so many flowers and fruit trees, it is a beautiful working farm. They have multiple crops and a small river running next to the facilities. Mario explains the flowering and fruiting cycle of the Cacao, then you harvest one of the pods. We roasted our cacao pods and made pure chocolate from scratch. Then we were able to make and flavor our own chocolate bars to take as a souvenir ( coffee for me And orange for my wife).

        Then we were serve an amazing 3 course lunch of which all the ingredients were produced on the farm. Incredible!!!

        The farm also produces their own artisanal chocolate bars, coffee and honey products.

        10 out of 10. Highly recommend!!!
        Written 30 April 2022
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        Dear Allen, I am very grateful for this review. I am happy that you had such a great day in the tour. I do work hard to offer an authentic experience and I am glad you noticed. Hope to meet again whether in Ecuador or in the US. Warmly, Mario
        Written 2 May 2022
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        debbiandrandy
        Marietta, GA7 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2021
        Wow making chocolate - perfect!
        But we had no idea how great this tour would be. We met Mario and instantly felt like he was a friend giving us a tour. He was so knowledgeable and interesting. We wish he could have spent the entire trip with us! We make the chocolate. it is so good, that you will not even want a kit Kat bar again! We also had a fabulous lunch on these beautiful plantation. it is a must tour.
        Written 3 June 2021
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        Dear Debbie and Randy, I really appreciate this review. It makes me happy that you think this of the tour. I really had a great time guiding you. Looking forward to meet you again in the future, Mario
        Written 16 July 2021
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        hartman_defender
        Temecula, CA45 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2021
        I was very fortunate to have Mario (the owner) as my guide, and he provided me with an exceptional experience today!!! Mario was nice, friendly and extremely knowledgeable in the local flora and fauna, and he made it very clear his primary interest was in my satisfaction with a memorable visit to Ecuador. First, we visited the Lara family farm where Mario and Alberto showed me how cocoa is made into dark chocolate bars and tasty hot chocolate beverages, and we even had an authentic home cooked Ecuadorian dish made by Ninfa Lara (who was also very friendly and welcoming, and an outstanding chef). After lunch, Mario and Jairo Lara took me to the protected forest of Churute for a small hike, where we found more than 12 howler monkeys, which was an amazing experience to hear them screaming and producing sounds so loud it makes them appear much larger than what they are!!! Then we also rented a motor boat and toured the mangrove forest preserve to look for exotic birds and crocodiles. I can say without a doubt you WILL NOT be disappointed with your experience by booking with this company!!!
        Written 3 March 2021
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        Dear Jared, Thank you for taking the time in writing such a wonderful review, I really appreciate it, specially in this difficult times for the industry. I had to say I was so happy to guide again after a while, and hope to keep doing it more often. Thank you for coming to Ecuador, I hope you enjoy the Galapagos! Keep in touch, Big hug, Mario
        Written 4 March 2021
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        pedtravel
        Düsseldorf, Germany654 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        WhatsApp contact was excellent and got all info .price is fine . Pickup and drive on time and good chat about history and situation of Ecuador. Stopp to buy banana/mango and I had one of the best chilled coconut water I ever had.
        Farm small and famy driven nice we harvest cacao and prepare chocolate try it pure,with mango and banana and a aztek drink
        Then we makes our own chocolate Barr and lunch was tasty and well prepared.
        I thank Ramon for excellent tour and recommend
        Written 28 February 2022
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        Dear Pedram, Thank you very much for this review! I am glad you enjoyed yuor time in the cocoa farm and hope we can keep in touch! Cordially, Mario
        Written 4 March 2022
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        Anne H
        Toronto, Canada45 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Incredible day with Mario learning about small-farming techniques on a local cacao farm. Great activities incl walking the farm, roasting beans to make chocolate, and custom chocolate bar making. Incredible lunch was also included.

        Mario taught us so much about Ecuadorian life and was an incredible host. Highly recommend this tour if you have a some time in Guayaquil!
        Written 26 August 2023
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        Dear Anne, Thank you so much for taking the time in writing this review. I had a great time with you and your family and really look forward to meet again at some point! Warmly, Mario
        Written 28 August 2023
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        Blgcarter1959
        Conklin, NY6 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2019
        We enjoyed the tour and getting to know Nifa and her family. We loved the time she and Mario spent with us. We hope them continued success. I only hope to get information to be able to buy more chocolate from them.
        Written 8 March 2020
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        Scott P
        Manhattan Beach, CA86 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2019 • Couples
        Had a great day tour with Ninfa at her family's farm. She is so industrious having her own plot on the farm and makes her own chocolate to sell. She made the driving fun with her stories and bubbly personality. Definitely a tour you should consider when in Guayaquil.
        Written 31 May 2019
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        Dear Scott, Thanks so much for your review. Indeed Ninfa is amazing, and we are glad she is part of our team! We are really happy you enjoyed your tour with her. Let us know if you ever come back to Guayaquil, Cordially, Mario
        Written 31 May 2019
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