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El Sendero del Cacao

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Hacienda La Esmeralda, San Francisco de Macoris 31000, Dominican Republic
+1 809-547-2166
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Cacao Plantation and Chocolate Factory Tour
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US$60.00*
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Cacao Plantation and Chocolate Factory Tour with Tasting of Chocolate
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Find the secrets that are behind an exquisite chocolate! Learn from planting a cacao tree, extracting, fermenting and drying the seeds, its importance for aroma/flavor in chocolate, as well as its process in a Factory.Dominican Republic is the major producer of organic cacao worldwide! The tour is in an organic plantation, guided by professionals of Rizek Cacao, most experienced cacao company in the country.*Lunch Available. 1h45 from Santo Domingo/Samana/Puerto Plata
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13 May 2017
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Hacienda La Esmeralda, San Francisco de Macoris 31000, Dominican Republic
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Every visitor to the Dominican Republic should come here. Very nice, well kept and clean plantation with friendly, welcoming staff. Delicious hot chocolate to greet you (the one made with water is particularly delicious). Great tour that is complete and not too long. You'll be...More

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Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Good Afternoon, Thanks for taking the time to write your experience at El Sendero del Cacao, really appreciated; The Staff over there are always in the mood to make you feel spaecial, we're glad you enjoyed your visit. Yes, you're right this is the best...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017

A must see for chocolate lovers. The tour takes you from the cacao orchards to the chocolate making process. All stages are fun and fulfilled with the Dominican touchMore

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Management response:Responded 5 weeks ago

Hello Mr. Jaime, Thanks for telling us your experience at La Esmeralda, El Sendero del Cacao. We're glad you had a wonderful day visiting us, We hope to see you again soon; Just to let you know we have an interactve tour in Santo Domingo,...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017

This was an amazing trip! Everything from the customer service, to the tour content, to the food was amazing! As a Dominican I am very proud of seeing our gastronomic heritage being shared in this great community-oriented project. This is a fun activity for friends,...More

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Management response:Responded 5 weeks ago

Hello Ms. Lidia, Thanks for telling us your experience at La Esmeralda, El Sendero del Cacao. We're glad you had a wonderful day visiting us, our staff are always in a good disposition to satisfy our guests. We hope to see you again with your...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017

It was worth the money for sure. Had to deposit money in their bank account which was kind of sketchy but it was fine.More

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Management response:Responded 5 weeks ago

Good Morning Taylor, Thanks for telling us your experience at La Esmeralda, El Sendero del Cacao. We're glad you had a wonderful day visiting us and enjoy your day over there, The regular process of the payment is by transfer with 24 hours before the...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017

Recently visited on a saturday and took the cacao tour with my family. Nothing but good things to say about the tour, the staff, the food and the overall setting. Very well kept grounds, tour covers the basics on cacao process and chocolate making process....More

1  Thank Yvette R
Management response:Responded 17 May 2017

Hello Ms. Yvette, Thanks for telling us your experience at La Esmeralda, El Sendero del Cacao. We're glad you had a wonderful day visiting us, our staff are always in a good disposition to satisfy our guests. Yes, is really impressess how is all of...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017

I would recommend visiting this place with family and friends as a short day trip adventure. For less than US$ 25 you get to learn and experience the whole chocolate making process. Both of our guides ( Gregory and Miguel ) were really nice to...More

Thank vacationspy
Management response:Responded 15 February 2017

Good Morning, First of all, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us, we are so glad you enjoyed your family trip at El Sendero del Cacao and liked the food, Our staff are waiting for you to visit us again soon,...More

Reviewed 18 December 2016

As a chocolate connoisseur I found this tour analysis disappointing. Zero to none deep knowledge on farming and fermentation best practices. Staff was unable to answer some questions related to cacao varieties. I have took this kind of tours in Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru (Venezuelan...More

Thank OneChrisChoc
Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2016

Hi Chris. We're sorry you feel disappointed with your tour. Can you please tell us the date of your visit so we can look into it and take action towards making our tour more interesting and pleasant for our guests. We do appreciate your candid...More

Reviewed 18 November 2016

This is a great and educational place, where you can see and learn how the cacao's beans are plant and grow. First, they welcome you with a cup of homemade hot cocoa and then take you to the tour where they teach you how the...More

Thank Jonathan G
Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2016

Hi Jonathan. We're glad you had a fruitful visit and enjoyed our tour. Thank you so much for such detailed review of your experience. It is very helpful for fellow travelers and to us so we can keep providing a memorable and enjoyable experience to...More

Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

This place is ideal for turist visits: couples, singles or family trips. The day trip includes: transportation from Sto Dgo, a visit to the chocolate shop and Explanation of the production process, visit to the cacao farm, Museum Hermanas Mirabal nearby and buffet style lunch...More

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Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2016

Wow, where you a tour guide? Nice review, thank you very much. 🙌🏼

Reviewed 16 August 2016

We booked the tour through Gray Line Tours. They have an office at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo. The Sheraton is an okay place to stay, but it needs a face lift. Gray Line Tours provided us with a roundtrip "VIP" ride to El...More

1  Thank TruthTeller703
Eduardo B, Community Manager at El Sendero del Cacao, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2016

Thank you for your visit. We are happy you had an interesting experience. 😎

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OneChrisChoc
A friend of mine from London recommended me this tour as it included a guided tour to the whole chocolate process including to cacao orchards and processing area (fermertation, liquor etc) and I think it would be bery enlightening to undernstand the whole process involved in making those fine-flavored artisan bars which I love to eat. So which tour should I pick in order to get to know the process from the harvest of the cacao pod. Also I would be arriving to Santo Domingo so how do I get from there to San Francisco de Macoris. It's my understanding that the village is a several hours roadtrip from Santo Domingo.
2 August 2016|
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Response from Eduardo B | Property representative |
Hi Chris. Sorry for the delay on the response. You should take to complete tour, which ends at the Chocolate Factory where you create your own chocolate and take it with you. Transportation can be arranged. It is a 3hrs... More
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adriennnem
I have my own transportation and am staying in Puerto Plata. Is it possible to come visit without taking a tour from here? About how long is the drive? Is there a charge once we get there? Adrienne Millen
21 December 2015|
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Response from Eduardo B | Property representative |
Thank you Lisbert for your answer. Additionally, please contact María via Whatsapp +1(809) 669 1209 so she can take your reservation and help you out with any other details you might need.
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