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Ecuador & Cocoa

The country of the Arriba Cocoa

Not everybody knows that cocoa is not equal cocoa. As it happens with wine, there are special types and they are different depending on the region. The cocoa beans from Ecuador are very famous for its specific fine aroma, they even have a separate class worldwide: Arriba cocoa.

Cocoa plays a very important rol in Ecuador´s history and economy. Ecuador produces only 4% of the world production of cocoa, however from the fine upper class cocoa, the country is responsible for 70% of the world production. Cocoa (or cacao as it is commonly known), is a symbol product of Ecuador, since it has been part of our history since the 1800´s plus, it combines history, culture, conservation and financial purposes for small farmers in the coast and amazon of Ecuador. We want to take you the communities where it all begins….the origin of the cocoa!!

The cocoa of Ecuador is called Arriba or Nacional, because it grows only in Ecuador. Cacao has been declared by the Ecuadorian government as a "symbol product" for Ecuador. Why?? Because Ecuador´s cocoa it is unique. It has plenty of characteristics that give the cocoa an added value and consumers appreciate it. Besides the flavor-smell factors of Ecuador's cocoa, there are social and cultural aspects that give an extraordinary edge to our cocoa. In our tours, we take you to small indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Coast, to discover together cocoa plants, from the farms, how the cocoa beans have played an important role in their lives.

The cocoa of Ecuador is called Arriba or Nacional, because it grows only in Ecuador. Cacao has been declared by the Ecuadorian government as a "symbol product" for Ecuador. Why?? Because Ecuador´s cocoa it is unique. It has plenty of characteristics that give the cocoa an added value and consumers appreciate it. Besides the flavor-smell factors of Ecuador's cocoa, there are social and cultural aspects that give an extraordinary edge to our cocoa. In our tours, we take you to small indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Coast, to discover together cocoa plants, from the farms, how the cocoa beans have played an important role in their lives.

Growing cocoa beans has allowed them to continue to preserve the environment and at the same time improve their living conditions. Be prepared to put your boots on, go to the field, open a cocoa plant and taste the juicy cocoa almonds right in the field. We will follow the beans to collection centers operated by the Associations, to learn first hand the process of fermentation and drying of the almonds, so the quality of the chocolate will be just perfect!! Finally we will learn and observe the process of transforming the fermented, dried cocoa almonds into fine chocolate bars.

All Ecuador is the size of Colorado and it has 4 regions so different from each other that we call them 4 worlds. Galapagos, Amazon, Andes and Coast are only a couple of hours drive from each other and they are home to people with different customs and traditions, but one thing in common: we all live in Ecuador.

We will take advantage of this and allow us to do following in one single trip: eat fresh fish in front of the ocean, visit the Ice harvest, you read right, there are people who still harvest ice from the glaciers at a height of 15.000 feet between lamas, share a day with an indigenous village in the Amazon and swim with playful sea lions on Galapagos.

The multifacetic sights of Ecuador:

  • Quito: not only the famous old city, but the challenging growing modern capital in the middle of the Andes
  • Indigineouscommunities in the Amazon
  • Boat trip on the Napo river
  • Observation of monkeys, parrots, macaws and even an anaconda if we are lucky
  • Cookinglesson in the Amazon
  • Hacienda in the Andes with visit to the ice harvesters
  • Inka ruins between the Chimborazo volcanoe and Cuenca
  • Cuenca: city tour plus sourrounding gold and panama hat artisans
  • Traditional Cocoa Hacienda at the Coast
  • Guayaquil and its new face
  • Swim with sealions, tourtles, marine iguanas and sharks in Galapagos
  • Observation of flamingos, giant tourtles and penguins
  • Fly from one island to another on the Galapagos

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