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Starts at El Quetzal de Mindo in Mindo, Ecuador 
Welcome to our popular chocolate tour. We see more than 2,000 people come to our tours per month. We began making chocolate in 2008 and sell chocolate bars in Mindo and in the US.

First we will congregate at El Quetzal, a well-known restaurant-cafe in Mindo we have where a small chocolate factory where we make small batches of chocolate by hand. We also have cocoa trees and you will taste fresh fruit and see the entire processing of cocoa beans from fermentation, drying, roasting, winnowing, grinding, and making batches of chocolate to finished and wrapped bars. You will finish with a tasting of a sampling of chocolate bars made at El Quetzal. 

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El Quetzal de Mindo
Overview

Mindo, known for its coffee and chocolate production, sits just off the main road between Quito and Esmeraldas. On this chocolate-centric tour, get a behind-the-scenes look at the chocolate-making process from bean to bar at a small-batch factory. Taste fresh fruit straight from a cocoa tree and finish with a tasting of several varieties of chocolate.

Highlights
  • See inside an artisan small-batch chocolate factory

  • Chocolate tasting, with other local food and beverage for purchase

  • Multiple departure times to fit your busy itinerary

  • Intimate small-group means more chances to ask questions

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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile
Amazing all around!!

Great tour explaining the entire process of making chocolate! They start you with the beans and take you through to the final chocolate products!! Delicious chocolate! Also you can see coffee, bananas, and passion fruit growing on the grounds. Make sure to try a brownie!...More

Thank LeAnn G
Reviewed 2 July 2018
Educational and delicious

Went with friends to do tour and George was our guide. He took us all around the business and we learned about how chocolate. Is made. We got to sample alot of chocolate and then had a fab chocolate brownie for desert. I purchased many...More

Thank garda44
Reviewed 4 June 2018
Fun and Educational

So once the tour is over, you get a ton of chocolate to try. Here is what you do. Walk back inside. Buy a bottle of red wine and go back outside and split the bottle of wine with your tour groups while enjoying the...More

1  Thank talonofrome
Reviewed 30 April 2018
Some chocolate education

Great to learn from our guide about how cacao is grown, produced, and turned into chocolate. Included tasting unripe cacao, and various types of chocolate. Wish I had more room in my luggage.

Thank Kat B
Reviewed 14 April 2018
A great experience!

Our family of five had a great experience with George, our guide. We learned a lot about chocolate (or learned how little we knew about chocolate). He made it a fun and memorable experience and teh chocolate itself was delicious! Highly recommended!

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BWElQuetzal, Owner at El Quetzal de Mindo, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our business and for the excellent review. We are really happy that you enjoyed it. Barbara

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