We invite you to join us as we explore the origins of chocolate in Ecuador. We’ll visit small-scale cacao farmers and chocolate pioneers!
Dates: May 30th - June 5th
$2800.00/person ($400 extra for single room accommodations )
*airfare to and from Quito's Mariscal International Airport is not included
All in-country expenses are included: Quito airport pick-up upon arrival/departure, in-country transportation including charted van/domestic flight, food, lodging, translation.
Your trip guides:
Jenny Samaniego, Founder/Owner of Conexion Chocolate and Board Member of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund
Jody Hayden, Owner of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate and Treasurer/Secretary of the Heirloom Cacao Initiative
Day 1 & 2: Traverse the Andes to visit cacao farms in the Upper Amazon region of Ecuador. Learn about the indigenous chakra system of farming and the importance of agro-forestry in cacao farmings.
Day 3 & 4 & 5: Travel to coastal cacao farms near Guayaquil to witness the difference between a large cacao plantation growing CCN-51 and small-holders farms. Taste and evaluate Nacional cacao compared to other varieties grown in the region. Visit INIAP, an educational institution undertaking important cacao research, and Heirloom Cacao Designee, APOVINCES.
Day 6 & 7: Return to the highlands and partake in the largest artisan market in South American in Otavalos. Additional sight-seeing will be added, depending up on the interest of trip participants.
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