Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 10 hours
  • tour type Group
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Trek difficulty Easy
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Discover the secrets and wonders of one of the world’s favourite foods – chocolate!
  • Befriend the residents of the Selva Tropical Rain Forest – toucans, monkeys, parrots and more!
  • Take on the Tirimbina Suspension Bridge and cacao plantation
  • Visit part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and catch a glimpse of some of the over 400 bird species that call the reserve home
The Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure tour starts and ends in San Jose. The Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure is a trekking tour that takes 10 hours.

Fact: chocolate releases feel-good chemicals into the body when eaten. Fact: looking at baby animals reduces stress levels. Do both on this San Jose tour of a rainforest and cacao plantation and leave happy and blissed out - high on chocolate and wildlife.      
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
5 - Excellent
  • Ms. Lori S.
  • On Aug 26 2016
“Excellente tour to Tirimbina -yummy chocolate tour to see and taste the production of chocolate from the bean to the savory smooth chocolate. . . .swinging bridges walk to a fabulous hike in the foresty jungle with LOTS of ID's of plants, trees, animals, birds, insects. Highly recommend for a day trip OUT of the the city and enjoy the REAL Costa Rica country.”
5 - Excellent
  • Mr. Rajesh K.
  • On Aug 19 2016
“This experience was out of this world. I have Eric, the guide to thank for this. I enjoyed the hike, the sloths, the frog, the ants, the iguana, the birds, the bats, the rain, the bridge, the monkeys, the flowers, the food, the shops, etc. And yes, the chocolate. How could anyone ever forget the chocolate. My fellow travelers also made this trip complete. We all enjoyed the trip. It was a "perfect" day.”
5 - Excellent
  • Ms. Francine B.
  • On Dec 11 2015
“I was unable to do the booked trip but Eric Gomez made sure that we got the tour and it was exactly what we expected and he was very accommodating and has great knowledge of the history of San Jose. It worked out better as there was an ox cart parade the day we visited.”

Visit Tirimbina Rainforest Center for a chocolate tour and discover the wonders behind one of the world’s most tantalizing foods — chocolate! The cacao tree originated in Mesoamerica and has a rich and extraordinary history. En route to this amazing place, we will make a stop at La Virgen del Socorro (a private reserve) and lunch at the local restaurant owned by Doña Marielos.

This San Jose tour will get you up close and personal to nature and noms, with a hike through the rainforest and a chocolate tour of the local cacao plantation.

We’ll take private transportation through the Caribbean lowlands and Braulio Carrillo National Park to the Sarapiquì area, one of the best spots in Costa Rica to experience the many wonders of the tropical rainforests. Your certified naturalist guide will lead you through the highlands to La Selva Reserve – one of the best birding spots in Costa Rica. Part of a UNESCO Biological Reserve and with over 400 bird species spotted in the area, you’re sure to see some incredible little fliers.

For an extraordinary experience in bird-watching and photography, we’ll head to the La Selva Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). La Selva has been a pioneering site in education, research, conservation, and ecotourism in Costa Rica since 1963, and is one of the first private protected areas in the country, and together La Selva and the Braulio Carrillo National Park are part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

After you enjoy the amazing natural history of the tropical rainforests, flora, and fauna, you’ll head off to discover the secrets and marvels of one of humankind’s favourite foods – chocolate.

With its origins in Mesoamerica, cacao has a rich and extraordinary history in this part of the world. Our San Jose chocolate tour will include a visit to a cacao plantation to check out forest and wild species of cacao, as well as understanding the process of turning cacao into chocolate.

Not to worry – after imbibing us with knowledge and information, we’ll actually get to sample some chocolate! We’ll enjoy a chocolate tasting of cacao and other organic chocolate products all made by the Association of  Women Amazilia del Caribe, a local organisation. We hope you’re ready to taste some of the best chocolate on earth!

After indulging in all that chocolate, we’ll visit an ant farm to discover the secrets of the most organised society in the Costa Rican rainforest - a  leaf cutter ant colony.  In our opinion, it’s the perfect way to end this Costa Rican nature, hiking, and chocolate adventure, before heading back to San Jose.

  • Authentic local lunch.
  • Local English speaking naturalist guide
  • Entrance fee to the reserve
  • Transportation to and from the meeting points
  • food and drink other than specified above
  • souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • tips / gratuities for the guide and driver.
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Cancellation for this Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


Full payment of 148 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Travel Insurance

Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

There are two pick up locations: 6.30am at the main entrance of National Stadium (in Sabana Park) 7.00am at the main entrance of National Theater (in San José) Please call us 24 hours prior to departure to confirm which pick-up location you prefer.

Meeting end point :

5:00pm at National Theatre or 5:30pm at National Stadium

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