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Emily wrote a review Feb 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
We did the Kallari coffee tour. We were unable to find any info online about cost/booking so just showed up at 8 am when they opened. No one actually came until about 8:15 then we were informed there was a tour at 9 am. We paid and agreed to do this. We grabbed some breakfast nearby at convenience store and were back by 8:45 waiting...and waiting... and waiting. The guide was there and told us the other group would be there in ‘20 minutes’. We kept waiting and asking what was going on and finally at 10:20 5 other cane. They had a car and the guide had to wait and call a taxi for him and us, very unorganized. The tour was interesting, moved at a SLOW pace. We got to try chocolate from the cacoa plants and bars of chocolate at the end. It was Interesting but a very frustrating start and not well organized. Also seemed like everyone doing tour was paying a different amount and it was all in Spanish no English option. Wish they had info/tickets online and would not redoing if you have something to do later.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Christien wrote a review Nov 2019
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The Kallari chocolate tour is superb. It’s an wonderful insight into te chocolate making process in Ecuador, as well as truly authentic experience on an Ecuadorian chocolate plantation (there’s more than we just chocolate!) we went with Giovani who was a an excellent guide, and everybody on the plantation was very welcoming. They also cooked us a delicious vegetarian meal (meat is available) and afterwards we dig into some of the chocolate we made ourselves. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Tena.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Ingeborg V wrote a review May 2018
14 contributions3 helpful votes
We just showed up at the office of Kallari and we had to wait only 30min before a guide came in and we could join the previous group for a presentation about the company and the production of their chocolate including a lot of tasting!! So delicious! :D After we had only a small group of 4 people, visited the organic cocoa plantation and learned a lot about this great eco-system! Cinnamon plants, cocao trees, medication plants, vanilla all grow in harmony with each other and absolute no chemicals are used. After we visited a local family that lives on the plantation where we made our own chocolate fondue and dipped roasted plantane in it! Great experience to see the local people live there and make chocolate the old fashioned way. After we visited the factory where the cocoa beans are fermented, dried, sorted and packed for transport. Perfect explanation again! Then back at the office we got a chocolate bar of our choice which was included in the price. Great afternoon and learned a lot! Big thanks to the two guides!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Travelone2018 wrote a review Apr 2018
Geneva, Switzerland6 contributions1 helpful vote
We did a one day tour on public transport to suit our budget. Visit to wonderful family who produce cacao and lots of other things - really nice to understand more about their culture and lives. It felt very relaxed but still organised! Also learned a lot more about the association and how important it is that more producers own their final product. Would highly recommend. Two notes: Contact them in advance to book. We caught them in a busy period and it took time to sort everything. Wear boots to the cacao producers land (chakras) as there are lots of insects ready to nibble your ankles!
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Eden P wrote a review Jun 2017
Chiang Mai, Thailand4 contributions13 helpful votes
We went to the office the night before and requested a tour for the next day. The tour was from 9-3.30ish. Our guide, Geovanny, greeted us at the door of the offices and explained the day before we set off. First of all, we got to see the first stages of how the cacao is fermented etc. Geovanny explained everything in clear slow Spanish (as we don't speak fluent Spanish) and we learnt so much from him. We then caught a bus to the home of a family in a small kichwa community, to explore the surrounding fields of various plants and trees which we found really informative and interesting. We then had a delicious traditional Amazonian lunch using produce from their family farm. After lunch we made fondue chocolate using cacao beans we picked up in the morning and enjoyed it with the children from the family. We then got a taxi back to the office, tried some chocolate and bought some amazingly delicious chocolate to take home! I can't speak highly enough of Geovanny and the whole tour. It was a different experience of the Amazon jungle and it felt very personalised. I would definitely recommend it if you want to do an authentic tour and it was also much cheaper than any tour we saw in the city agencies.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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