To start the new year, the Costa Rican Tourism Board has highlighted some guided tours that are great for families looking for an unusual excursion.
Here are some options:
Cacao is grown across the Caribbean and South America but is of particular importance in Costa Rica. It was a highly prized and sacred crop among the indigenous Chorotega and Bribri communities—and was even used as currency by the Chorotega until the 1930s. With the creation and popularization of chocolate, the cacao bean became the cash crop of Costa Rica.
The provinces of Guanacaste, Alajuela, Limón, Cartago and Puntarenas all contain thriving cacao plantations, which are perfect for any chocolate-lover. These plantations offer experiences led by experts who will detail the history, culture and traditions of chocolate and cacao, as well as the hidden secrets of bean fermentation and sun-drying. Travelers can personally roast and grind cacao beans, and make their own chocolate treats, including traditional Bribri ceremonial drinks.