Chocolate Experience by Bribri Indigenous Culture

Cocles, Costa Rica

From USD 90.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


A fascinating experience for foodies and culture lovers alike, this chocolate experience takes you into an indigenous village where you’ll learn about Bribri culture. You’ll learn all about their community and lifestyle from your guide. A tasty part of the visit includes an overview of the chocolate making process during which you’ll also have the opportunity to make your own chocolate pieces. End your tour with a swim at a nearby waterfall.
  • Explore an indigenous village where many tourists rarely visit
  • Learn about the Bribri culture, language, and medicinal plant use
  • Make your own chocolate during a hands-on lesson
  • Swim and take unforgettable photos at a waterfall near the village

What's Included

  • binoculars
  • Private transportation
  • Guide
  • Chocolate tour
  • Waterfall entrance

    Meeting And Pickup

    Pickup points

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    Start time

    Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

    Opening hours

    • 1/15/2020 - 6/20/2024

      Monday - Sunday : 07:30 am - 08:30 am

    What To Expect


    6 hours Admission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 8 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    32 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travellers.
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    Relaxed, informative, and private!
    Sierra_P, Dec 2022
    If you’re looking for a relaxed, private, and informative experience, go ahead and book this tour! My family and I had a wonderful time learning about the chocolate making process and BriBri culture past and present.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thanks for choosing this experience Best regards
    Todos perfecto
    George_Z, Dec 2022
    Really unique and educational trip! Ariel was an amazing guide. The hospitality of the people was amazing
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thanks for choosing this experience. Best regards
    Terrific Tour
    Sonji_N, Mar 2022
    Our tour guide, Tamara, was excellent. Her knowledge of the community and the terrain is impeccable. We really learned a lot about this part of Costa Rica and about the Bribri people in particular. Besides being knowledgeable, Tamara is very accommodating and worked at the pace of our small group. She went above and beyond to help us with our transfers back to San Jose and with information on getting COVID testing needed to travel back to the U.S., through a lab recognized by the U.S. State Department.
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    We are glad to know that you enjoyed this experience. Thanks for choosing us. Regards
    Awesome authentic experience
    Lizzy_D, Feb 2022
    This was a great tour and Ariel was an awesome guide! You get to visit the family’s house, make chocolate, and see their way of life. Ariel was super knowledgeable, friendly, and really knows the family. I highly recommend this tour!!
    Response from Host, Feb 2022
    I am glad you enjoy the tour. Thanks for choosing this Activity.
    A once in a lifetime experience
    John_M, Jan 2022
    A rare opportunity to see an indigenous culture which still lives much the same way they’ve lived for thousands of years. We enjoyed making cocoa through the many steps from seed to hot chocolate. Our guide was excellent. He himself is Bribri. Meeting many members if the clan or tribe was amazing.
    Response from Host, Jan 2022
    Thanks a lot for choosing this experience, I am glad you enjoyed your day. Warm regards
    More than just's much more! A beautiful experience you will never forget!!!
    Ayanna_B, Nov 2021
    This tour was absolutely amazing. My daughter (9 years old) and I traveled for our first time to CR. We planned many tours but this BriBri Indigenous Cultural tour was the most wonderfully fulfilling experience of our lives. From the moment Ariel picked us up until he dropped us off, we learned so much about the BriBri's way of living and community. On the drive to the BriBri territory, Ariel provided us with a wealth of historical details about the BriBri community, their language, philosophies, and their way of living. Once we arrived at the family's village we took a walk that provided even more opportunities to learn about the ecosystem and biodiversity of the land. As we walked, Ariel pointed out various plants, herbs, fruits that naturally occur in this part of Costa Rica. We were able to try many of these plants and fruits. When we reached the farm where the family lives, we were greeted with such warm welcomes and hospitality. We then made the trek down the mountain to get the cacao. Ariel guided us the entire way and continued to share more about the different herbs and their medicinal uses as well as trying different fruits. Ariel discussed the chocolate-making process and gave us the opportunity to be a part of it. He also taught me how to wrap leaves that are used on the roof of traditional houses. Every step of the process Ariel and family members were there to guide and answer questions. When we finished learning about the chocolate-making process we were given a lovely lunch. I was able to have enlightening conversations with Ariel and some of the family members. My daughter spent most of the day playing with the children which was so nice to see. We also stopped by a beautiful and tranquil waterfall. I would highly recommend this tour. It is not just about is much more. You can't get this kind of experience from a book or from a big corporate tour company. The true essence of this tour is that the tour guide Ariel is BriBri so he has a true understanding and connection to the BriBri culture.
    Response from Host, Dec 2021
    Thanks a lot for choosing this experience. I am so happy to know that you enjoy this trip. my best regards.
    Plein les yeux, le coeur et le ventre
    AndreAnne_A, Feb 2023
    Très authentique, la famille visitée était très accueillante et le guide (Ariel) était super. Nous étions une famille (2 adultes avec nos enfants de 5 ans et 18 mois). Apporter de bons souliers de marche, chasse-moustique, maillot de bain, eau et surprises pour la famille d’accueil.

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