San Jose

San José Chocolate Tour

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From USD 40.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Learn about the history of chocolate from the best chocolatiers in San Jose on this 1-1.5 hours chocolate tour. You’ll learn the history of cacao through stories and lessons, about the chocolate transformation in Europe in the 18th century, and end up making chocolate yourself! At the end you’ll have sampled chocolate pairings, and be able to share your knowledge and creations back home.
  • Chocolate tastings and beverages included
  • Get a personal lesson on how chocolate is made
  • Learn the ins and outs of cacao farming
  • Departure point is Hotel Boutique Luz de Luna, Calle 33 entre avenidas 1 y 5 San José, Empalme, San José

What's Included

  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • TripAdvisor Experiences brokerage fee

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Hotel Boutique Luz de Luna
      Calle 33 entre avenidas 1 y 5 San José, Empalme, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

      Street 33, Barrio Escalante, San José

    Start time

    05:00 pm

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Botanica Chocolate

    2 hours Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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.

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    55 reviews
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    Ok tour, not as long as indicated
    Jonas_Z, Jan 2022
    The Tour started out great and the people were nice. However we expected the tour to be two hours as advertised and it ended after exactly one hour, with the last 15 minutes being quite boring. It was quite Interesting to hear about the chocolate history and I believe they could have explained and shared much more on this. It was New Year’s Eve in San José when we came, so maybe they were rushed but I felt disappointed afterwards.
    The whole experience was...
    Yana_B, Dec 2021
    The whole experience was less than an hour. We definitely learned new things about the chocolate. The tour is overpriced.
    Great San Jose Experience
    Ginny, Mar 2020
    We we at the same session Ira was. He wrote such a good review, see below, there's nothing to be added. Great job ladies!
    Highly recommended
    Virginia_S, Mar 2020
    We shared a tour with Ira. His review, below, exactly reflects our experience. Wonderful job, ladies!
    Friendly and informative
    Sue_J, Mar 2020
    Very enjoyable and educational. A lovely pair of ladies with a passion for chocolate. I would thoroughly recommend.
    Premier Experience
    Ira_N, Mar 2020
    I have travelled extensively and am a firm believer in these types of experiences. This one, however, was perhaps amongst the 2 or 3 best that I have ever had. The two hostesses, Carolina and Jenny, were both extraordinary people, knowledgeable and so personable. I truly had no idea about the history of chocolate and how the cacao plant grows and is processed from the raw plant to the wonderful chocolate we all love. in fact, after listening and learning for nearly 2-1/2 hours, I can now truly appreciate GOOD chocolate, knowing the entire process from plant to edible. There is no door marking of Botanico Chocolate, because the building is an historic structure and CR doesn't allow signs. Just stand by the tree near where you think you should be and someone will come down 15 mintes before the experience begins to gather you. Do not miss this adventure if you love history, cooking and of course chocolate. By the way, you get to taste and eat some all along the process that is demonstrated.
    Hands on and tastings.
    Micheal_V, Feb 2020
    If I could give this 10 stars I would. The ladies who present this tour made it a memorable EXPERIENCE. There space is lovely and they are quite passionate about their cacao. I learned so much and enjoyed every moment. I only wish there was chocolate to purchase at the end of the experience. Thank you ladies for inviting us into your shop.
    Incredible Chocolate Tour
    Valerie_A, Oct 2019
    This was definitely a wonderful afternoon. From the history telling of CACAO to the sampling and making of our own piece at the end I was very impressed with the whole thing. It is really worth it.
    Amazing Authentic and Memorable Afternoon
    SUSAN_A, Sept 2019
    My husband and I had the pleasure to spend the afternoon with Carolina and Jenny yesterday. I booked this thinking it would be fun and historical and it surpassed all of our expectations. The ladies took us on the journey of cacao and their own journey of building their own business through respecting its roots. Lovely experience in every way and the highlight of our time in San Jose!
    Great hosts
    PaulS1963, Mar 2019
    Very fun and informative tour. Would highly recommend for anyone who has a spare two hours. And who doesn't for chocolate!