Cacao, Nature & Culture 12 days

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Cacao, Nature & Culture

Ecuador cultivates some of the world’s finest cacao; from small scale farmers at local fincas to world famous chocolate producers, we invite you to travel the wonderful journey of Ecuadorian cacao.   This tour takes in some of the traditional highlights of Ecuador, complemented by visits to fincas, artisanal producers, co-operative working initiatives and local communities.

  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

Overnight: Quito

  • City tour of Quito, UNESCO World Heritage site, including Mitad del Mundo
  • Visit to Cheztiff Pasteleria for artisan chocolate production demonstration

Highlights # history, architecture, shopping, culture, cacao #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Quito

  • Visit to a local cacao finca in Mindo to learn about the organic cacao production process
  • Observation of Hummingbirds

Highlights # organic cacao, lush valleys, hummingbirds #

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Mindo

  • Visit to Antisana Ecological Reserve, including a short hike
  • Visit to Papallacta Thermal Spa

Highlights # scenery, walking, relax, pamper#

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Papallacta

  • Arrival at Liana Lodge
  • Visit to local cacao finca dedicated to the production of cacao national

Highlights # jungle scenery, wildlife, cacao national, canoe trip#

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Liana Lodge

  • Visit to animal rescue centre – Amazoonico
  • Rainforest walk
  • Visit to local artisans

Highlights #scenery, wildlife, crafts #

Activity length: Approx 6hrs

Overnight: Liana Lodge

  • Visit to Pailon Del Diablo waterfalls & Machay Butterfly Centre
  • Short tour of Baños town

Highlights # waterfall views, shopping, crafts, thermal baths, relax #

Activity length: Approx 9hrs

Overnight: Baños

  • A free day to enjoy the delights of Baños, from adrenaline sports to pure relaxation

Highlights # waterfall views, shopping, crafts, thermal baths, relax, bungee#

Activity length: Depending on your chosen activities

Overnight: Baños

  • Visit to Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest peak
  • Walk to first refuge, depending on weather conditions
  • Visit to the co-operative working initiative “Salinerito” in the village of Salinas de Guaranda

Highlights # mountain scenery, walking, culture, vicuñas, co-operative working#

Activity length: Approx 10hrs

Overnight: Vinces

  • Demonstration of traditional production techniques used here for hot chocolate and ‘queso fresco’, fresh cheese.
  • Visit to traditional fincas of the area

Highlights # traditional fincas, hot chocolate, fresh cheese #

Activity length: Approx 7hrs

Overnight: Señor de los Caballos

  • Horse ride through local plantations of cacao, banana and teak
  • Afternoon to enjoy the facilities of the hotel
  • Optional cacao skin treatment – to be reserved in advance

Highlights # horses, scenery, relax #

Activity length: Depending on your chosen activities

Overnight: Señor de los Caballos

  • Visit to small scale cacao and chocolate producer
  • Short visit to Manglares Churute Reserve in search of birdlife and monkeys
  • Visits to Parque de las Iguanas and the Malecon in Guayaquil

Highlights # cacao, wildlife #

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home, or Galapagos extension tour (please ask for details)

This tour is also possible in the reverse direction – Guayaquil to Quito.

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

* Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

Price: from $2550 p/p
Min: 2 people/Max: 16 people


  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package


  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips

Polylepis Tours

Polylepis Tours is a Tour Operator dedicated to delivering the best of Ecuador’s four regions to our clients. Bringing together the finest of our local providers, to showcase the amazing diversity that this wonderful country has to offer.