Cacao, Nature & Culture 6 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: Guayaquil

  • 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,tropical fruits #

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

  • 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 Salinas mountain
  • Visit to the co-operative working initiative “Salinerito” in the village of Salinas de Guaranda
  • Cycling (optional)

Highlights #Mountain scenery, walking, culture, chocolate,co-operative working#

Activity length: Approx 9hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

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

Activity length: Approx 1hr

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 $1125 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.