GUAYAQUIL: WORLD COCOA CAPITAL
Guayaquil is the center of cocoa economy par excellence, since cocoa was the key to its economic growth for more than 400 years; a product already exported during colonial times. Currently, Guayaquil continues to be the center point for its convergence and commerce.
Same departing and returning point
The route begins in the coastal city of Guayaquil and according to the preference of tourists, five one-day tours are offered.
The meeting point is the Gran Hotel Guayaquil, which has La Pepa de Oro (The Golden Seed) coffee shop. This is the only place of the city that has a cocoa like decoration and offers exquisite hot chocolate in a traditional ambiance.
Guayaquil – Balao
Camino Verde is a renowned cocoa plantation for being a Research and Development Center of flavor profiles and fermentation techniques. It also has the CCN51.
Guayaquil – El Deseo
This route has two components: the orchard managed traditionally by its owners Victor Haro and Bienvenida Guerrero de Haro, and the Collection Fermentation, Drying and Storage of grains Center of the association.
Guayaquil – Milagro
Vitaliano Sarabia is the name of an organic farm of massive production of cocoa clones of national variety and high productivity. The grains are grown in differentiated parcels with an organized handling that has turned the farm into a model of recognition to know and follow.
Guayaquil – Naranjal
The farm Querida Virgina is part of the scientific and technical route; it is the ideal place to learn the knowledge given by Darwin Toapanta, a farmer and independent cocoa investigator that has turned his farm into a real investigation center with important results. Also, in a rocky area of Naranjal, place used for his continual expeditions, he selects ancient wild trees to find the materials that tolerate sickness in order to go forward in his investigation.
Guayaquil – Taura
The main and neighboring farms show cocoa trees, national clones of high production; also the visitor can appreciate the natural environment created by fruit trees and huge timbers trees in which several seasonal and native birds nest.
Operator Contact of the Cocoa Route Guayaquil:
Lourdes Delgado & Ana Lema
Cellphone numbes:r 0999750023 /0986498148.