https://www.enchantedexpeditions.com/ ☕ Did you know Ecuador is now believed to be the birthplace of chocolate, and Ecuador played a key role in introducing it to the West? The world’s oldest chocolate was made 5,300 years ago in Southern Ecuador by the Mayo-Chinchipe-Marañón people. As chocolate lovers we’re especially excited to share our next video with you!
We visited a lovely farm called ‘Cacao & Mango’ in Naranjal, Guayas, Ecuador (near Guayaquil). We enjoyed walking around the farm to see everything they grow including cacao, mango, plantain, dragonfruit, lemongrass, rice & more. We got to taste the sweet white fruit of the Cacao pod, and then see how they roast, shell & grind the beans to make PURE CHOCOLATE! Wow! Absolutely delicious!
Some chocolate connoisseurs say Ecuador’s fine cacao is more complex because their Arriba beans vary hugely in taste & size, depending on where they’re grown (just like wine). And some say there’s magic to cocoa beans grown at the equator. Ecuador’s fine chocolate is known for its floral qualities, but some beans taste more like fruits, while others have nutty or malt flavors.
We enjoyed a beautiful, delicious lunch with food from the farm at their open air restaurant by the river. We visited with the farmer’s son Jairo Lara and his sisters to learn about their life there. Their family has been farming this land for 65 years, and it was the idea of one of the Lara daughters – Tourism student & chef Ninfa – to create a restaurant and chocolate experience at the farm. This has been a new revenue source to support their family. After lunch, some of our team relaxed in the hammocks by the river.
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About Enchanted Expeditions:
Enchanted Expeditions is one of the pioneers of small boat cruises and tours to the Galapagos Islands, and tours throughout the mainland of Ecuador & beyond. We’re proud to be into our fourth decade of operating high quality tours in this beautiful part of the world! Our Founder Judy Carvalhal and her partners have over 125 years of collective field experience as tour guides, researchers, conservationists and community tourism advocates. Judy believes that without tourism, there is no conservation.
Our ready-made and custom designed vacations are for those seeking a genuine experience of Ecuador, whether it be culture, wildlife or adventure. Our trips highlight the four regions of Ecuador: the Galapagos Islands, the Andean Highlands, the Amazonian Basin and the Coastal Region. Each one unique and special.
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