Esmeraldas, Manabí, Los Ríos, Guayas, El Oro, and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas are the main cacaogrowing provinces on the Ecuadorian Coast. Some of the most interesting sites to visit include:
Hacienda Cañas: Visitors can enjoy the vast agricultural production of this 340-hectare cacao farm located in the Naranjal Canton, Guayas Province. The activities offered at this site include tours to the Cacao Organic Museum, plantations and packaging plants, horseback-riding, local cuisine and, of course, an intercultural exchange with rural communities.
El Señor de los Caballos: This is a historic hacienda-inn located in the Vinces Canton, Los Ríos Province. Its agro-touristic park is surrounded by lovely cacao and banana plantations; guided tours are organized to the production areas where you can learn about the treatment processes.
You may also enjoy a spa which offers chocolate therapy, among other activities.
Rancho Grande: This is one of the most important traditional farms of Los Ríos Province. This hacienda has organic production systems of premium quality cacao. Its enchanting landscapes and activities are focused on introducing visitors to the agricultural world and to Fine Aroma Cacao production.
Parque Histórico: The Historic Park was created to preserve the culture and customs of the Ecuadorian Pacific Coast. It is located in Guayaquil, the country’s largest city. It offers tours to the Farmers’ House, a rural house where visitors are taken back to the daily life of the cacao boom period; and the Hacienda’s House, an old plantation house where visitors will see the drying and storage areas of what was known as the “golden seed”.
INFO: A Cacao Museum will soon be opened at the Historic Park, with different thematic halls which will offer tourists the chance of seeing, smelling, touching, and tasting Ecuadorian cacao and its finished products.
This project includes building a hotel, shops, and tasting.