Napo, Orellana and Sucumbíos are the Amazon provinces that have the majority of routes to appreciate fine aroma cacao plantations and process in plants. Several communities have begun worthy agrotourism initiatives in these areas.
Termas Papallacta: These hotsprings are located only 67 km from Quito, in Napo Province.
Termas Papallacta is a tourist resort with comfortable accomodations, thermal waters that contain minerals, and cosmetic, medical or recreation spa treatments; the massage center and chocolate therapy are some of the most savoured treats here.
Cotococha Lodge: This lodge is located on the Upper Napo River, 10 km away from Tena to Ahuano. With its strategic position, it offers tours to spectacular waterfalls, rivers, landscapes, and tropical rainforests, as well as tours guided by local experts where visitors learn about the traditional cacao production culture and artisan techniques to prepare chocolate.
Hakuna Matata: The Chocolate Tour offered in this lodge is one of the best ways to get in-depth knowledge of artisanal production of Ecuadorian cacao, its aroma, taste, and traditions.
The lodge offers comfortable facilities perfectly adapted to the local environment, located on the banks of the Inchillaqui River, near the city of Tena. They offer jungle tours, canoeing trips,and visits to nearby communities.
Yachana Lodge: Watching the beauty of cacao plantations, processing the beans, and preparing chocolate with your own hands is a fascinating experience that Yachana Lodge offers while visitors learn the cultural and economic value of this product for the communities. Yachana Lodge is located on the banks of the Napo River, in the Puerto Rico community.
INFO: Cacao has grown in the Ecuadorian Amazon forests for 5,000 years. It was used as an offering that accompanied the dead to the afterlife. Archaeologist Francisco Valdez discovered that the Palanda community prepared a cacao beverage two thousand years before the Aztecs cultivated cacao.