San José Chocolate Tour

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From $40.00

55 reviews   (4.89)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: San Jose, San Jose

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Uncover the history of chocolate from the indigenous Mesoamericans cocoa culture to the European experimentation with cocoa and chocolate. Sample each step of the process until we get to the chocolate as we know it today. We are hunters of local, fresh, tropical and organic pairings. This in an invitation to a culinary adventure. We offer the tour Thursday to Sunday at 3:00pm.

What's Included


Food tasting

Professional guide


Tour escort/host

TripAdvisor Experiences brokerage fee

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 21 - 99

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Botanica Chocolate
Jenny & Carolina are the hosts, chocolatiers and owners of Botánica Chocolate, they will both guide you in the making and the history of both cacao and chocolate. Discover the beauty behind the culture of chocolate. Sample cocoa fruit and beans carefully sourced from sustainable award-winning farms in Costa Rica, were fertile land and temperate climate produce some of the best cacao of the region.

You’ll sample the first recipes of cocoa created by the indigenous communities more than 5,000 years ago. You´ll taste the beverage of cocoa transformed by the Spaniard Royalty during the colonization. We´ll explore the use of tools and ingredients as this two cultures mixed up together. 

Continue exploring and sampling the chocolate transformation in Europe between the 1800´s and 1900´s. 

You'll then head to a pairing and tasting experience to indulge in one  a chocolate tropical pleasure. All of our ingredients are local and organic. 

Finally, we'll show how chocolate is made in our times as well as the science behind chocolate, we will hand temperate chocolate for you so that you can fully view the molecular change of chocolate during the process. 

Finish the tour making your own chocolate with your favorite pairings so that you can share your creation and chocolate experience with your friends and family back home. 

We are located in a historical neighborhood, perfect spot to wander after the tour and enjoy the architectural history of the city.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Great San Jose Experience
Ginny, 22-03-2020
We we at the same session Ira was. He wrote such a good review, see below, there's nothing to be added. Great job ladies!
Informative Chocolate Experience
shadeo187, 27-05-2020
Visited Botanica Chocolate on a "siblings trip"! We learned so much about chocolate and appreciate the process of chocolate making so much more. Such a beautiful experience!
Very Interactive and Lots of Tastings
amatistaf2022, 03-01-2022
The tour was very informative and fun. We got to see every side of cacao from the plant, to the fruit, all the way to a final chocolate product. It was very fun and interactive, would definitely recommend for couples or families.
Ok tour, not as long as indicated
Jonas_Z, 02-01-2022
The Tour started out great and the people were nice. However we expected the tour to be two hours as advertised and it ended after exactly one hour, with the last 15 minutes being quite boring. It was quite Interesting to hear about the chocolate history and I believe they could have explained and shared much more on this. It was New Year’s Eve in San José when we came, so maybe they were rushed but I felt disappointed afterwards.
The whole experience was...
Yana_B, 31-12-2021
The whole experience was less than an hour. We definitely learned new things about the chocolate. The tour is overpriced.

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