Chocolate Museum & Jaguar Rescue Center

Great Educational Tour! Learn about Indigenous Tribes of the Caribbean


Rate per person $50

Taste chocolate processed right before your eyes while you learn about indigenous culture, plus visit a center of rescued monkeys and jaguars: this tour is a day for new experiences.

Your first stop will be at the Chocolate Museum/Plantation and Indian Museum. With a knowledgeable guide, you walk through the cocoa plantation before heading into the museum so you can learn the whole process of making chocolate, from growing plants to putting chocolate in molds. Learn about the influence of the climate and pests battled in the plantations; watch the machines used by hand, and techniques of sun drying and cocoa fermenting.

You will also learn about the significance of cocoa to the Bribri people, one of Costa Rica’s native tribes by visiting a nearby house converted to museum. Learn about local plants used in spiritual healing, historical references and sacred artifacts in their culture.

This educational experience continues with a visit to the Jaguar Center, a 20-, minute ride. This center rehabilitates mistreated, injured and confiscated animals from all over the country and then reintroduces them back into their natural habitat in protected areas. See sloths up close, uncaged toucans, orphaned baby monkeys and more. The animals live in semi-captivity and the center is run by donations.

This tour is for families and particularly students and animal lovers who appreciate an educational experience. The donation to the Jaguar Rescue Center is not included. Please note that there may not be jaguars at the Jaguar Rescue Center; it depends which animals have been rescued.

Your tour includes: transportation from/to hotel, local bilingual guides at each attraction, museum entrance.

What to bring: water, snack, insect repellent. Wear comfortable shoes.

*Prices reflect current low season rates and are subject to change. The price you are quoted by our sales representatives will be 100% accurate based on the exact time of your inquiry. Price is per person, double occupancy accommodation and includes: all taxes, domestic transportation, tours and hotels. Price does not include international airfare, optional travel insurance, or credit card payment service fee.