The Cocoa Trail runs through Guananico, a rich agricultural community where citrus, cocoa and other fruits grow organically, and is as picturesque as the family-owned Hacienda Cufa itself in Puerto Plata.
Upon entering, you will start a route with seven stops that will take you through cocoa fields while you learn about the history of chocolate and its process from bean to bar, something very interesting because the product is of very high quality in a pure and income for the community which in turn is a positive contribution.
There you can not only see cocoa, but also birds. This hacienda was recognized by “Dominican Treasures”, a certification initiative for sustainable tourism products that is awarded to projects that meet standards based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.
A tour of the Cufa trail is intoxicating, because due to its status as an organic cocoa producer, you can get to know in depth the artisanal way in which the seed is processed from sowing, harvesting, extraction, fermentation, drying, roasting, grinding and marketing from the Chocolate House.
The tour can be done from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a space of between one and up to almost two hours. But every December 11, the Harvest Festival is held, an interesting and unique festivity that can be used to experience a facial treatment, called chocolate therapy, take a delicious mud bath or take a dip in a natural spa.
This hacienda has a typical mansion with a capacity to receive approximately 200 people. It has several rooms, a kitchen with a stove, hammocks and other typical facilities.
Finally, you will visit the chocolate shack, where some delicious tastings will take place, with chocolate in all its forms and flavors. Plus, there’s an open-air spa area where you can get a chocolate facial before a typical Dominican lunch served under a palapa roof.
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