La Iguana Chocolate video (organic chocolate farm in Costa Rica)

11. Santiago de Puriscal, Matastal, Costa Rica - La Iguana Choco

I`ve spent 5 days volunteering at La Iguana Chocolate, a small organic farm based in Mastatal, Puriscal, Costa Rica, witnessing and documenting the process of making organic, delicious, homemade chocolate. You`ll probably appreciate even more those sweet bites after seeing the whole process. 

La Iguana Chocolate have volunteering programs in place and for anyone interested to learn more, please, visit: www.laiguanachocolate.com and/or their facebook page.

On their site you can find directions how to reach the place. It`s easier than it might seems at first, just don`t make the mistake i did. Buses go regularly (every half an hour) from San Jose to Puriscal (1 hour), but from Puriscal there`s only one bus daily at 3pm for Mastatal (3 hours). I knew that when i started traveling from San Jose at 4pm, but i didn`t know that i`ll end up with only two sleeping options in Puriscal. One option being some fancy expensive cottages around 2km outside of Puriscal and another (my option) one of the worst places i`ve seen, run by obviously demented and occasionally totally freaky woman who changed her personality completely when she saw my dollars.. I`ll spare you the details. Oh, and buy the rum in either San Jose or Puriscal. ;)

Aside, from learning about the process of making the chocolate and tasting (daily!) their final products, it`s also a perfect opportunity to experience and enjoy beautiful, rural and unspoiled nature of Costa Rica and get away from a regular tourist circuit. It`s a part of the country i definitely want to visit again and explore thoroughly . During your free time and weekends, there are couple of waterfalls, hiking trails, national parks and what not nearby to explore..

01. Santiago de Puriscal, Matastal, Costa Rica - La Iguana Choco
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Did you enjoyed the post? Let me know bellow. I know i surely did while visiting the farm, sampling the chocolate, filming the process and making the video.

 

Pura Vida!



4 Comments

  1. I am from Costa Rica; I really love when people enjoy my country in a different way. Also I like when people support rural areas. The video is GREAT! Congrats!

  2. I visited La Iguana for harvest in 2012. I love what you’ve captured here. You’ve got the heart of the thing.