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..
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.