Organic Cacao Farm and Artisinal Chocolate Processing with Otilia
Enjoy a day - or more - with Otilia and her extensive and friendly family in the isolated indigenous community of Yorkin.
Yorkin can be reached only by motorized canoe or by a 1.5 hour hike. On the way you will see numerous waterfalls, rock walls and diverse birds and wildlife. Upon arrival to Yorkin, Otilia's eco-tourism association "Aventuras Naturales de Yorkin" offers various activities. Their property lies on a hilltop where you will receive a tour of their traditional medicinal plant garden and enjoy the views of the jungles and hilltops of both Costa Rica and Panama from their traditional "ranchos" with thatched-leaf roofs. A demonstration of traditional cacao processing into baking chocolate and hot chocolate is also offered, including a tasting with homegrown organic bananas of course. In addition, the family is currently in the process of building a chocolate processing plant for sale of the finished product outside of the community. The goal of the chocolate processing plant is to offer producers a better price for their product than outside processing companies.
This experience is a beautiful blend of traditional indigenous lifestyle with a chance to get to know humble and hard-working farmers who love nothing more than telling their story.