About.

La Iguana Chocolate is a Costa Rican owned, fully organic farm in the remote village of Mastatal. Our family have been farming this land for three generations and we decided to open our doors to the first group of intrepid volunteers in 2004.

We offer school groups and guests the unique opportunity to learn about sustainable living, permaculture, natural building and chocolate processing in the stunning tropical rainforest.

We also offer chocolate tours and treehouse accommodation for those interested in seeing a different side to Costa Rica.

Bookings.

$25/person

Chocolate Tour

Our educational and interactive chocolate tour serves as an introduction to the world of cacao and chocolate. We will take your through all the stages involved in chocolate production from fruits on the tree through to the final chocolates.

Taste the cacao at all stages of the process and see how the flavour changes to become less fruity and more like chocolate. We encourage hand on participation and make it our goal to test your love of chocolate with free samples from start to finish.

Day: Monday to Saturday - By appointment only
(preferably at least 2 days notice - we will always do our best to accommodate you but please bear in mind we are a fully working farm and at times essential work on the farm must take priority)

Duration: 2 1/2 - 3 hours
$40/night

Private Treehouse Accommodation

Minimum stay: 1 nightsMaximum capacity: 2 people
Food included
Back to basics in nature

Stay in our rustic open air treehouse style. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the nocturnal jungle chorus.

Our shared open air bathrooms and showers offer stunning views towards the distant misty mountains. Truly beautiful at sunrise if you are an early riser.

All accommodation includes a traditional vegetarian Costa Rican style breakfast of rice and beans with eggs and lots of fresh fruit and coffee.

Room price is the same for one or two people (so select one and let us know if there are two of you).

We also provide healthy homemade lunches and evening meals full of fresh ingredients from our farm for $6. Alternatively the local soda offers a range of delicious options.
$15/night

Dorm Room Accommodation

Minimum stay: 1 nightsMaximum capacity: 14 people
Food included
Back to basics in nature

Stay in our rustic wooden cabin dorm rooms. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the nocturnal jungle chorus.

Our shared open air bathrooms and showers offer stunning views towards the distant misty mountains. Truly beautiful at sunrise if you are an early riser.

All accommodation includes a traditional vegetarian Costa Rican style breakfast of rice and beans with eggs and lots of fresh fruit and coffee.

Room price is the same for one or two people (so select one and let us know if there are two of you).

We also provide healthy homemade lunches and evening meals full of fresh ingredients from our farm for $6. Alternatively the local soda offers a range of delicious options.
$250/night

Intensive Cacao & Chocolate Day

Minimum stay: 1 nightsMaximum capacity: 3 people
Food included
Led by Jorge, experienced cacao grower and chocolate maker, our personalised intensive chocolate day is aimed at those working within, or thinking about starting out in the chocolate industry. We are available to answer all your questions in detail whether they may be about tempering methods or cacao varieties.

Like our short tour, you will have the opportunity to see all stages of the process on our organic cacao farm, the opportunity to help harvest may also be available depending on the month of your visit. The aim of this tour is to tailor it to your specific area of interest whilst giving you an overview of all processes involved in getting from tree to truffle or bar.

Lunch, evening meal, one night private accommodation and breakfast the following day are all included in the price of this class

Key Stats.

Year founded

2005

Size of project site

9 hectares

Dry season

December to August

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

People on site

10 - 30

Wet season

September to November

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • shared rooms
  • private room

Omnivore Food

  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • slow: emails only

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