Cacao Farm And Hands-On Chocolate Making With 3-Course Meal In Guayaquil

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    9:00am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    At your desired location in Guayaquil
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Hacienda La Danesaproduces dairy, cacao and teak with over 145 years of rich heritage and history, located about an hour drive from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Family-owned and managed by the third generation Olsen family, the farm offers a unique selection of tailor-made activities for guests, including horseback riding trails, cacao plantation and hands-on artisan chocolate making and other hacienda-related programs such as Lazy River Tubing, Biking and Milking; all included in your rate. The menu is mostly traditional Ecuadorian cuisine mixed with a pinch of fresh international influence to bring exceptionally transcendent flavours to the table.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included

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A certified professional driver will pick you up at 8:45am at your desired location.

You will arrive at Hacienda La Danesa at around 10:00am. The host will greet you and give you a warm welcome to the farm and tell you about La Danesa's history. You will have free time to check out the gardens, have a drink and take photographs. You will be taking photos of this beautiful historic property.

10:30am Cacao Plantation Tour and Artisan Chocolate Making: You will walk through a Teak avenue for 10 minutes until you get to the cacao plantation where you will learn the history and process of the cacao in Ecuador. You could also get here on "fat tires" bikes. In this first stop, you will learn about the growing, harvesting and artisan chocolate making.

11:30am Hacienda La Danesa's Products Tasting: The farm produces jams, 100% raw honey, chocolate, dulce de leche and others delicious products with the help of the local community. Hacienda La Danesa aims to support the local women from the neighboring communities through the creation of micro enterprises. You may try this products with no pressure or expectations but be sure you will love them!

12:00pm Three-course Lunch: La Danesa offers a truly unique gastronomic experience inspired in a Farm-to-Table ethos. It grows and produces most of the ingredients at the farm, while buying the rest from the neighboring communities. Although you will not be choosing out of a menu, the chef will offer your three options for the main course for you to choose. First course and dessert are by chef's recommendation. Vegan/vegetarian option will be available.

1:30pm Coffee and Tea in the Garden/Milking: La Danesa produces around 1,200 liters of milk every day and had won for 20 years in a row the best dairy cattle in Ecuador. One of the cows will come to the garden and share some of her milk. If you want a Caf ai Lait you will have to take the espresso straight to the cow's udder!

2:00pm Tubing in the River/Bikes/Relaxing: At this time you may choose to float down the river, go biking with a local guide or relax in our hammocks sipping on your favorite wine with relaxing music.There are three rivers inside the property that offer the perfect place for fun and relaxing water activities. Guests can float down on tubes with a local guide and embrace the beauty of the surrounding peaceful environment watching fish, birds, iguanas and if you are lucky enough maybe even deer, snakes and sloths. Please bring a change of clothers, bathing suit and a towel from your hotel.

3:30pm Guayaquil City Tour (Optional): Our guests may decide to go for a 1 hour scenic City Tour or just stay ate Hacienda La Danesa until your desired time.

5:00pm Drop off at your Hotel


Private Tour

Lunch - 3-course lunch

All activities except Horse Riding, Tubing, Cooking and Chocolate Workshop, Massages

Local guide (Spanish Speaking- Please considering hiring the tour with a Bilingual English Guide for a better appreciation)

Use of bicycle

Use of helmet


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Horseback riding



Other experiences not listed in the program

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Dress code is smart casual

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide for an additional price

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Infant seats available

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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  • 02-Jan-2020

    Totally worth it, the hacienda is beautiful and the activities are perfect to expend all your day not just visiting but you also learn new things as how cacao is processed to make chocolate. The 3 course lunch is not a regular lunch, is a very good high cuisine food. The service is VIP and Even though is a luxurious tour don’t forget extra pair of shoes and other clothes.

  • 01-Jan-2020

    Totally worth it, the hacienda is beautiful and the activities are perfect to expend all your day not just visiting but you also learn new things as how cacao is processed to make chocolate. The 3 course lunch is not a regular lunch, is a very good high cuisine food. The service is VIP and Even though is a luxurious tour don’t forget extra pair of shoes and other clothes.

  • 06-Oct-2019

    Muy bonito todo el ecosistema natural, la atención del guía y deliciosa la comida. Sin duda es un ligar muy recomendado para pasar un buen rato y vale totalmente la pena visitar. Alfredo fue el mejor guía! Lo único que vale mencionar para que mejoren es que al momento de la bienvenida nos dijeron que las barras de chocolate que preparamos eran de cortesía (preparamos dos porque fuimos dos personas y pagamos por dos personas) y las adicionales costaban $5. Sin embargo a la salida nos querían cobrar las que hicimos y no se encontraba la anfitriona y como nos quejamos nos “hicieron una excepción”. Igual nos quedamos con el sinsabor. De igual manera, nos dieron solamente un postre para los dos. Lo entendería si hubiéramos pagados 2x1 pero pagamos por cada persona!

  • 22-Sep-2019

    I took my husband here for his birthday as a surprise. It was a lovely way to spend a day outside of Guayaquil (without driving a super far distance). The staff was very friendly, attentive, and thoughtful— they had our names written on a welcome board and surprised my husband with a candle in his dessert. We had a great time tubing, bike riding, making our own chocolate bars, and exploring the property. The food was excellent and so was the sangria! Highly recommended.

  • 08-Jul-2019

    Excelente atención. Excelente comida. Muy divertidas las actividades. Lindo lugar. Personal muy calificado, ideal para extranjeros y nacionales . Las habitaciones muy cómodas y de gran gusto.

  • 06-Jun-2019

    La Hacienda es hermosa, y la experiencia fue muy bien manejada. Todas las actividades incluidas como conocer sobre el cacao y sus procesos, hacer chocolate en barra, andar en bicicleta hasta el río y finalmente el tubing, fueron todas fabulosas. Me encantó que todos aquellos que nos atendieron y guiaron, son gente de la comunidad local. Una mención especial merece el almuerzo de tres pasos: sin lugar a dudas la corvina fue una de las mejores que he probado! Mi grupo consistía de mi esposo estadounidense, mis amigas argentinas y mis padres ecuatorianos. Todos quedaron gratamente sorprendidos con nuestra experiencia. Cuando vuelva a visitar Ecuador, sin duda volveré.

  • 27-May-2019

    Un lindo lugar para desconectarse de la ciudad y pasar entre familia o amigos. Para aquellos que les gusta el agro turismo, Hacienda La Danesa es el lugar ideal.

  • 21-May-2019

    The farm is wonderful and gorgeous and it’s so nice to see so many animals and plants. The lunch was very nice. The tubing was one of the most fun things I have ever done. The chocolate making was great too. We loved Diana, the chocolate maker, and Alfredo, our life saver in the river. A couple of disclaimers- - You definitely need a guide if you do not speak Spanish. We hired Mario from “my trip to Ecuador” and he interpreted the entire cocoa farming experience as well as the tubing. There was an interpreter at the chocolate making portion only, but you would miss a lot of the earlier portion of the day if you only spoke English like us. - alcohol is not included with lunch and this is not advertised at all. Considering that the day trip is pretty expensive (although worth it!), I find it strange that they charge $6 per bottle of Club, which you can get even on the Malecon for $3. - horseback riding was not included/offered and I was completely under the impression we had that option. Overall it was great and I would recommend it. However there were a couple of things listed above that made me give 4 stars instead of 5.

  • 27-Apr-2019

    The day starts with a refreshing drink and then then a bike ride to a river where you float through the rain forest. We then found out how chocolate is harvested and even made our own chocolate. We milked a cow and then had a delicious lunch. We went horse riding in the afternoon, which was lovely. The whole place runs so well and every one was so helpful, especially Anna! Our horse riding guide was great along with the waitress and the river guide. Go there, you will have agree at day!

  • 26-Sep-2017

    Mario made our day very special. He was a great guide. We ate fresh roasted cocoa beans and ground it with some sugar. Yummy!! We rode fat tire bikes and John took us down the small river where we saw iguanas. I'm sure they had a few laughs about the granny's getting on the inner tubes.
    We can't say enough about the food was awesome!
    It's a dairy farm and the cream cheese was made here for the passion fruit cheesecake

    Thank you for the special day...:

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