Churute Forests And Cocoa Farm (Private Full Day Tour From Guayaquil)

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Viasam Tour- Excursiones de un día, Dr. Leopoldo Benitez Vinueza, Mz 1, V97, Guayaquil 090513, Ecuador
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pickup the travelers in all the hotels in Guayaquil and in t.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


What makes this activity unique?
we will walk the pancho devil hill and its path the howler this protected area of tropical dry forest, houses a diverse variety of exotic species of birds, reptiles and mammals among them you can frequently observe the presence of howler monkeys in their natural wild state These Primates emit very loud sounds to communicate with each other, or to defend their territory from some other invading herd. They concentrate on the top of the trees with the aim of feeding. In the afternoon we will continue our experience towards a cocoa farm where wait with a typical lunch prepared in the open air and thus have an idea of Ecuadorian cuisine. This activity is very interesting since we will be able to learn about the methods and techniques used by farmers to develop and obtain cloned or hybrid cocoa plants.


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Family friendly
  • Get up-close to native wildlife

Know More about this tour

Mini Selva: We will go to the Ecological Reserve Churute located 1-hour away from Guayaquil. This is a small surrounded protected area of forests and hills where we will visit the mangrove and estuary cruise the estuary Churute to the estuary Ulpiano (route 2 hours). Here we can spot a wide variety of tropical birds like pink Garzas, snowy egret, Egret Egret, Heron Cangrejera, ibis, neotropical cormorant, Eagle Caracolera and migratory birds such as the osprey and black necked stork
We'll continue the tour with a walk along the path of the hill Pancho Diablo, which is known for its dense vegetation among which we find matapalos, royal palm and ficus, as well as within its fauna observe the howler monkeys endemic species characterized by emitting loud sounds to communicate with each other.

In the afternoon we'll do the Cacao Route. This is a very interesting tour because we know the processes used to obtain and develop plants Cacao cloned or Ecuadorian Trinidadian, one of the most productive in the world, whose fruit is best known within the guayas as gold nugget. We'll prepare and taste the chocolate artisan, now can be obtained various derivatives of this fruit such as butter, liquor and yogurt, rice observe and banana plantations at the end of the tour.


Local guide


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by private vehicle

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bottled water


Entry/Admission - Reserva Ecologica Manglares Churute


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

This activity is recommended for all public, that has good condition and has no physical impediment.

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

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

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Tourism is changing, now it is different but traveling is still pleasant and relaxing. Continuing life, we will serve using all the necessary precautionary measures so that your travel experience around Guayaquil and the coast is unique, offering private travel experiences with distance social

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  • 01-Jan-2023

    Amazing experience. Yamil and Simon were great guides, friendly, charismatic and very knowledgeable. We were on our to the forest and they got us some fresh fruits from local market that were delicious, they also prepared us for the environment, and covered us with mosquito repellent. The cocoa farm part was also great, we participated in the process of making the chocolate and they took photos and videos for us. The whole tour is highly recommended.

  • 13-Dec-2022

    Higly recommended tour. I participated with a group of friends, we really enjoyed the experience. All the guides are really knowledgeable and happy to respond to all questions and doubts. We spotted many animals and the tour at the cocoa farm was simply amazing. We learned a lot about the process and everyones was really nice. The food was also great! Really nice experience!!

  • 07-Dec-2022

    Dank Yamil und Simon durften einen unvergesslich schönen Tag erleben. Alles hat hervorragend geklappt, die Abholung am Hotel, die zahlreichen Informationen während der Fahrt zum Nebelwald mit Stopp am "Straßenrand-Obstverkaufsstand" wo wir die besten und süßesten Früchte unseres Lebens gegessen haben, die Wanderung zu den Brüllaffen und der Besuch auf der Kakaoplantage. Wir haben uns rundum wohlgefühlt. Wer kein 08/15 sucht, sondern persönliche Guides, ist hier bestens aufgehoben. Danke Jungs, wir werden den Tag niemals vergessen :-)

  • 15-Jul-2022

    Amazing experience. From the start Yamil was great and our guide Simon was a treat. 10/10 recommended. We had a great time at the CaCao plantation. The day was full, the lunch was so delicious. We really enjoyed it with my mom (67) and daughter (10), it’s fun for all ages.

  • 23-Jun-2022

    Yamil, Simon and the other guides were excellent. We went to a nature preserve, hiked up a river bed and a steep path to see monkeys, tiny singing frogs, and other wild life. After the hike we were driven to a cacao farm where we were treated to delicious chocolate and other cacao products in addition to seeing it being grown and learning about the process of roasting the cacao beans. The itinerary changed a bit because of the road closing due to the political unrest. The guides were professional, personable and informative. We felt safe at all times and had an excellent adventure.

  • 16-Jun-2022

    Yamil and his team were right on time to pick us up, and we’re incredibly friendly and full of information. We could not have asked for better guides! On the way to Churute we stopped at a rice production facility and a local fruit stand. (The fruit was delicious!) then we went to Churute. Got to see many families of monkeys, on a beautiful walk. The lunch we had at the Cacao plantation was fantastic! The farm tour and cocoa making process was so interesting, and I learned a lot. Being able to taste the cacao fruit, then the raw beans, roasted beans, and all step to the final process was really cool! This tour was absolutely a highlight of our stay in Guayaquil!

  • 18-May-2022

    A really remarkable and recommendable experience. Great team, especially Jamil. You learn a lot about regional nature, life and agriculture. Fully worth the time and mo ey!

  • 12-Mar-2022

    This was an excellent day trip from Guayaquil. Our guides, Simon and Yamil, were friendly and knowledgeable. Everyone at the farm was eager to share their knowledge about cacao farming and the local plants. Lots of delicious fruits to sample in addition to the chocolate. Lunch was also very good. During the forest part of the tour, we saw a troop of howler monkeys almost immediately.

  • 19-Jan-2022

    We had and incredible day today with Yamil and his team! Yamil picked us up at our hotel and we drove out to the Churute Forest. The conversation on the ride out was very helpful discussing the history of Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the things we were seeing on the drive. Definitely a bonus to the tour! The hike through the forest was a fun experience. There we some mosquitos, but Yamil provided us with insect repellent and that worked great. When walking through the forest, you could hear the Howler Monkeys up ahead. Then we saw a family of monkeys quietly watching us from the trees. We got some gray pictures and continued on the hike. We came across another group of monkeys later on as well. We saw a lot of birds and had a great hike! Afterwards we headed to an organic farm, Finca Cumandá, to learn more about the cacao fruit and harvesting process. We started out with the best tasting banana I have ever had, grown onsite an learned about how they created hybrid trees and the differences between the Cacao Nacional and the Cacao Hybrid. During the tour we tasted cherries, cacao fruit, avocados, star fruit, black pepper, cashew fruit, various plants and spices and a few things that were excellent but I can’t remember what they were. To be able to taste the organic items grown right there, learn about them and see the process up close was a lot of fun and we learned a lot. After the tour, we had an authentic Ecuadorian lunch which was really good and cooked by the owners of the farm. We then saw the process of turning cacao beans/seeds into chocolate and we were able to participate in each step of the process. Again we learned a lot and had fun! We were able to taste the different percentages of cacao powders (60%, 70% and 100% cacao). It was all very good! It was so good that we bought some finished chocolate and even got some Cacao and Jamaican Flower beers for later. It was a very full day of activities that was a great experience on many levels. The combination of the Churute Forests and he Cacao Farm was a great combination and one I would highly recommend doing in Guayaquil. Yamil and his team took great care of us and went above and beyond with all aspects. At the end of the day, Yamil dropped us off at our hotel. Such a great day! Highly recommended! Thank you Yamil!

  • 29-Dec-2021

    Although the tour agency was concerned about our young child and mosquitos, we had only one bite ( when she took off mask) with spray and clothing coverage. She loved seeing the howler monkeys and the chocolate tour. We all had a wonderful time and Simon was an excellent guide. Unforgettable experience!

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