Costa Rica's Caribbean coast is blessed with cacao in every season, and a growing handful of chocolate makers are emerging to share this food of the gods in all of its forms, from the tree to bean to bar. Central America and Costa Rica's Caribbean region is the birthplace of cacao, and the indigenous people are still enjoying it as they have been forever, as a beverage that is sipped for strength and stimulation all day. Learn much about the ancient history of cacao on a tour of Cacao Trails, which ends with an old-fashioned chocolate making and tasting session in the chocolate museum. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, you can taste snappy single-origin chocolate bars at the Chocolate Lounge, and hike through a thriving cacao farm on the Chocolate Forest Experience, tasting the fruit and witnessing the transformation into delicious bites of rich dark chocolate. At at the Old Harbor Market on the main road, look for a big jar of colorful wands of pure chocolate by Chocorart , a Swiss couple's farm and chocolateria in Playa Chiquita. Dip down into ATEC (Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación) in the center of town on the main street for the heart-opening, body buzz inducing chocolate hearts by Tsirushka, a brand of cacao created by a group of indigenous BriBri farmers.
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