Cacao Route 2 Days / 1 Night Garden FHIA
Cacao Route 2 Days / 1 Night
This tour highlights the ancient cacao fruit, its origins, history and process and impact on the economy of Honduras.
- 8:00 am we leaving the hotel or if you prefer you can take the afternoon schedule (1:00 pm).
- We head towards the Clonal Garden that is sponsored by the FHIA (Honduran Foundation for Agricultural Research). It is proudly the first clonal cocoa garden in the country and grows several varieties of these plants.
- This journey exposes us the process from the seedling of the cocoa plant, to see the production and harvesting stages, and to the final processing (pulping, germination, drying, sorting and export).
You can taste the fruits of this plant, from which the best world´s renowned chocolate is made.
On this walk we appreciate a variety of timber trees which serve as shade cocoa plantations, as well as many birds and some species feed on the same plant.
At the final part of our tour stop in San Juan Pueblo for lunch. Then we go to the San Juan River to have a refreshing dip!
- Transportation from La Ceiba roundtrip..
- Entrance Fee
Minimum 4 people.
Price per person $ 55 (without hotel)
Option 2 :
1 Night Gran Hotel Paris + Tour = $ 79
* Recommended for the general public and student groups. Check room rates for student groups.
The Origins of Cocoa
Cocoa grew in its primitive state spontaneously and originally in South America in the region of the High Amazons, within a triangle comprised of the countries of: Colombia, Peru and Brazil.
According to the most popular hypothesis it is presently considered as the origin of cocoa. From there it began to spread thousands of years ago that spread up to the south of Mexico, as a strain known as cacao fine.
It is also believed that another strain spread from the Orinoco River basin in Venezuela and Colombia and then it spread to Africa.
Cocoa within cultures of Mesoamerica (Aztec and Mayan) cocoa was called the "Food of the Gods"..
The cacao tree produces a medium sized fruit from which chocolate is made, and enjoyed in its various forms served worldwide. Among the varieties are: Angoleta, Amelonado, Calabacillo and Cundeamor.
The History of Cacao in Honduras
According to history, cocoa is mentioned for the first time July 30, 1502, when Christopher Columbus on his fourth and last voyage came to the Isle of Guanaja in the Department of Bay Islands.
The Admiral and his crew observed a lot of brown almonds that were part of other goods transported in wooden canoes.
However as knowledge of cacao cultivation dates from pre-Columbian times to the Maya, whose splendor came to the lands washed by the Copan River , where they began to grow cocoa more than 2000 years ago.
There is also scientific evidence where the consumption of a cocoa drink dates from 1100 years BC in the Sula Valley, which is assumed to be as the possible birthplace of Chocolate.
La Masica , a small community within the Department of Atlántida, 35 KM from the City of La Ceiba, has the first Clonal Garden Cocoa Honduras consists of 2 pilot sites The CADETH ( Agro forestry Demonstration Center for the Humid Tropics ) and CEDEC (Experimental Center and demonstration of Cacao ) , this is known as the Cradle of Cocoa in Honduras . Presently there are several cacao farms in Honduras, for which we can take an extended tour for several days, if you wish.
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