Chocolate Plantation Tour

The fabulous place that offered the Bean to Bar workshop also did a Chocolate Plantation tour where you could venture out to the cacao plantation and see the chocolate being Grown! For us Farmer folk, this was a Must-Do. It also involved horses. And boats.IMG_3768 IMG_3785 IMG_3808 IMG_3810The tour pamphlet say that it is a “short” horse ride and that if you don’t want to ride a horse, it is optional and you can hike it instead.

This is not true.

There was no option to walk. So everyone valiantly mounted their horses. Including two in our party who are rather afraid of horse and had never been on a horse in their life! Gabrielle and Naia thought it was the most fabulous thing since honey on toast.

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Beside the banana plantations, the cacao plantations and the mango trees, there were coffee bean bushes growing. Oh, and beehives and howler monkeys. Really, I’m telling you, Nicaragua has everything wrapped up into neat little packages. Including unexpectedly long horse-back rides. (Two hours each way!!)IMG_3853 IMG_3875 IMG_4519 IMG_4535 IMG_4547 IMG_4551 IMG_4566 IMG_4614 IMG_4659 IMG_4666 IMG_4668 IMG_4675 IMG_4679 IMG_4684 IMG_4692 IMG_4694 IMG_4703 IMG_4711 On the way back from the chocolate plantation, there was a bit of a flash storm on Lake Nicaragua which caught us unexpectedly. After holding onto some reeds on a tiny bush island for half an hour when we were almost capsized in a tiny boat, we hobbled carefully to shore. Because of the mighty wind that had almost tipped us and managed to thoroughly soak us, a tree had fallen on the road. No matter. Every man is armed with a machete around these parts. Neighbours, old and young hacked at the tree until it was cut clean through and hauled it off the road. The horse-drawn carriages got first passage.

Nicaragua is an utterly amazing country.

And the chocolate plantation tour through ChocoMuseu is totally worth doing. But be aware, there is a lot of sketchy boat rides and long horse-back riding included. Totally Worth It.

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3 Thoughts on “Chocolate Plantation Tour

  1. What an adventure! I like looking at tropical places when it is minus one outside! I wandered in from Zachabroad. What a lovely blog!

  2. Sandi S on 7 February, 2015 at 6:11 pm said:

    I’m glad I don’t know about these precarious adventures until much later.

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