This was a fun and educational experience. First, we were on a cruise and had to take a cab to the factory since transportation wasn't included in the tour. When you're getting off the ship with thousands of other passengers it's chaotic! The line to get a cab was ridiculous. We got a nice local security guy to let us out of the staging area which is under construction so we could walk a little way into the town and find a driver. Be aware that the factory is not a big operation and none of the drivers we talked to knew about it. We had the address so we found a cab to take us, but only after some negotiations over price. We were quoted up to forty dollars for a round trip. Settled on 10 for one way. At the factory we saw a lengthy video on the history of chocolate, then received a tour from the owner. Had some trouble understanding his English, but he was still very entertaining. Then we got to make some chocolate! You grind the beans into a paste, add flavoring and press into a mold. It's very dark and bitter tasting but still a fun thing to do! The owner called a cab for us to return to the port it's not walking distance, and again had to negotiate the fare, which seemed to be entirely unregulated. Without the transportation issues this would be a 5 star adventure suitable for the whole family.
Wow - we learned so much about chocolate and the history. We actually experienced grinding the beans and making a chocolate bar. It was fun. I would do it again and bring others. The history was facinating.
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