Jaguar Rescue Center and Chocolate Plantation

This tour combines a visit to The Jaguar Rescue Center, a chocolate plantation, and a museum on indigenous culture.

Jaguar Rescue Center and Chocolate Plantation

Puerto Viejo de Limon

You will be transported from your hotel to the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center, which provides a haven and treatment center for sick or injured exotic wild animals. Sandro and Encar are animal and recovery experts who run the non-profit humane society shelter. Their mission is to accept harmed local animals, nurse them back to health, and return them to their natural habitat.

The center provides the unique opportunity to observe and interact with exotic wildlife of the south Caribbean forests. The shelter houses monkeys, snakes, sloths, and jungle cats. The owners speak Spanish and English so you have a chance to learn all about these wonderful creatures. Please, however, do not touch the animals after you have applied sunscreen or insect repellant.

You can help the center by bringing powdered goat milk or Bene-Bac— two products that are unavailable in Costa Rica.

The second phase of the tour is a trip to a chocolate plantation where an indigenous family makes chocolate from scratch. Observe the entire process of the cacao fruit, from trees in the family’s backyard, being converted into delectable chocolate treats. You have the chance to buy some chocolate and handmade crafts. The family speaks limited English.

You'll then visit the Chocolate Museum, where you can see an old cocoa dryer that was formerly used to help dry and ferment cocoa. You'll also visit a museum that highlights the Afro-Caribbean culture of the people who founded this chocolate plantation.

Next, you will visit a palm ranch. The palm tree is used by shamans and Bribri indigenous healers as a medicinal plant. Also onsite is a small indigenous museum that showcases indigenous culture.

After the visit to the palm ranch and indigenous museum, you'll end the tour in an orchid and bromeliad garden. These gorgeous flowers are abundant in Costa Rica and an important part of the ecological landscape.

The tour ends with transportation back to your hotel.

Please keep in mind:
There aren't wild cats at the Jaguar Center.
Transportation from Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, Cahuita, or Manzanillo is available but at an additional cost. Also, some drivers and guides speak limited English.

What to Bring:

Comfortable shoes, shorts, insect repellent, bottle of water, towel, camera.

What's Included:

Transportation, local guide at each attraction, entrance fee to the Chocolate Museum and the Jaguar Rescue Center.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

What to Bring:

Comfortable shoes, shorts, insect repellent, bottle of water, towel, camera.

What's Included:

Transportation, local guide at each attraction, entrance fee to the Chocolate Museum and the Jaguar Rescue Center.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

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