Chocolate Dreams – A Willy Wonka Jungle
It’s our last couple days in the Bocas Del Toro area and we’ve been bobbing about at anchor anxiously waiting on the chocolate farm to re-open (they were closed for an ‘off-season’ spruce up). There was no way we were leaving this region without first seeing how the world’s most delectable treat is born.
We didn’t have many expectations beyond seeing how cacao is grown and then turned into the chocolate bars we love to devour. But, our experience was so much more than a standard farm tour.
The jungle is a real-life Willy Wonka golden ticket experience. It seems everything around us is scratch, sniff, taste and savor…even edible bees!?!
Prepare your virtual senses, grab your favorite chocolate bar and hit the play button.
The only thing that could have made this day any better would’ve been if the sloths and monkeys stood up and started singing ♫ oompa loompa doompadee doo ♫ …now that would have been a surreal Wonka experience!
Jason wasn’t kidding about chocolate dreams coming true. We watched a TV show over 10 years ago called Eco Trip where they toured a chocolate farm for a bean-to-bar episode. Ever since then we’ve known as soon as the opportunity presented itself we’d be first in line to experience cacao in the flesh. Even after years of anticipation we had a blast and enjoyed every nib. YUM!
Cacao Farm Info
There are a couple of different chocolate farms in the Bocas Del Toro area, and everyone we talked to had nothing but good things to say about them all. Because we were anchored just off of Isla Bastimentos, La Loma Chocolate Farm was so incredibly close it was a no-brainer. It’s a short dinghy ride from Curiosity which saved us a few extra bucks by not having to take a water taxi to another island. The tour was $15 and lasted about an hour and a half. Adding lunch onto the cost of the tour was an additional $10, which we all highly recommend! We didn’t inquire about prices on the lodges, but all the booking info is on their website: thejunglelodge.com
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- Date: September 20, 2017
- Anchorage: Just outside Red Frog Resort on Isla Bastimentos
- Cell & WiFi: We have good +movil and sometimes claro cell phone service. Our booster comes in very handy here: gonewiththewynns.com/product/weboost-4g-booster-kit We still had an active internet coupon from Red Frog and we were easily able to connect our WiFi Ranger for free internet inside Curiosity: gonewiththewynns.com/product/wifi-booster-pack
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I looked up this old episode to show two of my daughters. We are homeschooling this year and we just got back from “chocolate science” in Hershey, PA. I will show them this episode tomorrow! We are also studying marine biology and have watched some of your snorkeling videos as well! Awesome soft coral videos… better than the suggested ones! Entertaining and educational! And, my youngest (8) wants to live in an RV. Me too! Goals! Thanks for sharing your adventures! My husband is one of your Patreons. 🙂
need a chocolate tasting like you did with the coffee. It’s my understanding that chocolate has many “notes” like coffee or red wine
Like a Natgeo show only more personal and fun! One of my favorite videos yet! Nice job everyone! Jason, you’ve got mad skills, Nikki you were made for the camera. Great to see you two become so comfortable in your roles on the best ‘tv show’ I watch.
Marc & Sean
Natgeo, now wouldn’t that be awesome! Thanks for kind words and so glad to hear you enjoyed the wonky episode. 🙂
Nicely done episode. Skillful editing by Jason in difficult lighting conditions. Nikki looked great. Glad you guys got the golden ticket, thanks for taking us along for the ride.
Thanks Barry! We would never leave you behind, thanks for coming along. 😉
Congrats on another great video of another awesome adventure! Thanks for sharing these with us and letting us live vicariously through you.
I really enjoyed this trip through the chocolate factory! Thanks so much for the very professional work.
Harold “George” Hofmann Jr
Another stellar production for content but, the subject
would be nothing without the camera, drone photography, conversations and the editing. Thanks again, George
George, you are always so kind…and not just to us. I see your positive encouragement on many creators feeds. Thanks for being you! Just seeing your name, before I even read the comment, always brings a smile to my face.
heyfolks!! THAT WAS QUITE AWESOME! great VIDEO AND LOOKED LIKE IT WAS ENJOYED BY ALL!! COMPLETE SYNOPSIS OF THE CHOCOLATE MYSTERY. TAKE CARE OF MY FELLOW CANADIANS. SAFE TRAVELS!! JAMIE