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A Sweet Journey Through São Tomé: From Cocoa Plantations to Chocolate Delights

Embark on a tantalizing journey beginning with a tour of Bela Vista Plantation. Delve into the rich historical architecture, remnants of colonial splendor, as you traverse through time. 

Continue your exploration at Agostinho Neto Plantation, passing by its renowned paved avenue and iconic former hospital. Witness the grandeur of the largest plantation, steeped in history and legacy. 

Experience the heart of cocoa production with a visit to a plantation, where you'll delve deep into the fascinating process of transforming fresh cocoa beans into ready-to-make chocolate dried beans.

Begin at the cocoa nursery, and then learn about the cocoa harvest, where skilled hands pluck ripe pods from the trees.

Learn about the crucial cocoa fermentation process, where the beans develop their characteristic flavors and then, observe the meticulous cocoa drying and bagging procedures, ensuring the beans are ready for further processing.

After an enlightening exploration of cocoa production, you will savor a traditional lunch at roça Monte Forte, offering breathtaking sea view. 

Perhaps take a short stop at Blue Lagoon for a refreshing interlude before concluding your adventure. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the azure waters, a tranquil oasis amidst the vibrant landscape.

End your day at Diogo Vaz Shop, where you can unwind with a coffee break and indulge in delightful chocolate tastings. Sample an array of artisanal chocolates, crafted with care from locally sourced cocoa beans. Let the rich flavors tantalize your taste buds, a perfect finale to your chocolate-filled escapade.

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The excursions are private, and the itineraries are flexible. Don't hesitate to ask your guide!

Itineraries

ABOUT 8:45 - 9:00 AM

MEET WITH YOUR GUIDE

Meeting at your hotel or downtown.
Departure time can be earlier if requested
in advance (from the capital), please confirm
meeting place and time during the
booking process.

BELA VISTA PLANTATION

Explore the historical architecture of the colonial past.

AGOSTINHO NETO PLANTATION

Drive by the biggest plantation, its famous paved avenue and its former iconic hospital.

VISIT OF A PLANTATION

Learn about every stage of the cocoa transformation process, from the cocoa pod to dry beans. (depending on availability, the visit will take place at Francisco Cabral plantation, Diogo Vaz plantation or at the CECAB Cooperative)

COCOA NURSERY

COCOA HARVEST

COCOA FERMENTATION

COCOA DRYING

LUNCH AT MONTE FORTE

BLUE LAGOON

Enjoy a stop at Blue lagoon for a refreshing moment one your way back.

DIOGO VAZ SHOP

Enjoy a coffee break and some chocolate tasting at the shop located in the Capital

END OF THE EXCURSION

Transfer back to your hotel.
Excursions end before sunset
(to avoid night driving).

Our Excursions Always include:

  • Local Experienced Guide (please inform us in advance of prefered language)
  • 4x4 tourism vehicle & fuel
  • Mineral Water and local Snacks
  • Napkins & 70% alcohol (for washing hands)
  • All visit fees and small expenses

This Excursion specifically includes:

  • Traditional lunch at Roça Monte Forte
  • Guided visit of Cocoa Plantation and Transformation Processes
    (either Francisco Cabral, Diogo Vaz, or CECAB Cooperative upon availability)
  • Coffee or Tea at Diogo Vaz shop in town

The following items are not included:

  • Tips for local guides
  • Other expenses