Join me on a transformative trip to Costa Rica

A Chocolatour is not simply a chocolate tour. It is experiential travel, during which you will become immersed into the chocolate and cacao culture of a carefully chosen destination. 


Visiting the Arenal volcano is a highlight of visiting CostaRica.

EF Go Ahead Tours are specialists in curating meaningful small group customized tours that offer exceptional value and can be transformative in nature. 

On a Chocolatour to Costa Rica, I will personally introduce our group to the people I have met in Costa Rica who are trailblazers in the culture of Costa Rican chocolate and cacao. We will learn about the importance of sustainability. We will meet cacao farmers and understand their challenges. We will meet chocolate makers and see and taste their chocolate creations.


The 50 shades of Costa Rican green will inspire you to love nature with every essence of your being.

EF Go Ahead Tours has offered a Costa Rican itinerary for several years now and clients who have taken these tours have been pleased and wowed by the beauty and resilience of this stunning Central American country. Their inclusions of our visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the opportunity to meet local farmers and learn about and participate in the reforestation efforts at Heliconia Ranch will be enlightening and memorable.


We’ll see wildlife such as squirrel monkeys in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

I have no doubt that our visit to the Watsi Reservation, where we will meet members of the BriBri indigenous group (including a community shaman) will be transformative, and that we will leave Costa Rica with much more knowledge and compassion than we came with. Each piece of this program complements the other, to build a Costa Rican itinerary like no other.


We’ll taste raw cacao beans, roasted cocoa nibs, locally made chocolate bars and bonbons on our Costa Rican Chocolatour.

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

34 Responses

  1. Bola says:

    Wish I could be there but I’m sure the group will have a great time .

    • Hi Bola and thanks for your comment. We actually had to postpone the Chocolatour to Costa Rica, as we didn’t get enough registrants for the January, 2020 departure. So we’ve replaced that with a trip to Oaxaca, Puebla, and Mexico City to explore Mexico’s strong connection to chocolate in their culture, and their cooking. If you’re interested in joining us, let me know! 🙂

  2. Geri Breddam-Taylor says:

    I just read about your trip in the Winnipeg Free Press and I am very interested in going on this trip. What a wonderful way to enjoy January by being in a warmer climate and learning/eating chocolate.

    • That is wonderful news, Geri! Was there something in this weekend’s paper? I did not see Saturday’s paper. I urge you to contact Maureen Downs at Go Ahead Tours on Monday morning & book your spot on the tour. Do you have the link and the phone number?

  3. Beverly says:

    It sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned. I hope all the required participants sign up for the trip.

  4. Good luck on this well-designed tour. Just so sorry we are already booked in Mexico at the time!

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence, Carol. I appreciate you spreading the word. Thx for sharing my post, and here’s hoping that enough chocolate lovers will come forward to make the trip a GO! 🙂

      • Hi Frances and thanks for your comment. It was a pleasure to see you at the wine and chocolate pairing event at Aaron’s on the Lake. It is a fabulous venue, and a true Interlake gem. Chocogasms are a true benefit of eating good quality chocolate. You will never get one from eating the cheap commercial chocolate. That will only give you a sugar rush. I’d much rather go for that orgasmic pleasure that pure chocolate gives us, whether we’re eating it, or letting it seep through our pores at a chocolate spa. 🙂

  5. Hi Doreen, I wish you and all those joining you a fantastic time in Costa Rica. I have pinned the post for one of the Group Boards on Pinterest. Hopefully, some people will find it interesting and join you.

  6. Thank you for sharing this post. It sounds like a very great trip to Costa Rica.

  7. What an amazing opportunity to experience Costa Rica in a well organized manner. Perhaps someday we will get to join you on one of your adventures. Travel safely!

  8. Doreen, this sounds like the trip of a lifetime! I can’t do it, but I envy those who can!

  9. What lucky participants to travel with a chocolate expert like you!

  10. I’m sharing this all over my social media in the hope that 14 people sign up right away, Doreen! I am sure it will be an exceptional trip!

  11. Kemkem says:

    Sounds like a wonderful experience for chocolate lovers. With your love for all things chocolate, the enthusiasm would be catching. Good luck with the tour :-).

  12. What a fabulous sounding trip and experiences you all have put together! Best of luck and hope you have so many join in that a second trip will be required!

    • Thank you SO much for the good wishes, Jackie. I’m truly hoping that discerning chocolate lovers who care about the impact of sustainability on the world of chocolate and cacao will find their way to booking this tour. 🙂

  13. Judy Lawless says:

    How I would so love to just sign up and go, Doreen! Unfortunately, there are many reasons that I can’t. Sigh. Maybe another year.

    • Thanks for your words of enthusiasm, Judy, and sorry you can’t join me on this amazing journey. Please forward the link to anyone you may know who may be interested. Thanks!

  14. Linda Paul says:

    What a wonderful adventure you have stirred up. Thanks for extending the offer. My budget is shot this year with an upcoming trip to Mozambique (yes, despite the cyclones…:-( Those happened after the trip was booked.) I am sure you and your group will have a wonderful time in Costa Rica.

  15. If only I could afford to join you. I hope you get a full group together and have a lot of fun.

    • Thanks, TammyJo. This is quite an affordable package and payable in increments. Here’s hoping something makes it doable for you as I know that you would find it amazing. 🙂

  16. Janet says:

    It sounds like a wonderful experience Doreen.

  17. susan hastings says:

    Hello Doreen, I would like to speak with you in person if I may regarding this trip. My brain works best that way 😉

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