Tsirü Alá is a very special chocolate tour hosted by a local family in the village of Bambu, Costa Rica. The 10 siblings welcome visitors to learn about the cultivation of products on their farm, especially the cocoa that is transformed into artisanal chocolate. The project is a response to chocolate not being sold at a fair price and a desire to protect ancestral agricultural practices and organic plantations.
Travelers get an up-close experience of traditional practices in producing cocoa, banana, and plantain, and are educated on the benefits of local medicinal plants. They learn about farming with animals such as hens, pigs, and cows, as well observe wildlife and birds in the area. The sweetest part of the visit, though, is observing the process of making chocolate and getting to try the artisanal product themselves!
Involvement of V Social
This is a new project for VSocial, with our involvement beginning in 2022. We plan to offer support in building infrastructure and networking with other tour operators to bring visitors to the farm, including travelers from Puraventura. Workshops on leadership, finance, and the natural history of Costa Rica will also help the project grow!
Country: Costa Rica
Supporting this project means supporting the local community and their ability to thrive. Income stays in local hands, and sustainable and fair agricultural processes are encouraged. Local people are inspired to start new projects and celebrate their traditions and culture. This is especially necessary in an area where there is a scarcity of jobs; tourism allows economic possibilities and improvement of quality of life. Sustainable development and environmental protection are added benefits that ensure the family farm and the community of Bambu can continue to grow in the years to come.