Guatemala Chocolate Week 2022

Hosted by Uncommon Cacao and Cacao Verapaz
From March 28 to April 2nd, 2022

Day 1, Monday March 28th: Arrival and introduction
● Fly into Guatemala City
● Taxi or pick up to Hotel Meraki
● Welcome drinks and dinner at Kakao rest

Day 2, Tuesday March 29th: Travel to Coban and visit Cacao Verapaz Facility
● Leave Meraki and bus to Coban
● Lunch at La Granja on the way
● Finish drive and check into Casa Kirva
● Drive to Coban
● Liquor tasting and Quality Control conversation with Cacao Verapaz
● Dinner and evening at Casa Kirva

Day 3, Wednesday March 30th: Visit Cacao Verapaz Acopio in Lanquin
● Check out of Casa Kirva and travel to Lanquin to visit Cacao Verapaz Acopio
● Lunch at the Acopio
● Afternoon visit to Semuc Champey, swim and enjoy!
● Check in for the evening and dinner at Oasis Hotel

Day 4, Thursday March 31st: Visit Cahabon
● Check out of Oasis and Drive to Tzalamtum
● Visit ADIOESMAC Association and enjoy lunch
● See the cacao farms, warehouse, fermentation and drying facilities
● See the chocolate factory
● Leave in the early afternoon to drive back to Coban
● Check in at Casa Kirva for the evening
● Conversation about Ethical trade and sourcing

Day 5, Friday April 1st: Visit Lachua
● Drive to Lachua to visit ASODIRP
● Lunch at ASODIRP
● Hike and visit Laguna Lachua
● Travel to Chisec and check in for dinner and the evening at Bombil Pek

Day 6, Saturday April 2nd: Depart to final destinations
● Travel to Puerto Barrios for Belize Chocolate week!
● Drive back to Guatemala City and stay one more night in Meraki hotel

Day 7, Sunday April 3rd: Head to airport and depart Guatemala
● Check out of Meraki hotel and head to airport
● Trip is over

Cost details:
Single room for trip: $1700
Double room shared with another guest or teammate: $1450
Proof of up to date Covid vaccination is required
Package includes hotels for five nights, all meals and beverages, in-country
transport, cacao farm tours, guides and translation during all the trip and all activities previously
described. The 6th hotel night is an additional charge depending whether you go to Belize or
end your trip in Guatemala. International flights and alcohol during meals are not included in the

Contact Information
Mike Albertini, Uncommon Cacao
Kira Echeandia, Uncommon Cacao
Benjamin Figarede, Uncommon Cacao
Emily Stone, Uncommon Cacao
Teddy Ruiz, Cacao Verapaz

Packing List
Please make sure you have ...
● Long pants to wear on farm
● Long sleeve shirt / additional layers for chilly nights
● Rain jacket
● Sneakers, hiking boots or other close toed shorts to wear on farm and hiking – it is the
● rainy season!
● Hat for sun
● Towel for swimming
● Shorts for leisure time in the hot weather
● T-shirts
● Socks (at least one pair for hiking)
● Sandals / flip flops for the beach or around town
● Sunscreen!
● Bathing suit
● Sunglasses
● Backpack / daypack for excursions, and the one overnight hike trip
● Undergarments
● Toiletries
● Any medicines / supplements you might require
● Petty cash to exchange in Colombia
● Passport
● Bug spray
Suggested …
- Camera
- Chocolate, t-shirt, or other brand items to share with farmers
- Notebook

Additional information
- Get any vaccines you might require for the trip, including anti-malarials
- Purchase travel insurance if desired
- To ensure that you have a valid passport with 3 blank pages
- Stay up to date with any travel regulations and visa requirements
- Review the State Department website in advance of the trip
- Share your specific allergies and/or accommodation requirements with the
Uncommon Cacao team prior to trip to ensure your and the groups safety