Chocolate capital

Capital Chocolate

Ecuador today is the largest producer of fine aroma cocoa. Our country supplies the raw material for fine chocolates manufactured in different countries. Our unmatched geographic conditions allowed the floral aroma of our cocoa to evolve into something unique, called Arriba Cocoa.

Cocoa is said to have existed since 3800 BC. (Mayan and Olmec Territories). However, current research establishes that it is of Amazonian origin (4800 BC. Santa Ana, La Florida, Mayo Chinchipe Culture).

By tradition, Ecuador is a cocoa producer and is currently recognized internationally for being the supplier country of more than 60% of the world production of fine aroma cocoa, a raw material that is required and coveted in the European and North American industry to produce fine chocolate.

Cocoa contributes more than USD 700 million to the Ecuadorian economy. There are several Ecuadorian brands of fine chocolate that are exported and compete in the most demanding markets in Europe and Asia.


  • Mayan Chocolate: cocoa turns into chocolate
  • Currency, defined under the Spanish colony.
  • Religious congregations dedicated themselves to processing drinking chocolate.
  • In Spain the art of chocolate was born behind cloisters walls.
  • Chocolate arrives in France in 1615.
  • In 1657 the first chocolate house was opened in London.
  • 20th century, large industries and small artisans arise throughout Europe, making it the most chocolate-loving region in the world.
  • 21st century, the creation of industries and artisans in cocoa-producing countries break concepts that the origin of chocolate is European.


  • 1. We are the capital of the center of the world country with a unique climate that allows the production of high-level cocoa / fine aroma cocoa.
  • 2. Cocoa means culture, development, identity, heritage and historical legacy.
  • 3. Any chocolate in the world that is considered “fine” must have at least 10% fine aroma cocoa from Ecuador.
  • 4. Quito has factories and chocolate production ventures with a high standard of international positioning.
  • 5. Chocolate factories that export to more than 50 countries are located in Quito.
  • 6. Ecuador is the main chocolate exporter in Latin America.
  • 7. The world's most awarded chocolate is produced in Quito.
  • 8. Chocolate fairs with the highest production quality are held in Quito.



The abundance of natural resources that characterizes the cocoa production areas in Ecuador, has allowed this product, over several centuries and in the hands of 100,000 small farmers, to develop unique attributes of flavor and aroma. Ecuadorian cocoa is distinguished by having a variety of flavors, highlighting those that evoke plums, raisins, blackberries, citrus, nuts, caramel, honey, malt, cane, almonds, peanuts, jasmine flowers and violets.

Fine aroma cocoa, has distinctive aroma and flavor characteristics which are highly appreciated by chocolate manufacturers. This represents only 5% of world cocoa production. Ecuador, due to its geographical conditions and its richness in biological resources, is the producer par excellence of fine aroma Arriba cocoa (63% of world production) from the national variety whose flavor has been recognized for centuries in the international market. This type of bean is used in all refined chocolates. However, what many may not know is that fine chocolate stands out for its purity, specifically, the flavor and fragrance that cocoa has.

Of the total Ecuadorian export, it is estimated that 80% is fine aroma cocoa, while the remaining 20% goes to other varieties such as CCN51. Ecuador is positioned as the most competitive country in Latin America in this field, followed by far by Venezuela, Panama and Mexico, which are countries that have gradually increased their participation in the world market for fine cocoa beans.


Thanks to its medicinal properties, cocoa can be used as an anti-inflammatory. It also helps to heal tumors and skin swelling. For this, the husk is grated or scraped when the cocoa is still tender and then is placed directly on the affected area.

According to testimonies, the cocoa slime also has the property of absorbing tumors.

For machete cuts or wounds, this same plaster is placed on the affected area. It stops the bleeding right away and after a couple of days, the wound heals.

There are people who boil the cocoa leaves to bathe women after giving birth, as it is warm and helps replenish the person.

Cocoa is also used to cure arthritis by roasting the bean, grinding it, and adding water. A butter known as cocoa butter comes out of this mixture, which should be rubbed in the areas where there is pain.


Chocolate is the delicious food that is obtained by mixing sugar with two products that are derived from the manipulation of cocoa beans: cocoa mass and cocoa butter. From this basic combination, different types of chocolate are made. The proportion between these elements varies and when mixed with other products such as milk, dyes, nuts, etc. we get different types of chocolate.

  • Contains theobromine that stimulates the generation of endorphins, which are the hormones of euphoria and happiness.
  • Improves the health of blood vessels and blood circulation.
  • Contains serotonin for the best function of the brain.
  • Reduces depression and improves the mood of people who consume it.
  • Contains positive fats for the body.
  • It helps to focus.
  • Dark chocolate is known to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure and to produce a number of antioxidants.


If you have a morning:

  • Chocolate Tasting at Pacari Experiences House
  • Visit to the Cocoa Museum in the Historic Center
  • Visit Chez Tiff in La Ronda

If you have a day:

  • Preparation of Chocolate Truffles at Ecuador Gourmet Gallery, Pacari House of Experiences.
  • Mashpi Shungo Agroecological Reserve
  • Chocolate Museum in the Middle of the World + Republic of Cocoa Museum in the Historic Center

If you have two or three days:

  • Mashpi Shungo Agroecological Reserve + Chocolate Museum in the Middle of the World City + Ecuador Gourmet Gallery
  • Pacari + Chapolate House of Experiences at the Ecuador Gourmet + Chez Tiff Gallery in Ronda.
  • Amazon: Papallacta Hot Springs + Cotococha Lodge
  • +593 2993300
  • Passage Oe3 Río Amazonas N51-20 & Street N50B
    Old airport, Quito

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Quito Turismo - Visit Quito

  • +593 2993300
  • Passage Oe3 Río Amazonas N51-20 & Street N50B
    Old airport, Quito

© All rights reserved

Quito Turismo - Visit Quito