Bocas del Toro Permaculture Farm and Chocolate Tour

Take a Tour of our Permaculture and Chocolate Farm in Bocas del Toro, Panama

      Up in the Hill is our family-owned, organic, permaculture and chocolate farm on Isla Bastimentos in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We specialize in making 100% cacao and coconut oil based natural body products incorporating the fruits, flowers and herbs from our garden. Our farm is also a model for living sustainability in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. We also offer one of the top rated chocolate farm tours in Panama, so book in today for unforgettable (and delicious) experience!

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sustainable and low impact

We are Organic and Eco-Friendly

Our farm is eco-friendly and we hold a great respect for the environment. Our goal is to be as sustainable and low impact as possible. For this reason, we use solar power and we catch all of our water from the rain. We have a natural spring as a backup water source for the dry months. We recycle plastic, aluminum, cardboard and glass on-site, and all of our compost is turned into organic waste which we use as soil.

Drone image of up in the hill eco lodge on Isla Bastimentos in Bocas del Toro Panama.
Up in the Hill Chocolate Farm in Bocas del Toro is a sustainable reforestation project.

cow pasture turned rainforest

We are also a Reforestation Project!

Our farm was once a sprawling cow pasture with little vegetation or rainforest growth aside from a few coconut and cacao trees. After buying the land in 2002, we began to plant hundreds of timber and tropical fruit trees. In fact, almost all of the vegetation you see when you visit us was planted by us! 

Our Bocas del Toro Chocolate Tour

"Best. Tour. Ever."

Our “Bocas del Toro Chocolate Tour,” takes you on a circuit around our four hectare permaculture and chocolate farm where we show and explain everything from the forest and fauna, medicinal plants and wildlife, as well as our cacao and coffee plantations. (Indeed, our Chocolate Tour is about a lot more than just chocolate!)

Cacao is one of our main productions and at the end of the tour we demonstrate the process from bean to powder. You will get to taste and try it at every stage, ending in when it becomes chocolate with the addition of sugar. The chance to see animals is high as we have an array in the garden including the famous Isla Bastimentos red frog, white faced Capuchin monkeys, sloths, snakes, spiders, leaf cutter ants, armadillos, red eyed tree frogs (sleeping!), as well as many insects and birds!

After the tour, a farm-fresh lunch is served that incorporates many of the plants and fruits you just saw and learned about! Enjoy this healthy and organic meal knowing exactly where it all came from!

Additional Tour Information

Book Your Chocolate Tour!

  • Chocolate tour is $30 per person.
  • Must call/ email us before to arrange the tour.
  • Contact us for tour bookings via email:
  • Or give us a call via Telegram, Signal, or Whatsapp: +507-6607-8962

"BEST. TOUR. EVER.'' Our Reviews...


Trip Advisor


This place is special and you should make it a must-do if you're in Bocas del Toro. Javier gave our group of four an incredible tour of their one-of-a-kind farm with an enormous variety of flora and fauna unlike anything I've ever seen. He and his wife started this place in 2002 and it's really remarkable what they've built...

If you want a fun, affordable tour that doesn't feel the least bit "touristy", this is it. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2020


Trip Advisor


Both the tour and "snack time" were absolutely amazing. You do need to be in half-way decent shape to get all the way to the highest point on Isla Bastimentos -- so wear your hiking boots or shoes and bring water. Amazing tour (starting at 10:30 -- make a reservation) and gift shop. What a beautiful and inspiring place. Some of the best, freshest organic food on the planet. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Wow. Wow. Just wow.

Date of visit: December 2020


Trip Advisor


A diversely expansive organic farm?!? What else needs to be said? With just a short hike, you are blessed with the grandeur of a farm expertly integrating permaculture and self sustainability. While walking through nature’s pantry, your guide introduces your palette to new flavors and textures by pointing out edible leaves, roots and flowers around you. His expertise allows you to taste a faux-garlic plant, turmeric and sweet leaves to name a few...

The brownie was the best thing I have ever eaten in my life. I dream about this brownie and will not forget it.

Date of visit: March 2020

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