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Permaculture & Chocolate Farm,
Coffee Shop, Natural Products, and Eco Lodge
in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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"Good Things Come in Trees"

      Welcome to Up in the Hill! We are a family-owned organic chocolate farm and eco lodge located on Isla Bastimentos in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We started our farm in 2002, and since then we have grown into a fully functioning permaculture farm, producing cacao, chocolate, coconut oil, fruits, herbs and coffee, to name a few. With the production of our farm’s natural resources came the making of our own line of 100% natural body products and also our delicious farm to table coffee shop menu. 

      Our top rated permaculture & organic chocolate farm tour is a great way to learn about a wide range of plants, animals and trees here on the island, as well as how to process cacao and coffee. If you want to experience the farm for longer then a stay at our eco lodge is a great way to become fully immersed. We have created everything here from the trees on our farm, and the best part is – we continue to do so!

Book our Chocolate and Permaculture Farm Tour!

Contact us today to book your tour!

Whatsapp and Telegram: +507-6607-8962

a labor of love

Our Bocas del Toro Chocolate Farm

We started our permaculture and chocolate farm on Isla Bastimentos in 2002. It’s been a labour of love that has come together slowly but surely over the years! Our draw to nature, the sea and the desire of a simple but full life for ourselves and our children is the driving force behind Up in the Hill. Today, our farm is filled with tropical fruit trees, cacao, and hundreds of endangered hardwoods that we have planted over the years!

learn permaculture and cacao

Our Bocas del Toro Chocolate Tour

Our tour covers a bit of everything, so there really is something in it for everyone! Farmer, foodie, nature lover, photographer as well as children of all ages enjoy and learn a thing or two about life in the jungle. We will guide you through our farm and show you how we grow cacao and turn it into chocolate, as well as explain how we use permaculture to grow all of the fruits, trees, and other plants throughout our farm!

A Unique Eco Lodge in Panama

experience our sustainable island lifestyle

We offer two, fully-equipped jungle cabins here at our farm and eco lodge in Panama, set on the highest point of Isla Bastimentos with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. Both cabins are handmade with wood from our farm and offer guests a unique opportunity to unwind and harmonize with the Panamanian rainforest. 

At Up in the Hill Eco Lodge, monkeys and birds are your only neighbors, and a good 20 minute hike takes you to the beautiful and secluded Wizard Beach. You’ll also love the cool ocean breezes that whip through our farm each afternoon!

Coffee, Chocolate, & Homemade, Organic Treats!

stop by our coffee shop for a one-of-a-kind experience

The Coffee Shop (Must Book Chocolate Tour)

(Open only by reservation with our tour and lunch) Our coffee shop offers a simple but fresh-from-the-garden menu: teas and juices harvested to order, coffee and cacao hand-picked and processed on-site, fresh coconut milk made daily, as well as cakes and treats. Some of our favorite specialties include our famous chocolate brownie, hot chocolate-coconut milk, and a spicy homemade ginger kombucha.

Pure Tree Natural Body Products

Pure Tree products are ‘food for your skin’. Subtle smells and healing properties straight from the garden go into each bottle and jar. Simple, effective and great for all skin types, these products are 100% natural with no chemicals or preservatives.

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

Great tour We had a wonderful tour where Javi taught us about various plants, fruits, trees and plants. I loved trying things he cut down right in front of us. Janette cooked us wonderful food for lunch to cap off the tour. Definitely recommend if you come to bocas!
rachel a
rachel a
2024-04-17
Great opportunity to learn and try local produce! Fascinating your and delicious lunch! We learned a lot about permaculture and reforestation while walking around the farm. We loved the tour where we sampled fruits and plants straight off the cine and saw red frogs!
Kirsten W
Kirsten W
2024-04-17
Highly recommend farm tour experience! Amazing experience! We had a tour of a farm for about 2 hours during which Javier explained to us how permaculture farming works, how they built the farm, and how they manage it. He showed us what plants of exotic fruits look like, how they grow and we tasted some along the way. At the end, we had an amazing lunch with seasonal fruits from the farm, which was absolutely delicious. Make sure to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes as there is a lot of going up and down the hill and if it´s rainy before (as it was for us) it´s quite slippery!
Petra Š
Petra Š
2024-02-24
Very good experience, good menu, friendly owners Very nice experience. Colorful and nature-rich tour through the farm. Very tasty food that comes straight from the jungle.
Belinda G
Belinda G
2024-02-21
Don’t think twice…. Book this special experience in old bank. What a beautiful experience! Permaculture farming at its best. This unique experience was the highlight of our trip. This beautiful family with their cocoa organic farm was so interesting and the lunch was refreshing and just what we needed from the walk through the land after a heavy rain. Bring shoes with tread, it gets very slippery but not too bad. The kids did our tour today and I must say was so special as you really felt like part of their family and could enjoy seeing how they have thrived.
Carleen H
Carleen H
2024-02-20
Super tour! One of MUST DO in Bocas! Nice walk in the jungle, very educative but relax and fun. Just put the good shoes on and they offer the sticks, take it and you are welcome to the another, really normal world😊 the snacks are very tastyband the cherty on the cakenis the handmade brownie from the local cocoa trees😋
Monika
Monika
2024-02-19
Unique, inspiring, and delicious tour Farm to table as you have never seen it before! This 90+ minute guided hike through a local permafarm was fun and fascinating! We learned so much about Panamanian flora, and got to experience delicious samples of the harvest along the way. After the tour, we enjoyed a fabulous lunch with all the ingredients procured from the farm. (They called it a snack, but we all agreed it was truly a meal!) Entertaining and educational - we highly recommend this experience!
Cindarae
Cindarae
2024-02-18
Amazing experience. Don’t miss this one ! One of the coolest experiences in bocas… do it ! The jungle hike was great, the family that owns and runs it are fantastic, what they have done for permaculture is fascinating. It was interesting and engaging. The lunch at the end was incredible, I didn’t want it to end! Even my 15 year old niece thought it was awesome !
jtorrone
jtorrone
2023-12-26

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