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 $40 per person.
  • Must call/ email us before to arrange the tour.
  • Contact us for tour bookings via email: upinthehill.shop@gmail.com
  • Or give us a call via Telegram, Signal, or Whatsapp: +507-6607-8962

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

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
Amazing!! Es war ein großartiges Erlebnis mit interessanten Informationen zu Flora und Fauna und einer tollen Verköstigung von regionalen, eigenen Produkten. Sehr inspirierend und authentisch!! ❤️
Tina S
Tina S
2023-12-22
Best Farm to Table Experience in Panamá My friend and I travelled from Canada to Panamá and one of the things we were most excited for was this tour. It didn’t disappoint us. It was certainly the highlight of my trip. I learned so much from Javier, who is clearly thrilled to teach others about his passions. We met other travellers and when the tour was over we all got to share food that was sourced directly from his farm. I’d recommend this over and over!
Sydney H
Sydney H
2023-09-15
Celebrating Birthday Amazing educational, physical challenge, suga cane, veggie, fruit, trees, insects, eating good food
Helen H
Helen H
2023-08-20
A must add to your visit This is definitely a must. It was a complete immersive experience . I'm not an outside person, but I definitely enjoyed walking through and learning about the different plants and the way chocolate is made. We got to eat healthy plants and at the end got to snack on everything he grows there. His passion for his world showed. The brownies are hands down one of my favorite. Some advice: (1) bring a poncho (2) bring rain boots (3) take the walking stick. You are in the rainforest so you want to be prepared.
Hannah D
Hannah D
2023-07-25
a must see when in bocas! Unforgettable experience this was my favorite experience in bocas del toro. It’s clear this farm is a labor of love. I learned so much about permaculture and the meal afterwards as soo delicious and fresh. Javier was extremely hospitable, knowledgeable, and just passionate about the farm he and his family built from scratch! If I return, I will come back. I have a much greater appreciation for nature. We came to learn about chocolate but learned sooo much more.
Leah R
Leah R
2023-07-25
The highlight of our trip. Educational and Wonderful We have traveled most of the caribbean, been to China, Thailand, Central and South America and this tour is on our top 3 favorites of all time. It was extremely educational and the hosts had a great sense of humor. The "snacks" were anything but. They were gourmet and fresh. The brownie was single handled the best brownie we have ever experienced. When we return to Bocas we will be repeating it again!
Lars S
Lars S
2023-04-02
Superbe visite! À ajouter dans votre itinéraire! Super visite d’une ferme de permaculture biologique avec dîner délicieux et frais à la fin. Nous avons adoré l’endroit!!
Érika M
Érika M
2023-03-20
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