Paria is a well known cocoa producing region, its 3902 km2 produces roughly 50% of all the cocoa Venezuela exports, while the country is regarded as the 10th world producer for this commodity.
To come to Paria opens indeed an opportunity to get involved in the cocoa world and to discover all those lil' things behind a chocolate bar. Chocolates Paria is a new project based inside an already existing and recognized small chocolate factory in the parian cocoa forest. The new owners have been offering a nice experience to all visitors, a trial across a real cocoa plantation, a visit to the factory itself and the entrance to a new cocoa museum that's being deployed in an adjacent structure, aiming to expand our comprehension about the local's life and its relation with cocoa crops.
The visit is really interesting from a cultural point of view, an excellent extra-bonus for a sunny beach day (the factory is located on the way to Playa Medina, PuiPuy or San Juan de las Galdonas) and definitely a MUST-SEE for every chocolate lover around the globe.
The parian cuisine could be seen as a "dialect" of the venezuelan traditional food, one strongly influenced by flavors and scents from the caribbean islands that can't be seen in the rest of the country . Usually is not easy for a tourist to experience it, mostly because it remains inside the familiar spheres and is not exposed in the regular restaurant offers. But "Manos Benditas" (also named "Casa Blanca") makes a very good exception to the rule, giving the opportunity to try those older parian dishes with exotic accents of ginger, curry, cocoa and tropical fruits.
Favorite Dish: "Pollo al chocolate" (Chicken in cocoa sauce)..... it could sound a lil' bit weird, but it's amazing!