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IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate

San Felipe Village, Punta Gorda, Belize
501 742 4050
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: Here at Cyrila's which is now IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate, we make authentic Maya chocolate products. For our guests, we offer hands-on chocolate making sessions, tours of the cacao farm and our production facilities. We can share with you the ancient Maya traditions of chocolate, in relation to our religion, economy, and environment. We will show you the secrets of Maya chocolate making and it's historical significance in our culture and its expansion around the world. Our guests can sample our products - including chocolate bars, cacao powder hot chocolate, and cacao wine - and visit our gift shop to purchase chocolate and other local artisan gifts. A visit to IXCACAO is educational, fun, and tasty. A must-see in Belize!
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Edmonton, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Juan gave us such a wonderful experience at his Cacao farm. He is such a wealth of information and has such a passion for Chocolate. Abelina cooked such an amazing lunch for us also. The Mole chicken was so awesome that I had to get the recipe! If you want a truly great experience in an intimate setting please visit... More

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Newport Beach, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

My wife and I had the greatest time visiting this location. Juan and Abelina were the most gracious host's you could ever ask for. They accommodated our vegetarianism, educated us and we laughed and carried on for hours. I HIGHLY recommend this tour.

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Rohnert Park, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

My boyfriend and I loved IXCACAO! Juan was very accommodating and fit us in for chocolate making and lunch. He also picked us up from the road for a small fee so we could take the bus and save some money. His lecture was informative and fun! Making chocolate takes a lot of elbow grease. His wife made one of... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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133 reviews 133 reviews
36 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Visiting Ixcacao Maya Belizean Chocolates was certainly a highlight of our trip to Placencia, Belize. Located in San Felipe Village, Punta Gorda, Belize, it is an approximately 2 1/2 hour trip from Placencia Village. When we arrived, we were taken upstairs to a beautiful, rustic open air room with dining tables and chairs and were served hot chocolate - like... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A very unique tour.... very personable and interactive. The kids loved making their own chocolate. Lunch was provided and it was great!!! There is nothing like a home cooked meal. It was amazing to see rudimentary process that yields great chocolate.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I really do not have enough time to write all of the wonderful things I could say about our visit to Ixcacao. This was truly a highlight of our trip to Belize and I recommend you take the time to visit Juan at his family farm in Punta Gorda. Juan is an excellent host and educator about chocolate making and... More

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Calgary, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Didn't expect to be so well informed. It was money well spent. Lunch was outstanding and saw a side of Belize that isn't touristy.

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Mission Viejo, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This place is outstanding. We drove several hours to take this tour and it was well worth it. We started by sampling a fruit from the cacao tree. It is a slimy sour tasting fruit with a nut inside. Next we were brought a pan of nuts that had been roasted and needed shelling. After shelling the nuts, we ground... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I have now been to Ixcacao four times and it only gets better each time I go. Juan and Abelina Cho are absolutely brilliant people who use cacao to not only teach you about the chocolate-making process, but also about Mayan culture, the miracles found in the rainforest, and a more sustainable way of life. Juan takes great care in... More

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Hong Kong, China
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

It was a quick 2 hours stay at the Ixacacao Mayan chocolate but it was certainly worth it. I came after a group of young teenagers so I had Henry (the proprietor's son) as my personal guide. He showed me the cacao bean and how to make chocolate the traditional way. He also took me on a tour of the... More

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