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IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate

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Address: San Felipe Village, Punta Gorda, Belize
Phone Number: 501 742 4050
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Description: Here at Cyrila's which is now IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate, we make...
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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Great tour and lunch!

We love Ixcacao! Juan and Abelina are amazing hosts, providing not only a tour and explanation of how chocolate is made, but a great meal! I have been on the tour many times with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We love Ixcacao! Juan and Abelina are amazing hosts, providing not only a tour and explanation of how chocolate is made, but a great meal! I have been on the tour many times with different groups and always find it interesting and fun!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Very fun, educational.and tasty. The owner is extremely interesting and so happy to share the families long history with chocolate. We got to participate in making our own chocolate and had a wonderful traditional meal prepared by his lovely family. A great afternoon!

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Punta Negra
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

As Belizeans we have seen our fair share of cacao plantations and chocolate tours. This is the first that has merited a review and it was outstanding. The experience far exceeded our expectations on every level. This should be on every traveler's list of must-do activities in Toledo.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Had a fantastic time learning about cacao and making chocolate with Juan. First time tasting 80% chocolate from beans grown on the family farm, roasted in house and ground on a stone tablet that has been in the family for generation. Could it get better, yes, with the tasty lunch served up by Abelina was amazing. From start to finish... More 

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Mancos, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Friendly, knowledgable, industrious family making a living making Chocolate! Amazing story of hard work and seeing your business grow...great, informative tour and fun to actually make and eat your own chocolate. Superb lunch following! ...really enjoyable morning.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Juan and Abalina were fantastic. Juan hosted the tour and was very informative. He made the experience exceptionally fun and educational. Abalina and her crew prepared a wonderful lunch of chicken with a chocolate sauce with delightful sides. Highly recommended!!

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Delightful family with excellent English, very interesting tour and CHOCOLATE !! B$40 a head including delicious lunch! A must do activity if you are in the Punto Gorda area! Bring a cold bag to carry home your purchases - a choice of some 8 different chocolate bars, all of which are delicious! Our two favourites were the ginger and coffee... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Spent a wonderful morning with Juan and his family learning about the history of Mayan chocolate making and getting to make my own chocolate. Very interactive experience and truly fascinating learning about how modern Mayan families are working. After making our own chocolate, we were treated to a lovely lunch prepared by Juan's wife. I honestly can't recommend this tour... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great tour, loved meeting Cyrilla, Juan and the family and, best of all, learning about the importance of Cacao and then making my own chocolate :)

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Made from local cacao beans. Up close to watch how beans become chocolate. Some of the best I've ever eaten. And lots of great chocolate-themed gifts in the store.

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Address: San Felipe Village, Punta Gorda, Belize
Phone Number: 501 742 4050
Location: Central America  >  Belize  >  Toledo District  >  Punta Gorda

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