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IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate

Address: San Felipe Village, Punta Gorda, Belize
Phone Number: 501 742 4050
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Here at Cyrila's which is now IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate, we make authentic Maya chocolate...
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Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Sightseeing Tours
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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New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

While this place can be a little hard to access (we took the public bus back to the junction of the southern highway and barranco rd then walked the 5km from the junction to Ixcacao which took 45 minutes) it is certainly worth the effort. If you book far enough in advance you can arrange pickup in PG (see prices... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We stayed with Juan and his family for one night on our adventures around Belize. We arrived just in time for lunch; delicious chocolate chicken, veggies, hot chocolate and of course chocolate. After lunch Juan began talking to the group (7 of us) about the history of chocolate in Belize and took us through the entire process of making it.... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This local explains you the Maya chocolate making process in an easy to understand manner on his own farm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Came here with Tide Tours. Great experience. Juan is very knowledgeable not only about the history and science of chocolate but also understanding the socio-economical impacts of local & organic farming. Really enjoyed hands on. Real chocolate is amazing. Lunch was fabulous. We brought back lots of excellent products. Would consider a longer stay next time.

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Monterey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

On our recent trip to belize. We got a chance to take a tour down to the chocolate farm. It was a wonderful experience learning about chocolate and how it's made and processes. Juan was a great and humble man. His wife Abelina made us a wonderful lunch from their garden with chicken that is raised on their farm. That... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

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
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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
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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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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
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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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