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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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Mayan Chocolate Making Workshop!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Mancos, Colorado
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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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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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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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Siguatepeque, Honduras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Henry and his mother who gave us the tour and delicious Mayan lunch! Interesting, educational and we were able to take part in the demonstration.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The tour was delicious and informative. The whole process of chocolate making is described and we even got to make our own from the beans. Very cool!

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Juan and his wife Abalina (the queen of chocolate) are fantastic. They provide an interesting tour and you learn to make chocolate by hand. They cooked a superb lunch that even my picky eater son scarfed down. Juan told local legends to my boys who were enamored by him. Highly recommend this trip - you will get a taste of... More 

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Plano, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A simple interesting site for someone like me who knows very little on the topic. Worth seeing when you are in town.

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

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