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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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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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If you want a true feel for Mayan life and learn about the Cacao this is a must. I purchased several packets to take home to family. Juan is very good at explaining the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a true feel for Mayan life and learn about the Cacao this is a must. I purchased several packets to take home to family. Juan is very good at explaining the history, and you learn how he worked to get where he is today.

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Woodland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the area one day with a local guide, Armando "Bo", who brought us to this wonderful place where we saw for the first time how our beloved dark chocolate is made. Quite an interesting experience, and fun to try our hands at grinding up pure paste from freshly roasted cacao beans right off the griddle. Very welcoming, very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the time and the money - you learn about their day to day living and how they go to where they are today. Take a cocoa pod from harvest to chocolate. Smells wonderful too. Grab some cocoa to take along home. Great samples, lunch and the entire tour.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A hands on experience making chocolate and a delicious lunch of chocolate chicken. Juan is ready to answer your questions about chocolate and the Maya history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent half a day at Ixcacao. We we given a tour of the farm, at which ALL of the ingredients for their chocolate are grown. Juan explained the history of Mayan cacao and chocolate, and his family's connection to the land. He showed how to make chocolate using Stone's that have been in his family for many generations. His... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

A couple of us rented a car from Placencia and visited the Belize Spice Farm and IXCACAO Chocolate Factory. As I sit here typing this review I'm sipping my 100% cocoa back home in 40 degree weather. At least I have a little bit of Belize back home. If you're traveling on your own it's really easy to find IXCACAO... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The trip down the bumpy road was worth it. The chocolate is spectacular and you will get a chance to see how it is made.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Never in my life have I tasted such good chocolate! Our tour of IXCACAO (with Lyra of Taste Belize Tours) was one of the highlights of our third trip to Belize. Juan taught us about farming cacao before letting us shell, crush, and flavor our own chocolate bar! It was AMAZING, as was the lunch Abelina cooked (chocolate chicken!!!). You... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We discovered this Mayan Family made chocolate thanks to Taste of Belize Tours! It was an awesome experience because I had never seen chocolate made by hand. But first the story starts with Abelina and her husband who are growing the cacao trees, harvesting the fruits and processing the seeds, roasting them and turning those seeds into pure 100% chocolate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Great place to learn of Mayan culture, Juan Cho is a master full of knowledge, and learn how to grow and make organic cocoa and chocolate. Tour included a very good and authentic Mayan dishes. We spent 3 hours with Juan enjoyed every minute. Highly recommended.

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