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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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Nice stop

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

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

While I have taken other 'similar' tours in Central America, this one was by FAR superior. Juan is very knowledgeable and passionate about not only his organic, jungle farm, but about helping others in his community to nurture sustainable farming in Belize. While they specialize in cacao, what you may not know is that in their jungle farm grows the... More 

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Cochrane, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We had read about this place in the Belize Lonely Planet travel Guide. It is listed as Cyrila's Chocolates but has directions to Ixcacao. Even the cover photo for this trip adviser is mixed up! THESE ARE TWO SEPERATE PLACES! Cyrial's is between Placencia and Hopkins and Ixcacao is in a small village about 20-30 minutes drive from PG. We... More 

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Boxtel, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

We were in Punta Gorda and decided to go to Ixcacao after reading all these reviews. It's easy (and cheap) to get there yourself. Take any bus driving on the southern highway (we took the 8am james bus from punta gorda), and get of at the Barranco Road crossing. This ride costs only 1 dollar each. Unfortunately for us, the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We have been to Belize many time and always take multiple tours, this one, with Ocean Motion, was definitely one of the very best! It is promoted as a chocolate factory tour but in reality it is much more. The owner, Juan, will take you thru the entire farm and discuss the various plants and how his ancestors used them.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I went bthere and the chocolate was sooo good! I am a chocolate lover so this is a good place to visit!

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Ixcacao is a very small, family run chocolate making enterprise which does everything from roasting and grinding the cacao beans to turning them into yummy chocolate combinations. Call ahead for a demonstration of the chocolate-making process and an opportunity to purchase their creations. It's a bit off the typical tourist path, but a fun way to spend some time. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went here with a class of plant science students from Cornell. Wasn't sure what to expect, but the experience was very good. The guide was knowledgeable, but you had to ask questions to get the most out of the presentation. The standard presentation was, understandably, for a very general audience. The cacao-enhanced food was really good. The experience could be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We found this wonderful little Cocao farm on our travels to southern Belize. We were greeted by a wonderful smililing Mayan lady. We surprised her by showing up at her door and she made a special presentation for us. From the Cocao plant to finished chocolate and all the steps in between. Never knew how easy and hard it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

It's so nice to meet people that are truly passionate about their work. Everyone seems to love what they do and to share their passion for everything chocolate. Great information, great chocolate and if you go make sure you stay for lunch - it's amazing.

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