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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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Love that chocolate!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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