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IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate

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Address: San Felipe, Belize
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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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A must visit when traveling to the Toledo district. The warm welcome and expert tour and information provided by Mr. Sho will blow your mind away. Your tour of the factory from... read more

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Dangriga
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must visit when traveling to the Toledo district. The warm welcome and expert tour and information provided by Mr. Sho will blow your mind away. Your tour of the factory from farm to table will be matchless. You will also be able to make your own chocolate to your unique taste. You can leave with many goodies that are... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a great visit to Ixcacao Chocolate in April. Informative, fun and delicious. The chocolate is outstanding and lunch was fantastic. Definitely worth the scenic drive.

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Delaware
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful experience! We heard about Ixcacao from another guest where we stayed and I am so grateful. Juan give a fabulous presentation and Abelina's Mayan dinner was the best! And there's chocolate!

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El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Step by step education of cocoa and how to drink/eat some incredible chocolate. We were also served lunch (choc corn tortillas, choc chicken) really great. Recommend.

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Placencia, Belize
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit to Ixcacao. This time we went with a group from Placencia organized for the kids. The kids always enjoy the hands in experience of making chocolate and learning the importance cacao attributes to the rainforest. Education that excites your taste buds!

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Northfield, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a wonderful time at Ixcacao with the owner and his family for a great Mayan lunch and learning about making chocolate. you are such a good cook, Abelina, and Juan is wonderful at explaining the process and allowing us to make some chocolate. We had a wonderful day with Lyra and "Taste of Belize" tours out of Placencia.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend the gold tour. Juan is very passionate and knowledgable about growing cacao trees and making chocolate. The tour takes you to where the cacao trees are grow along with the many other fruit, herbs, peppers, and spices that juan grows. You're shown the fermentation process and the drying process of the beans. You're then shown how to... More 

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Jefferson City
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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

A great, hands on adventure. Juan and Abelina live, breathe, and love chocolate. Juan is a great story teller, and has a passion for making chocolate, and preserving the Mayan culture, as well as the history of Belize. Abelina prepared the best meal I had the entire time I was in Belize. I purchased cacao butter. OMG! It is luxurious... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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12 reviews
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Elroy from Taste of Belize tours based out of Placencia took us to the Chocolate Factory and Spice Plantation. Both were interesting, but I found the chocolate factory far more compelling. They serve you a wonderful authentic meal after making some chocolate- now that's the right order, dessert first! Our factory guide, Juan, discussed ancient Mayan methods used to this... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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Reviewed March 1, 2017

Wonderful place to visit if you want to learn how to make chocolate from the big pod to the final chocolate bar! A lot of cacao and chocolate bars to buy from the gift shop! About two hours away from Placencia by car. Lunch provided at the farm and cooked by the owner! We ate "of course" chocolate chicken, corn... More 

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