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“Getting authentic”

Cayequest Private Tours
Ranked #4 of 46 Tours in Placencia
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Owner description: Snorkel the crystal waters of Southern Belize and witness a plethora of marine life in their natural habitat. Watch your guide catch your fresh lunch the traditional way. Castaway on a private island, sunbathe or continue to snorkel Belize's barrier reef, while your guide prepares your fresh caught lunch? Chocolate on the Brain - Learn all about chocolate from harvesting to making your own chocolate by hand using heirloom stone tools at the country’s only Maya-owned chocolate company, Ixcacao Chocolate. Enjoy a delicious meal, from yard to table, prepared by The Chocolate Queen. Maya Site: Explore the beautiful hilltop Mayan site of Nim Li Punit, famous for its carved stelaes. Mayan Family - Visit a Mayan family and take a guided walk through the farm and nearby tropical forest learning about wild and cultivated plants and their uses in food, medicine and crafts. Or even take a dip in a tiny natural pool feed by a spring hidden in a cathedral of green trees near the family home. We specialize in personalized excursions that carry you off the beaten path. Mark Leslie enthusiastic naturalist and culinary adventurer, leads these unique tours. Mark is also an expert sea captain. We have more than 30 years of guiding experience and customize our itineraries to give you the adventure, relaxation and exploration you are looking for.
Reviewed March 16, 2014

To get a sense of authentic Belize, present and past, call Lyra and sign up for the Chocolate Tour/Mayan Ruins. Lyra knows the country intimately, having grown up on a cacao farm herself, and she will soon complete her PhD in Anthropology; she is a unique combination of home-grown common sense and intellectual sophistication.
On this tour you learn not just about chocolate but about geology, astronomy, ecology, economics, herbal medicine, archaeology, and, of course, politics. Ixcacao Chocolate is a family-run operation, and the visit includes a short walk among the cacao plants, a cup of hot chocolate, a sampling of several different types of finished chocolate (salt, coconut, ginger), grinding cacao beans with ancient stone tools, and a tasty, ample lunch of tomatoes, yams, pumpkin, and callaloo, as well as chicken prepared with a rub that contains both chilis and chocolate. It's unique and delicious.
Part 2 of the tour is a stop at Nam Le Pinut, one of the small Maya sites known for its remarkable artifacts and exceptionally large and ornate stele, or carved stones. We had the place almost entirely to ourselves, and it was peaceful and haunting. Lyra told us as much as we could absorb about Mayan history and culture. Every step of the way, it comes through how deeply she cares about Belize and its people.
This tour makes for an unforgettable day, one that will enrich your appreciation of a beautiful country.

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Reviewed February 22, 2014

...but if you want to understand the ways of preserving Belizean authenticity while accepting inevitable growth this tour is for you. They love the forests and ancient people and the chocolate tour is exceptional. The process which is ancient. The funky modernization. The passion of the quality. It all comes through. And their lunch the lunch the lunch. Sooooo good.
When we bring family back to do this tour again we will skip the spice tour and instead see the falls or caves a half day each with these two experts. The spice tour. Well it's truly remarkable ,slow (too much info)and if riding behind a tiny smelly diesel tractor is ok ,or you love your cookbooks like children,this is your tour. Ask for chocolate and falls/caves another day.Or wear a gas mask to the spices tour. Ok I'm joking.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

The Chocolate and Spice Tour -- Interesting, informative, and fun!! I will be sharing this experience with everyone back home.

Thank Adikesdw
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We joined another couple who had already booked a day of chocolate tours and the Punta Gorda market. We persuaded Lyra to add the spice farm tour. Enjoyed the Excacao meal and hands on demonstration very much. Would also recommend the spice farm tour, which gave us a new appreciation for how these spices are grown and processed. The open market (belive it was Punta Gorda) was interesting, but only open on Sat. mornings. We saw many new fruits and veggies, which Lyra was familiar with and told us about. She was a very good guide and gave us a lot of good information. Had a great time. The food and drinks were amazing.

Thank medicaltrip
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Lyra and Mark took our group (grandparents, parents and a toddler) out twice in the week we spent in Placencia. Both tours included local experts and hands-on experiences; (we made chocolate at Ixcacao and visited the howlers in Monkey River Town). They were both excellent with our baby and conscientious of the pace of our day, even taking breaks to let the little one run around. They are both extremely knowledgeable having grown up in Belize and speak with expertise of the anthropological and cultural implications of a growing and vibrant country.

Thank grlsam
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