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IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate

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Address: San Felipe, 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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The most hospitable, passionate and inspiring!

A friend and I spontaneously took a weekend trip to Belize and we heard about this shop in Punta Gorda - where we were staying. We ended up walking 2.5 miles in the rain to get... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, we took this trip from our accommodation in Placencia - a 2-hr car ride. Later when we moved to our Punta Gorda accommodation, we realized how much closer IXCACAO is to PG than to Placencia. So plan according to where you are staying. That being said, the visit is well worth it. Juan's knowledge and pride in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend and I spontaneously took a weekend trip to Belize and we heard about this shop in Punta Gorda - where we were staying. We ended up walking 2.5 miles in the rain to get there and Juan and his wife graciously gave us water and some napkins. We expected to taste some chocolate and buy a bat. but... More 

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Thank Adriana Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have only been to Belize twice, but each time we look forward to seeing Juan, making (and eating) chocolate, and devouring his wife's AMAZING cooking. He is always so welcoming and it is a wonderful visit.

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High River, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

What a refreshing and informative experience to have Juan educate us about cacao. His professional organic growers insight was so interesting and engaging. Being able to take part in the 'hands on' process of ancient Mayan chocolate making is a learning experience I will not forget. We never felt rushed at any point in the tour, and were encouraged to... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

My friend and I just completed an overnight stay at this chocolate farm with Juan and his family- such an amazing experience and one we will not forget for a long time! The tour was amazing- so interesting, insightful and hands-on! We absolutely loved it and it was clear everyone in the group, from the oldies to the little kids... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We were able to visit Juan and Abolina's cacao farm through a tour with "Taste Belize", and it was a great experience. This farm has been in the family for many years and Juan shares an incredible amount of knowledge with his guests. This is not a highly mechanized operation, and part of the tour involves guests taking the chocolate... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited the factory after the weather ruined our plans of doing anything beachy. We drove the 2 1/2 hours from Placencia based on a recommendation, and we were thoroughly disappointed. We couldn't take a tour because tours are only scheduled in advance, which is understandable, but the main room of the factory has a refrigerator full... More 

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Juan C, Manager at IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate, responded to this review

Good Day " Maam", thank you for your review, we take this as a compliment, nonetheless please be informed that you are now in A third world country poor little Belize!, why would you choose to come visit the poor when you have Hershey back home! Sadly enough my family is a poor small maya family farm to Table chocolate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

What an incredible journey spent with Juan a descendant running a family Cacao farm! So much knowledge and passion for his heritage and culture as well as operating a sustainable family farm! I throughly enjoyed the time and learned so much about chocolate and what it takes to make my favourite treat! The experience from pod to chocolate bar was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We truly enjoyed our tour. Juan definitely knows everything about chocolate! This was certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Belize. My husband and I learned so much. We were able to make our own chocolate, beginning with roasting the cacao beans and finishing by scooping chocolate into molds. His wife made a delicious lunch that was amazing!... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Really not at all what I expected from a "chocolate farm." One of the most interesting experiences ever, even the drive there was an adventure. We drove ourselves from Placencia. A long drive, about 2 hours, but well worth it. We were the only visitors on this trip so had Juan and Abolina to ourselves. Juan is a wealth of... More 

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