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IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate

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Address: San Felipe, Belize
Phone Number:
501 742 4050

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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What a wonderful time we had learning about and making pure chocolate!

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nita W
Northfield, Minnesota
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Placencia, Belize
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank Linda C
Jefferson City
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Reviewed 16 March 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 14 March 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 

Thank Tom E
Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 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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Reviewed 28 February 2017

We took the 10:00 to noon tour, which lasted to about 1:00 with lunch and a late start. We first walked through the yard, viewing chocolate trees, pods, and flowering buds. Then into the main building to taste different flavored chocolates, crack roasted hulls, grind chocolate in three phases, and obtain information every step of the way. We concluded with... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

This was the most expensive, least informative experience we had in 3 weeks in Belize. BZD$80/person for lunch and a demonstration of how to crush cacao nibs and sugar. We learned far more - and had much more hands on experience with the cacao plant, the pod and the nibs during a tour of the Belize Spice Farm which is... More 

Thank Cynthia S
central New York
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Juan Cho is the Cacao Evangelist, and you will leave here a disciple! It's not just about cacao: it's about ancient Mayan agricultural methods and botany as well (e.g., no clear-cutting), and Juan knows more about the chemical composition of cacao and its effects than most chemists would. And his wife Abelina creates a authentic, delicious lunch as well. What's... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

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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