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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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Fantastic organic Cacao farm and tour!

We drove all the way from Placencia to Juan's cacao farm - 3+ hours. It was DEFINITELY worth the trip! We had the BEST meal of our entire week in Belize at IxCacao! All organic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 April 2014
Annapolis, MD
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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

We drove all the way from Placencia to Juan's cacao farm - 3+ hours. It was DEFINITELY worth the trip! We had the BEST meal of our entire week in Belize at IxCacao! All organic, fresh, and delicious! Making chocolate was fun and informative! And the tour was so interesting. When I asked Juan if he ever took a vacation,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

While in Placencia we booked a tour to the chocolate farm for my husband and I, two daughter (14 and 12) and my mother in law who is retired. Juan met our family at one of his farms and walked us through the grounds explaining the agriculture and allowing us to taste a lot of wonderful items that he grows.... More 

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Sylvan Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

Booked our tour through Blue Belize. Travelled from Punta Gorda to the farm (about an hour) and Juan explained the importance of sustainable agriculture and how the cacao and other vegetation are important to each other. We then went to where the chocolate is processed. Juan showed us how the ancient Mayan made chocolate and we had a hands on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

When I first got there I was amazed by the scenery and the warm friendly greeting from Mr. Juan. The way he showed us how REAL chocolate was made was very interesting and educational and he told us with great enthusiasm. For lunch Mrs.Abelina and family had made us a GREAT maya Belizean buffet and I was very pleased with... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate is a great place to visit. We had a great lunch and a chocolate making demonstration was very informative. Some of the lunch dishes had chocolate in them. The chicken was the best I have ever had. Juan and his wife Abelina, the couple that own Ixcacao, have a wonderful little business here and the chocolate... More 

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New York City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

If you are looking for a day with the locals, learning about an ancient craft that still has a vibrant practice, spend the day at Ixcacao. We pealed our own roasted beans, ground them ourselves and made chocolates the Mayan way as we learned about the tradition and reality of this beautiful family and their farm. Lunch was amazing and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

Juan and his wife Abelina work together to provide an awesome experience. Juan talks through the history of chocolate-making, while taking you through the process from plant to chocolate bar. Best of all, you have the opportunity to taste a little of everything, from nibs, to hot cacao drink to several varieties of their organic chocolates. This family-run small business... More 

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Purmerend, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

We want to thank Juan and his wive Abelina for the lovely experience at the farm and at the cacao - farm. We enjoyed our tour over the farm, and the chocolate-making. Thank you for everything, Abelina, we enjoyed your food.

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Stonewall, Manitoba
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

We 4 travellers came across this Mayan Treasure by way of a cab driver in Placencia. So glad we took his advise and travelled a short distance from Punta Gorda to meet with Juan and his wife Abelina. We were blown away by the excellent lunch that Abelina prepared and then equally so by Juan, who spoke with knowledge and... More 

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Tilbury, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

An awesome tour is a must when in Belize. Truly an educational experience that will move you as Juan tells you of his Mayan ancestors making chocolate from the beans grown on their small farm, Juan & his wife Abelina are gracious hosts who serve a delicious lunch with chocolate chicken & fresh organic vegetables grown at their farm. They... More 

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