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Maya Center Mayan Museum

Jaguar Reserve Road, Dangriga, Belize
+501 660-3903
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I stop regularly on my way from Placencia to Belize City

One of the few places in Belize where you can find locally made products (most tourist stuff sold... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen Anne P
Singapore, Singapore
Incredible chocolate, detailed tour

We took the chocolate farm and factory tour at Che'il. We drove to the factory ourselves. It's next... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2017
Andrew M
via mobile
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The Maya Center Mayan Museum is a culturally interactive museum, that entertains and teach real Mayan culture. We do hands on demonstration, such as tortilla making, Cultural Dance training, Coffee making and now Chocolate making. Chocolate making is more fun as you get to do it, you will discover how much it is.
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Jaguar Reserve Road, Dangriga, Belize
+501 660-3903
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the few places in Belize where you can find locally made products (most tourist stuff sold in Belize is actually made in Guatemala). The sales benefit the local Maya community - money goes directly to the craftspeople who supply the goods.

Thank Karen Anne P
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

We took the chocolate farm and factory tour at Che'il. We drove to the factory ourselves. It's next door to the gift shop and visitors center for the Cockscomb Jaguar preserve. The tour was incredible! One of the farmers who cares for the cacao trees,...More

1  Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 27 April 2017

we stopped here twice, we loved the art so much. great prices and wonderful handmade items! it is on the entrance to the road to cockscomb preserve, so a very easy stop to make if you are doing the preserve. your shopping benefits the mayan...More

Thank c m
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I always enjoy my visit to the Maya Center Mayan Museum and their Che'il Chocolate Factory. They make some of the best chocolate I have ever eaten and offer a variety of flavors, ginger, orange (my personal favorite), milk, dark and mint. They also offer...More

Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We were the only ones on this tour that day.this became a private tour for us. Mr Saqui, was very good. We did learn about chocolate and how it was produced from coco pods to a candy bar. It is a long process. I recommend...More

Thank garyb_10
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We took the Che'il Chocolate tour at the Maya Center. We chatted with Julio while waiting for the others in our group to arrive. He is an interesting person to talk to. We started by going out to the farm where the cacao is raised...More

2  Thank Julie O
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The Che'il chocolate tour at the Maya Center is great. They first bring you on a tour of the farm, and then you get to hand make chocolate. It was interesting and the couple who run the place are so nice. The farmer who gave...More

Thank Sara S
Reviewed 3 February 2016

I love visiting the Maya Center Maya Museum and Che'il Chocolate Factory owned and operated by Julio and Heliodora Saqui. They and their staff produce some of the best organic chocolate on the planet. You must try the different flavored chocolate such as orange, mint,...More

1  Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 15 January 2016

Either the map point is in the wrong place on Jaguar Reserve Road or the site I enjoyed is different. The hosts in the pictures associated with this site are the same and the chocolate labels are the same. I am thinking that there must...More

1  Thank Vince D
Reviewed 7 November 2015

24 people visited as a Maya Cultural day for a US Agency. Beautiful drive on the Hummingbird Highway turning south on the way to Independence. Easily located off the main hiway with ample bus parking. We were greated by Julio and participated in demonstrations dancing,...More

2  Thank Karl K
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