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IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate

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Address: | San Felipe Village, Punta Gorda, 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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We'll never look at chocolate the same after this tour

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
rayele
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

If you want to know "all things chocolate"... you must make the journey to this chocolate factory It is in the middle of a jungle about four hours South of Belize City located on a primitave dirt road way off of the highway. Juan and Adelina Cho are the nicest, most hospitable people you will ever meet. They gave us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had the pleasure and honor of having this amazing chocolatier couple, Juan and Abelina, and their children, share this beautiful chocolate experience at our wedding at Chabil Mar. Our guests loved and savored every moment of it from the chocolate drinks to the chocolate fondu! We highly recommend the chocolate tours...it is a one of a kind experience to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

I was in absolute heaven from the moment I walked through the door and was greeted by the wonderful smell of chocolate!! My husband and I did the Gold tour that included a tour of the cacao farm (1hr) before moving to the chocolate making. First of all, Juan, the owner, was great and very knowledgeable. During the tour, I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

IXCACAO Maya Belixean Chocolate is a labor of love by Juan and Abellina Cho and their family. They are building on the traditions of their people, who have lived on the site for generations. Together Juan and Abellina are bringing live to a company that may bring prosperity to them and their people and can connect the rest of us... More 

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Thank Kathleen B
Punta Gorda, Belize
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Juan and Abelina really know their stuff. They are down-to-earth people who are happy to share their culture and knowledge of cacao. How often do you get to learn something while having fun and eating chocolate?

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