Belize Chocolate Foodie Tours
Cacao Farm & Chocolate Making Tour
Chocolate is not only said to be an aphrodisiac, but also has many healthy properties in its purest organic form - the cacao bean. This bean was valued so much by the ancient Mayan people of the region that it was actually used as currency. Modern-day studies have shown the cacao bean to be nature’s most powerful antioxidant. Cacao is a shade-grown tree which traditionally grows in the tropical rainforest. Here we visit a traditional Mayan cacao farm and see chocolate making in its original form, using the raw cacao bean, with the Mayan family who owns and operates several cacao farms in the country.
Eladio Pop, the farm owner, has an amazing knowledge of symbiotic relationship of creatures and plants and is regarded as a local legend for companion planting and organic farming. The Eladio Pop family has teamed up with Sparrows Gate Mission bringing traditional chocolate-making demonstrations to the Cayo District. This partnership seeks to protect and promote the Mayan way of life as shown in the full-length documentary, The Chocolate Farmer, featuring Mr. Eladio Pop. After your farm tour and chocolate- making demonstration, indulge in real organic chocolate creations including the traditional Mayan chocolate drink, enjoyed by only the elite Mayans of the ancient times.