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Ixcacao Chocolate Tour and Hiking Antelope Falls at Bocawina National Park!

Remax Vip Belize : Ixcacao Chocolate Tour and Hiking Antelope Falls at Bocawina National Park
Our guests have raved about the Ixcacao (pronounced Ish-cack-cow) Chocolate tour, and we finally had a chance to take it ourselves, with Mark from Cayequest Tours. It was wonderful! It is a full day tour, where you start off visiting Juan and his lovely wife Abelina. You get to try so many fun, exotic treats along the way….hot cacao drink, sugarcane right off the plant, roasted cacao beans, chocolate at every stage of making it (including making your own!), all kinds of chocolate flavors – even liquor!, and then you get one of the best authentic Belizean meals I’ve ever had. So good in fact that I even bought a little cookbook of her recipes.
Remax Vip Belize: Welcome To Ixacao may Belizean Chocolate
Dave, me, Abelina, Juan, and Mark…..and yep I am totally aware that we look like avatars in this picture.
Remax Vip Belize: Dave, me, Abelina, Juan, and Mark
Hot Cacao drink…..unbelievably good!
Remax Vip Belize: Hot Cacao drink
Juan teaching us how to make chocolate from the bean…you even get to take your chocolate home with you!
Remax Vip Belize: Chocolate from the bean

After that fun, depending on timing, you may stop at a Mayan family’s home, where they will explain how they cook in their outdoor kitchen, tell you some really interesting stories about their family set up, and show you how they make those Mayan baskets you see everywhere!

Finally, you stop at Nim Li Punit Mayan ruins, where Mark gives some great history about burials, culture, and the village structure.

Remax Vip Belize: Nim Li Punit Mayan ruins

Everyone on the tour loved it, and it has been unanimously highly recommended!

Another highly recommended activity is to hike at Bocawina National Park, There are several hikes to choose from, as you can see on this map:

Remax Vip Belize: Bocawina National Park
We did Antelope Falls this time, and please note, this hike was NOT for the faint of heart. Much of it was uphill, and you had to use ropes to pull yourself up and let yourself down at times! But, totally worth it….the waterfalls were totally amazing the whole way through.
Remax Vip Belize: Antelope Falls this time
Rope climbing!
Remax Vip Belize: Rope climbing

Look for signs to the view–you climb over to a ledge where you are treated to this amazing view all the way to the sea….this picture doesn’t capture its awesomeness at all!

Remax Vip Belize: Amazing view
Remax Vip Belize: Amazing view
Be ready for LOTS of steps. You’ll feel it for 2 days afterwards.
Remax Vip Belize: LOTS of steps
Rock climbing.
Remax Vip Belize: Rock climbing
Remax Vip Belize: Rock climbing
Finally, I wanted to share some totally gratuitous and random pictures from the last couple weeks.
View from the veranda at Wendy’s Creole Grill…..every time we eat here we wonder why we don’t eat here more often. Great fish!
Remax Vip Belize: Veranda at Wendy's Creole Grill
THIS PICTURE. There is a chihuahua smiling on a kayak. Go ahead and click it to get a close up, you know you want to!
Remax Vip Belize: Chihuahua smiling on a kayak

My mom came for a visit, and we had such a great time. She is terrible with knives so I thought it would be fun to teach her to machete a coconut. (she didn’t even break its skin.)

Remax Vip Belize: Machete a coconut
One last random observation this week. I hadn’t eaten at Omar’s in a while and had the chance to try it again. I felt I had to mention that you can call and have him deliver stewed chicken, rice and beans to your door, and I realized that it was the best stewed chicken I can remember having in a long time! There is a reason Omar’s is always on the must-eat list 🙂