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Maya Center Mayan Museum

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Address: Jaguar Reserve Road, Dangriga, Belize
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+501 660-3903

The Maya Center Mayan Museum is a culturally interactive museum, that...

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Carolyn M
Clinton, MD, United States
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Clinton, MD, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 cacao powder, cacao tea and a delightful mocha drink.

Thank Carolyn M
Comstock Park, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 this to any one and if you are traveling with children outstanding. It only takes... More 

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Joplin, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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 and harvested. I think the most shocking thing we learned is their farm is taken... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 us the tour was great too. The chocolate was delicious.

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Clinton, MD, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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, the 80% dark and milk chocolate. Yummy! If you're up for it they will let... More 

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Newport, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 be another space where more cultural activities are conducted. Our experience was in a little... More 

Thank Vince D
Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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, playing the Harp and the Marimba.We also got to take raw cacao beans, roast them... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

The bus ride from CoCo plum to the Ruins was 2 1/2 hours one way! Plus the boat ride added an additional 30 minutes to the tour. It was an all day adventure and totally worth it, however if your return trip home is the next day I would not do the Ruins. Allow yourself that extra day of laying... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2015

My best find here were the black slate carvings in the Garcia Sisters style. I purchased a palm sized jaguar as a gift. For our family I found an exquisite collection of rainforest animals about the size of a legal pad. Macaws, howler monkeys, toucans and the elusive jaguar. It is one of my favorite vacation purchases ever. Yes, do... More 

Thank Iintrepid
Frankfort, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2015 via mobile

Julio and his wife were very welcoming and hospitable. We were able to make handmade chocolates, corn tortillas, and coffee. The tour to the chocolate trees was educational and fun but be sure to bring bug spray. I wish I had known about this stay with a Maya family program or we would have done that as well. I feel... More 

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