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.
Dave, me, Abelina, Juan, and Mark.....and yep I am totally aware that we look like avatars in this picture.
Hot Cacao drink.....unbelievably good!
Juan teaching us how to make chocolate from the bean...you even get to take your chocolate home with you!
Finally, you stop at Nim Li Punit Mayan ruins, where Mark gives some great history about burials, culture, and the village structure.
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:
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.
Be ready for LOTS of steps. You'll feel it for 2 days afterwards.
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!
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!
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 :)