Taste Belize offers a variety of cooking tours. These are excursions off Placencia Peninsula that include as their centerpiece an opportunity to learn about traditional Belizean home cooking in Maya, Garifuna and Creole (Kriol) cultures. Learn how to cook like a Belizean or if you prefer enjoy a cold beverage and simply watch as our culinary instructors show you how they prepare delicious local dishes from their culture. Along with our cooking experience we enjoy other activities to create a fulfilling day exploring Belizean food and culture. Join us for a meal and memory of a lifetime! You haven’t experienced our country until you Taste Belize!

Two Activity Excursions: These combine fire hearth cooking in the morning with a second activity in the afternoon, making a wonderful day exploring the best of what Belize has to offer. If you don’t see the combination you are looking for email us at tastebelize@gmail.com and we will be happy to customize a tour for you. These are full day tours that depart (unless otherwise noted) at 8AM and return by about 530PM.

STANN CREEK DISTRICT: Is the centre of Belize’s banana and shrimp industries, home of Marie Sharps Hot Sauce and the heart of Garifuna culture in Belize. These adventures are conveniently in the same district as Placencia Peninsula. Drive time is 45 minutes to 1 hour each way.

Garifuna Cultural Experience (Garifuna Cooking and Music): Let Ms. Gloria Lambey, chef, dance instructor and cultural activist, show you the food, music and culture of the Garifuna people in the picturesque seaside village of Hopkins. In her family compound we learn about the culture of the Garifuna people while making a delicious plate of hudut (savory coconut milk and fresh herb broth, pounded plantain and fresh fish) from scratch over a wood burning fire hearth. Tour her yard to learn about local herbs and ingredients used in Garifuna cooking. Husk a coconut and turn it into milk for the base of this savory dish and participate in every step of creating this famous and delicious meal. (Or just watch and take pictures while sipping some fresh made lemon grass tea). After eating our fill we sample some local bitters as we are introduced to the UNESCO intangible heritage of the Garifuna people-their incredibly rich music and dance traditions. Ms Gloria explains the history and meaning of the drums of their ancestors and together with two traditional drummers demonstrates the powerful dance traditions of the Garifuna people. Join in under her guidance if the spirit moves you! Or for an even more spectacular experience you can choose to immerse yourself in a full musical ensemble with five traditional dancers joining Ms Gloria.

125 US dollars per person without ensemble. Pricing with full dance ensemble (perfect for larger groups!): $100 US dollars per person plus 200 US dollars total flat rate for the dance ensemble, everything included. Departs Placencia Village at 8:30 AM returns around 4:30PM What to bring: A camera, sunblock, bug spray, wear comfortable walking shoes and extra cash.

Garifuna Firehearth Cooking and Che’il Chocolate: Join us as we visit Hopkins Village, a seaside Garifuna community an hour drive north of Placencia. Here chef Gloria welcomes us to her home where we learn to make a delicious plate of hudut (savory coconut milk and fresh herb broth, pounded plantain and fresh fish) from scratch. Husk a coconut and turn it into milk for the base of this savory dish and participate in every step of creating this famous and delicious meal. After eating our fill in picturesque Hopkins, we head inland to Maya Centre, a Mopan Maya village at the mouth of the famous Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, for a tour of a cacao farm and hands on chocolate making with Che’il Chocolate company! CUSTOMIZE IT: Garifuna firehearth cooking can also be combined with Bitters making, in our Tasting Hopkins Tour, a tour of Marie Sharps hot sauce factory, of Sagitun Banana Farm, a hike in the Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve or done by itself as a half day tour. Email us for ideas and to personalize your adventure today!

130 US Dollars per person. Departs Placencia Village at 8:30 AM returns around 4:30PM
What to bring: A camera, sunblock, bug spray, wear comfortable walking shoes. Extra cash in case you decide you want to buy chocolate.

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Tasting Hopkins (Garifuna Cooking & Belizean Bitters): Enjoy a day of culinary and cultural exploration in picturesque Hopkins Village! Spend the morning around the firehearth with Chef Gloria where we learn to make a delicious plate of hudut (savory coconut milk and fresh herb broth, pounded plantain and fresh fish) from scratch. Husk a coconut and turn it into milk for the base of this savory dish and participate in every step of creating this famous and delicious Garifuna meal. After eating our fill we aid our digestion with a shot of Belizean bitters and pass the afternoon learning about and making our own under the tutelage of Krishna and Dez as described above.
135 US dollars per person. Departs Placencia 830AM, returns to Placencia by 4PM. What to Bring: Wear comfortable close toed walking shoes and sensible shorts or light long pants. Bring your camera, bug spray, sunblock and extra cash in case you want to buy teas or more bitters to bring home. 

TOLEDO DISTRICT: Explore Toledo, the verdant heart of Southern Belize and the most culturally diverse district in the country, through its delicious food rooted in local farming and foraging traditions. Drive times range from 90 minutes to 2 1/2 hours each way.

Maya Fire: Maya Firehearth Cooking and Nim Li Punit Site:  Embark on a Maya cultural adventure in Toledo District. Explore the small and beautiful royal complex of Nim Li Punit with its famous carved stone stelas and learn about the height of the Maya civilization in Belize. Then head down the hill and get hands on with Mayan culture with a Kekchi Maya family in the village of Indian Creek. Let the Coc sisters teach you about Mayan cuisine and make your own corn tortillas and palm heart for lunch or if you rather, just watch these expert cooks in action. After lunch relax in a hammock or in the rainy season complete the afternoon at the jungle jacuzzi- with a dip in a beautiful tiny spring-fed pool hidden in a cathedral of green trees near the family home. CUSTOMIZE IT: We can also combine this hands on cooking experience with a visit to the Belize Spice Farm, Golden Stream Forest Corridor’s ranger for a day experience, or river tubing, email us for more personalized options!

130 US dollars per person. This full day tour departs Placencia Village 8AM returns 4PM
What to bring: A camera, sunblock, bug spray, wear comfortable walking shoes and light long pants or long shorts.  Email us to book your tour now!

Tasting Toledo: Maya Firehearth Cooking and Ixcacao Chocolate: Spend your morning with the Coc sisters learning all about Kekchi Maya cuisine, then after a delicious lunch we head to Belizean Maya owned Ixcacao Chocolate to learn about cacao trees and enjoy piles of decadent chocolate samples and Maya style hot chocolate. Top it all off by making our own chocolate from by hand using heirloom stone tools.

130 US dollars per person. This full day tour departs Placencia Village 9AM returns 5PM
What to bring: A camera, sunblock, bug spray, wear comfortable walking shoes and light long pants or long shorts.  Email us to book your tour now!

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Three Activity Excursions: Due to popular demand we now offer longer excursions that combine three amazing activities into one action packed day.  If you don’t see the combination you are looking for below email us at tastebelize@gmail.com and we will be happy to customize a tour for you! These are full day tours that depart from Placencia at 7AM and return around 530-6 PM.

Kriol Heat: Firehearth Cooking, Drumming and an Ixcacao Chocolate Dessert:

Creole drum school logoJump in our van and let us take you to Punta Gorda, Belize’s most culturally diverse town, to experience rural Kriol culture. At Emmeth and Jill’s small farm we start with a brief history of the Belizean Kriol people. We explore the grounds learning about the plants that provide many of the ingredients and seasoning for Belizean cooking. Get a hands on experience preparing your own meal on a Kriol-style firehearth using local ingredients including root vegetables and greens from the farm. Learn how to make dishes like baked fish in waha leaf, boil-up, coconut soup, roasted plantain and lemongrass tea. While the food is cooking enjoy a lesson in Kriol drumming from famed drum master Emmeth Young or just listen, then sit down to a delicious fire hearth meal!

After lunch  we head to Ixcacao Chocolate, a Maya owned company located in the verdant village of San Felipe, for dessert. Enjoy samples of Ixcacao’s organic farm-to-table chocolate, try Maya style hot chocolate and make your own chocolate bar from scratch using heirloom stone tools. We end with a tour of Ixcacao’s tiny factory and shop. Take a nap on the drive home and we will have you back in Placencia in time for happy hour! CUSTOMIZE IT: Rather take a walking tour of Punta Gorda town, go river tubing, visit the Belize Spice Farm or Nim Li Punit maya site after our cooking experience? Just email us for ideas and to personalize your adventure today!

140 US dollars per person. This full day tour departs from Placencia at 7:30AM and returns around 5:30PM.
What to bring: A camera, sunblock, bug spray. Wear comfortable shoes or walking sandals. Email us to book your tour now!

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