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. Don’t like what you see below? Let us customize something for you. Join us for a meal and memory of a lifetime! You haven’t experienced our country until you Taste Belize!

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 (returning to Placencia by about 2PM). Email us for ideas and to personalize your adventure today!

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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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. Take a walk through the farm learning about plants and their uses in food, medicine and crafts.  Let the Choc 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 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!

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 Choc 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.

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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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 then walk around 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!

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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