Bitters
Belizean Bittas: We are excited to present a tour featuring Belize’s most famous alcoholic beverage, rum and anise based bitters concocted with jungle herbs. Krishna and Dez Molefi, featured on the Travel Channel’s show Booze Traveler, take us on a hands-on adventure from the jungle and farm to the bottle in your hands. Learn about the importance of bitters in Belize and in Garifuna culture. We start on the farm and in the jungle where Krishna shows us local plants used in bitters making. Then we head to the bar to sample some of Krishna’s bitters and learn about the medicinal qualities of each plant. Krishna then helps us to concoct our own personal bitters blend to carry home with us. Make bitters on its own as a half day activity or better yet, combine it with another adventure for a full day of fun. Perhaps Garifuna firehearth cooking with Chef Gloria, hands on chocolate making at Che’il Chocolate company, banana farm tour, zipling at Bocawina Reserve or a relaxing visit to a private jungle waterfall? Don’t see what you are looking for? Just ask what combinations we can put together for you!

Departs Placencia 9AM, returns to Placencia by 1PM. 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.

Bitter Chocolate: Spend the morning exploring Belizean bitters making in Hopkins as described above, then enjoy a delicious Maya style lunch in Maya Centre Village after which we make our own dessert! We tour a local organic cacao farm and make our own chocolate from scratch using traditional stone tools at Che’il Chocolate!

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 chocolate, teas or more bitters to bring home.

Tasting Hopkins: 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.

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. 

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Orchids and Cheeses: Join Taste Belize Tours for a leisurely and unique adventure north along the picturesque Hummingbird Highway. We head to award winning Caves Branch jungle lodge where we take a in depth tour of their beautiful botanical garden including the largest orchid collection in all of Belize. After lunch at the restaurant we explore their cheese making house nestled in their rainforest property, then enter an elegantly rustic tasting room to savor the handcrafted world class cheeses made at their facility. A one of a kind experience in the heart of the Belizean rainforest. This experience is perfect for lovers of gardens and fine food and for photographers who want to capture images of some of Belize’s more unusual and rare flowering plants.

Tour available Monday to Friday, every week. Please book 24 hours or more in advance in order to confirm availability. Tour departs 9AM returns 6PM for 2-3 person bookings.  For 4 person and more we depart at 8AM and return by 5PM. Want to do something on a weekend? Contact us for suggestions of other activities!
What to Bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals. Bring your camera, bug spray and extra cash for buying cheese to take home or wine during the cheese tasting.

Chocolate and Cheese: An irresistible combination of our Che’il Chocolate tour and Caves Branch cheese tasting! First we head to Che’il Chocolate in Maya Centre community 40 minutes north of Placencia Village. Here we take a short walk to the cacao farm to learn about how cacao trees are cultivated. Returning from the farm we get to make our own chocolate using traditional stone tools. While our chocolate is hardening we take a tour of the facility where Che’il Chocolate makes their bars to sell using modern machinery. Chocolate craving satisfied, we drive through the picturesque Hummingbird Highway to Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, hidden in the jungle south of Belmopan, where we enjoy lunch and then enter an elegantly rustic tasting room to savor the handcrafted world class cheeses made at their facility. A one of a kind experience in the heart of the Belizean rainforest.

This culinary indulgence is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Departs 8AM returns by 6PM. Want to do something on another day? Contact us for suggestions of other activities!
What to Bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals. Bring your camera, bug spray and extra cash for buying cheese or chocolate to take home or wine during the cheese tasting.

bananas

The Spicy Banana:  Drive north past Dangriga to Marie Sharp’s world famous hot sauce factory, exported to over 22 countries world-wide. Here we learn all about habaneros, tour the factory floor, sample hot sauces, jams & jellies, & browse her gift shop. We then head back south to enjoy a traditional Garifuna lunch at Hopkins, a beachside community known for its vibrant culture. After lunch we cruise towards Placencia to Sagitun Banana Farm for their fascinating in depth farm tour & fried green bananas!

Monday/Thursday/Friday only. Depart Placencia Village 9AM, return 4 PM.
What to bring: A camera, sunblock, bug spray, wear comfortable walking shoes and shorts.

 

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