Here at Taste Belize we are the food and culture experts! From fine dark chocolate to home made corn tortillas or a simple plate of coconut rice and beans, we love sharing our diverse culinary heritage with everyone who visits Belize. Taste Belize founder Lyra Spang grew up on an organic cacao farm off the grid in the jungles of southern Belize.
Chocolate & Rum Tour
After an unforgettable morning learning about and making our own chocolate with Juan and Abelina at Ixcacao Chocolate Company, we head to Belize’s hottest new distillery, Copalli Rum.
This unique rum factory is located in the heart of 8,000 acres of rain forest making up the Copal Tree Lodge property. Copalli Rum has won multiple international awards including white rum of the year at the New York International Spirits Competition and the gold and double gold for agricole style rum at the International Rum Conference.
Join us as we explore these special rums from Copal Tree’s organic sugar cane fields to its 4 story column still, through the aging process and into your glass!
Chocolate, Garifuna Cooking & Waterfall
Join us as 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. After our morning with chocolate we visit Hopkins Village, a picturesque 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 cool off in a beautiful rain forest waterfall nestled in the foot hills of the Cockscomb Mountains.
Maya Cooking & Maya Ruin
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, river tubing, rain forest waterfall, Lubaantun Maya site, email us for more personalized options!
Placencia Food Tour
Just arrived in Placencia? Take a few delicious hours to orient yourself! Join us on an lunch time or evening exploration of Placencia Village’s dynamic food scene, from street food to craft cocktails, seaweed smoothies to fine seafood dishes, farm to table chocolate to home made pastries.
6-7 stops and 12 tastes, all coordinated by your knowledgeable and enthusiastic Taste Belize guide.