Belize 2019 - Cacao Origins Adventure Trip

You are invited! Journey with us to the heart of cacao’s origins. We will visit cocoa farms where we will meet farmers, learn everything about how cacao is harvested and fermented, from tree to bar. We will eat fresh cacao right out of the pod, and learn how to make drinking chocolate and tortillas with a Mayan family. Southern Belize is the least developed region in the country, with pristine jungle forests, many rare bird species and other creatures, and this will be an amazing trip. We hope that you will join us on this adventure! 

our home in the jungle

Cotton Tree Lodge welcomes every guest with a free 10 minute massage, to help you make the transition into "vacation mode". The lodge maintains its own organic farm: walk the grounds and help yourself to mangoes, pineapple, star fruit, custard apple, soursop, bananas, papaya, plantain, orange, and grapefruit. The garden grows a variety of salad greens, root vegetables like coco yam, cabbage, callaloo, tomato, cucumber, sweet potatoes, and much more. They also raise their own free range chickens for eggs and meat, goats for milk, cheese, and meat; and are starting to raise pigs. They source catfish and snook just downriver from the lodge. Wild harvested edibles from the rainforest such as jippi jappa, cohune cabbage (heart of palm), and many others are featured throughout the meals.

  Cocoa farmer Eladio Pop on his farm

Cocoa farmer Eladio Pop on his farm

learn about cacao's origins and how it is farmed

Three of our days will be spent learning about cacao and about Mayan culture. We will hike the trails along with a Mayan farmer and learn how his productive farm coexists with the surrounding ecosystems of the rainforest. We will eat lunch in the farmer’s home, and learn how to make traditional Mayan drinking chocolate. Our agricultural education will be rounded out with a tour the nursery to learn about cacao genetics, grafting, and planting considerations. We will see how cocoa is fermented and dried, and we will also learn about the process of pressing cacao juice and making cacao wine. One morning will be spent in a Mayan family's kitchen, learning how to make tortillas. Later in the week we will visit the factory to learn how to process chocolate from bean to bar, and every participant will be able to take home 3 bars that they made themselves.

 

complete itinerary

details

February 23 - May 2, 2019

Cost: $1500 per person

Includes lodging, meals, and ground transportation. Does not include flights, lodging upgrades, or activities on the three free days (refer to Cotton Tree Lodge site for adventure options).

Children 4-11: 1/2 price; Children 0-3: free

 

To Register:

call Cotton Tree Lodge 212 529 8622

questions & additional information: enna@ennachocolate.com

  Lubaantun is the largest Maya site of southern Belize

Lubaantun is the largest Maya site of southern Belize

explore southern belize

Three of our days are reserved for adventure, rest, and local exploration. Southern Belize is the least developed region in the country, with pristine jungle forests, many rare bird species and other creatures.  Cotton Tree Lodge offers a variety of interesting and immersive adventures and learning opportunities. You may spend these days exploring archaeological sites, remote caves (with hidden swimming holes), learning about wild medicinal plants, zip-lining, fishing in the Caribbean, or simply resting and enjoying the relaxing setting of our accommodations.

  Kayaks and canoes are available for our use at the lodge

Kayaks and canoes are available for our use at the lodge

pack for a purpose

For those interested in adding a humanitarian element to your trip, Pack for a Purpose has published a list of items most needed in the community. This list includes school supplies, text books, books in English and Spanish for all ages, and soccer balls.