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Eladio’s Chocolate Adventure

Eladio’s Chocolate Adventure
San Pedro Columbia Village
501-624-0166 / 602-9676
eladiopop@gmail.com
Feliciano Pop

KEEPING THE TRADITION ALIVE
In an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, Eladio Pop, and owner of Agouti Cacao Farm, lives in the tradition of his Maya ancestors: as a steward of the land. The Eladio Pop family providing the tour “Eladio’s Chocolate Adventure” seeks to protect and promote the ancient Maya way of life as shown in the full-length documentary, The Chocolate Farmer. The farm, in the village of San Pedro Columbia, Belize is located within sight of the historic Maya temple Lubaantun. Eladio has an amazing knowledge of the symbiotic relationship of the creatures and plants on his farm and speaks passionately about his family and community. Eladio is regarded as a local legend for companion planting and organic farming. Walking through the farm as Eladio explains and demonstrates the relationship of the animals and trees which fill the landscape of his beautiful land, gives you a sense of appreciation for the labor of his work. The vibrant machete-manicured landscape is Eladio’s backdrop for his emotional message about the loss of appreciation for traditional organic farming and concerns for his community’s well-being. Coupled with these concerns is another message of doing what you believe in, work hard because of those beliefs and help others to make a better community.

CHOCOLATE: Enjoy the Drink of Royal Maya Chiefs, Warriors, and the Elite

AN ANCIENT TRADITION
Residue from cacao (chocolate) beans in ancient Maya pottery has been discovered in Belize. According to archeologists the Maya were making chocolate more than 2,500 years before Christ was born.Because sugar was unknown to the Maya, cacao, a bitter tropical fruit, became a prized sweet treat when honey was added.
The Maya learned to grow, harvest, dry, ferment, roast, grind, sweeten, drink and eat chocolate using handmade tools from nature. They created several cold and hot drinks from the cacao beans. Sometimes spices, ground corn and flower petals were added to create a healthy-type of porridge that gave them unequalled strength and stamina.

STEP BACK IN TIME AT “ELADIO’S CHOCOLATE ADVENTURE”
At “Eladio’s Chocolate Adventure”, you can go back in time to discover how this ancient culture tended cacao trees and produced chocolate. English-speaking members of a friendly revered Maya family will be your host. They have been growing and making chocolate in the rainforest of Belize just like their ancestors many hundreds of years ago.

Agouti Cacao Farm visitors can tour and learn about the Maya history of chocolate, see cacao trees, and taste luscious raw cacao beans from colorful pods. Help to roast and grind nature’s treasure with stone tools by participating in our chocolate demonstration and enjoy the distinctive flavor of a healthy dark chocolate drink enjoyed by only the most elite Mayas when their civilization was young!

Make it a day trip with the all-inclusive farm tour, lunch and chocolate demonstration. Enjoy your morning with a tour of the cacao farm and learn about the various plants, herbs and citrus trees that blanket the 32 acre farm. Upon your return to the house, sit in the relaxing Maya thatch house and enjoy a traditional Maya lunch. After lunch your hosts will treat you to participate in hands-on chocolate making and an educational journey through the preparation of the cacao bean to make cocoa paste. The cocoa paste is used in the cocoa drink and to make chocolate bars.

Enjoy the ultimate experience with the Home-stay visit. You live/stay with the Eladio Pop’s family and become a part of their Maya living. You can stay in a guest room or bring your own tent and set up in the families land around the house.

The Maya consider cacao food of the gods, after spending some time with Eladio you’ll have a greater appreciation of why in beautiful Southern Belize.

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