Chocolate Making @ Mayan Chocolate Factory

Visit a traditional mayan family operated business that uses organically grown cacao. They also grow their own sugarcane thats is used as a sweetener along with ginger & spices for flavoring.

During the months of November to May, the cacao pods are ripe for harvest and are collected to begin the chocolate-making process, which you will experience during the farm tour if you visit during these months. Later you get to learn how to make your own chocolate. End the day with visiting the gift shop for some stock-up of more of this brown gold.

Bring: Closed shoes, Insect Repellent
How far away: 10 miles, 25 min ride from Hopkins
District: Stann Creek
Difficulty level ride: Easy
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 0%
Bike required: Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 2 hours

Bunches of Fun @ Banana Farm Tour

Bananas are the world’s favorite fruit, but little is known about how they grown and processed. Have you ever seen a banana Zipline? Did you know that the banana is actually a herb? Essentially, do you dare visit a fully working banana farm despite the risk of going bananas?

Tours are offered at 8 am, 10 am and 2 pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This interesting and instructive tour and can very well be combined with a full day trip to Placencia or as a half day tour on its own.

Bring: Closed shoes, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen
How far away: 25 miles, 40 min from Hopkins
District: Stann Creek
Difficulty level ride: Easy
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 20%
Bike required: Dual-sport
Tour Duration: 2 hours

Fierce and Fiery @ Hot Mama’s Hot Sauce Factory

This Cayo based company experiment if products out of the traditional Hot Sauce range. How does a Orange Blossom Spicy Honey sound like? Or Habanero Fudge? Sounds yummy, don’t you think?

TIf you are passing by at 10.00 am there is a factory tour that will take you from garden where the habaneros and vegetables are grown straight through to end processed product. If you are passing by at any other time of the day, make a pit stop at the gift shop. Once there why not pick up a tasty pulled pork sandwich in the eatery next door and make a break on your ride with some new spicy energy.

Bring: Camera
How far away: 80 miles, 2h 30 min from Hopkins
District: Cayo
Difficulty level ride: Easy/Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road:0%
Bike required: Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 1 hour

Spice it up @ Spice Farm Tour

The Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Gardens, located at the foothills of the Maya Mountain in beautiful Toledo. The owners are of Indian decent and in the 1990 they imported seeds and cuttings of spice plants native to their homeland.

The farm is now one of the largest black pepper and vanilla farms in the country and is adorned with beautiful teak, mahogany, rosewood, and sandalwood trees, as well as a variety of other magnificent specimens.

Tours start every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Combine this tour with a visit of Nim Li Punit or Lubantuun Mayan Ruins.

Bring: Closed shoes, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen
How far away: 65 miles, 1h 20 min from Hopkins
District: Toledo
Difficulty level ride: Easy
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 0%
Bike required: Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 1 hour

Hot Sauce @ Marie Sharp's Factory

In 1980 Marie Sharp came up with some recipes for sauces, jams, and jellies while experimenting with fresh Habanero peppers, vegetables, and fruits from her farm. She was overwhelmed with positive feedback and encouragement when neighbours and friends tasted them. That was when she decided to turn it into a family business. She started the production in a small kitchen with help from relatives and it has today grown into a processing plant that manufactures for both the domestic and international market.

After visiting the processing plant, you may try your courage at the tasting room and also get a chance to see and purchase out of the full selection of hot sauces, jams and spreads.

Bring: Closed shoes, Sweater, Pants
How far away: 20 miles, 30 min from Hopkins
District: Stann Creek
Difficulty level ride: Easy
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 5%
Bike required: Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 0,5-1 hours