Piebra is a fifty-minute drive from Punta Gorda. As you turn off the Southern Highway onto Barranco Road you will pass several small villages. Most of the people here are indigenous Q’eqchi’ and Mopan Maya. On the nearby Moho River is the Cotton Tree Lodge, where Maya Mountain Cacao was first located before moving to the Southern Highway. The lodge caters to ecotourists and is definitely worth a visit.
Maya Mountain cacao comes from the Toledo and South Stann Creek districts of southern Belize. Maya Mountain is a pioneer in direct trade cacao sourcing. We love that they champion sustainable farming practices and that they pay farmers 135% more than West African farmgate prices. Their premium cacao tops our list of favorites for its complex, layered, delicate fruit flavor.