Cacao, French Guiana

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The village of Cacao
The village of Cacao
Cacao is located in French Guiana
Location in French Guiana
Coordinates: 4°34′10″N 52°28′9″W / 4.56944°N 52.46917°W / 4.56944; -52.46917Coordinates: 4°34′10″N 52°28′9″W / 4.56944°N 52.46917°W / 4.56944; -52.46917
Overseas regionFrench Guiana
 • Total750

Cacao is a town in French Guiana, lying on the Comté river to the south of Cayenne. Most of the town's population are Hmong farmers, refugees from Laos who were resettled in French Guiana in[2] 1977.[3] The reasoning was that living, and working conditions were similar to their native land.[1] As of 2007, the village had a population of 750 people.[1]


Cacao Market

The village is four blocks in size, with narrow streets. Local commercial outlets include restaurants, grocery and bread stores. There are two primary schools, but no secondary education facilities.[1] Public buildings include an insect museum,[4] a library, a church, and gendarmerie. There is also a Sunday morning market at which Hmong weaving, embroidery and food can be purchased.[3] The main hotel in Cacao is L'Auberge des Orpailleurs.[5] Tourist activities include jungle tours, canoeing and kayaking. During December the village hosts a Hmong New Year's festival that lasts about 3–4 days.[6]


The economy is based on agriculture. The villagers have 1,375 hectares of land. A freshwater prawn farm has been setup and is exporting 1 to 1.2 tons to the United States and Puerto Rico every month. A sawmill employs 70 people.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Des Hmongs en Guyane". ANAI (National Association of Elders and Friends of Indochina) (in French). Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Cacao: an authentic Hmong village". Air France. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Bourg de Cacao". via Wikimix (in French). Archived from the original on August 3, 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  4. ^ "LE PLANEUR BLEU". Petite Fute (in French). Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Tous les carbets pour : "Cacao (commune de Roura)". Escapade Carbet (in French). Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Cacao via Facebook" (in French). Retrieved 31 May 2020.

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