Listen up chocolate addicts! Did you know that Peru is the 13th largest cacao (cocoa bean) exporter in the world and that you can taste some fabulous chocolate right here in Cusco? If, like myself you love indulging in all varieties of the chocolate kind don´t miss out on the Chocomuseo Chocolate Museum Cusco.
Located on the second floor of an old colonial building with great views of the Plaza Regocijo this is one of our favourite places to visit in Cusco. Entry is free into the small museum where you can learn about the history of chocolate, how it is grown and how cacao is transformed into the chocolate we know and love so well today. Colourful, interactive displays with interesting facts – did you know the Chinese eat only 1 bar of chocolate for every 1,000 eaten by the British or that a small rabbit was worth 30 cocoa beans in Aztec society making this museum a fun place to learn about chocolate for all the family.
The highlight of any visit however is choosing a table that overlooks the square below, sipping one of their fabulous hot chocolate creations and nibbling on a selection of their handmade truffles. The hot chocolate comes served thick in a small bowl; you then mix it into the mug of warm milk provided and season with cloves and cinnamon. Mmmm…
Best of Peru Travel Recommends:
- Take home some of their hand made chocolate bars if you are looking for small gifts for friends and family.
- If you have a bit more time, try on of their chocolate-making workshops and learn how to make your own chocolate masterpieces!