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Review of EcoMuseo del Cacao

EcoMuseo del Cacao
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Ticul
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Owner description: Ven a descubrir en un lugar maravilloso y fuera de lo comun, la misteriosa historia del cacao y su intima relacion con la cultura maya. Estamos ubicados entre los sitios arqueologicos de Xlapak y de Labna en el Km 20 de la Ruta Puuc, a la entrada de una plantacion de Cacao, la Plantacion Tikul
Reviewed 7 March 2013

We visited this museum which is located about 15 min from Santa Elena, between the smaller Labna and Xlapak archaeological sites. There is good signage along the road - you can't miss it!
The museum takes you through the history of the cocoa bean and how it arrived in Mexico, its sacred link to the Maya culture, how it is grown and how chocolate is made from the cocoa beans. There are numerous Mayan huts along a path which also housed artifacts and pictures. The Blue Guy did his best to coerce us into coming with him (it took awhile as we were busy looking and reading inside the huts) and we finally relented. I figured maybe we were going to be sacrificed to their gods! We went down a path and were met by a Shaman. Continued down the path to watch a ceremony of offering cocoa to a god. This was interesting, although a tad touristy. We were then shown how hot chocolate is made and treated to a small cup of it. After this we went back to the huts to continue reading and taking pictures. There were also some nice plants and flowers along the pathways for photo ops.
There is a nice gift store where they sell yummy chocolate bars, chocolate soap, chocolate hand lotion and cold beverages. (We had been to their Merida store and the prices at the museum are cheaper). The washrooms are very modern and clean. There is a small playground for the kids and a turtle home. There may be a simple cafeteria as there are tables on the veranda outside the store that sells the above mentioned items. Or maybe the tables are just for people enjoying beverages. (Chocolate Beer was tried by my husband and 18 yr old son...)
We enjoyed the tour and would recommend this for all ages.

Thank Albertamom-of-4
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

It's an hour and a half outside of Merida, but an easy drive and worth the effort. Lots of small exhibits, and actors depicting a Maya ceremony, make it memorable. A demonstration of chocolate techniques is interesting, and a gift shop makes it easy to bring home souvenirs everyone will expect.

Thank Steeroyo
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

This is a must-see! There are five Mayan-style huts which present the importance of cacao to the Mayan people. Along the path are plaques describing the indigenous plants. Then we were privileged to watch a Mayan ceremony. Afterwards, we enjoyed a presentation of how cocoa is made. Even the bathrooms are gorgeous. We thoroughly enjoyed this museum.

Thank nekko8
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

A little further away but make it a day trip and visit Sotuta de Peon or another nearby hacienda. Make sure to see the demo and taste the chocolate drink :-)

Thank Clouti
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

The ruta Puuc is an amazing day trip, but what is even more amazing than the mayan ruins of Uxmal is the Museo del Cacao! The day we went was overcast which was nice because you do walk a bit, the way the explain how the mayans used the Cacao in so many different formats was great, the best part was the lady who roasted the beans and let us try them fresh, the only thing I wish they had was a place to eat a traditional mayan meal this would be my only complaint.

Thank Mexoso
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