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.
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