Chocolate Museum

Carretera Federal 261
Uxmal, YU - Map It
Phone: (999) 192-5385

AAA Editor Notes

Chocolate Museum (Choco-Story M&#233;xico) is just off Mex. 261, across the road from the Uxmal Ruins. This open-air museum, on the grounds of a cacao plantation, showcases the history of cacao production in the Yucat&#225;n region. After passing through the neo-colonial entrance building, visitors walk along a trail where thatched palapas contain exhibits about cacao's sacred link to the Mayan people and a more general overview of chocolate production. Background information is in both Spanish and English.</br>Along with demonstrations of how the dried and fermented fatty seed of the cacao tree&#8212;one of the fundamental building blocks in the creation of chocolate&#8212;is processed, visitors can sample a traditional Mayan drink made from organic cocoa and spices that is not the sweet beverage one might expect. A re-enactment of a traditional Mayan ceremony is also presented. The lovely grounds feature a variety of orchids and labeled plants as well as habitats for spider monkeys and jaguars rescued from the wild.</br>Bus transportation via ADO (the Puuc Route bus) departs Fri.-Sun. at 8 a.m. from the Union Terminal in downtown M&#233;rida, at Calle 69 #554 (between calles 68 and 70).</br>Food is available. </br>
120 pesos (about $6.45 U.S.); 90 pesos (ages 6-12 and 65+). Tours led by a guide are available for an additional fee.
Hours: Daily 9-6. Closed Jan. 1, Christmas Eve, Christmas and Dec. 31. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.