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“Educational, engaging and delicious!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of ChocoMuseo

ChocoMuseo
Calle Garcilaso 210 int 2nd floor, Cusco, Peru
084 24 47 65
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Ranked #22 of 100 attractions in Cusco
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Cacao and chocolate museum in Cusco, Peru. Learn about the history of cacao, the cacao tree and cacao in Peru. ChocoMuseo has its own artisanal chocolate factory which makes chocolate from organic Peruvian cacao beans. Finally ChocoMuseo offers chocolate workshops to make your own chocolate and cacao farm tours to see how real life in a plantation is. A unique experience for the whole family.
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Lima, Peru
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“Educational, engaging and delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Not to be missed, particularly if one has children ages 7 and up and 2 hours to spare on a chocolate workshop. Being in a chocolate producing region, a visit to this museum seems a very appropriate and educating experience. Well prepared and laid-out posters on the walls guide one through the rich history of chocolate. The friendly staff offers tastings of coco tea, coco infused pisco and a large variety of chocolate bars for purchase. The highlight, however, is the chocolate workshop, offered a few times a day and for which one needs to sign up ahead of time. During the workshop one learns hand-on all the steps of chocolate making, from cultivating, to roasting, peeling, grounding, mixing, cooling and shaping. Great fund and delicious for the small and grown-ups alike!

Visited July 2013
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“Chocolate Lovers' Heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

There are flyers at the tourist information centre (off Plaza de Armas) about this museum about making your own chocolate - with discount. The museum is upstairs in an old mansion, overlooking one of the pretty squares in central Cusco. There are Interesting displays with detailed information about the history, production and marketing of cocoa/chocolate. You can also watch the experts make chocolate treats. There is also a cafe where you can indulge with sitting also on the balcony. However, sitting is fairly limited and was filling up quickly when I visited. A small shop stocks yummy goods.

Visited May 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Small museum, not much unless you're making chocolate”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stopped in at this small museum and spent about half an hour. There are some small exhibits about the farming and manufacturing process, as well as a place to purchase some cocoa beverages and food items. There as a group of 6-8 people making chocolate from scratch - this seemed to be the highlight of the place.

Visited August 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Nice little museum, but watch the bill!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I went to the ChocoMuseo a couple of times during our stay in Cusco. It gives you a good understanding of the South and Central American roots of chocolate, as well as how it is processed etc. DEFINITELY try a Mayan hot chocolate (s/9 at the time of writing) - yum yum! You order and receive food and drinks at your table, then go to the counter to pay. It all works on an honesty system, and sometimes the paper dockets with your order don't seem to migrate to the counter at all, so be careful when you are paying your bill. The second time we went, the couple in the queue before me had not paid for their food, only their purchases, and because my docket had not turned up at all, it took some time to convince the assistant that I had not ordered the couple's food as well as my own (ie that I should not have to pay for it).

Otherwise, a lovely place and I highly recommend.

Visited August 2013
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Austin, TX
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“fun little side trip!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We had a couple of days in Cusco to acclimate to the altitude, and we found the Choco Museo. It was a nice little educational hour of chocolate and fun to see how it's made. We enjoyed making our own chocolates too-- tip: load up on the ingredients (like the nuts, sprinkles, etc...) to make it more enjoyable!

Visited June 2013
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