After a very hot visit to the Uxmal ruins in Mexico, we decided to go just up the road to Choco-Story, a museum about the history of cocoa in Mexico.
Getting there is easy. We drove there from the large city of Mérida, about 40 minutes away. We drove our rental car from Avante Car Rental and used Google Maps.
In addition to Google Maps, there are many road signs for Uxmal and Choco-Story, and it is hard to miss, as there aren’t a lot of other attractions in this area.
I believe this is a newer addition to the area, as it was not there when we visited about 20 years ago.
There was plenty of parking, and it was a short walk to the main building.
There are bathrooms right along the parking lot, as well as within the grounds of the museum.
The main building is a replica of Hacienda Uxmal, which was originally built in the 16th century on the sugar plantation of the Peón family.
We paid for tickets at the reception area. It was $165 MX Pesos for adults, so about $9 USD.
The reception area was very nice, with a pond and sculptures, as well as a shop to explore.
The whole museum is outdoors, with open-air huts throughout.
It was a hot day, but most of the museum can be enjoyed in the shade, from covered areas to walkways shrouded by trees.
Cocoa played a large part in the history of Mexico. The Mayans were among the first to discover how to consume cacao. Over 4,000 years ago, they created a drink that became a tradition.
The different exhibits walk you through everything related to cocoa, including the origin, distribution and uses around the world.
Each building has a different theme, from harvesting cocoa to history of use.
Most of the museum is self-guided, however there is one building where you can watch a demonstration of the ancient Mayan form of preparation. Here, there was a guide speaking in both English and Spanish, and prepared a Chokoj Ha drink for the audience.
There is also a Mayan Ceremony, but we have seen the ceremony at other tourist sites, so we did not go to this one.
I enjoyed the different areas to explore, from botanical gardens to a meliponario (beehives).
There was also wildlife to view and even interact with. There was food for the monkeys, which were so gentle as they took food from our hands.
We learned about different trees and plants around the property.
There were bathrooms on the property, which was convenient.
There is a gift shop at the end of the museum, where they sell chocolate and other souveniers.
We enjoyed our time at Choco Story. Some of the museum exhibits were boring for the kids, but overall it was a nice mix of activities.
Visit the Choco Story website at https://choco-storymexico.com/es/
Check out our other Mexico blog posts.
About the Author: Marysa
Busy blogger and mom of two girls! We love traveling and the great outdoors, and are always looking for our next adventure!
I am sure I’d enjoy this spot. It looks beautiful. I’d probably load up on that chocolate in the gift shop.
It sounds reasonably priced for entrance. My kids would love feeding the monkeys. I bet they’d want loads of chocolate to take home too.
It looks like a fun way to learn more about chocolate. My daughter was just in Mexico and used your blog as a resource for figuring out what they wanted to do. She had a lovely trip.
I love chocolate so this sounds like a museum for me! It looks beautiful too!
What a nice place. I love that you can see animals up close.
I would love to check this out the next time I’m visiting Mexico.
I would love to visit and take photos. Cocoa is an important crop and it would be interesting to find out the history.
It’s interesting to know about the history of cocoa and how important of a crop it is. It’s proof that we all need chocolate in our lives!
Wow! The place is just so mesmerizing, a nature-loving person will definitely make this place his/her home! Such a lovely place to visit!
The property looks beautiful, as are the chocolate containers in the gift shop. I like that there are more things to look at than the history and process (not that they’re not enjoyable, I just love looking at animals too!).
Wow…. stunning pictures and t seems you travel a lot! I am a but jelly as I am way overdue for a getaway and need it badly! Looks like a blast and memories for sure!
I love Mexico. I love it’s culture and I would like to visit more places there! They are so particular!
What a great place to visit. I want to go some day soon.
Such an interesting place! Great things to do! Loved reading about it!
I’d love to see Uxmal one day. I’m overdue for a family trip, and I think this should be our next destination.
This looks like a really fun and interesting place to visit. I would love the interaction with the wildlife.
What an amazing place to visit, it looks like you all had a great day, definitely somewhere I know I would love to visit with my family
What a fab trip to take and how doesn’t love chocolate right!? We would deffo love to do this for sure x
That is so so cool! I love going with my family to experiences like this one, super cool and you learn a lot in the process.
Sounds like such an interesting place to visit. And what beautiful surroundings to explore x
I didn’t realize this about the Mayans and the cocoa – so interesting. We’ve been to Mexico a few times and we always enjoy our visits there.
I have friends who try to visit Mexico every year. Look at that bird. such a beauty!
I’d love to visit Mexico. The food, landmarks, and cities are all so magnificent. Thanks for sharing!
I keep hearing about this in Mexico and it looks like such a lovely experience. I am going to have to book a trip here soon for myself for sure.
My whole family loves chocolate and we would enjoy a trip to Choco-Story to find out more about the place and the history of cocoa during the museum visit