Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
Trip End May 31, 2012

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Choco Museum, Cusco

Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Friday, March 9, 2012

After a tiring ride back from Ollantaytambo the previous night, unsurprisingly we were not early up. We decided to take it easy and book a flight for the following morning to Arequipa, instead of going for the obligatory 10 hr night bus. So we had the rest of the day free and decided to visit the Choco Museum. We opted for the 4pm workshop, from beans to bar, and during which we got to make three chocolate drinks (Morgane you would have been in Heaven!) The first was cocoa husks in hot water - tea that tasted like chocolate but zero calories, amazing! The next was a Mayan drink made with cocoa bean pulp, hot water, chilli, and in Mayan times, blood from a noble person! They did this by piercing the tongue with a cactus spike. This drink was only for high society members, and in those times cocoa beans were used as currency very often, 10 beans for a cow and so on. The next drink was from the Spanish invaders, hot milk, cocoa, cinnamon, much more like the modern hot chocolate drink. James doesn't like hot choc - that was a shame as I got double :)

After trying the drinks we got to follow the process through to molten chocolate, and then make our own chocolates with a range of fillings, in either milk or dark. We were with a lovely Chilean family throughout and were exchanging chocolate and kisses by the end!

After the (exhausting) process of eating and drinking so much chocolate we had a quick dinner and then headed out for dancing. This was the same venue we had been to on the previous Tuesday and they were very welcoming again. The DJ was excellent and there were more couples this time. We stayed until the reggaeton took over and then headed for bed around midnight as we needed to be at the airport for 5am!

Incidentally a note on the airport - how many LAN staff members does it take to set up the barriers for check-in at 5am? Answer: all of them! About 20 people I think. Unfortunately they all then left for tea break so no one could actually check in.   :)

- Liz.
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Morgane on

I'm mentioned in your post!! WOOHOO!!! :-D
Yes, I would have liked to be with you guys although I have to confess that I struggle with rich chocolate drinks... contrary to rich chocolate desserts which are my favorite! x

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