Mayan Culture and Chocolate
This chocolate adventure is like no other excursion you will experience. Learn all about the chocolate making process, visit a family of chocolate artisans, and even enjoy a delicious breakfast on your journey. You also visit the Izapa Archeological site before taking a guided city tour.
Your guided chocolate excursion is filled with fun stops that will delight your senses. The smell of chocolate hangs in the air while you meet a family of artisans who walk you through the process of chocolate making. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, complete with samples of delicious chocolates.
After a delightful meal, head to the Izapa Archeological site to learn the fascinating history of the Mayan culture. Your guide will tell you all about the interesting beginnings of the Maya Culture in Ancient Izapa.
Your journey continues with a tour of Tapachula. Explore the city and visit interesting landmarks before meeting at the center to return. Book this tasty Puerto Chiapas tour for flavor and ancient insights.
We were on a small group tour with 10 people. Counting the driver and guide made 12. They showed up in a VERY tight 12 passenger van. This made it very difficult for the customers (all senior citizens) to crawl into the middle and back rows. Once in van all was ok. Chocolate tour was great because we met the elderly woman who won the world's best chocolate award from like 10 years ago (Mexico flew her to Italy to compete and she won!). Great story. We were fed and given bottled water and coffee there while we watched and participated in her chocolate making process. Next was a Mayan ruins stop. Our guide got us a close parking spot and moved us through the complex of ruins at a steady pace with very informative narration. The time spent at both locations seemed just right. There was enough time for some shopping at both locations. Got back to the ship 2 hours before it was time to sail. I highly recommend this tour even with the tight conditions in the travel van.
Reviewer: Mary L. Gorman
This was a wonderful surprise and a true local experience. We went to Josephine's house, had a marvelous breakfast under her amazing bougainvillea and then she roasted and ground cocoa beans letting us help.
What a delightful excursion for a small group. Our guide and hostess let us participate in roasting and grinding the cocoa nuts. The breakfast was unique and delightful and the hot chocolate was superb.
Reviewer: Heather and Robert McCleary
Wow!!! Being invited into her home, sitting down being served a traditional Mexican lunch along with hot chocolate (on an extremely hot day) was fantastic. Then we were invited into making 100% chocolate from scratch - picking cacao pod, splitting it open, roasting it over an open fire, the husking it, and finally pressing them into a chocolate powder. The powder was then pressed into round cakes. We all had the chance to do each of the steps involved in the process. The hot chocolate was the best we ever drank. Hopefully this tradition of chocolate making will not be lost. The Mayan ruins were interesting and the talk given by our guide was very informative. Our tour guide and driver were excellent.
Reviewer: Sue Ellen Gary
The visit to Josephina's time "chocolate factory" was a highlight of my Panama Canal cruise. Got to taste the pulp of the cocoa fruit, roast some of the cocoa beans on the fire griddle in her small courtyard and grind the roasted beans with her metate. She had us taste each step of the process. We even were served a breakfast tamal with mole sauce and REAL hot chocolate. The Mayan ruin is much older than those in the Yucatan and eastern Guatemala, so it was small and primitive (need to be prepared for that). The guide was great, too. Very interesting narrative on the drive to and from the ship.