Most Delightful Cusco Museum: the Chocolate Museum in Cusco Peru

When I was in Cusco, the Inca Capital of Peru, I was looking for some fun things to do that didn’t involve taking a tour or getting up at 6 am. While roaming the streets of this ancient city, I found a little sign just one street away from the main Plaza de Armas. The sign lured me to the Chocomuseo Cusco: a Chocolate Museum in Cusco.

I had a delicious afternoon and I also learned a thing or two about chocolate. Are you traveling to Peru and looking for fun entertainment while in Cusco? The Chocomuseo Cusco might be right for you too!

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The most delightful Cusco museum is the Chocolate Museum in Cusco. Learn about chocolate and do the chocolate workshop in Peru at the Choco Museum Cusco

Chocomuseo Cusco Peru

When I travel, I love to roam around museums. But the Cusco Chocolate Museum is unlike any museum I have ever been to before. I am not even sure if it’s a real museum.

Yes, I learned a lot about cacao beans, sustainable cacao growth, and the history of making chocolate.

But the chocolate museum in Cusco felt more like a big shop with a lot of information.

And how could they not?

They sell the most delicious Peruvian chocolate while informing you about this healthy treat! If you decide to visit only 1 of the Cusco museums, please have some fun and make it the Chocomuseo in Cusco!

Visit the chocolate museum in Cusco Peru for learning fun stuff and get treated to all kinds of chocolate delights in Peru
I didn’t know those cacao beans were that big
Visit the chocolate museum in Cusco Peru for learning fun stuff and get treated to all kinds of chocolate delights in Peru
The entrance to the Chocolate Museum in Cusco Peru, is like stepping into someone’s living room.

What to see and do at the Chocolate Museum in Cusco?

The Cusco Chocolate Museum is very informal and you do not have to walk around with your hands on your back. There are no glass cages to look at like in other Cusco museums.

The museum is situated in an old colonial building on the second floor right in the center of Cusco.

Visit the chocolate museum in Cusco Peru for learning fun stuff and get treated to all kinds of chocolate delights in Peru
Cacao pods on display

Information and displays about chocolate

Chocolate is my favorite treat in the whole wide world.

Yes, I love candy and yes I liked my Food Tour around Nice, France a lot.

there is nothing better than the bitter-sweet indulgent flavour of dark chocolate melting on your tongue.

But even though it is my #1 comfort food, I didn’t know everything about it.

That was actually my main reason to visit the chocolate museum in Cusco because I wanted to know more about cacao and chocolate.

Visit the chocolate museum in Cusco Peru for learning fun stuff and get treated to all kinds of chocolate delights in Peru
You can touch, feel, and smell the cacao nibs

The museum shows you a lot of interesting things. From the harvest of the cacao beans to the drying of the cacao pods.

learn what different products people can make from cacao (like powder, paste, and butter). The museum also shows you a lot about the history of chocolate.

From the Mayan people to the conquistadors taking over South America to modern-day UTZ Farming.

You can feel the cacao, touch the machines, and get close to the different products too! Everything was displayed in 3 languages (English, Spanish, and French) and the text was informative but not too long.

Want to learn fun stuff and get treated to all kinds of chocolate delights in Peru? Go to the chocolate museum in Cusco and indulge yourself with chocolate!
The life of a cacao bean

Tasting of different flavors of Peruvian chocolate

But the best part was yet to come.

After going through the whole museum (it is not that big), I lingered around the central area.

I was invited by one of the staff members to taste all kinds of chocolate products! Obviously, I couldn’t refuse such an invitation.

Visit the chocolate museum in Cusco Peru for learning fun stuff and get treated to all kinds of chocolate delights in Peru
The different flavors of chocolate pastes

There were different flavors of chocolate pastes, one bitter, the other more sweet or spicy.

It didn’t matter how much I asked for, each time I received a new scoop to taste a new flavor.

Sinfully delicious! 

The texture of the paste is smooth and creamy like, while the chocolate hides its dark and bitter flavor in the deeper layers of the paste.

What would be your favorite flavor?

After the pastes, I tried some of the liquors, but they packed quite a punch, so I only tasted a few. It wasn’t my intention to roll out of the museum!

Visit the chocolate museum in Cusco Peru for learning fun stuff and get treated to all kinds of chocolate delights in Peru
Chocolate Liqueurs for sampling

The Chocolate Museum Cusco Cafe

After all the learning and tasting it was time to indulge in a little more chocolate.

The chocolate museum in Cusco has a little café, overlooking the small plaza Regocijo in Cusco. They serve all kinds of chocolate delights, like cakes, desserts, and pancakes.

What to think of chocolate fondue? Or a hot or cold chocolate drink?

Of course, I had to try some of it. Do you think you can resist the sweet temptation of the seductive chocolate treats? I don’t think so.

Want to learn fun stuff and get treated to all kinds of chocolate delights in Peru? Go to the chocolate museum in Cusco and indulge yourself with chocolate!
Delicious treats to choose from. Which one would you pick?

The Chocolate Workshop at the museum

At the chocolate museum in Cusco, you can also make your own chocolates at the chocolate workshop.

In Cusco, they have 2 chocolate workshops, one is called “From the cacao bean to the chocolate bar” and the other is a workshop where you’ll make your own chocolate truffles.

Unfortunately, I was running a little late and the last chocolate workshop of the day just started and was full.

I can’t tell you what it is like but I talked with people at my hostel. They enjoyed the chocolate workshop where they made their own truffles.

What better way to learn about chocolate than to make it yourself? And eat it too!

The bean-to-bar chocolate workshop lasts 2 hours. For children under 13 years old, there are discounts. If you want to secure a spot, you can book the Chocolate Workshop online.

Visit the chocolate museum in Cusco Peru for learning fun stuff and get treated to all kinds of chocolate delights in Peru
Chocolate drink at the cafe.

Practical Details for Cusco Chocolate Museum

When I returned home, I learned the Chocolate Museum in Cusco was not the only one. The Chocomuseo has many other museums throughout South America, like in Granada, Nicaragua, or Lima, Peru to name a few.

Here are more details for the Chocolate Museum in Cusco:

Address: Plaza Regocijo 216, Cusco, Peru
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 9.00 am to 7.30 pm
Entrance: Free

Do you like chocolate?

Of course, you do!

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Want to do something fun and informative and get treated to all kinds of chocolaty delights?

Head to the chocolate museum in Cusco Peru and share your pictures of chocolate goodness when you return!

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Looking for more fun stuff to do in Peru, that isn’t Machu Picchu? Check out my story on Huacachina and the things to do in Paracas Peru.

Want to walk off all those delicious chocolate treats? Hike the Colca Canyon in Arequipa.

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  2. Taiss

    You had me at “chocolate” !!!!!!!! As if I needed another reason to go to Peru! Great article of the stuff to do and really makes me want to visit! I just pinned your article, too!

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