Bye-bye Hershey's, so long Jet! Choco Museo’s arrival on Cartagena’s iconic plaza, Plaza Fernandez de Madrid, is the beacon of chocolaty hope you’ve been smacking your lips for.
Address: Plaza Fernandez de Madrid, Cartagena, Colombia
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Sliced into three separate slabs, ChocoMuseo, meaning Chocolate Museum, offers a comprehensive three course taster session into the elaborate chocolate making experience.
You could almost argue that chocolate has become the new coffee, if it wasn’t for the amazing coffees that Choco Museo also sell in their cafe (more on that later).
The front consists of a shop selling not only dark, milk and white chocolate in various shapes and sizes, but also teas, trinkets and chocolate-derived body treatments and candles so your body and surroundings can taste and smell like a human size Snickers bar.
For those that want to know what happens before you unwrap a bar of chocolate, waltz into the middle room where you'll find the ‘museum’, with information explaining the history and process of our favourite treat.
If all that coco-staring spurs your appetite, you can indulge in a hot chocolate (for research purposes) and a delicious chocolate snack (ditto) in their well-stocked cafe.
If the shop, cafe and all those free samples weren’t enough, they have one more treat in store that will well and truly floor any Willy Wonka fan: a chocolate making factory where you can make your own chocolate!
Book one of their chocolate making masterclasses to learn how to create a chocolate selection of your very own from scratch with one of their multi-lingual maestros. There you’ll beat, grind and smash coco beans before cooking, shaping and decorating your own tray to take home with you.
Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.
Constructed on one of three islands that are now connected to the Colombian mainland, the historic walled city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Ever since UNESCO made the announcement the money has poured into restoring the incredible architecture contained inside its historic walls. Wandering aimlessly through Cartagena's historic center is without question it's one of the highlights of any trip to Colombia.
Centro has lost none of its importance over the last three centuries, thanks to the universal allure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area.
While the riches of the region no longer flow through Cartagena on their way from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to Spain, the city has maintained its position as the colonial gem in Colombia's Caribbean crown.
Cartagena's best hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.
The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze, added security, papal pardons and the chance to get an early first whiff of pirates.
While it was home to the slave traders of yesteryear, today not much has changed with only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list able to afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.
As well as hosting the most opulent churches and principal tourist landmarks, Centro is home to the best bars and restaurants in Cartagena.
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