Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean sea now known to be one of the safest places in the world and my absolute favorite stop during our honeymoon! This was definitely the day that I looked forward to the most because I have always wanted to visit Mexico! Having always been an avid fan of Mexican cuisine, I was more than eager to try authentic Mexican food and let me just say, it is better than what I had expected!
The first stop on our tour was to the Mayan Cacao Company. Our tour guide, Moy, brought us through a real Mayan House and taught us how to count the Mayan way, how cacao beans were actually used as currency and how chocolate was only for the upper class (like emperors) during that time. This portion of the tour makes you realize that the Mayans were smarter than most of us today, they were very skilled and intelligent people that were truly a cut above the rest. He also taught us how the Mayan Numeration System worked and how to read the Mayan Calendar.
A woman will only cost you 20-50 cocoa beans but a turkey would set you back 200 cocoa beans!
They showed how cacao beans are grown, harvested, and converted to chocolate.
This is actually pure cocoa on a toasted tortilla – cocoa in this form is actually tangy and savory, there is nothing sweet about it! You could taste a hint of the cocoa itself but it is the furthest thing from the chocolate we all know and love.
After our Cocoa Tour – we stopped by their bar and grabbed a couple of drinks to take with us on the ride to our next stop. It was already 10am so of course, we got a couple of chocolate margaritas to go. They were to die for!! I regret not getting 2 for myself. The smoothness of the tequila really brought out the sweetness of the cacao.
Our next stop – TEQUILA TASTING!
We got to try 9 different types of Tequila, yes, that does mean we had 9 shots of tequila. It was glorious. These tequilas went down like water because of how amazingly smooth they were, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed tequila like this. (Tequila is not actually taken as a shot in Mexico, the Mexicans prefer to sip slowly so they can taste the true flavor of the drink). All of these tequilas were organic and all natural, I didn’t think that would make a difference but after having this, Jose Cuervo just isn’t that easy to drink anymore. I especially enjoyed the Extra Anejo Tequila, it is the most aged and expensive form of Tequila. The brand that we tried is Regalo de Dios and a bottle would set you back a little over Php 3,000. It is seriously the smoothest tequila I have ever tasted.
Besides the different aged tequilas, the other tequilas we also tried were flavored – Mango, Guanabana (Guyabano), Pina Colada, Cherry, and Coffee. All delicious in their own way, you wouldn’t even know it’s tequila.
After this tour, we decided to take a taxi down town, rent some bikes and go to a couple of places that we researched beforehand. We had authentic burritos, more chocolates and my favorite – fresh mangoes with loads of Tanjin!
What was your favorite tour like? 🙂