Mundo Maya Blog
About this blog
Travelers to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras in 2012 can expect a yearlong celebration of Maya culture, past and present—and Moon Maya 2012 author Joshua Berman is blogging about all of it.
- Maya 2012: A Round-up of Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras
- Reporting for National Geographic on Maya winter solstice in Belize
- Maya calendar cycle celebrated throughout Central America
- Feliz B'aktun! The New Dawn is Here: The First Sunrise in Caracol, Belize
- Maya Calendar 101: What Does “December 21, 2012” Really Mean?
- Gifts for Mayaphiles
- Books on the Maya: Suggested Reading for 2012
- Izapa Sunrise Story by Mary Jo McConahay
- Tranquilo Radio Tour 2012: Seven hours straight of talking about travel
- Tune in this Wednesday! Maya 2012 author Josh Berman on a radio show near you!
- End Maya-Aztec calendar confusion now!
- Q&A with Maya Experts on Satellite Imagery of Archaeological Sites
- Maya response to 'doomsday' 2012 stories
- Only a couple of rooms left for "The Great Return: Copan 2012" tour of a lifetime!
- 5 Questions about Traveling in the Mundo Maya for Rafael Garcia
The Mundo Maya's Chocolate Trail
Of the many special tours being offered throughout the Mundo Maya countries in the year 2012, the most delicious are no doubt the chocolate tours. It is no secret that the Maya have a long history of consuming cacao. A new book by Sharon Greenhill, Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods, also celebrates this.
The two best places to hop on the modern chocolate trail are southern Belize and Mérida, Mexico. In Belize, you'll find the annual Cacao Festival in late May, 2012, will be celebrated with all kinds of special events for next year. For the specifics of where to go in Belize, check out my article and slide show in Budget Travel, "On the Chocolate Trail."
In Mérida, chocolate maker Ki’ Xocolatl (www.ki-xocolatl.com) has a four-day culinary adventure they call The Great Cacao Expedition which offers chocolate cooking workshops in a colonial mansion, visits to Maya ceremonial cities, and a day at a cacao and spice plantation.
Also in Mérida, Casa Frederick Catherwood (tel. 999/165-4986, info [at] casacatherwood [dot] com) and MexicaChica Getaways (tel. 999/901-5430, U.S. tel. 214/329-9754, www.mexicachica.com) are offering intensive five-day 2012 Chocolate Expeditions; includes visits to archaeological sites and tours of a cacao plantation and a museum.