The Mayan civilization is believed to have started the cultivation of cacao to make chocolate. The Ecomuseo del Cacao, in the Yucatan Peninsula tells the story of Mayan Cacao. The Museum, located on the Puuc Route near the town of Ticul in the Yucatan peninsula, is a true find for history and chocolate lovers. The best part: the hot chocolate-making demonstration by local Mayans who hand crush and hand froth the chocolate before adding spices such as Canela (Cinnamon) Pimienta gorda (Allspice) and Chile (Hot Pepper). It’s out of the way and very much off the beaten track, but its well worth a stop in the jungle.