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Festival de Chocolate at Vallarta Botanical Garden

December 15, 2017

On January 5, 2018, the Vallarta Botanical Garden will host a Festival de Chocolate. Make plans now to come out and learn more about 'the food of the gods' while enjoying chocolate tours, tastings and more!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - On January 5, 2018, Vallarta Botanical Garden will host a Festival celebrating Chocolate, known in the Nahua language as Xocolatl - and everyone is invited!

The cacao bean, the basis of cocoa and chocolate, is one of Mexico's many culinary gifts to the world. Cacao beans come from a small evergreen tree native to Mexico's south tropical region commonly known as the cacao tree, or by its scientific name Theobroma Cacao, which literally means "food of the gods."


The Olmecs (1500-400 BC) were the first to grow cocoa in Mexico. In the course of centuries, the cocoa culture spread to the Maya (600 BC) and Aztec (1400 BC) civilizations. The Mayans used the cocoa pod to create a drink around the year 600. The cacao beans were ground and then mixed with water, ground corn and chile pepper. Often flavored with vanilla, this drink was known as "chocolate." The Aztecs prepared a concentrated bitter beverage called techocolat, whose consumption was reserved exclusively for the emperor, nobles and warriors.

For these civilizations, cocoa was a symbol of abundance that was used during religious rituals dedicated to Quetzalcoat, the Aztec god, and Chak Ek Chuah, the patron saint of Mayan cocoa.

Since cacao trees are abundant at Vallarta Botanical Garden, what better place to celebrate one of Mexico's most traditional ancestral delights?

Make plans now to come out to the Garden's Festival de Chocolate, where you can learn more about "the food of the gods" while enjoying:

Chocolate tours
Folkloric dance performances
Chocolate samples
Food specials
Chocolate drinks
and much more!

Admission is $200 pesos per person, which includes Garden entry fees.


Visit the internationally famous Vallarta Botanical Garden located just 30 minutes south of Old Town at Km. 24 on Highway 200 and easily accessible by public transportation and taxi. This 60 acre wildlife preserve and botanical garden have something fun for everyone. Over 200 species of birds have been observed on the Garden's grounds. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip in the jungle river. See plantings of vanilla, chocolate, and hundreds of other botanical delights! Authentic Mexican Cuisine is served in the Hacienda de Oro Restaurant from 10 am to 5 pm. The Garden is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Garden admission is just $150 pesos. For more information, call (322) 223-6182 or visit vbgardens.org.

Click HERE to learn more about Vallarta Botanical Gardens.