Its Thursday and our final full day in Peru. It seems to have flashed passed but it also seems like we've been here forever. Unlike a "normal" holiday where we've stayed in one place for most of the time this one has felt like lots of shorter holidays back to back which has been good.
Our final arranged activity is chocolate making at the chocolate museum in Cusco. We started by learning about the Cacao bean which we then shelled, roasted and ground. We made a rough tasting tea from the shells and then some drinks from the ground beans. The first had honey, chilli and water added and the second was called conquistador hot chocolate with hot milk, cinnamon and clov s which was very tasty.
Unfortunately the event did go a bit downhill after this as we were then shown a mixing batch which was 70% cocoa and told it takes 24 hours to get to this stage. We were then told it has to be tempered and jane whispered to me that she'd always wanted to try and temper chocolate. However, this was all skirted over with no opportunity to learn or try and we were just given a cup of melted chocolate, a choice of plastic moods and some bits to mix in like gummy bears and smarties. It was a bit of fun but more like junior school play time than a chocolate making session.
We were asked to come back and collect them 40 minutes later so we went off to find some lunch.
Later we did some more exploring and had a look round the impressive main church in the main square. Everything is so over the top and covered in gold!