It's chocks away for Peru cocoa salon

17th Jun 2013

Next month sees Peru host one of South America's must-see festivals and events for chocolate lovers.

The fourth Peru Cocoa and Chocolate Salon, which is staged from July 5-7 in the capital of Lima, is recommended for sweet-toothed tourists on city breaks there.

The event aims to promote local consumption of cacao, the bean-like seeds from which cocoa and chocolate are made, and to educate tourists about the product's nutritional benefits.

The jamboree is expected to be full of fun and surprises, such as the chocolate replica of Peru's ancient Inca ruins site Machu Picchu which graced the inaugural event in 2010.

The three-day salon, which is organised by Peruvian Association of Cocoa Producers (Appcacao) and other private and public groups, builds on Peru's growing reputation for chocolate tourism.

Chocolate is very popular here, and hosts two "Choco Museos" in Lima and Cusco.

These enable guests to relax and sample speciality chocolate, see how it is made and join in with chocolate workshops.

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