This is the pathway through one of the growing areas of the cocoa plantation that we visited near to Uxmal in southern Yucatan. This place was amazing and interestingly enough, one of a kind. No one has farmed large amount of cocoa within the Yucatan since the mayan classic period. Cocoa, or Kakaw in mayan, was sacred to the mayan people and was usually taken as a drink mixed with water (or blood in some cases) and various spices. Previous to the discovery of the beans, the native people would suck out the sweet pulp of the cocoa pod and discard the beans. The cocoa bean actually became so valuable within the culture that it developed into a currency within mayan society. The drink held a place of power, knowledge, and strength within the mayan religion and often was heavily used during various rituals (really cool). I would definitely suggest looking up more about the drink and the bean as there is a lot to know about this plant that we tend to take for granted.