Day 26: Isabel Gutiérrez

I discovered the ChocoMuseo in the heart of Antigua, where the rich history of chocolate and the art of its creation converge. The air was filled with the sweet scent of cocoa, a reminder of the city's colonial past intertwined with indigenous traditions.

At the ChocoMuseo, I met Isabel Gutiérrez, a local chocolatier with skilled hands that told a story of craftsmanship and tradition. Isabel's family has been involved in chocolate making for generations. Her pride in her heritage is as palpable as the chocolate she tempers.

She guided me through the process of making chocolate from bean to bar and shared tales of her childhood. Cocoa beans were as much a part of her life as the cobblestone streets outside. She spoke of chocolate not just as a treat but as a cultural legacy, a medium for stories, and a bridge between past and present.

Isabel's passion for chocolate making was inspiring. She showed me the art of chocolate making and shared the cultural richness of Antigua.

Today was a testament to the fact that sometimes, the essence of a place can be best understood through the stories of its people.

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