Are you planning to visit Cancun any time soon? Surely, you must be thinking about lying on the beach, sunbathing, drinking a mojito and doing a little snorkeling in the turquoise, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. But Cancun is so much more than that. It has an interesting story to discover like the rest of Mexico. And one way to discover it is by visiiting museums. In this article, I will propose to visit an incredible museum: the Tequila Museum in Cancun, the first sensory museum in the world.
Cancun, known as the hotel city, is a famous resort destination in Latin America located on the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. This Mexican city that has the modern infrastructure (there are incredibly luxurious hotels in Cancun), entertaining activities, gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Its story began in 1967 when the federal government recognized the importance of the development of the tourism industry. In this way, in 1974, the National Fund for Tourism Development helped transform Cancun from a small fishermen village surrounded by virgin forests and undiscovered shores to one of the most impressive vacation spots in the continent. As I wrote above, Cancun offers tourists a great deal of attractions to visit. One of them is the Tequila Museum.
The Tequila Museum
The Sensory Tequila Museum is located in Casa Herradura in the iconic Cancun Hotel Zone on the Blvd. Kukulcan Km 12.5. This museum opened a few years ago to exhibit one of the most significant characteristics of the country: Tequila, the national drink. At the Sensory Museum, you will be able to witness the ancient and the modern ways to prepare this national spirit beverage which can only be produce in a specific part of the country. In Casa Herradura, you will also discover the history of the Hacienda San Jose del Refugio, the place where Tequila was born. But the museum is not called sensory for nothing, the aim of the tequila tour is that visitors can have the chance to smell, taste and feel the drinks as they get several tequila tastings by the best experts in the area.
It is known that the Aztecs made a beverage from the agave plant called octli way before the Spanish conquistadors arrived. Today, this national alcoholic beverage is one of the main features of the Mexican culture besides mariachis, fajitas, or nachos. But you might be wondering what Tequila is? Where does it come from? One of the things that you will learn at the Tequila Museum is that it comes from a plant called blue agave which grows mainly near the city of Tequila (40 miles northwest of Guadalajara) and in the highlands of the state of Jalisco. The conditions of the blue volcanic soil in that particular zone are perfect for the agave plant to grow (almost 300 millions of plants are grown each year) but each plant grows differently according to the area in which it is.
All in all, the Tequila Museum in Cancun is one of the best places to get to know the history and culture of Cancun as well as Mexico. Doing things like this will change your perspective of Cancun as a place in which you can only enjoy the beach. So come to the Tequila Museum and get ready to learn and have fun!
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