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Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Local Food Walking Tour

1. Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Local Food Walking Tour

Dive into Mexican food and cultural experience in one of Playa del Carmen’s most unassuming neighborhoods on this 3-hour walking guided food tour. Taste incredibly distinct cuisine from Italy and Lebanon to Chiapas and Mexico City, all brought together in a multicultural city. Visit street stalls that are famous for their secretly spiced tacos: cochinita, carnitas, pastor, and more. Walk to a local restaurant known for the best chocolate-spiced mole in town - a rich spiced sauce that pairs with slow-cooked chicken. Sample the culinary diamonds of Playa del Carmen while becoming deeply aware of the Mayan Riviera’s history, culture, and geography. Learn the origins of one of the world’s most-loved cuisines: traditional Mexican food. See secret, less known areas kept under the radar, such as family-run markets where they stock hard-to-find seasonal fruits, vegetables, and fresh-squeezed juices. Finish your walk on a sweet note: at one of Playa del Carmen’s best, handmade popsicle shops. Try classic, Mexican ice or milk-based frozen popsicles that are infused with the local, exotic fruits of the area.

Tulum: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

2. Tulum: 3-Hour Local Food Tasting Tour

Explore Tulum and discover local eateries. Enjoy authentic Mexican food while learning about the city's culture and history. Your tour begins with delectable bites of tacos de guisado, followed by fresh fruit juices and some more regional tacos. Afterwards, hear about the history of Tulum and the surrounding areas as you make your way to the local market. Arrive at the market to enjoy more flavors of Tulum. While here you'll try the authentic Mexican dishes of tamales and mole. Continue on to avoid the tourist hot spots and head to the fruit market where you'll conclude your food tour with a refreshing dessert. This is a unique experience where you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide that will take you around Tulum, typically away from common tourist hot-spots to taste the authentic flavors of Mexico and meet its people.

From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

3. From Cancún: Coba, Cenote, Tulum and Playa del Carmen Tour

Discover the Mayan Riviera first-hand on a guided tour of the region. Swim in the clear waters of a cenote, and marvel at an old Mayan city, among other local natural and cultural wonders. Begin your tour with a visit to Tulum, an old Mayan city built on the seashore. Marvel at its vestiges, including El Castillo, El Templo de Los Frescos, and its beautiful white sand beach. Next, discover Cobá, a hidden Mayan town, now in ruins, boasting the tallest pyramid in the entire Yucatán Peninsula. Climb up to the top to admire the sprawling jungle surrounding you and marvel at its sounds. Stop for a buffet lunch along your tour and taste local delicacies. Afterward, head to the Cenote Zemway, an other-wordly natural underground sinkhole filled with crystalline water where you can swim. End your Mexican tour with a visit to Playa del Carmen, a vibrant city in the Caribbean - a perfect spot for some shopping.

Tulum: Classic Tulum Bike Tour

4. Tulum: Classic Tulum Bike Tour

Your Tulum Bike Tour wlll begin as you meet your guide at the central office and receive a safety briefing and all necessary equipment including helmet and bike. Then, it's off to discover everything the area has to offer. You will learn about the local history as you ride through quiet roads, forest trails and beach paths to see a variety of natural attractions and witness the cultural legacy of this exceptional town. This will be the perfect way to explore Tulum as the tour is full of art, culture, history and fun. You will get to visit the ancient Maya ruins with a professional historical guide and cycle by wonderful waters of the Caribbean. Then, you'll head downtown and learn of the mural art scene, the tastiest street food, the local heart of Tulum and the cosmopolitan town of today. You will also learn about Mayan traditions and beliefs, the art of native beekeeping and where to find the best tacos, mojitos, ice cream and music in town.  Finish the tour by jumping into the cooling waters of a beautiful cenote: crystal clear freshwater sinkholes surrounded by the lush jungle. This will be an insider's view of Tulum, led by experienced and dedicated guides who share their love of nature, history, biking and fun with you. Your tour will end at approximately 13:00 in the central office. 

Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, and Playa del Carmen Day Trip

5. Quintana Roo: Tulum, Cobá, and Playa del Carmen Day Trip

Discover natural and archeological treasures of Riviera Maya on this guided day trip. Choose your ideal starting point and set off to see the historical hotspots of Cobá and Tulum. See the evolution of a society as you walk the modern streets of Playa del Carmen, along the Caribbean coast. At Cobá you’ll find Nohoch Mul, the highest pyramid of the Yucatán peninsula. Race to the top or take it slow and steady, and take in the gorgeous view from the top. Learn about ancient ways of living in the region from your guide, and top it off with a dip in the tranquil waters of Choo-Ha cenote. Fill up at the buffet lunch, full of traditional and tasty foods, before heading to Tulum. With the majestic ruins and vast views of the Caribbean sea, it’s easy to picture the town’s origins as a major port. Relax with the sound of gentle waves and the feeling of the sun on your skin. Finish off the day at Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean shore. You’ll have some free time to walk the pedestrianized streets, visit its craft and designer shops, and soak up the unique atmosphere. Catch some time to rest and reminisce on your journey back.

Playa del Carmen Food Tour

6. Playa del Carmen Food Tour

Travel and food go together perfectly, so why not have a delicious trip while visiting Playa del Carmen? Take your taste buds for a ride on this 2-hour all-inclusive food tour of Mexican cuisine. The cuisine is known for its varied flavors, vibrant colors, and variety of spices and ingredients. It is a blend of indigenous (Mayan/ Aztec) and European elements (mainly Spanish) and in the busy streets of Playa you will be sure to find it all! On our food tour you will indulge on authentic Mexican food and regional dishes of the Yucatan. Your local foodie expert will guide you to small, out-of-the-way eateries and locales, away from the tourist mainstays and the tourist path of 5th Avenue. Leave everything in the hands of your passionate, highly knowledgeable guide, including transportation, menu selection, and even paying the bills. All you have to do is savor the food and take a photo or two to remember your culinary journey. The general itinerary includes stops at local food stalls/ stands and restaurants. Begin your tour with the regional cuisine of the Yucatan by trying one of the best tacos you will ever have. Next, discover where “real BBQ” comes from while refreshing with Mexican cola. In addition to the local food stalls and restaurants you will visit, you will also get a chance to see the local Mexican open-air market. Learn about some of the ingredients you eat and how they are used. Stop at a Pozoleria and try a traditional Mexican stew. And you simply cannot end your tour without dessert, so take your chance to cool off and try Mexican ice cream. You will be guided along the streets of Playa del Carmen that serve some of the best local food. Some walking is involved so bring comfortable shoes. Also, be sure to come prepared to eat, even though these are tastings you will leave quite full!

From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

7. From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

A Cancun tour to Bacalar is a grand adventure, a day full of exploration and fun in the southern end of Quintana Roo. You'll enjoy round trip transportation to Bacalar from Cancun with a packed snack on board the modern, air conditioned transport, passing famous destinations like Playa del Carmen and Tulum as you make your way south. Once you arrive in Bacalar, you'll board a small boat for a guided tour of the lagoon. You'll visit three different cenotes and swim in the crystalline waters and discover why Bacalar is called "The Lake of Seven Colors". After a tasty grilled lunch to refuel, you'll explore the San Felipe Fort of Bacalar and its pirate musuem, argh! You'll return to Cancun full of stories to share and incredible photos to make all your friends and family envious.

Playa del Carmen: Cooking Class & Local Markets Tour

8. Playa del Carmen: Cooking Class & Local Markets Tour

Start the tour by meeting Chef Alma, a local professional and embark on a true culinary and cultural experience in Playa del Carmen. Set off together into the vibrant neighborhoods of Playa del Carmen to purchase groceries and produce from stores and markets. Discover how the people of Playa select their produce and where they buy the best ingredients for family meals. After picking up everything you need to cook with, the chef will welcome you into her home and you will start cooking up a feast of Mexican home-style dishes. Learn how to cook a 3-course Mexican meal and enjoy delicious tastings of the food and tequila for lunch. Receive an email with all of the recipes you have learnt at the end, so you can take your flavorful memories of Mexico home with you.

Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion

9. Tulum & Coba & Cenote Full-Day Excursion

The first stop is Tulum, the ancient Maya city perched on a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean sea. Your expert bilingual guide will share fascinating information about the archaeological site, its importance in history, and the day-to-day life of its inhabitants at its peak. Hear all about the past cultures and the theories of their demise. Next up is a visit to Cenote Zemway for a swim. Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, natural sinkholes in limestone caves that were sacred to the ancient Maya people. You will then savor an authentic regional lunch buffet to recharge for the last stop of the day. The last part of this incredible journey is a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins. Still mostly hidden beneath the jungle foliage, Coba is the site of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, climb to the top for out of this world views. Hear from your guide about the discovery of this site. Admire the boundaries between nature and man-made structures and the jungle bonds with the ruins. 

From Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza & Valladolid Tour

10. From Cancun/Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza & Valladolid Tour

Chichen Itza was a center of religious and commercial power in its day, but still remains of one of the most important sites from the pre-Hispanic civilizations. Buildings such as The Temple of the Warriors, the Observatory, the Ball Game Court, and the area of the Sacred Cenote all contribute to these remarkable ruins, which are at the center of Mayan archeology. After a tour round Chichen Itza, guests can enjoy a walk round Valladolid, one of the oldest cities in Mexico. Guests can explore this Colonial city of great architectural beauty, and admire its ancient buildings like the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, the City Hall, and the Church. Delight in the culinary art of Mexican and international cuisine at an all-inclusive buffet at La Casona. We will also visit the Tsukán Santuario de Vida Cenote. This remarkable site is named after the Mayan legend of Tsukán the snake.

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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Great experience! A lot of insights into regional delicacies, varied cuisine, super nice, funny tour guide! From salty to sweet, there is something for everyone. Including a small city tour. Our group consisted of four people.

Great!! Not just for food lovers. Enrique also has a very in-depth knowledge of the history, cultures and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula. Highly recommended.

A very informative and interesting tour with authentic Mexican food. Our guide, Alex was very helpful and interesting!

Great way to spend a few hours. Jonas was very knowledgeable, only downside was that it was alcohol free!!!!

Great food in places you would never find without a local guide - come hungry, there is plenty to eat!