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Playa del Carmen Meet the locals

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Playa del Carmen: Cooking Class & Local Markets Tour

1. 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.

From Cancún: Puerto Morelos Guided Taco Tasting Tour

2. From Cancún: Puerto Morelos Guided Taco Tasting Tour

Explore Puerto Morelos, a quaint fishing town, on a guided tour. Sample three different taco types and take part in a professional tequila tasting session. Start with pickup from your hotel in Cancún. Work up your appetite as you arrive in Puerto Morelos, where you will savor delicious fish tacos right by the beach in one of the town's best restaurants. Next, try what locals call tacos de canasta, a popular comfort food. Served from a large basket, the soft, tasty tacos are usually filled with stews. Then, explore the Flea Market and try some delicious Maya tacos. Enjoy the most popular regional variation of the taco, cochinita pibil, which a slow-roasted marinated pork traditionally prepared in an earth oven. Finally, enjoy a complete guided tasting of a variety of different tequilas. Take some time to explore the main plaza of the town, before heading back to your accommodation.

Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Mexican Seafood Tasting Tour

3. Playa del Carmen: 3-Hour Mexican Seafood Tasting Tour

Flavourful dishes, refreshing drinks, and off the beaten path, experience a unique tasting tour featuring Mexican seafood. Stroll through Playa del Carmen's downtown with a guide as you try local bites. Visit 3 seafood eateries and try some of the best pescaderia to the most amazing tostaderia in the Mexican Caribbean. Cool down with a refreshing local beer and enjoy tasty handmade ice cream as you walk through Playa del Carmen. During this 3-hour tasting tour stop by seafood restaurants where the locals go and receive a special introduction to Mexican food and culture.

Playa del Carmen Food Tour

4. 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 in 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 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 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, which serves 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!

Playa del Carmen: Vegan Food Walking Tour

5. Playa del Carmen: Vegan Food Walking Tour

Experience Mexico’s vegan culinary world in the streets of Playa del Carmen. Meet your professional guide and take a tour of the area’s history and culture and, most importantly, its food. Enjoy the complexity of Mexican flavours in a contemporary and healthy way. The walking tour will take you through the city, from a classic fruit market with diverse and exotic produce, to small, authentic eateries selling things like Yucatec dishes, ceviche and, of course, tacos. The small group tours host a maximum of 10 people in order to ensure an intimate and highly immersive experience. Perfect for couples, groups of friends, and families. The tour will also highlight some of Playa del Carmen's wonderful street art.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

This was by far the best part of our vacation. Alma was very informative and knowledgeable. We learned a bunch about Playa Del Carmen and the local traditions as well as how to prepare authentic Mexican dishes. We had so much fun, highly recommend!

This was amazing! it was my favorite thing I did in Playa del Carmen. Alma was a great teacher and so welcoming. I learned a lot. I recommend this to anyone who likes to get off the beaten path and enjoys unique experiences. I would do this again!

It was very authentic, you cooked at Alma's home. Alma and her friend were very nice and both explained everything in great detail. Highly recommended

Fantastic cooking experience. Alma was very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommended!

Fantastic tour. Great value, great food, great host