If you’re traveling to the Riviera Maya and would like to immerse yourself in unique culinary experiences, you can book a food tour where you can learn the secrets of authentic Mexican cuisine. Here’s a list of the best culinary experiences the Riviera Maya has to offer.
Playa del Carmen
Eating With Carmen Food Tours – Adults USD 54
On this three-hour walking food tour, you’ll dive into Mexican food and cultural experience in one of Playa del Carmen’s most unpretentious neighborhoods. You’ll explore Playa del Carmen’s most authentic local food while at the same time learning about the Mayan Riviera’s history and culture and how they all work together to create one of the world’s most-loved cuisine: traditional Mexican food.
You’ll make stops to eat at various locally owned and operated restaurants and street stalls – digging into places that are famous for their secretly-spiced tacos: cochinita, carnitas, pastor, and more. Another stop is a family-run market that stocks hard-to-find and seasonal fruits, vegetables, and fresh-squeezed juices. It’s a unique and utterly incomparable experience with a knowledgeable guide accompanying you on this tour around the city, away from usual tourist hot spots. If you have an adventurous spirit and want to taste the authentic flavors of Mexico and meet its people, this is the tour for you.
Cozumel Chef Food Tour – Adults 80 USD
Mexican cuisine is known for its varied flavors, vibrant colors, and variety of spices and ingredients. It’s a blend of indigenous (Mayan/Aztec) and European elements (mainly Spanish); on Cozumel island, you will find it all! Taste a variety of dishes, ranging from traditional street food to the regional cuisine of Yucatán. You will visit Cozumel’s traditional Mexican market and local restaurants far from the tourist hot spots. Tours are all-inclusive and intimate. Be sure to bring an empty stomach; even though these are tastings, you will leave quite full.
This is also an excellent tour for cruise ship passengers and tourists staying on the island, where you’ll see and taste Cozumel on this unique food tour. This 3-hour tour includes food and transportation. Once you join this culinary experience, you’ll realize what makes Mexican food so unique!
Taco and Local Beer Tour – Adults 69 USD
With more than 80 different taco shops around Cancun, it’s hard to find the better option. With this tour, you’ll skip the research and the line and go directly to the best taco places. Try delicious traditional tacos, enjoy refreshing local beers, meet foodies such as you from all over the world, delight in the beautiful bright colors from Cancun, learn to do hand-made tortillas, and listen to an authentic live Mariachi band.
Learn about the city’s history and the story behind each spot you visit. Tour includes an English-speaking local guide and features five stops. Go from trendy street-style taco restaurants to Yucatan cuisine specialty and family-owned taco shops. The tour includes food and four beers from a wide selection of local brands, and transportation from the Riviera Maya is an additional $15. On this tour, you better bring an empty stomach because there’s so much to eat and taste!
Cooking Class – Adults 125.00 USD
In the heart of the Riviera Maya, you will enjoy the best Mexican Culinary Experience on the Cenotes Route in beautiful Puerto Morelos. Mexican Chef Alejandra Kauachi, a passionate professional cook, is dedicated to sharing the traditions and flavors of her ancestors. In this tour, she shares her family stories, songs, and recipes. With a gorgeous jungle landscape, spend the day in a traditional Mexican kitchen, and cook with a professional chef.
Come and blow away your senses when you delight in this gourmet Mexican feast. Discover the flavors of Yucatan and traditions with this culinary experience designed for foodies that will enjoy interacting with top Chefs in this exclusive cooking class. The tour lasts five and a half hours, and you can book round-trip transportation for an additional fee. Other experiences include a Cooking Show with Tequila Tasting and even a Culinary Vacation.
Rivera’s Kitchen Tulum Cooking Class and Mezcal Tasting – Adults 87 USD
Mexican Cooking lessons start with a Cultural Introduction to the broad Mexican Culinary History, learning about Mesoamerican cultures, their traditions, and main ingredients, Colonial, Independence, and Revolutionary periods and their influence on Mexico’s traditional cooking. Cook with a professional cook and experience the complete process of preparing and cooking an authentic Mexican full meal in a group setting.
Many of the dishes you will learn and help to cook come from family recipes. Once the cooking class is completed, everyone sits down to enjoy the prepared dishes, along with a hibiscus infusion, cold beer, and mezcal. All food and drinks are included in the price.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll definitely enjoy any of these top-rated authentic Mexican food tours and experience a side of Mexico that most tourists don’t get to see. Book a tour next time you’re in the Riviera Maya and enjoy any of these incredible dining and food destinations.
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