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Don't-Miss Dishes in Cancún

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Don't-Miss Dishes in Cancún
Although Cancún is most famous as a spring break destination with a party atmosphere, this city on the Yucatán Peninsula is also a great place to try traditional Mexican foods made with local, seasonal ingredients. From freshly-made tortillas to street foods to beer cocktails, here are some of Cancún’s must-try dishes.

Tortillas
Visit Mercado 23 to watch food vendors prepare local Yucatán-style dishes, including freshly made corn tortillas. Order some served with pork, egg, and onions; Mexican cheeses; or  a variety of other toppings. 

Churros
As you stroll though Cancún, be on the lookout for food carts selling these fried pastries. The batter is piped into the fryer using a star-shaped nozzle, which gives the treats their signature ridges. The finished churro is sprinkled with sugar and is sometimes also served with dulce de leche or cajeta, a Mexican caramel sauce.

Michelada or Chelada
Swing by one of Cancún’s many nightclubs, and order a michelada cocktail, which is made with Mexican beer, lime juice, hot sauce, and (usually) Worcestershire sauce and is served in a salt-rimmed glass. If you’re not into spicy drinks, sip the chelada instead; it’s a milder version that contains only beer and lime juice.

Ceviche
To navigate Cancún’s food scene, join a guided food tour, and sample a variety of dishes, including a seafood ceviche, at local eateries. The Mexican version of ceviche is generally marinated in lime juice and contains tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro. It is often served as a tostada, atop a deep-fried or toasted tortilla. 

Chicharrón
This is a dish of pork crackling or fried pig skin is a popular snack throughout Mexico. Nibble on it  as you explore the city, or enjoy it in dishes like chicharrón tacos (where it is served in a tortilla with avocado and cheese) or chicharrón in salsa verde (where it is dressed in a green sauce made from tomatillos).

Elote and Esquites
These dishes are two of Mexico’s most popular corn-based treats: Esquite is a cup of kernels served with lime juice, powdered chilli, mayonnaise, and shredded cheese that is eaten with a spoon, while elote is grilled corn on the cob sprinkled with flavorings like chili powder and crumbled cheese.
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Guided Mexican Food Tour & Spirits Tasting with transportationBus Tours

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Guided Mexican Food Tour & Spirits Tasting with transportation

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Take a half-day food tour in Cancun to discover authentic local eateries and regional fare from across Mexico. Find out where the locals go as your guide takes you to four favorite eateries where you sample items such as tacos, street food, and gourmet dishes with origins in the Yucutan, Caribbean, and Central Mexico. You’ll also sample three Mexican spirits: tequila, mezcal, and xtabentun.
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8-Day Yucatan Peninsula: Small-Group for Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam and TulumMulti-day Tours

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8-Day Yucatan Peninsula: Small-Group for Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam and Tulum

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Uncover the mystifying mysteries of the ancient Mayans on an enriching and explorative 8-day tour of the Yucatan’s most significant archeological sites from Cancun. On this personalized small-group tour, explore the ancient World Wonder of Chichen Itza with a knowledgeable guide. Delve other atmospheric ruins such as Uxmal, El Baklam, Tulum and more, while gaining fascinating insight into the unique culture and intriguing history of the region. Travel in comfort, feast upon sublime local specialties and luxuriate in lavish hotel accommodations during your spectacular journey through the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Priority Access: Xoximilco Cultural Mexican Fiesta with Transport from Cancun

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Cruise through Xoximilco, modeled after an ancient Aztec city, on a flat-bottomed boat during this evening tour. Xoximilco is a modern replica of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, criss-crossed with canals that bear these traditional boats called trajineras. Enjoy a tasting menu of authentic Mexican food, including tequila and beer. Listen to traditional Mexican mariachi and marimba music while you enjoy personalized attention from your guide during this small-group tour, limited to just 20 people.
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Cruise on Nichupte Lagoon while dining on lobster and steak during this evening boat excursion from Cancun, Mexico. Tune in to the mysterious sounds of wildlife while floating through the jungle on this dinner cruise, a marked change from the crowds of the city. Watch the sunset over the lagoon while you enjoy the food and company on this leisurely boat trip. When dinner is over, join the party on the deck for dancing and unlimited drinks.
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Dance and party the night away at the best nightclubs in Cancun, Mexico. Party-hop to 3 of the top clubs in Cancun on this 6-hour evening that includes VIP service and unlimited drinks. Skip standing in long lines with VIP entry. Cancun's nightlife scene is yours to explore on this VIP nightclub experience.
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Merida Uxmal and Cacao Plantation Day Trip from Cancun and Riviera MayaDay Trips

Merida Uxmal and Cacao Plantation Day Trip from Cancun and Riviera Maya

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Discover ancient temples, colonial architecture and a cacao plantation on a full-day, private trip to Uxmal and Merida from Cancun. Get a personal introduction to these highlights of the Yucatan Peninsula, with the flexibility to customize the day to your interests. Learn about local history, climb to the top of Maya pyramids, stroll through colorful historic neighborhoods and find out how local cacao goes from bean to chocolate bar.
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Discover Chichen Itza and Uxmal, two of the most important archaeological pre-Hispanic cities in Maya history, on this 2-day tour. Enjoy guided tours of both UNESCO sites, and gain insight into its top attractions including the Kukulcan Pyramid, Ball Court and the Governor’s Palace. Relax at the pool facilities of Mayaland Resort. In addition to the archaeological sites, visit the charming colonial town of Merida. An overnight stay in Uxmal, some meals and hotel transport are included.
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Go fishing with a professional captain and a small-group on this guided sport-fishing adventure. With tackle, bait, gear, yacht and crew included, head into the Caribbean’s calm blue waters and hunt for tuna, sailfish, marlin, and mahi-mahi. For a mellow outing, opt to visit the area’s prime bottom-fishing spots for grouper, snapper, queen trigger fish, and bull shark on this half-day excursion.
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