Greet your guide in downtown Playa del Carmen and commence your cultural tour in a less touristic part of town. Visit the owners of rustic stalls and authentic restaurants, sampling diverse delicacies and traditional treats. Indulge in adventurous dishes such as tacos stuffed with crunchy grasshoppers (if in season) and escamoles (ant eggs) for an unforgettable epicurean experience. Those seeking classic favorites will delight in dishes like cochinita pibil, slow-roasted pork that dates back to Mayan times; pozole, a wholesome and hearty spiced pork soup; and traditional tamales, steamed and stuffed corn wrapped in tender banana leaves.
After eating your fill of fabulous local fare, begin tasting a selection of Mexico’s most famous beverages. Get into the spirit of things at a local tequiliera, sampling shots of the legendary liquid while learning the history and manufacturing process. Shop for special souvenirs and purchase an authentic bottle of tequila to take home to friends and family – tour participants even receive a discount.
Board a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan to journey to the tour’s ultimate destination, 5 Avenida, known as 5th Avenue. Indulge in some serious shopping in the city’s principal shopping district, browsing bespoke boutiques for fashion and souvenirs. The tour concludes here so spend as much time as you like perusing glamorous shops in this vibrant district.