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I am so glad we did this instead of one of the excursions through the cruise line. Gerry, our guide, was a gem. We were immediately comfortable interacting with him and excited to get started. The total party was my friend and myself, and another couple, so there was not much waiting and lots of fun conversation. Gerry did a great job of talking about Cozumel, Mexico, and the neighborhoods that we were driving through. The restaurants that we ate at were clean, attractive, and I would go back in a heart beat! The food was AMAZING!!!! I can't say enough how delicious the food was. The owners and staff were engaging and receptive. I was so happy to eat local food and try local drinks and see kids walking home from school and hear about the neighborhoods. This was a much better way to spend my money than buying over-priced margaritas at one of the tourist trap chain restaurants on the main drag.
You will not regret choosing this tour. If I'm ever lucky enough to go back to Cozumel, I will take this tour again.
Thank you, Gerry, for a memorable day!
This is a great tour for those who want to enjoy the real ambience of the Mexican people. Our guide, Jerry, was so personable and truly made the tour a memorable experience. Worth every penny!!
It was more than I expected. All of the places we visited had the friendliest people, the food was great and our guide, Jerry, was very nice, entertaining and informative. well worth the experience!
My husband and I very much enjoyed this tour and will look for similar opportunities for future vacations. Jerry was our tour guide and David was our driver. Both were excellent. We had 5 stops and each stop provided us a better understanding of authentic Mexican food. One stop was at a produce market where we were introduced to the ingredients of the food we ate to include veggies and fresh meat. This was a very fun, informative, and enjoyable way to spend our day in Cozumel. Much more enjoyable than just staying at the port stores and seeing the same souvenirs and jewelry that you find at every port.
Well organized tour with a excellent, English speaking guide. Restaurants were often small mom and pop places with much interest. All of the food was excellent: corn smut and cactus tortillas pork roasted underground in banana leaves ceviche of conch, octopus and shrimp home-made chicken soup and a bakery stop. Unusual juices and beers were included. We go a detailed review of items in the local farmer's market. Great experience! I would do it again tomorrow.
This was so much fun!!! The tour guide was amazing we ate food items I would of never tried on my own, cactus, octopus, barley water and many more items. We visited a local grocery which was very interesting. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a break from the tourist part of town or the ocean. One of our favorite tours.
This was a great tour. Not in the tourist area of town. We had a great tour guide . The food was very good and we enjoyed the fact that is was real down home Mexican food.
My whole family was so happy with this tour. Jerry, the tour guide, was very friendly and so informative. He worked with the restaurants to make sure everyone had a great experience and accommodated picky eaters. My 9 year old son was very hesitant at the beginning of the tour, but by the second restaurant he was ready to try it all! If you go on a culinary tour in Mexico, you will eat onions, pork, and fish. Most of the food is pretty mild on their own, but the sauces at the restaurants can get VERY spicy!
The trip to the local market was great. I only wish we could have taken food back with us on the ship! I would have loved to buy some of the beautiful local produce and spices.
If you would like to get off the beaten path and explore local culture beyond Senor Frogs, then I would highly recommend this tour!
Wonderful tour. The guide was able to answer questions about the food and history. I highly recommend this tour.
This was our second visit to Cozumel, and based on our previous positive experience with Viator in other cities we chose this tour. We met Gerry at the assigned point and were surprised that we were the only people participating. Gerry explained that we would be off the grid which is what we were looking for, but would not have known where to go on our own , or frankly been very comfortable in some of the districts. The first two stops were to shops where the owners lived in back, cooked in the middle, and served up front. The combinations were unusual, but delicious. Other reviewers have given good descriptions of the food itself, but the salsas and the drinks were special. I had never heard of hibiscus juice, or lemonade with cucumber, or apple soda and the salsas were all combinations we had never considered, but very good. At the third stop, I chose the octopus taco and my wife the shrimp. Both were outstanding. As our taxi driver drove us from stop to stop, Jerry gave us lots of information about the area, his background and made the tour a very positive experience. We cruise often and many stop in Cozumel. I wouldn't hesitate to join Jerry on another excursion.
We enjoyed a virtually private tour of local family based restaurants with Jerryas our guide. The food was excellent and more importantly we were treated like family in the establishments. The hospitality was warm. We really had the opportunity to see and enjoy the local fare. I would highly recommend this tour. The price was right and there was no cruise ship crowd for this excursion. Jerry was knowledgeable and professional.
The wife and i are not beach people so we look for the off beaten path things to do. As we both are cooks the Cozumel food tour struck our interest. we booked it thru viator tours and then found out another couple on board was doing the same tour. The tour is at lunch time so you can sleep in and not get in a rush to leave the ship. You meet your guide at the mega mart in downtown Cozumel.8 U.S. from the pier by cab at 11 am. Mega mart is a Mexican wal mart so go early and look around. Our guide Jerry met us down stairs in front of office depot. there was 1 more couple who was staying on the island for a couple of weeks and this was their 3rd time taking this tour hint hint We loaded the 6 of us , Jerry and the driver in a nice van w/ AC and off we went. Jerry explained that we would be away from the tourist areas and that the restaurants we would be visiting were all in the front part of peoples homes. At stop 1 we were seated and offered sodas or flavored waters. then we had cactus and Huitlacoche quesadillas. The cactus reminded most of us of an okra taste. The huitlacoche tasted like a fine black truffle. back to the van and off to stop 2. Stop 2 was a market where there are open air butchers and fish mongers. At this stop we had a choice of sodas or cervesas. The food here was fresh beef and chicken grilled quickly over coals at high heat and served as tacos. The sauces that they provide are medium and HOT. The hot is made with habaneros and has a great fruity taste till the heat kicks in. even with the hot sauce you could taste the fillings for the tacos. Third stop was pork wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a wood fired oven served w/ beans and rice and more cervesa. very good not overly spiced and just a bit of smoke flavor. Fourth stop was a whole Hog fish cleaned scored and dusted in course corn meal and flash fried. I am not much on bone in fish but the flavor of this fish made it worth the time to eat it. The fish was served w/ a civece some slaw and pico and fresh tortillas to make fish tacos. After this stop the guest are given the option of desert at a bakery or a chocolate factory. My advice is pick the chocolate factory.
The whole time you are in the van Jerry is giving you the history of old Cozumel and is very good about answering questions. The tour ends back at the mega mart and the driver will take anyone that is ready back to the pier for 8 U.S. There was no hard alcohol served on the tour as they want you to enjoy the food. The tour takes a total of about 3 hrs and gives you plenty of time to shop or enjoy senior frogs after the tour.
What an amazing experience! This was not our first time to Cozumel, or Mexico, Our family has been going from country to country looking for a place to buy our new home. We wanted to see and experience the people and life of the local people to get a true feeling of each community and this tour was a great way to visit Cozumel. Jerry was a great guide with a wealth of knowledge. We were looking to learn more about the people, local governments, and the business culture for someone wanting to earn a living. Jerry helped us accomplish this while having a great time in beautiful place that was full of amazing people. Thank you for making this tour possible.
This tour was absolutely amazing. Food was great and I am a very picky eater. Jerry was fabulous as a guide. You visit 3 different local restaurants, an open air market, and a bakery. These restaurants are where the locals eat - not americanized restaurants. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Greg United States of ...
This tour was excellent! Jerry took us to places we would have never visited and we had excellent food. Cactus quesadilla, huitlacoche quesadillas, excellent start. Soap di Lima, delicious! Shrimp tacos and tender octopus tacos were delicious as well. The final stop at the bakery was a treat to take home To enjoy later. Jerry was friendly, flexible and very personable. He suggested a restaurant for dinner tha was literally the best meal have ever had!
This was a great way to spend our day in Cozumel. Had some great food and fun. Would highly recommend this to anyone
I highly recommend the food tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and we saw the real thing. The restuarants were authentic and the food was so wonderful. I wish I could remember the name of the pork dish which was similar to couchon de lait - so scruptous. We actually ate the fish shown in the picture and I it was called a hog fish or something like that. Recommended for all age groups.
This was a fun tour! I recommend it to everyone. Jerry was very accommodating to everyone's dietary restrictions
We had a fantastic experience taking this tour in Cozumel. Gerry took us to local restaurants where we learned about the local cuisines. He was very knowledgeable and really loved what he was doing. The food was amazing and there is more than enough to eat. Getting to stop by the local chocolate factories was a great way to end off the tour. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys food and wants a unique way to experience the local culture.
We had so much fun exploring some of the authentic local foods as well as the local market and are anxious to return to them again. Our guide was both friendly and knowledgeable, and I would highly recommend Jerry to everyone!
A great little excursion. The restaurants we went to were entirely off the beaten track, tourists would never know to go to them. All the food was fabulous, the places were immaculate including bathrooms, and our guide Aran superb. Well worth the time and .
Erin started the tour by taking our small group of four to two different family-owned lunch counter-type restaurants to sample some pork tacos and empanadas. Erin is a teacher, and right away she began offering us local beers and sodas to try at each stop. The hibiscus juice flavor was great! She encouraged us to try different things... even though I never eat onions at home, she told me how in Cozumel, chopped onions are marinated in sour orange or a vinegar base to make them soft and flavorful. I tried them and she was right! Didn't taste oniony at all, and enhanced the food we were eating.
The empanadas were fabulous -- my favorite was the shrimp and cheese one.
After that, we visited a local market and saw the open-air butcher shop, and the fish market. We then went to our final restaurant, owned by a local celebrity who was there at the time.... Erin picked out two Grouper fish for us, and 15 minutes later we were eating this wonderful grilled fish in our tacos, just caught that morning. It was a perfect end to the tour.... Erin did a great job educating us on the food, the ingredients, the cooking methods required, and the local culture of Cozumel. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes to go deeper than just the usual touristy attractions.
I absolutely loved our tour. Jerry our tour guide was incredible. He was so knowledgeable and fun. The food was incredible too. The empanadas with shrimp and cheese on our first stop was the best thing ever. By the time we hit the bakery I was too full to move but that was OK as I saved my cookie until later. Excellent tour. Thank-you!
Gene United States of ...
We were looking for something different...other than snorkeling and the routine excursions. And we indeed found it. Tour guide, Geraldo, and driver , Pedro were fantastic. Very knowledgeable and very friendly. This was not only about tasting foods, but all about the culture of the island. Highly recommend!!!!
outstanding food, guide was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions, and the tour was layed out in a great manner with the right food at the right time. certainly recommend.
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