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This tour all over downtown Playa del Carmen was the highlight of our trip! Francisco felt like family by the time we left. We got to see the real Playa, not what all the other tourists experience. I feel so lucky to have found this particular tour - I can't say enough good things about it. We made so many stops, every single thing we tried was delicious, and we learned SO much about Mexico and the city. We walked all over looking at street art, different neighborhoods, and we even took the bus. If you have an interest in the local culture and you love food, you definitely won't regret spending your night on this tour. Make sure you arrive with an appetite, your camera, and comfortable walking shoes!
The evening was very cool, it was me, husband and two kids high school and college. My favorite was the traditional tacqueria in a neighborhood we probably wouldn't have went to on our own, but then returned on the same trip at the request of the kids. After the evening we also regularly bought fresh juices from people selling them out of coolers on their bikes no-one got sick and crepes from the same way. The guide was very nice and really into it. We loved it, but it was too long. 3 hours is good, it was 5 hours which makes it worse than too short. I would probably cut out one of the food spots we hit the tacqueria, a mayan restaurant and a seafood restaurant it was too much to the point people were showing it but trying to be polite. I'd keep the tacqueria, the crepe food vendor, maybe keep the street tamale and end with one desert we stopped at two then coffee? Just a thought. We still liked it I gave it 5 stars, but 3 hours would have been a 5.
Fransisco aka Pancho was a great guide and an absolute font of information on not only the food but the region, Mexico and the cultures that make up Mexico. We had some great food, ranging from a tacqueria to a street vendor selling banana and Nutella waffle wraps, to a restaurant serving a volcano-like seafood dish. Our tour was almost 4 hours long and we came away very full of food as well as information. We will definitely return to several of the places in which we ate, as well as visit a few that Fransisco recommended before we leave Playa del Carmen.
This is a must do tour at the start of any visit to Playa, to find out where to eat and to experience some tastes you otherwise might not find on your own.
Francisco is a terrific guide and a natural at sharing the foods of Playa del Carmen.
He is a wealth of knowledge on so many traditions and trends.
Had the very best experience,
Excellent tour! Very customizable based on your tastes and hunger level. Relaxed pace, with a conversational approach. Do yourself a favor and take this walking tour while you're in Playa. You will try and learn about everything from authentic street tacos to delicious regional ice cream. If the tour doesn't appear to be available on your desired date, call Viator and they can contact the operator directly. That's what I did, and I got a tour that fit my schedule.
One word - AMAZING!!! This tour is for the person that is interested in the culture as well as the food. The guide takes you through behind of what you see on your plate. In our opinion this guide should do this full time!! Even my wife, who is Hispanic, learned the history of Mayan food.
Thank you for a wonderful time.
Francisco is the best. He gives you great history about the food and its origins, and the food itself is amazing. Plenty of walking, but you get so much food. If you are a foodie this is for you. Thanks again Francisco!!
This is an awesome food tour and takes you away from the hustle and bustle of 5th Avenue to some tasty places you might otherwise just walk past. We were the only ones on our tour so it was very much a private tour but in no way was it awkward. Francisco is very knowledgable and passionate about the places we visited and Mexico itself. My favourite was the store we bought beautiful agua fresca at and El Fogon unreal tacos. My partner loved Taqueria Dos Hermanos even if we had to wait a little while for it to open. A must do for anyone who likes to eat. Wear comfy shoes though - you will walk quite far and come with an empty tummy!
This was a fun way to experience the authentic Mexican fare. Our guide was adorable and the tour way well thought out.
The food was awesome!!! Glad we did it.
This is a must take tour. Francisco was everything that was expected and more. When we started the tour he said that he wanted to feel more like our friend than a tour guide and I felt that he delivered this experience. We not only learned about some of the more off beat places to visit in Playa del Carmen, but learned about its short history as well. We had a group of 7 people and everyone of us were very satisfied. It was my wife's birthday and Francisco made sure to include that into the tour as well with some special things planned for her along the way. This listing is billed as 3 hours but you will find that Francisco will continue on way past that. We started at 6:00 PM and were getting back into the taxi to our resort at 11:00 PM. Never a dull moment.
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