Take a 3-hour tour of the food and shopping scenes in beautiful Playa del Carmen. An expert local guide whisks you away from the touristy parts of this beach town for a visit on foot and by car to the spots where locals eat, hang out and shop. Get adventurous and try some local delicacies, such as tacos stuffed with grasshoppers or maguey worms, or stick with the tried-and-true carnitas and tamales. Partake in a tequila tasting. And then, at the conclusion of the tour, check out the city’s shopping venues for local fashions and souvenirs.
Meet your expert local guide in downtown Playa del Carmen and get whisked off to a non-touristy part of town to begin the eating and shopping extravaganza. Chat with the colorful owners and chefs of taquerias and restaurants as servers set out local delicacies in front of you. Are you an adventurous eater? If so, indulge in an exotic taco filled with crunchy grasshoppers, crispy maguey worms or surprisingly tasty escamoles (that would be ant eggs). For those who are not culinary daredevils, snack on favorites like cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork dish that is native to the region and is said to date as far back as Mayan times; pozole, a spicy hominy-filled, pork-spiked soup, often eaten by Mexicans as a hangover cure; and tamales Oaxaqueños, steamed masa wrapped in banana leaves.
After filling up on excellent local fare, it’s tequila time. Drink a sampling of Mexico’s favorite spirit at a local tequileria while learning the interesting history of tequila from your guide. If the spirit moves you, so to speak, feel free to shop for bottles to take home — there are over 200 varieties for sale. Tour participants even get a discount.
For the third and final leg of the 3-hour tour, you’ll be taken in a comfortable, air-conditioned van to 5ta Avenida, also known as Fifth Avenue, the city’s main shopping street, for some serious shopping. Browse local fashions and pick up a souvenir or two to remind you of your fun evening. The tour ends here, so you can take as much time as you like.