The need to support local establishments is increasing among travelers who visit Riviera Maya. Thankfully the culture of this area allows us to offer many options for the tourists. Authentic handcraft, souvenirs, fabric, food and even services have a great quality. And often represent a more affordable choice for visitors from every part of the world. The more you visit this wonderful destination the more grows your desire to support the people living in it. This is why we are focused in supporting local products and services, in hopes to share our culture and traditions.
The famous 5th Avenue or the Hotel zone in Cancun are not the only places where you can get souvenirs. For returning travelers is easy to identify the products that are made and sell by locals. They often stand out because of their great quality and affordable price. There is a great pottery store in Playa del Carmen named “Artesanias El Chanito”. It has endless options for souvenirs and kitchen items and fabrics too. Located on the highway and 34th street, right next to Ceramat store. The market on 30th Avenue and 1st Sur is another fantastic option. With fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and other groceries at unbeatable rates.
In Tulum you can also find handcraft made by locals at the Mixik store on Tulum main avenue at the Pueblo (not the beach side). And if you are already exploring down town, a visit to Hernandez Gallery is in order. Both have fantastic souvenirs and their art pieces represent the folklore of the Yucatan peninsula. The Sian Kaan Community Tours came up with another option. There is a store that recently opened inside Muyil community. They offer all kinds of products made by indigenous people. And with every purchase you will be supporting the Mayan communities. The products you can find are; soaps, hammocks, wooden pieces, honey, jelly, wine, clothes and more. All handmade, authentic and at incredible rates.
Authentic food is always a must when visiting Riviera Maya. Luckily for our travelers there is no corner without an epic restaurant where you can find delicious meals. Food is often inexpensive but of course the trick is to find the local restaurants outside the comfort and touristic zone. Oscar ans Lalo´s is one of our favotire options for visitors in Akumal area. With fantastic seafood and sauces, at realistic rates. La Perla Pixan Cuisine and La Piola in Playa del Carmen are also on our top options. And last but definitely not least, Ziggy Beach Club in Tulum. This last option has dedicated a whole day to honor the famous Tequila. And on Tuesdays at 6:00pm you can join the Mexican party. Where you will taste a variety of Tequila cocktails, shots and an incredible Mexican buffet.
The things to do and places to see are the top priorities on holidays. But the more you get close to local options the closer you get to the actual culture of the area. Tour Operators are now focused more in providing experiences and not just offering tours. A well informed traveler has better possibilities to return and more tools to explore on their own. It doesn´t have to be a luxury trip for you to discover beautiful places. With the right information and enough planning in advance, you can discover fantastic places at affordable rates. The cooking lessons are one of our favorite activities to do in Riviera Maya.
There are two great options depending on the location of your vacation home. In Puerto Morelos we recommend The Little Cooking School. And if you are closer to Tulum, Lina´s Kitchen would be your best choice. Diving adventures to Chinchorro Banks are an incredible experience. XTC Diving Center are the guides in charge of providing this incredible option. And if you want something more extreme, well how about swimming with whale sharks with Eco Colors Tours?. Ojos Mayas provide amazing trips to Mayan communities that also help supporting their economy. And with Riviera Maya Food Tours the foodies will spend an unforgettable day trip. If you are unsure on what to do or where to start, we would be more than happy to provide you with a local insight at: [email protected]