The Experts of the Mayan World
Travel tips from our experts
We believe that there is no better way to learn to travel than by listening to experts. That’s why we want to introduce you to two of our hosts in Xichen Tours: Mario Gomez and Yosendi Díaz.
They are part of the guides who travel every day aboard our buses to explain you the Mayan Culture. With their help and recommendations, we created this blog post to guide you on your journey through these fantastic places in the Yucatan Peninsula.
His favorite place in Chichen Itza is The Church. This small building is located next to Las Monjas, and it’s part of Chichén Viejo. In Tulum, he recommended us to go down to the beach so we could put our feet into the sea to feel that we are in Riviera Maya. According to him, there’s no better way to explore Cobá than taking a bicycle and pedal through it, so start practicing at home.
Another of his recommendations is to dress appropriately for this trip with comfortable clothes, glasses, and hat to avoid the heat. Did someone say food? For Mario, there’s no better way to get to know the Yucatecan gastronomy than trying the “Relleno Negro” in the Casona de Valladolid. This dish is black because its broth is prepared by roasting different chiles and spices to be served with chicken or beef.
One of the spots that you shouldn’t miss during your visit to Chichen Itza is the Sacred Cenote. Yosendi told us that during the explorations of the cenote, a large number of Mayan sacred objects were found inside. If you visit Coba, your recommendation is to climb the 120 steps of the Nohoch Mul pyramid to reach the top. This structure is one of the highest in the Yucatan Peninsula.
If your trip is to Tulum, you can not miss the Temple of the Wind and the beach to explore a little more about this beautiful place and take home an incredible memory. Like Mario, Yosendi has his favorite dishes at La Casona de Valladolid; the lime soup and the cochinita pibil. These two recipes are iconic within the Yucatecan cuisine, and you have to taste them during your visit.
Finally, her recommendation is to know that Yucatan is a hot state so dressing properly will make a difference. A hat, comfortable clothes, sunglasses and appropriate shoes are essential for the journey.
We know that you have many things to tell us about our guides and we will gradually introduce you to all our hosts. We hope these tips will be useful and see you soon in the Mayan World.