The Mexican Caribbean is perceived as a destination of white beaches, turquoise blue sea and warm climate all year round. This may be so, but believe me, it is much, much more.
Where can I begin to tell you about the place I have chosen as my second home? I believe the best is not a where but a who. Yes, the marvellous inhabitants of a piece of land which was once a part of the mighty Mayan empire who today have become a multicultural and cosmopolitan society are second to none in hospitality and high quality service.
Even though the Riviera Maya is now home to folk from all over the world (me for example born and raised in beautiful Caracas, Venezuela) and have somehow managed, as all great cities throughout the world, to integrate so many different creeds and cultures into a wonderful functioning community. You can smell and taste this incredible variety of cultural backgrounds all over cities like Playa del Carmen or Tulum, where Argentina can very well coexist with Italy and Lebanon in a mosaic of flavours, textures, aromas and colours that will literally blow your mind.
All of us down here know just one thing to be a certainty. We owe all of our way of life to tourism. That said, it is very important for us to give out a 110%in everything we do to improve the experience of whoever honours us with their visit. Either if it is for a romantic weekend, a two week vacation or scouting for real estate investment, we try our best to provide the best experience posible for our guests.
Oh, but this is just the beginning, for there is lots more in terms of culture and society. As just happens the Mayan Empire may have ended a long time ago, but the Mayan culture is very alive and well. You don’t need to go to the Mayan “transition zone” where real indigenous communities have prevailed for centuries, still speak Mayan and live in the ways of the jungle and whose gastronomy is as ancient and exciting as their history. You can meet and greet real mayan folk all around the Yucatan Peninsula. So as to be true with the whole Mayan Experience, you can taste so many dishes made out of fish, poultry and meat of which there is no equal in the whole world. Cochinita Pibil or Tikinchik Chicken are two of the most sought after dishes by tourists due to their intense flavours and that taste of pre-Columbian ancestry. All served with a warm smile and good will of whom ever is cooking by the “Fogon” or fire pit.
And just for the fun of it, you may even visit one of the many archeological sites for which the Riviera Maya is worldwide famous. There are the sites of Chichen Itzá, Tulum, Cobá and many more where you can get to experience the might of the Mayan Empire and Culture. The hiring of a profesional guide is a must for you may not get to grasp the full might of it all if you try it on your own. I have visited this sites many times and it always amazes me how much I still have to learn and understand about the Mayans. Never the less I always stand in owe and humility before such magnificent feats in architecture and urban layout. All surrounded by some of the most astonishing scenery I’ve ever seen. Be it Jungle or Sea.
I will tell you more about this wonderful places on a later date. In the meanwhile have a great day and stay safe.