Most travelers who book Airbnb experiences instead of regular tours usually try to avoid crowds. Exploring the Riviera Maya with smaller groups that offer a quicker pace than the large groups has become extremely popular. If you like to engage in conversation with the residents of the area you’re visiting and shop small businesses, this is the perfect choice for you. Here’s a list of some of the most popular cultural Airbnb experiences you can book when traveling to the Riviera Maya.
Local Food & City Tour-With Vegetarian Option– Playa del Carmen
In this experience, your hosts are Daniel, Juan, Coco, and Abbey, and with over 267 5-star reviews, they share their passion for food. You’ll visit street stands and restaurants, away from tourist places, so that you can experience authentic Mexican food with a mix of history, street art food, and drinks. This is an excellent option for couples, small groups, and families. You’ll walk along the city’s main street on this 3-hour tour where you’ll visit the less touristy places.
Here you’ll taste the authentic flavors of Mexico with a vegetarian option as well. What makes this top-rated experience unique is that you’ll be guided by enthusiastic foodies that have lived and worked in Playa del Carmen and know the best places, so you’ll taste the unique Mexican local cuisine. Transportation to and from the meeting point is not included in this experience, and there is a lunch (10 am to 1 pm) or diner tour (5 pm to 8 pm).
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Private Chichen Itza Tour and Valladolid
Enrique is your host and bilingual host to visit the most impressive archeological site in the entire Riviera Maya: Chichen Itza. This top-rated experience (over 330 5-star ratings) includes transportation to and from your hotel, a private tour of Chichen Itza, and the option to visit the San Lorenzo Oxman cenote where you can swim and avoid the crowds. After you explore this majestic archaeological site, you will head over to the beautiful city of Valladolid and have lunch in a Hacienda where you’ll enjoy the local cuisine.
After lunch, you’ll be able to stroll around town and admire the colonial buildings and picturesque plazas. This experience does not include the cost of food, toll roads fees, entry to the archaeological site, gas, and cenote entrance fee, and you pay it at each point. You’ll be traveling in a 4 passenger luxury SUV at your own pace and guided at all times by your bilingual guide. Visit one of the most famous sites in the world and be prepared to enjoy a fantastic adventure.
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Temazcal Ancestral Healing Ceremony- Playa del Carmen
With over 368 5-star reviews, this experience hosted by Rene, a former naval pilot, is a wellness experience that originated with pre-Hispanic Indigenous ancestors. Rene is of Mayan origin, and he now dedicates himself to providing physical and spiritual healing through the traditional medicine of his ancestors through the Temazcal bathhouse. Rene is passionate about showing others the Mayan culture through this experience, a knowledge passed on by his father when he was a child. He’s supported by Nayel and Yaollin, who guide the temazcal process, a traditional Mexican steam bath used as part of a healing ceremony thought to purify the body and balance mind, body, and spirit.
Before entering the bath, they will perform an energetic cleaning to prepare you before the actual temazcal. Once inside, you’ll sit around the navel, previously heated with volcanic stones, which produce the steam. The temazcal represents the womb, and as you come out of the bath, it’s a symbolic re-birth. While the body rids itself of toxins through sweating, the spirit is renewed through ancestral rituals. After you step out and shower in the garden, you can enjoy a light meal consisting mainly of hydration and fresh fruits. Come and enjoy a unique experience with expert guides passionate about preserving their culture and “magical” rituals.
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Check out these unique cultural Airbnb experiences, and next time you’re traveling to the Riviera Maya, try them out for yourself.
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