One of the favorite parts of the Maya ancient culture is its influence on the cuisine of Yucatan, and their improbable combinations of chocolate, honey, corn, chilis, peppercorns, coriander, achiote, and cinnamon. You should certainly try a mole, a dark rich sauce combining chocolate and chilies.
Dark chocolate, sometimes mixed with honey, cinnamon, and nuts, goes by the botanical name Theobroma (food of the gods). The effect is heavenly when coffee and chocolate come together.
Meat from animals that are common at the Riviera Maya, such as turtles, iguanas, birds, and pork are the main protagonists of the dishes. Mayan cuisine is characterized by the use of typical local ingredients and differs from other areas of Mexico. Corn is the basis of all the dishes, and with it, all the elements of these meals were made. Fish and seafood is also important because it´s coastal and it always has been a seafaring tradition.
For the dessert, chocolate is an essential part, but also a large number of fruits that are grown in the area.
Mayan cuisine can be tasted in some of the tourist attractions specially designed and adapted to the current tastes, although the ingredients enjoyed in its origins are still used.