Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and do list!
Occupation: Arqueological Tour Guide
Born In: Mexico, City
Live In: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Short Bio: I was born in Mexico City in 1982 to a Mexican dad and German mom. I went to university and studied business. I started working with tourist companies in 2002 all over Mexico, Central America, and Europe. The last four years I’ve worked at Alltournative as a tour guide in charge of special Living Social groups as well as doing camps for different schools in the Mayan Rivera. I married a lovely woman by the name of Karla Rojo and we have two beautiful kids; Iker (4 years old) and Luna (20 months). I love my job and I especially enjoy sharing Mayan history with each and every tourist I meet.
Facebook: Roberto Hernandez Kroetszch
Best way to get to/from airport: taxi
10 places visitors must see:
- Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an (CESiaK)
- Rio Lagartos
- Punta Laguna Natural Reserve
- Cenote Nohoch Nachich
- Xcacel beach
- Cozumel snorkeling
- Mamitas Beach
- Akumal Beach
Best local newspaper/recommended reading (for finding what’s going on about town): El Quinatanarooense
Favorite fine dining restaurant: La Azotea
Favorite casual restaurant: El Diez
Favorite café: Acacao
Favorite bar/lounge: Diablito Chachacha
Best Music Venue/live music: Sensi
Best sports venues: Snorkeling, scuba, beach volleyball, fishing, surfing, and flying kites
Most popular local food: Tacos
Best “locals only spot”: Caiman Tugurio
Local/native fruit: Pitaya
Local drink: Tequila
Movies filmed there: Alamar, La Vida de un Guia
Best souvenirs locals can buy: 5th Ave.
Best place to volunteer: Akumal beach
Best website(s) for your city: http://mayanriviera.com/
Best travel tip: Convert/exchange money at a bank. Rent a car (it’s one of the safest ways to travel if you’re by yourself.) Drink only purified water.