Ancient MAYAN FOOD - Jungle Cooking in MAYA VILLAGE in Quintana Roo, Mexico!

  • Published on Feb 11, 2018
  • Ancient Mayan food in Quintana Roo, Mexico!
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    One of the experiences I really wanted to have when I visit the Quintana Roo state of Mexico, was to learn about, cook, and eat authentic ancient Mayan food. So we rented a van, and drove over to the small jungle Mayan village of Chunhuhub, to meet up with Kíichpam K'áax (, who are aiming to preserve their Mayan culture.
    It was about a 3.5 hour drive to get to Chunhuhub from Playa Del Carmen, so by the time we arrived we were all pretty hungry. We walked through the milpa (Mesoamerican crop growing system), and finally to the kitchen within the jungle of the property.
    They were already busy cooking, preparing a few traditional Mayan foods, like a variety of tamales and cochinita pibil. They prepared everything to be cooked in the pib, the ancient Mayan traditional way of cooking - an underground hot rock oven (there are many cultures around the world who have used or still use a similar underground cooking technique).
    Tok-sel - One of the most fascinating dishes they cooked was white beans, and they took a hot rock out of the fire, stuck it into the pan with the beans, and roasted them with the rock. It was incredible to see, and the beans had an incredible ummai flavor to them. They were delicious especially when paired with freshly made corn tortillas.
    Achiote (annatto) - An interesting ingredients, used commonly in Mayan food and cooking, is achiote, a pod filled with red / orange fruit. It has a slight pepper and lemony taste, and also makes everything that uses it, bright orange.
    Cochinita pibil - One of the main ingredients in cochinita pibil is achiote. They had pre-marinated it, and it cooked underground as well. The flavor of the pork was amazing, and with tortillas, onions, and salsa, it was truly support.
    We had a number of different tamales as well, all of which were totally different from any tamales I’ve ever had. They were hearty and packed full of corn and beans, and very filling. They were a little on the dry side, but I fully enjoyed learning about them, and watching them being made. The different leaves, including the hoja santa, was great to learn about.
    Special thanks to Centro Ecoturistico Kíichpam K'áax ( for putting everything together. They have an eco lodge and offer various off the beaten path activities like this.
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Comments • 2 579

  • Ale norig
    Ale norig 14 hours ago +1

    Heyy I saw that guy and his wife with Christian (coreano vlogs) too. I guess he's like a guide right??

  • Martha A
    Martha A Day ago

    What SKINNY pigs 🐖🐖

  • Parthajit Pal
    Parthajit Pal 2 days ago

    Well done Mark

  • No one really matters

    How do u not get fat? Lol

  • Bonaventura Senna
    Bonaventura Senna 4 days ago

    You are crazy man, I think there is no one in this world has traveling like you.....and off course the food that you’ve been ate as well.....amazing

  • Sudeshana Parthasarathy

    Really good video 👍

  • martham2004
    martham2004 4 days ago

    Lástima que no hablo inglés, si alguien lo traduce mejor.

  • Evert Moran
    Evert Moran 5 days ago

    Most of the people know about tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, tortas año Thats it!! But they dont know about the rest our culture and gastronomy. Thats only in Mérida. Every state has a diferent culture and diferent food flavor . MY COUNTRY IS YOUR COUNTRY 🇲🇽

  • Jerome Littlechild
    Jerome Littlechild 5 days ago

    Anyone notice the pigs pretty lashes lol

  • Jimmy Higgins
    Jimmy Higgins 5 days ago

    I hate your videos... I bet i gain 20lbs every time i watch one... Also i dont understand why every time i watch a video... I need a nap...keep up the good work...

  • Juliana Pollock-Batt

    It all looks so good. I worry for Mark's health... gorging on all that meat.. our digestive system is just not made for so much. I hope in between the travel and feeding he's doing some major elimination and detox. As we are now witnessing the skyrocket cancer rates can be attributed to high meat consumption. I'm sure the meat is much better than in USA, but all the same our systems can not process al that meat without paying a high price. Nevertheless, amazing program, food and host. Thank you for sharing your passion, family and love.

  • 1justice2012
    1justice2012 5 days ago

    WOW!, who doesn’t like this wonderful video?

  • Lpz Raf
    Lpz Raf 7 days ago

    This is exactly how we Mayans in Guatemala make our food 👌🏼

  • Craig Navarro
    Craig Navarro 7 days ago

    Panucho.....more like PANOCHA ;)

  • Elvia Galeano
    Elvia Galeano 8 days ago

    Omg riley nice

  • Alexa
    Alexa 9 days ago

    He should stop putting his wife and son last. It's sad.

  • Oscar  Estrella
    Oscar Estrella 10 days ago

    Comida herencia pura de nuestros padres Mayas! no es la mas costosa pero si la mas sabrosa, bien pinche orgulloso de mis raíces mayas, from Cancun.

  • Abduction X
    Abduction X 12 days ago

    Your face made of happiness you are blessed

  • Gold Flake
    Gold Flake 13 days ago

    Eres increible Marcos. Ni yo conosco mi pais gracias bendiciones

  • dell wright
    dell wright 15 days ago +1

    what is the white tower standing in the distance

  • AlienWare Ninja
    AlienWare Ninja 15 days ago

    Panochas my wife's is hairy and yummy 😋

  • fleiva30
    fleiva30 16 days ago +1

    I love PAnucho….hahhahaha

  • Karen Meehan
    Karen Meehan 17 days ago

    Beans cooked with a scalding hot rock and ash? Wdf!!

  • Gigi Dawide
    Gigi Dawide 21 day ago

    That’s dope, interesting and unique but it’s too much time being spent on cooking Lol. Digging, baring all that stuff in the process.

  • Cruz Burciaga
    Cruz Burciaga 23 days ago

    I believe Mexico is the number one in traditional kitchen and I also think is the best place in the world to visit

  • gloriaiarango
    gloriaiarango 23 days ago +3

    I love people with great smiles!!

  • Julia Namulauulu
    Julia Namulauulu 24 days ago

    Wow; same cooking technique as an umu. Which is the Samoan version. Awesome!

  • Gerardo Gomez
    Gerardo Gomez 24 days ago

    nice videos guy.

  • Andy Fam
    Andy Fam 25 days ago +1

    What's amazing is that Polynesians cook the exact same way underground. They also cook cocoa beans and make a drink out of it. Similarities are crazy.

  • xllxRUDE_DOGGxllx
    xllxRUDE_DOGGxllx 27 days ago


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    xllxRUDE_DOGGxllx 27 days ago


  • Briana Gonzalez
    Briana Gonzalez 28 days ago

    what is the name of the song?

  • Shirley Greer
    Shirley Greer 28 days ago

    Your an absolute pig!!! ate as if you never ate before!!

  • Flower Flor
    Flower Flor Month ago

    Hi Mark, it is safe travel to the village?

  • Bubble Wrap
    Bubble Wrap Month ago

    O_o O_O oh. OH WAOW.

  • T Sheffield
    T Sheffield Month ago

    Love, LOVE! LOVE watching eat these foods! Your always so happy and find some awesome adventures. Thanks for sharing your food experiences!

  • unknown
    unknown Month ago

    18:47 "But the light is a little bit dark"


  • hicham leoub
    hicham leoub Month ago

    ooooow oooooww good jus good food only good good good good

  • Matt Garcia
    Matt Garcia Month ago

    wow what a cool video

  • zach khan
    zach khan Month ago

    Mark.... you killin me man!!!
    Every episode is mouth watering awesomeness!!
    Keep rockin my friend!!

  • Esteban Rodriguez
    Esteban Rodriguez Month ago

    Mark keep up the great videos. I'm starving after every video and have my wife write down the recipes Your awesome.

  • bahera hani Nayef
    bahera hani Nayef Month ago

    From ur face expressions the food was ok no more. The nice thing is the cooking process itself and the nature.

  • Steve Henderson
    Steve Henderson Month ago

    Mark, I think there's some red dried chili on your chin too. 19:30

  • TurtleOfEpicness
    TurtleOfEpicness Month ago



    I jelly it looks so good

  • Nicolas Poulot
    Nicolas Poulot Month ago

    Jamais mi mange pas sa

  • Pink Hammer
    Pink Hammer Month ago +1

    The food was dry because no fat was added in Mayan times. Oil was brought by the Spaniards (probably part of the reason we got fat). That's why modern Tamales are not dry... unless the cook fails miserably

  • Don Johnny Fiaque
    Don Johnny Fiaque Month ago

    one thing with Mack he can eat dam

  • Nargis J
    Nargis J Month ago

    Mark Noble price for your tummy 😊😊😊😁 well done, I love cooking and I love watching you eat, Lucky You for travelling and meeting such nice people Take care and Hi to the family, come to UK too.

  • ramesh e
    ramesh e Month ago

    Mayan connected to Tamils (India) cultures

  • what up
    what up Month ago

    this mans eyes haunt my nightmares. they’re terrifying. his smile holds secrets.

    great vid though

  • Kelle Nicole Smith
    Kelle Nicole Smith Month ago

    Ol wow take a shot everytime he says that lol

  • Wawan Lea
    Wawan Lea Month ago

    i like

    BOY KASKAS Month ago +1

    oh yeah

  • darth otxoa
    darth otxoa Month ago

    Mark is a total badass. People love him everywhere he goes. Keep making the cool vids

  • huzair khan
    huzair khan Month ago

    That pig just ruined the whole video

  • Chang Dolly
    Chang Dolly Month ago

    Mark , you are really awesome, i appreciate every video you published, you always tried your best to share with us!

  • Alfredo Rios
    Alfredo Rios Month ago

    Al Mark le encanto el panucho de la señora 😂🖒

  • romar monterola
    romar monterola Month ago

    Oohhh wow

  • Julia Wintersgill
    Julia Wintersgill Month ago

    Wow! How many languages do u speak Mark Weins??

  • honeyz
    honeyz Month ago

    Compared to the Pakistan series the food here is not as tasty as Pakistani food

  • DJ Well Dressed Man

    Old School First Nation food, thank you Mark for showing the world how First Nations have been eating for thousands of years, minus the pork, would have been Turkey back in the day.

  • Dior Ndiaye
    Dior Ndiaye Month ago

    Oh my God, every night you make feel very hungry😂😂So, WHY didn't you to Sénégal during your African trip🤔 We got some good food in the Zinginchor trip, please✍

  • Kyle Patterson
    Kyle Patterson Month ago

    Am I the only one that saw how he was filling up the van 😂😂 just turn around Mark 😎

  • Ahydde Lara
    Ahydde Lara Month ago

    Well i hope you like the way we cook and you have not seen everything that are culture have

    SAMANTHA XIMENA Month ago +2

    El picante yucateco es el más picante de México

  • M.Younis Patoli
    M.Younis Patoli Month ago +1

    Nice One By The Way
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  • clemente miranda
    clemente miranda Month ago


  • Noverah Adeen
    Noverah Adeen Month ago

    yummy yummy yummy yummy

  • Candy White
    Candy White Month ago

    Hi from canada🇨🇦 amazing video authentic Mexican food.👍🏻😋

  • elena perea
    elena perea Month ago

    Some amazing food.

  • Jose Arellano
    Jose Arellano Month ago

    OMG bro I was in Chicxlubu Yucatan and had some wild boar and fresh made tortillas that were amazing with the boar tacos and the sauce that lady had made was amazing.

  • Sylvia Nunez
    Sylvia Nunez Month ago

    love that you love people...........and our food!

  • jesus roberto perez
    jesus roberto perez Month ago +4

    luisito comunica, deverias ver esto, andas de loca por otros paises, mientras este extranjero nos muestra nuestra propia cultura, y lo mas hermoso de mexico. excelente mark, awesome video!

  • Local Boi
    Local Boi Month ago

    loving it mark! this way of cooking is so much like polynesian way. umu...nice

    MAESTRO GENIO Month ago

    I call this real natural food .with out the hormones in meat and preservatives in the tortillas . this food is one of the best taste for foodlovers

  • Roni Rahman
    Roni Rahman Month ago

    All your videos contains more learning materials...i love your all videos...

  • Ravi Prakash
    Ravi Prakash Month ago

    it's real cooking style,

  • Patricia Daugherty
    Patricia Daugherty Month ago

    I love that you take your family all over the world with you! Educating your son is power! May god continue to bless you and keep you now until the end of time! Thanks!

  • Tamil Time Passing
    Tamil Time Passing Month ago


  • Zain Ali
    Zain Ali Month ago

    I fall in love with food.... I become you r sooooooo slim..... :O

  • Lucinda Thomas
    Lucinda Thomas Month ago

    I love all your videos!! Your awesome

  • Wendy H
    Wendy H Month ago

    What an amazing experience!! 😃
    I’m always so sad when I see people loving their peppers and chilies...I’m (tragically) allergic to so many, and can’t have them. Worst of all, is I KNOW I’m missing out on incredible food! 😭💔

  • Suphannee Tayunram
    Suphannee Tayunram Month ago

    คนไรกินโครตน่าอร่อย 555

  • Israel Garcia
    Israel Garcia 2 months ago +3

    Me gusta su apetito y su música de fondo gracias por presentar diferentes comidas le doy un 10

  • La Esperanza
    La Esperanza 2 months ago +5

    "Traditional Mayan" would imply pre-colombian, hence, no pork. They might have used Agouti or something, but there were no pigs as such, only Peccary. From what I just discovered, indeed the Yucatan dish would have had Peccary, also known as Javelina. Different family. D

  • sunny John
    sunny John 2 months ago

    Wow wonderful village I wanted to survive there

    AETHER MARTIAN 2 months ago

    all over your face, and draining down your chin....lolol

  • Shaik Usuf
    Shaik Usuf 2 months ago

    Come to my house

  • Shaik Usuf
    Shaik Usuf 2 months ago

    I'm from India

  • Shaik Usuf
    Shaik Usuf 2 months ago


  • Shaik Usuf
    Shaik Usuf 2 months ago

    Come to my house

  • Shaik Usuf
    Shaik Usuf 2 months ago


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    Shaik Usuf 2 months ago


  • Preethi Abey
    Preethi Abey 2 months ago

    plz dnt put this much facial expression. By seeing your face... its like aching my facial muscles...

  • Slick Rick
    Slick Rick 2 months ago

    Looks like he has an orgasm with each bite

  • king cobra
    king cobra 2 months ago

    The said they ate the oldladys punuchia

  • sky 1877
    sky 1877 2 months ago

    No des respect but that Dosent look good .... Too much masa ... But to each is own .

  • James Carl
    James Carl 2 months ago

    Authentic Mayan tin roof to cover the hot pit, along with authentic plastic wrap, does look good but cooking the old ways while using today's things

  • Shotokan Tiger
    Shotokan Tiger 2 months ago