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 • 2 752

  • Andre Henry
    Andre Henry 2 days ago

    The way he put food in his mouth is disturbing

  • lacrospi lacrospi
    lacrospi lacrospi 4 days ago +1

    Loa indus chuntaros de mexico

  • Now Present
    Now Present 4 days ago

    This guy has friends all around the world. Definitely successful in life.😍😍👌

  • Pancho Villa
    Pancho Villa 4 days ago +1


  • God's Child
    God's Child 5 days ago

    Pork isn't native to the Americas, they're feral and actually very damaging to the environment. Not trying to be rude but that is true. The Spanish brought pigs over. I also want to say I really enjoy your channel!

  • LoLa LoCa
    LoLa LoCa 5 days ago

    Felipe Carrillo Puerto aka La Ruana my hometown. ✌✌✌✌

  • Wolf Lamb
    Wolf Lamb 5 days ago

    Achiote or anato Mark. It is a well known spice throughout central/South America

  • Miss Punkcake
    Miss Punkcake 7 days ago

    thank u very much for coming to mexico :) and show our tradition to the world love you hope you can come back soon

  • GusM1973
    GusM1973 7 days ago

    Panuchos should not be mistaken for Panochas 2:30 INSERT joke below......

  • Susan Velves
    Susan Velves 8 days ago

    Its great to see you enjoy all types of makes it so interesting. Nice guy. 👍👍

  • lynn kesh
    lynn kesh 8 days ago

    Awesomeness. ..254

  • Tessa Charley
    Tessa Charley 11 days ago

    I am kind of amazed at this, and proud that my Navajo culture shares cooking styles with the ancient Mayans! We also utilize the underground oven, for Kneel Down Bread and Navajo cake. The Kneel Down Bread is made of fresh ground corn wrapped inside of a corn husk and baked in the underground oven. Then the Navajo cake, is made with a dried ground corn flour consistency mixed with hot water, and a paste(corn flour mixture & human saliva). There is a layer of corn husks on the bottom of the oven and the corn mixture is poured in, while layering all sides and the top with corn husks. It is then covered with dirt and a built fire goes right on top of it. It cooks from dusk to dawn. They're both so good. The human saliva part is kind of unusual for an outsider, but normal if you're one of us.

  • Mercedes Mercedes
    Mercedes Mercedes 16 days ago

    buen vídeo Mark ❤️

  • Julia Mikulic
    Julia Mikulic 16 days ago

    Amazing video thank you!

  • 12121ashmit
    12121ashmit 17 days ago

    Mark ...Your tummy must be yelling....GIVE ME SOME REST

  • oki cools
    oki cools 19 days ago

    how is he so skinny yet he eats everything :P

  • Amanda Wilder
    Amanda Wilder 20 days ago +1

    Get those fruit trees some copper treatment for the fungal infection. They will not produce or will poorly.

  • Prinssy Chandra
    Prinssy Chandra 21 day ago

    You cover such authentic cuisines from various regions. Thumbs up to all of your videos. I specially love to see yo eat , and that happiness that takes over your face is so contagious, that you put a smile everytime you eat it like its the best food ever! I totally lovvvee your videos.. Keeping eating and spreading love through your videos..

  • fn jay
    fn jay 23 days ago

    hello where i can visit this place thanks

  • Jeremy Ksor
    Jeremy Ksor 23 days ago

    Indigenous Mexico and America they have a rich culture.

    RENZEENO 23 days ago +3

    Bites food.... Closes eyes.... Opens eyes.... Opens eyes EXTRA Wide..... Smiles and says this is amazing. That's the routine huh lol

    • Texas Tee
      Texas Tee 12 days ago +1

      Lol right... with the head nod

    • Dee C
      Dee C 22 days ago +1

      Don't forget the head tilt and exhaling air through the nose. Every video, every bite, every time

  • Asimalja production
    Asimalja production 24 days ago

    I am from NORTH EAST INDIA plis visit our place too... We have lots of traditional dishes😊. Our place name is Meghalaya Wettest place n highest rainfall in the World.😊

  • Bertha Gonzales
    Bertha Gonzales 25 days ago

    Mark, I just so enjoy watching you and your family, friends and all the places you have visited in Mexico. I can almost taste the food right along with you by seeing your expressions when you’re eating.

  • Erika Arias
    Erika Arias 25 days ago

    Anyone know how mark knows how to speak Spanish so well??

  • Olive Tree
    Olive Tree 25 days ago

    My concern is that tourism would ruin the culture.

  • Rina Coutaeu
    Rina Coutaeu 25 days ago

    The way mark ate just wow 💌

  • andy10515
    andy10515 26 days ago

    Omg you are enjoying my culture food, I wish I was you, I have been in America all my life have gone to Mexico many times and loved each and every time I went, it is so beautiful and friendly but yet I stay in America because I have all my children here... Maybe one day I will go and never come back, LOL! Enjoy Mark.

  • Vanessa Tkiwi
    Vanessa Tkiwi 27 days ago +2

    That's similar to how we do our maori hangi kai in new zealand same way with the hot stones and cover with dirt

  • crnwalker
    crnwalker 27 days ago +2

    Please come to New Zealand and try some traditional Māori kai. Here, a traditional method of cooking underground is called a Hāngi and can take upto 8 hours for the food to cook. We use volcanic rocks to absorbed and keep heat, tin foil and wet hessian sacks to keep the dirt out, all covered up with earth. Another household favorite is 'Boil Up' and consists of vegetables such as kamokamo and watercress, as well as meats such as bacon bones or pork bones. Also can't forget the motumotu! 😍👍

  • Ata Khan
    Ata Khan 29 days ago +5

    I swear, this man could eat anything and still be alright. A stomach of steel!

  • Guero M
    Guero M Month ago +1

    U should have your own tv show.luv your attitude brother. Keep up the good work

    • lynn kesh
      lynn kesh 8 days ago

      Noooo the TV shows control the content for commercialisation... all TVcliprs who went that way no longer interesting it's all about money...

  • sojo bojo
    sojo bojo Month ago

    Mark the pork looks more like chicken..are unsure its pork?

  • Alejandro Ramirez
    Alejandro Ramirez Month ago

    dude I'm mexican and to see people of different ethnic and cultural back rounds get excited about our food is the biggest compliment you could give us. thanks for sharing and thanks for being so open minded about all the food and places you go to. much respect, you've got me hooked on you vids next up chinese street food!

  • Bonita Wauls
    Bonita Wauls Month ago

    Mark Weins. Have you traveled to Guyana, South America yet? I have been searching high and low! Please go to Georgetown to the hospital there. Ask for Cardiologist, Dr Jesús Valdez Alvarez. He can show you the best places to eat and visit! He is also the professor of Cardiology there and sleeps fluent English, French and Spanish. Please do a video with him!! He is 34 years old and achieved so much. I want to know the luscious foods there so I know when I visit him.

  • Bonita Wauls
    Bonita Wauls Month ago +1

    Oh, my, oh, my!! I spent a week on Cozumel and no one told us about a Mayan village to visit!! Want to go.

  • grave hadley
    grave hadley Month ago

    I wanna try that panochu. The name kinda sounds like my favorite dish. Anyways great job Mark, you brought out side of mexico that the world has never seen. Keep it coming.

  • Febo Jose
    Febo Jose Month ago

    Dude your so lame

  • Raj Raj
    Raj Raj Month ago

    Welcome Bangladesh

  • Irina Quintero
    Irina Quintero Month ago

    I need to check this place out. Wow!!

  • Jose Caamal
    Jose Caamal Month ago

    Anytime u visit sf California u will find Mayan cuisine on mission street

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  • Rinchipem Ramror
    Rinchipem Ramror Month ago

    Love ur family 😍😍😍God blessed ur lovely family 🤗

  • angel Lara
    angel Lara Month ago

    panuchu almost sounded like panocha 😂 like if you got it2

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  • Reyna M
    Reyna M Month ago

    Mark!! Please come to Guatemala !!! You will be amazed !!!! 🇬🇹 Antigua, puerto barrios and Mazatenango await !!!! ❤️ thank you for being interested in us and being kind.

  • Alter Ego
    Alter Ego Month ago

    Politically-correct, condescending hypocrites, you know that what I'm saying is true - esp of south and west asians, so don't come whinnying up with your criticisms, save your stinky breath, I've said my piece and am moving on. I don't get notifications either, so you might just as well be barking to yourself! And that goes especially to that oh-so-goody-goody nancy two-shoes commenters below like William Morris and Cecily Cook who just want to suck up to anybody and everybody to show how n-i-i-i-c-e they are! 🙄

  • Alter Ego
    Alter Ego Month ago

    Gluttony is one of the seven sins. You are lending legitimacy to youtubers of third world countries who are crude enough by themselves and are always looking to copy Americans and Europeans in the worst possible way. And they are everywhere on the internet, especially taking like flies to easy-to-do videos like cooking, cosmetics, religion, health, etc. with their half-baked presentation skills and borrowed, second-hand knowledge from other videos done by professionals and experts.

  • Jēn Raymundo Pacada

    Beautiful place and yummy looking foods...

  • nancy cortez
    nancy cortez Month ago

    Viva Mark Weins y viva Mexico. ❤️ Your videos Mark

  • sandeep india
    sandeep india Month ago

    Hi mark..... U r amazing man

  • hiugo santillan
    hiugo santillan Month ago

    No chinges mark tengo muchos ampollas en mi voca porque siempre que veo tus videos se me hace agua la boca de la comida😰

  • Earth Man
    Earth Man Month ago

    I quit listening to quite a while ago because your food reviews are meaningless. Everything is great. You like everything. I am calling bullshit on you. The food is not all equally fantastic. Give me an honest review. Help me decide what I would want if I went there.

  • Игорь Хегай

    Mark,hello from Kazakstan🖐

    PERLA PRADO Month ago

    The crunch sound

    PERLA PRADO Month ago



    Mark!!!You are the only food vlogger that makes me salivate while watching! I have been on a watching marathon of your videos since last night.My husband and father in law likes you,too!

  • intuitive creations

    How do u afford all these trips??? I love it!

    • Dimh Co.
      Dimh Co. Month ago

      intuitive creations nearly 4 million subscribers. Hella successful

  • They Know
    They Know Month ago

    fascinating. and it is nice how patient they are without outsiders like you (us viewers) in their world, with a camera!

  • They Know
    They Know Month ago

    travel for food, I can get into that

  • Joey Hernandez
    Joey Hernandez Month ago

    My butthole itches

  • Bibeth Galido
    Bibeth Galido Month ago

    Sir i really love watching all your videos especially the videos like this..

  • The Tejeda's Challenge

    The tacos look so juicy and flavorful!

  • Star EsaMala WL Ramirez

    I love your experience on going to Mexico & eating all these amazing varieties of food. I'd love to do this fantastic voyage someday! I'm so happy to see how your so very generous and very inviting to these wonderful people. This culture really has my curiosity & it eases me to know how places like the ones like this one & all the other places you visited in Mexico are so very welcoming. Thank you for making these great videos! I never miss a chance to see them! Bless you & your little family 😊

  • Jose Dr Jesus Villanueva

    Que manera tan profesional de mostrar parte de la cultura culinaria de nuestro México lindo y Querido.
    Mis respetos para ti.

  • Diana Lee
    Diana Lee Month ago

    I would get sick I just know myself

  • Anthon Irawan
    Anthon Irawan Month ago

    Soo good Awesome man awesome....///

  • Laura Esperanza
    Laura Esperanza 2 months ago

    Love your videos

  • mizchicana619
    mizchicana619 2 months ago

    Why of all things is the chewing total ASMR 😭😂😂😂. Food looks amazing though.

  • Toalua Saleupolu
    Toalua Saleupolu 2 months ago

    The underground oven is very similar to the Samoa umu.. even the traditional house or fale in Samoa.. great video again and yummy food

  • Todd's Tropicals
    Todd's Tropicals 2 months ago

    I just love how your face lights up when the food tastes really good, here in Florida we call the hoja santo leaf root beer plant due to the scent of the leaf.

  • Javier Alejandro Maldonado Sarti

    Muy rico se ve todo.

  • Sandra Zamora
    Sandra Zamora 2 months ago

    Hey mark u have to go to Centro America and special el salvador u can try (pupusas) are delicios u going to love el salvador ;-)

  • Katrina Vigue
    Katrina Vigue 2 months ago

    Mexican food is delicioso and my favorite.. 🌶🌮🌯🍽🏆

  • BeyonD IN
    BeyonD IN 2 months ago

    Why am I watching this at 3 am? I am starving :D

  • Braulio Roman
    Braulio Roman 2 months ago +1


  • yoltzin rico
    yoltzin rico 2 months ago

    Me encanto este canal...

  • Oluwasheyi Ayorminkporsi Kayode

    Will one day set out do to such journey to taste food in all countries mine will world of delicacies

    MILY BLANCH 2 months ago

    l love your channel!!! everywhere you visit you bring life and joy!!!

  • Abe_Vlogs
    Abe_Vlogs 2 months ago

    I'm full by watching this videos. 😊

  • christina cooksey
    christina cooksey 2 months ago

    i really love watching these videos relaxing but somethin funny is that mark weins looks like the son of chucky on that movie loooool hope u didnt get offended beautiful family n great u include them into your career if u ever come back to egypt try some home cooked molokhia omg its soooo good with this special white thin crispy bread woooow amazing they usually wet the bread but i love it crunchy especially in molokhia

  • Gilbert G
    Gilbert G 2 months ago

    I love cochinita pibill!!

  • jose lopez
    jose lopez 2 months ago

    Thank you Mark for sharing my Mexican Culture it's awesome!!

  • David london
    David london 2 months ago

    I love your videos mark!

  • Olga Kendall
    Olga Kendall 2 months ago

    I season my whole chicken with garlic, onion, salt and pepper and make it into puré in a molcajete underneath its skin and ACHIOTE on top. Let it marinade for the night with a lime inside its cavity. I make it in the oven. My husband (he's white) had never have a chicken like that and he was amazed of how good it was. ACHIOTE is the one seasoning that a Mexican family should have in their pantry

  • Kuya Omer
    Kuya Omer 2 months ago

    20:15 Sibuyas 👍 😘

  • Pete Watson
    Pete Watson 2 months ago +8

    We live 15 mins. from Playa del Carmen in Puerto Aventuras, Thanks for bringing us all closer to the Mayan culture. They are truly wonderful, warm people.

  • Erika Miranda
    Erika Miranda 2 months ago +3

    Veeee a Ecuador!
    Amo tus vídeos!
    Tu,Ying y Micah son geniales!

  • Randy Hernandez
    Randy Hernandez 2 months ago

    Dirty bitch pebbles sounds lile a good dish lol. Cochinita pibil....

  • viole mariano
    viole mariano 2 months ago +2

    I used so much 😂 achiote for my cooking. The seeds are beautiful 😍🤩💕

  • George Perez
    George Perez 2 months ago

    U put a smile in my face , a hole in my stomach and slime n my mouth thanks 4ur videos my amigo Blessings Mark

  • Pheralrage
    Pheralrage 2 months ago

    When he goes Mmmm after a bite I giggle all the time!

  • Rebecca Flores
    Rebecca Flores 2 months ago


  • Karla Garcia
    Karla Garcia 2 months ago

    You’r a lucky man, wow crazy how the Internet brought you so much blessings.Seen your first video awhile back .and know I been watching your episodes last few days . I wasn’t aware you had so many videos until a few days ago. I did see your first one last yr! But wow what a journey for you and family blessed family!

  • Maria Godinez
    Maria Godinez 2 months ago

    I absolutely love this video. Amazing Mayan food, great video Mark.

  • Rick Davis
    Rick Davis 2 months ago

    Does the masa have any lard added to it like in a traditional tamale?

  • Julie A
    Julie A 2 months ago

    Beautiful showcasing of an amazing culture and such a joy to watch ❤️

  • caliqueen760 FR
    caliqueen760 FR 2 months ago

    The food looked bomb! It made me hungry.

  • Troy 247
    Troy 247 2 months ago +1

    Cmonn Mark your my guy but u make everything look like it tastes equally as good it's OK to say u don't like something bro

  • Ale norig
    Ale norig 3 months ago +4

    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 3 months ago

    What SKINNY pigs 🐖🐖