My name is Rocío .I´m from Mexico City. I spent my childhood cooking with my chef mom and later studied Mexican Cuisine. I´m a foodie and a travel junkie and I usually HATE tours, that´s why I created my company. My safaris are not only about the best food we include history, sightseeing and most importantly we talk about the people who make the food and their stories, we seek connection.
I´m so proud because I created a business model that allows me to pay living wages to my team and vendors while investing in my community. Not with charity, charity SUCKS, we create opportunities for our people that lead to long-lasting and impactful changes in their lives. Discover why The New York Times, Forbes, and Condé Nast have featured our safaris. Let us share Mexico City´s magic with you.
Your bookings help us pay for our social programs that benefit girls from La Merced market. We work with a limited number of girls to ensure a lifelong relationship, a deep impact in their lives and longlasting changes in their community. We focus our efforts in 4 programs:
A CULINARY PROGRAM: that teaches tolerance and new ideas through food. A LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM: That teaches them English, leadership and public speaking and employs them as tour guides. A CAREER PROGRAM: That shows them different career paths learning from the industry leaders; from cooking to photography and more. A FEMINIST PROGRAM: that provides SEX ED, women´s history, feminism, personal finances, body acceptance and other great workshops.
I created this company in 2015 after a night out drinking with some homeless guys in Istanbul, where they showed me the best street food and I finally understood Turkey´s soul, (yes I was younger and yes, I never saw the danger). After this eye-opening experience, I came back to Mexico, quit my job and created Eat Like a Local
These safaris are what I would like to have when I travel. I focused the tours on street food, because the first time I arrived in Vietnam, saw all the food and could not understand a thing, I realized how you feel in my country. You don´t need us for restaurants, you need us for the street, and here I am for you.
If you, like me, love authentic, flexible, meaningful, personal, experiences, without rushing or making you follow an umbrella (that´s just embarrassing). This is the right company for you. For me, the most important thing when I travel is to have connections and memories not only in my mind but in my heart, and this is what I offer with Eat Like a Local, amazing food, responsible travel, personal connections with locals and memories you´ll cherish forever. Learn more about my company HERE
In simple words it´s to travel without being an a**hole. It´s basically traveling with low negative impact to the local culture, society and environment, high economic growth for the city you visit, and of course cultural exchange and mutual understanding. Responsible tourism happens when the locals are dignified and empowered and the visitors get knowledge and and a comprehensive idea of the culture they visited.
That being said, if a company says they tip their vendors and pay them fair prices, thats basic human decency not responsible tourism. Responsible tourism involves education, gender equality, fighting hunger, developing communities and much more, there are 17 goals stablished by the United Nations General Assembly,that a company needs to comply to be responsible (sustainable) Eat Like a Local focuses on the following:
Eat Like a Local is a boutique women-only company, our food hunters were born and raised in Mexico City, they travel, have masters degrees and amazing personal proyects that enrich our safaris, but most importantly they LOVE FOOD. Join us and discover our food, culture, people, and history with born and bred Mexico City´s foodies.
Professional book editor now dedicated to healthy cuisine and wellness.
Textile Designer with a master's degree in Strategic Design and innovation.
Fashion marketing graduate from the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires.
Wine lover, dark beer drinker and huge fan of papas de carrito with lemon and Valentina sauce.
The coolest 3YO in Mexico, our tiny foodie who loves to eat bugs. Camila joins the tours to steal your tacos and get free candy.
14 YO Hates lamb. Her dream is to travel the world, she rides a motorcycle like a boss girl. Wendy joins the tours to practice her English.
11 YO, Shy and super smart, she loves dancing, unicorns, and pink. Monse joins the tours to practice her English
21 YO Mother of Camila and el Pirru. Our official La Merced guide. She makes the best micheladas in town.
TERRIFIC TOUR EVEN FOR VEGETARIANS