My name is Rocío I was born and breed in Mexico City I spent my childhood cooking with my chef mom and later studied Mexican Cuisine. I LOVE food and LOVE traveling, I´ve been in 27 countries so far and I usually hate tours. These safaris are what i would like to have when I travel.
I believe that tourism should promote connection and understanding, our tours are not only about the best tacos, are about the people who make them, their stories, their dreams, and the profound connection we can achieve when we understand that we are fundamentally the same. Food is the most powerful connection tool because you are ingesting history and culture and making it part of you forever. Discover why The New York Times, Forbes, and Condé Nast have featured our safaris. Let us share Mexico City´s magic with you.
So before you scroll down, yes our tours cost more. I decided to create a business model where that extra money allows me to do the following: Pay living wages to my team. Pay higher than the market price to my vendors and suppliers. Invest in my community. NO we don´t do charity, charity SUCKS, we invest our time, money and hearts into our people. Basically your money will go into giving everybody you meet on the tour a GREAT life. I think is worth spending a little extra while you travel.
It´s 15 USD more than the other food tours. Or 2 cocktails at a bar, and like half a taco in NY, the thing is responsible tourism is a little more expensive because we are not A**HOLES like Jeff Bezos. Our women only team makes the best wages in the city along with health benefits and paid vacations.
Our vendors get a service fee, not a tip, because we respect their knowledge and experience and we love to pay for their time. With your payment you´ll make a REGENERATIVE impact in Mexico City, covering homeless, kids, girls from the market, street vendors, senior citizens and women. And on top of that you´ll have the #1 tour in town and eat tons of delicious food. Everybody complains about the world, but we are actually doing something to change it. JOIN US! Yes, it will cost you more, but not that much, like 15 USD more.
I created this company in 2105 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.
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