Mexican cuisine joined an exclusive list when UNESCO recognized it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Agricultural practices passed down through generations; dishes that are unique to Mexico, from tortillas to tamales; and the incorporation of native ingredients—corn, tomatoes, chilis, cocoa, and vanilla—motivated the decision by UNESCO. What also distinguishes the country’s cuisine is the remarkable diversity of its regional variations. In the Riviera Maya, banana leaves are often used to steam food and ingredients like sour orange juice and achiote, a sauce made from annatto peppers, help give Yucatan cuisine its unique flavor. Tikin xic, marinated fish cooked in a banana leaf following an ancient Meso-American practice, and cochinita pibil, pork marinated in sour orange juice and spices, are among the dishes that should be on your must-eat list. You’ll find independent restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Tulum, and other towns along the Riviera Maya, though some of the area’s best dining options are located within resorts.