Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cenote and Mayan Coffee: A Must Do

One of the outings we enjoyed while in Riviera Maya was our visit to Alux.  Alux is a underground Cavern / Cenote that is said to be 10,000 years old  that is now turned into a restaurant.  It's amazing to think that anything could be THAT old, but that is what the info says.

Playa del carmen, Riviera Maya

Alux was about a 15-20 minute cab ride from where we were staying in Riviera Maya to Play Del Carmen.
PLaya del carmen, Riviera Maya

When we arrived we were greeted by the hostess upstairs (on street level) and then made our way down into the cave.

Playa del carmen, Riviera Maya

As you go down the steps you are greeted by another hostess in this bar area. There is an $8 cover charge which includes the tour and a drink from the bar. We thought this was well worth the charge to just visit and tour the place.

Playa del carmen, Riviera Maya

Since there were not any patrons dining at the time we arrived, we were able to walk around the cavern by ourselves and take our good old time.

PLaya Del Carmen, Riviera Maya

What makes this place unique is because it was a cenote (underground sink hole) that is all dried up except for a few spots that still had a bit of water running through it.

Playa del carmen, Riviera Maya

The main dinning area.


They had a main dining area and then these cute little alcoves for couple or private parties. I'm pretty sure I remember seeing a couple on one of the seasons of the Bachelor/Bachelorette having a date here.
Playa del carmen, Riviera Maya

I don't recall if they mentioned the name of the place but the little tables in the cave look so familiar.  Does anyone else remember seeing that?  If not, it's the perfect place to have a date!

Playa Del carmen, Riviera Maya

When we finished our tour, we had our drinks and learned more about this unique place.  Our friends from the area visited here  last month so this is how we knew to check it out. They said one thing that was not to be missed was the Mayan Coffee.
Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya

Ordering this coffee was probably the highlight of the evening!  They bring the coffee cart right to your table and make it. It really is a show the way they caramelize the sugar on top of the glass and the whole process of mixing the Mexican coffee, alcohol, and American coffee.

There were some flames involved.

Playa del carmen, Riviera Maya


The coffee was not included in the price of the cover charge but it was so worth it.  Of course I didn't remember to take a photo until the drinks were already consumed.

Playa del carmen, riviera maya

I thought it would be a little chilly in here seeing it was underground but it was not. It was just the opposite. They actually had fans plugged in around the place.

Throughout Riviera Maya there are tours you could take to visit Cenotes that still have water running all through them, they've turned them into water parks and similar tours.  We opted not to do those tours because they involved a lengthy bus ride and it made for too long of a day.  This place gave us a very authentic experience as to what a cenote was like, we didn't have to go far, we didn't have to take an all day excursion to do it, plus we got some yummy drinks.


20 comments:

  1. That actually looks like a ton of fun. I'm curious about their food now. We have caverns about 1-2 hours away that I've always wanted to visit but have never made it there. This makes me want to go this summer.

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    1. They did have a full dinner menu as well as appetizers.

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  2. Funny ... I thought before I got to the part, "This would be a perfect Bachelor setting" ;) haha

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    1. Yup, I believe it was. They did film in that area a few years ago!

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  3. This sounds like a really cool experience! I had a hard time picturing it when you described it in the other post but the photos make it look pretty. I could definitely see it be a nice setting for a romantic dinner :)

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    1. There were so many romantic alcoves in there. So cute!

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  4. What a neat concept. I would've thought it'd be cooler underground too, since wine and champagne caves are used because they are cooler for storage. Is the kitchen down there too? That could be the heat source.

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    1. I don't know if the kitchen was down there or not, good question. I do know they did have a wine cellar but I did not go inside it.

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  5. Wow how magical! I can see why they had some bachelor dates there. Very unique. I was going to ask if it was chilly, I'm surprised it was hot!

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    1. I don't know if it was because the climate outside is always hot or not, but Yea I was surprised it wasn't ever cool in there.

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  6. Sounds and looks like a great place too go!

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    1. It's definitely a must do if you are in the area. I don't think a lot of people know about it though.

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  8. This sounds like a ton of fun and right up my alley- what a cool find!

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  9. All of those caves are really cool! Looks like such a fun place to vacay

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  10. That sounds like such a neat restaurant! That coffee also sounds delicious!!!

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    1. I don't drink hot coffee but I admit this was tasty.

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