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Playa Del Carmen Tour Guide Interview

By November 27, 2018 April 16th, 2020 264 Comments


Here’s our latest interview with a tour guide or certified local as we seek to learn from some of the top experts from the places we love.

If you are a certified tour guide and would like to be considered for an interview, drop me a note at: and we can chat about specifics.

My questions are in bold and the responses follow below.  Please excuse us if you see a mistake in grammar, we are travel bloggers & travelers not English writers.  😉

Let’s get started..
PLAYA DEL CARMEN Tour Guide Interview:
What’s your name and how old are you?
Answer: Gonzalo Monroy
Do you have kids? If so, how old are they?
Answer:2 , 23 and 19
Where are you originally from and what city do you currently live?
Answer: Born in Cuernavaca Mexico , lived in Montreal Canada , now in Playa del Carmen Mexico
How long have you been a tour guide?
Answer: 12 years
Why did you want to become a tour guide?
Answer: I enjoy talking with people from all over the world.
Are you a licensed tour guide?  What cities?  If so, from which organization?
Answer: Yes , licensed in archaeology , nature and parks. Federal guide ( all cities and attractions ) , Independent guide in the Secretary of tourism Mexico.
How many tours have you provided?
Answer: I’ve worked around 250 tours per year for 12 years = Lots !!!
Let’s get to the exciting stuff.  Why should anyone visit the city?
Answer: Anywhere you go… Is a must ! You got to know the locals , their food , nightlife , commerce and lifestyle to have the full experience wherever you go.
Is the city safe?  What areas are not safe?
Answer: Is the safest area in Mexico, we can take a walk in downtown without fear of being robbed
…although we are having local gangs fighting among them, they don’t attack tourists or locals , but we hear more often the news about killings.
What’s the weather like?
Answer: we have the perfect place for vacations , is hot and humid , which makes you jump into the pools or ocean and drink lots of margaritas without guilt.
What languages are spoken in the area?  Is English spoken?
Answer: We speak spanish but everyone here speak broken english , You can communicate with almost everybody.
Is US Dollar widely accepted?
Answer: Yes , actually… more than spanish .
What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?
Answer: Close to the beach , the 5th avenue is the touristic area and is one block away from the sea.
What’re your top 3 hotels and why?
Answer: according to budget. 1) economy-  cheap hotels next to 5th avenue ( koox , red queen ) , all inclusive- in playacar there are 14 hotels all inclusive , where you get all food and drinks and have the chance to see local fauna like coati, tsereque, deer , monkey , etc ( sandos caracol, ibero quetzal ), better hotels ( grand hyatt , panama jack )
How does one get around the city?  Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs?
Answer: Taxi is better, we don’t have Uber or any other app. Rental car not recommended ( we drive like crazy here and police stops only tourists )
Can you highlight the MUST see sight?  Minimum of 5, feel free to share as many as you would like.
Answer: A bit of different things-
1_ City of Playa ( A walk in the 5th avenue for shopping , coffee , restaurant , bar or disco… Everything is there )
2_ Mayan ruins ( Tulum and coba )
3_ Swim in a cenote nearby ( azul or cristalino )
4_ Snorkel at the reef ( cozumel or tulum )
5_ Visit a theme park ( rio secreto, xcaret )
What’s the best place to take a photo?
Answer: Tulum ruins
What about the top 3 restaurants?
Answer: For locals – Fogon ( tacos ) , Atarraya ( seafood ), La Piola ( italian ).
  For tourists – La casa del agua ( International ) , Mandarinas ( Dinner ) , Bovinos ( Brazilian )
What‘s the one thing you MUST eat in the city?
Answer: Alambre or tacos in ” El fogón “
What about food markets?
Answer: No , there aren’t
Where should one go at night?  Any bar/nightlife areas or districts you recommend?
Answer: “Mandala” and “Palazzo”
Any rooftop bars or restaurants that you recommend?
Answer: ‘The catch” is great ( but pricy )
Can you recommend the best shopping areas?  Best shopping mall?
Answer: souvenirs in the 5th avenue ( I love playa ) , plaza corazón or Quinta alegría.
Do you recommend any tours outside the city?  Islands? Boat Tours?
Answer: Yes , 1_ Tulum and snorkel with turtles
   2_ Snorkel at the reef
Are Casinos allowed?  Blackjack tables?  If so, what’s the best Casino in town?
Answer: No real casinos , but electronic casinos ( winpot )
Any last advice for people visiting the city?
Answer: Enjoy this city ! Is a great place for vacations , just do some research before coming and hire profesional people. Once you visit this place… You’ll keep coming back !
How can people learn more about you?  Feel free to share your phone, email and contact info below.
Answer: You can contact me on facebook “The Mayanpage” Or much faster in
Thanks for your time!  Your insights will help the next traveler.
Be Jetting & Buy Experiences!


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