Yucatán is a fantastic destination, but because of the combination of beaches and Maya temples it is also quite touristy. The locals you meet are more often than not part of the tourist industry, and if you are keen to meet the “real” locals, you have to make an effort.
Instead of trying to avoid the hawkers and street sellers, who obviously are there to sell you something you don’t want, let alone need, I often engage with them for some small talk and a laugh. I ask them about their life and sometimes this leads to interesting photo opportunities.
I also like to take their portrait, because to me they are an inextricable part of the scenery, of the country and of the history. At Chichén Itzá I remember thinking: he might be a descendant from the ancient Maya.
I always zoom out a little bit to include a relevant amount of background and create a context. And I like it when they are laughing because they almost always are good-natured people. They have to be, otherwise they wouldn’t sell anything!