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Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

1. Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

You start your activity by having a walk through Merida’s Downtown. Your guide will give a quick briefing on the most important buildings overlooking the Main Square, and then walk with you to one of the main markets of Merida, Lucas de Galvez. Your guide will talk in depth about the regional fruits and vegetables, as well as the recados, the achiote, the peppers in general and especially the chile habanero and xcatic. All of this while shopping for everything you need for your traditional family lunch. Once you have everything, take a public bus with your guide to the local hostess’s home for the cooking class. Yucatecan cuisine has one of the most varied arrays of delicious dishes amongst the 32 states of Mexico. Some of them are unique to the Yucatan and very hard to find outside of the peninsula, while others are eaten throughout the country. The influence of ancient Mayans, Spaniards, French and Lebanese are specially noted in the cuisine. While you cook, chop, fry, and get the dishes ready, your hostess and guide will explain some of the local traditions, the influence of other cultures in Yucatan and the differences between the Yucatecos and the people from other parts of Mexico. You will also learn some Spanish and Mayan words while tasting the delicious dishes prepared by yourself! You will enjoy a three course meal, including appetizers, main course and dessert. Beer and soft drinks like hibiscus flower tea, or chaya water are included. Please advise in advance if you are vegan or vegetarian, because there are many dishes you will enjoy! Your experience with Yucatecan cuisine comes to an end after a long chat with your host, and its time to say good bye to your new friends. Your guide will take you in a cab back to Downtown. 

Mérida: 3-Hour Walking Food Tour

2. Mérida: 3-Hour Walking Food Tour

Start the tour by meeting on Plaza Grande, the heart of the city of Mérida. Enjoy a small-group tour of no more than ten people with an expert local guide. Discover the traditional cuisine of the city away from the main tourism hotspots. Start by enjoying some traditional refreshing drinks with your first dish of the day, gorditas. Then, try some grilled poc chuc, a dish of grilled meats prepared in citrus marinade. Next, visit one of the main food markets in town. Taste salbutes, tamales and also try some local fruit. Finish the tour by trying some tacos al pastor and carnitas.

Merida Street Food Walking Tour

3. Merida Street Food Walking Tour

Discover the Yucatecan cuisine! Skip breakfast this morning and visit the main market of Merida as a local. Discover the original flavors of Yucatecan gastronomy. Among cumbia songs, colors and the kindness of their sellers, you will taste seasonal local fruits, spices, juices and the most popular art meals of Yucatan cuisine: panuchos, salbutes, cochinita pibil and much more. While you delight your palate, you will learn about local plants and herbs, the process of making tortillas and the importance of habanero pepper in the Yucatecan kitchen. Then, you will visit a seafood restaurant to try a ceviche, Shrimp or fish tacos and accompany them with a very cold beer. You will end your tour with a dessert at a local Gelato shop with unique flavors like sour orange, bean with pork, bitter chocolate, avocado and flan. The guide will fill you with stories about our customs, traditions, legends and local life in general.

Merida Cantinas Walking Tour

4. Merida Cantinas Walking Tour

This is the Yucatecan Happy Hour! The Cantinas in Mérida are traditional to enjoy some time with friends. In this tour you will meet three different Cantinas. You will be impressed with the amount of snacks they will offer when ordering a single beer. Each canteen has its own style to prepare snacks, using ingredients of traditional Yucatecan cuisine. In addition, you can enjoy a mezcal and delicious craft beer Produced in Mexico. In this friendly and comfortable environment, tour the canteens like a local And share stories. Get to know the daily life of a Yucatecan.

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What people are saying about Mérida

A really, really good morning. Very good planning and structure. As discussed, met punctually at 9.00 a.m. and then walked straight to the market, everything was explained very well here and many questions could be asked. There were also little things to try at the market. The ride on the public bus was also interesting and took about 15 minutes. The kitchen is clean and tidy and came with some fans. Here, too, everything was explained and everyone was able to cook, cut, stir, ... . The food was delicious and the return trip was organized for us by Uber. Would definitely do it again and definitely recommend!

Alex was a fantastic guide. Loved the tour, and his knowledge of the culture and cuisine was superb. He took us to places we would never have gone otherwise. Highly Recommend!

It was a very nice experience touring the markets with Alex, everything was delicious and more than plentiful. Thank you for the nice afternoon

Super fun cooking workshop, we learned a lot about Yacatans food!!

It was just really hot. Overall a good experience.