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Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

4.6 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: Adventures Mexico

Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

Activity provider: Adventures Mexico

From US$ 79 per person

Immerse yourself in the local culture! This tour will take you to the local market where after buying all your supplies you'll take an exciting bus ride to the local home where your host and guide will guide you step by step to cook a traditional menu.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Taste delicacies of the region
  • Cook Yucatecan dishes
  • Explore one of bustling Merida markets
  • Meet local people
  • Shop locally produced veggies
Full description
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. 
Includes
  • English speaking guide during the tour.
  • Market tasting.
  • Three meal course and beverages.
  • Public transportation and Uber back to
  • your hotel.
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips to the guide

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Meeting point

Hotel Caribe (inner corner of Parque Hidalgo, calle 59 x 60, centro)

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Important information

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  • Due to COVID-19, the local partner has put special measures in place to keep you safe during the tour. As such, please be advised that some restaurants, attractions, and experiences may be modified, will be limited in capacity, and subject to availability
  • Vegan and vegetarian meal options available
  • Please bring comfortable shoes and clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    3/5
  • Service
    5/5

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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!

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August 22, 2022

100% recommend! Iveth was so helpful and chatty, we really enjoyed hanging out with her. the market was amazing, we could never have navigated it all without her, the bus was easy and the food was delicious! she also bought us some sweets which we picked from the market to take home which was a lovely surprise! book this now!

March 18, 2022

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

August 10, 2022

Product ID: 66298