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Gustavo was a great guide, full of knowledge about Merida, the market, and the cuisine of the Yucatan. After filling our bags at the market, and double checking the shopping list, we were off to Bertha's house and kitchen. What an experience! There were four of us on the tour, and over the next couple of hours, we took turns preparing our ingredients and being at the stove, always with Gustavo explaining the flavors and the techniques. At last, we sat at the table together, new friends enjoying our feast. A memorable experience for those who want to be part of the action in Merida.
Alejandro met us promptly and explained the day to us. We would begin at the famous market to get our food and spices. We had been there the day before but Alejandro made it a new experience. He provided a wealth of knowledge as he purchased the items and helped us find goods. He then drove to the outskirts of Merida where we met Berta where we took over her kitchen. We then helped to prepare our lunch learning secrets of how it is done. Rick Bayliss could not have done better. Alejo was great with a most unique back story. By the way our class was just my wife and a good friend!
Absolutely FABULOUS day. Major highlight of our trip to Merida. Thank you Alehendro for your well planned, informative and fun filled tour!
We took the Merida market and cooking class tour and we highly recommend it! Our guide Gustavo was fun, entertaining and very knowledgeable of the area and the Yucatán culuture. Our host/teacher Berta was very kind. We are honored to have met such a warm people on this trip thanks to Viator.
Highly recommended! The tour was held in a very casual and comfortable manner and the guide knows A LOT about Yucatan history and culture he also works as a city tour guide!.
The cooking session at Donna Alberta's house was intimate and very enjoyable. If you managed to find this tour and read this review, I think this tour is exactly what you were looking for.
Amazing! Our tour guide Alejo was warm, knowledgable, and very hospitable. Answered so many questions, and taught us how to make 6 different things. It was like cooking with an old friend and catching up. Seriously a major highlight of our entire trip was this tour.
Victoria G Australia
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would encourage anyone visiting Merida for a few days to try it. We bought provisions with Eric, our guide, at the central market - a place we wouldn and #39;t have found on our own, then headed to Berthe and #39;s house to help her prepare a traditional Mayan meal. Priceless!
We had a wonderful afternoon on our private tour since the other bookings didn't show. The walk through the market was all I could hope for since I really wanted to understand all the spices and produce so I could experiment during our two month stay here. Alejandro explained all and more. He has a real passion for food, his city and culture. Our hosts were wonderful, gracious, inviting and very excellent cooks. I would highly recommend this tour, it is an afternoon well spent since we learned so much about the local food and the wonderful people of this great city. Karen and Rob
This tour is amazing! Alejo was very knowledgeable about Yucatecan culture and food. He explained everything and made sure we understood things as we did it. The market was fun and Doñabierta (sure I misspelled that) was a very gracious host and the food couldn and #39;t be better-that we cooked! Do it now!
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Merida! We highly recommend The market tour and cooking class. Ricardo met us and took us not only to the market, but pointed out many interesting sites along the way. We shopped and then went to a lady's home and cooked delicious food. It is memorable.
We highly recommend this activity!!
Good tour. Friendly and informative guide. Interesting to cook with a local in her home.
The tour and cooking class exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide Ricardo is a wonderful guide and historian. He is passionate about Merida and its history. Wonderdul trip to the market, bus trip local style, and then to Berta's house. Berta is a wonderful cook and person!
If you're curious about this class, my recommendation is to go ahead and sign up right away. This was the perfect way to experience Merida and classic Yucatan living. Our guide, Ricardo, was friendly and fun, and had excellent skills for teaching both local history and culture. The market was perfect - colorful, friendly and bustling. The host, Senora Bertha, welcomed us into her home as if we were old friends, and shared her kitchen and dining room with warmth and smiles. And while this was not a formal cooking exhibition style class, it certainly taught how to choose and use local ingredients in the local manner. I was fortunate to be staying in a private home in Merida, and 2 days after the class I made dinner for a small group of hungry people, using my new skill. And it turned out delicious and everyone was happy! So I feel very pleased with the whole experience and add my praise to others already written. Relax, enjoy and participate in the Yucatan through the world of food.
Overall a delightful day. Our family group of 8 had a tour of all the main sections of the sprawling market, with ample opportunities to ask questions and learn about the vegetables, fruits and spices that give Yucatan cuisine its unique character. The guides from "urban adventures-Merida" - Ricardo and Alberto -- were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and helped fill in gaps in our knowledge about history, politics, culture and cuisine of Yucatan.
What stood out was the experience of all of us being sous chefs with the maestra, Doña Berta, whose calm and good humor, and lightning quick hands helped us all learn how to prepare the foods. With a promise of a later e-mail with all the recipes, we were encouraged to be fully engaged in the experience, not with note-taking.
The final delight was everyone at the host house sitting down to share the meal together in the patio outside the kitchen.
(One slight caveat - be clear when you sign up about transportation to and from the host home, which can be at some distance from the center of Merida. The guides at first proposed the public bus (which may be fine for some) but we needed to go by car and luckily had them handy. )
Again - overall a thoroughly enjoyable immersion in Yucatecan culture and cuisine! Highly recommended.
Peter A USA
What a wonderful way to step into the culture and culinary traditions of the Yucatan! Ricardo was a gracious and wonderful guide and the family that invited us into their home for the cooking class was welcoming and friendly. It was a great way to spend a day! Thank you!
Our guide, Ricardo, was punctual, informative, friendly and very interesting. He led us on a fascinating tour through the Merida market and asked for our grandsons' help in choosing ingredients for our cooking class. With purchases in hand, we took a local bus to our destination. Cooking in someones home with her family there, made it truly meaningful. Our hostess was most gracious, allowing us to work with all of the ingredients and steps in preparing a delicious meal. We had participated in many other similar experiences over the years in several countries, and this was truly one of the most memorable.
I enjoyed seeing personal house and cooked the base of tortilla.
And also, two boys and me became good friends.
We found the small group tour of the market to be really interesting and the guide knowledgeable. It gave us a much better insight into the food of the region. We went by local bus to the house of the chef which was great and it was lovely having the cooking session and meal in the chef's home. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Merida.
The tour of the market was very interesting and the cooking segment of the outing was interactive. Eating the final product was a great experience. However I have not received the promised recipes from the cooking class. I really want to try them at home!
Rima K Australia
This was a fun afternoon walk through the market to buy some ingredients and learn about various goods, followed by a bus ride to a local home. Our host was welcoming and obviously enjoyed sharing her skills with us. Our guide, Ricardo, also genuinely enjoys sharing his city - and love of food!
We really enjoyed our market your. Very interesting and cleverly adapted to our group's needs and preferences. Lots of interesting information about Mexican culture and food in particular. We tried lots of things- some whih will never be triedagain. Jorge really made a big effort. However, the cooking school was really sitting in a kitchen watching someone cook and occasionally chopping some vegetables or stirring pot. A good day- but I wouldn't recommend this if you are looking or a hands on cooking experience.
Great tour of the markets, very gracious host and family. The disappointment was the cooking part. Most of the actual cooking had already been done, so all we got to do was assemble. Do this tour if you want a cultural experience, but skip it if you're hoping for a serious culinary experience.
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