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Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit

Mérida, Mexico

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  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore the distinctive flavors of Yucatec cuisine at a cooking class in a Merida home, preparing a traditional three-course meal alongside a local chef. You'll start in the vibrant Merida market, shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables, and recados, or Yucatec spice blends, then roll up your sleeves to cook an appetizer, main course, and dessert. From the marketplace to the home kitchen, this cooking class is a great way to experience Yucatec cuisine and get a glimpse of daily life in the bustling city.
  • Learn the flavors and ingredients of Yucatec cooking
  • Shop for fresh ingredients in the local market
  • Meet a local cook in a home kitchen
  • Cook and eat a delicious 3-course meal
  • Includes drinks, snacks, and lunch
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Instant Confirmation
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Sample Menu

Main

Papadzules, Poc Chuc, Empandas, Tikin xic

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Local taxes
  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Lunch
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips to the guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Parque Manuel Cepeda Peraza
    C. 60 X 59, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

    Entrance of Hotel Caribe (Inner corner of Hidalgo Park) Calle 60 x 59 Mérida Centro.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 7 years are free of charge
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian and Vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 Adults per booking is required
  • Transportation is by public bus and taxi back to downtown
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Brilliant experience all round. Go hungry you will leave full.
Chris_H, Dec 2022
Marisol out guide was excellent. Friendly knowledgeable and made the whole experience fun and relaxing. The market visit was exhilarating. Have a light breakfast, there is plenty to taste and eat. We already have an interest in mexican food but learnt so much more than we ever thought we would. After the market the bus trip to go and cook up all our ingredients was great fun. Our host for the cooking class was so welcoming and had a beautiful house and wanted us to take away as much as we possibly could from our experience. We cooked up a feast. We learnt new techniques and secrets to getting the most out of the Yucatan ingredients. Again go hungry you wil leave full and happy.
Great experience
Kerstin_W, Oct 2022
Great experience! We had great fun, delicious meals and learned a lot about Yucatan cuisine and beyond - what else can anyone wish for! We highly recommend!!
Introduction to local people and culture
James_F, Oct 2022
The tour started off at the central market where our tour guide Kevin explained all of the things we could buy. We got to try some different treats and snacks as well as see all of the varied products. We then took a local bus to a suburb outside of the city centre to our host Isabel’s home. There we participated in making a 3 course meal while we chatted about all kinds of things. My partner is vegetarian and the tour accommodated that need very well, in the market the guide usually found good options for the meat based snacks. We were so lucky to have the dynamic mother and son duo of Isabel and Kevin. They were so kind and welcoming into their family home. Thank you both again! As a chance to learn a bit more about the food, culture and people of Yucatán this can’t be recommended enough.
Great food and host!
Sabrina_P, Sep 2022
This class was amazing and I highly recommend it! I bought it for my boyfriend for a birthday present during our trip to Mérida. Marisol was a superb guide - informational, personable, and overall a great person! She took us through the market to buy fresh produce for our class and we experienced different food there as well. Then we took a bus to a neighborhood outside of the city to a home for our class. The woman guiding us during our food preparation was super nice, the house was clean and she had anything you needed to cook - and FRESH delicious lemonade. All of the food we prepared ended up being delicious as well! I'm excited to take what we learned back to the US and cook for our friends and families!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for your comments and recommendations! Adventures Mexico team is happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. We hope to meet you again anytime soon!
Authentic and fun!
Bridget_F, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful time learning about Mérida and a variety of different ingredients in the market place with our guide Pame. Afterwards we were welcomed in doña Durkas' home for a lively, fun cooking class. We learned how to make a variety of typical Yucatan dishes, including empanadas, papadzules, and crema de coco! Delicioso!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for your comments and recommendations! Adventures Mexico team is happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. We hope to meet you again anytime soon!
Must do if you love different cultures and food
Darrin_R, Mar 2022
My wife and I had a great time on this tour. Kevin was very helpful and able to answer any questions regarding the tour and Mexican life in general. It was great navigating the market but being in a locals home helping them cook was even more interesting. Seeing how the average person lives is a great way to experience life in another culture. I highly recommend this tour
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you so much for your comments and recommendations! Adventures Mexico team is happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. We hope to meet you again anytime soon!
Enjoying an Authentic Yucatecan Experience
Jean_A, Jan 2022
Our wonderful guides picked us up exactly on time and took us to a local market within 4 or 5 blocks of the meeting point at the Hotel Caribe. They selected the ingredients for the lunch that we prepared at the home of a lovely local resident. Within an hour of our arrival at her home, we had created a delicious Yucatecan meal. Our guides accompanied us back to the historic centro where we were staying. This experience was all that we had hoped for and more. Highly recommend this cooking class with Pame, Kevin, and our host Lionor. 10 stars!!!!!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you so much for your comments and recommendations! Adventures Mexico team is happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. We hope to meet you again anytime soon!
Amazing experience
Anna_s, Dec 2021
It was a most amazing experience, we learned a lot about different ingrediens and the result was super 🤤
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thank you so much for your comments and recommendations! Adventures Mexico team is happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. We hope to meet you again anytime soon!
Amazing from start to finish
Kevin_B, Aug 2021
Our guide was amazing and the señorita that allowed us into her home to learn how to prepare an authentic dish was as sweet as can be. From going to the market to enjoying the dish... a truly incredible experience. Donn't miss out!
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thank you so much for your comments and recommendations! Adventures Mexico team is happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. We hope to meet you again anytime soon!
Ok experience
denyi, Feb 2020
Great host and hostess! But the experience is to expensive for what u get .. and they shouldnt do more then 6 people at one time . Instead of 10. They warned us for this but we didnt have another choice for the date.. Instead of warning they should say its full.
This was an excellent tour and we...
EJane_O, Apr 2018
This was an excellent tour and we really enjoyed it thanks to Rudolfo and Laura. We loved both parts - the visit to the market and the cooking experience itself. We did review the tour right after our trip and expected to receive the recipes but they never arrived. We hope to see them soon.
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Very cool, unique local experience. So...
Moira S, Mar 2018
Very cool, unique local experience. So happy we went on this tour!
The trip to the market and cooking...
Terry F, Feb 2017
The trip to the market and cooking class that followed were both great! Very enjoyable experience!

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