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Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class provided by Merida Urban Adventures

Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class

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Experience a side of Merida rarely seen by tourists on this half-day culinary tour. Let a guide navigate the labyrinth of a local market for you and purchase seasonal ingredients with the help of their translation. The afternoon cooking class is held in the home of a local family, who teaches you the secrets of Yucatan cuisine.
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Hotel Caribe
Hotel Colonial, Calle 59 500, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., MexicoAt the lobby of Caribe Hotel (Calle 59 x 60 in the corner of Hidalgo Park).
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    Merida Tourism Office
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
    Polish up your cooking skills on this Merida tour that takes you from market to table… literally! We’ll kick off your delicious Mexican food experience by taking you to the oldest local market, always filled with locals – tourists hardly ever set foot here, giving you an authentic local experience right from the get-go. Your local guide will explain to you the kind of fruits and vegetables only produced in this region, such as achiote, pepita de calabaza, and chile habanero. You will enjoy a real market experience as we shop for the meal we’re going to prepare, at the stands of very friendly local vendors who will allow us to try some habanero sauces, Yucatan spices, and local spirits. Watch how the locals around you buy food for their own cooking, and learn all about Mexican market customs and culture. Yucatan cuisine is one of the most varied in Mexico, and the next part of your Merida food tour will give you the chance to cook it and eat it in the best way: as a family! While we prepare our food, your host and guide will explain some of the traditions of the locals, the influence of other cultures on the food of the Yucatan, and the differences between the Yucatecos and people from other parts of Mexico. Learn some Spanish and Mayan words while the food is being prepared and while you taste the delicious plates of yumminess as they are served. We’ll try dishes like salbutes, panuchos, lima soup, gorditas de chaya, and sip on horchata or hibiscus flower tea. With a belly full of delicious, authentic food and drink, we'll say goodbye to new friends and end this mouth-watering Merida experience.
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You'll end at
Hotel Caribe
Hotel Colonial, Calle 59 500, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., MexicoAt the lobby of Caribe Hotel (Calle 59 x 60 in the corner of Hidalgo Park).
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  • Go with a guide: The market can be overwhelming to navigate on your own
  • Cook Yucatan specialties and learn traditions from locals
  • Bilingual guide facilitates conversation with market vendors and host family
  • Small group size of 12 or fewer ensures a personal, intimate experience
What to Expect
Meet a guide in the heart of historic Merida. After a short ride on public transport, arrive at a local market rarely visited by tourists. The guide navigates the labyrinth of stalls, pointing out ingredients you may not recognize on your own. Then, take part in an afternoon cooking class. On arrival at the home of a local family, choose from a selection of traditional recipes, including black-bean tostadas and fried tortillas. Experience a side of Mexico rarely available to visitors as the host family takes you through the recipe. During the cooking class, the guide teaches you about how the cuisine, traditions, and history of the Yucatan differ from the rest of Mexico. After enjoying the meal in good company, the guide arranges a taxi back to central Merida (own expense).
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hotel Caribe, Hotel Colonial, Calle 59 500, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • English Speaking local guide
  • Ingredients for all dishes
  • Cooking session at local family home
  • Digital recipe book
  • Transport by public transit to market and to the local home
  • Snacks in the market
  • Entry/Admission - Merida Tourism Office
  • Gratuities
  • Transport from cooking lesson location to Merida (approx USD $4 taxi ride)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.
  • Maximum group size is 12.
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking.
  • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Rudolfo212 wrote a review Mar 2020
New York City, New York52 contributions7 helpful votes
This was the best! Such a great tour. Gustavo was very knowledgeable. The market was fascinating and would have been impossible without him. Cooking together was amazing and so much fun. Eating was great too!
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Date of experience: February 2020
1959Kathyp wrote a review Feb 2020
Park City, Utah9 contributions2 helpful votes
Please read to the end! If you are looking for a working class Mexican experience this is great. You’ll walk through the historical center to a bustling market full of wonderful sites and sounds learning about the heritage of various spices and foods of the Yucatan. Our guide
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Date of experience: February 2020
ric2802017 wrote a review Feb 2020
Camden, Maine2 contributions
Not only did we come away with a better understanding of the market itself but along the way recieved one of the better Merida history lessons from Gustavo . This made the market tour and subsequent home cooking (from what was prchased) even more meaningful and fun. Gustavo was
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Date of experience: February 2020
Maggie wrote a review Feb 2020
3 contributions
Gustavo met us at a hotel lobby and we set off on our tour. He is extremely knowledgable about Merida and the Yucatan and has a friendly and open personality we all loved. Two members of our group were older and he was aware to pace the tour and allow rest when needed even
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Date of experience: February 2020
JoMacNaught wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom9 contributions
Had a lovely day with Edgar! His knowlegde of Merida, it's history and the food was great. He is clearly well known and respected in the market and I was able to taste lots of things. Back to his 'auntie' Rosario's house and her lovely mother Ida! 0We chopped and chatted and
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By: Merida Urban Adventures
natasha b
Tour Guide didnt pick us up!!
Unfortunately this tour was a bit of a disaster! We arrived at the pinpoint location (hotel Piazzetta) at 8:40am a
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Unique, yummy and a great tour guide!
We did the tour today. It was so much fun and our guide Gustavo was one of the best guides I ever had. Luckily we w
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Exceeded expectations. Had an amazing guide that went above and beyond! The cenotes were family run and beautiful.
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Amazing must do tour
We took the cooking tour offered by Urban Adventures last time we were in Merida and had such an amazing time we de
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Perfect day.
I ended up being the only person on a tour with Edgar. He was a wonderful guide, telling me the history and myths a
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Great but not completely as advertised
The day was a great experience. However, there were a few down sides for me. The walking distance from the park t
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A fun day
If you like swimming then it doesn’t get much better than this. Cristal clear water, not cold. The third cenote has
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An amazing day with a perfect guide, thank Mariana for everything it was incredible! 3 cenotes, a delicious meal c
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Must-do tour — tons of fun!
Our family of four had a great time on our cenote tour with Merida Urban Adventures. They picked a good "introduct
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Intimate magical mystery tour
My family and I had the tour to ourselves, with our wonderful guide Mariana and two friendly Moto-taxi drivers. The
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Cenotes tour
My wife and I had a great time. Edgar was our guide (Spanish/English speaker) Called and confirmed our pick up poin
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Connor J
A good option
Our trip through Mexico was not complete without a cenote in Merida. The cenotes on the Mayan Riviera are very tour
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absolutely MUST GO!!!, Wonderful trip!!!!!
Great, very "on schedule" Merida Urban Adventures company. Also, we had a wonderful guide, Mariana Álvarez, knowle
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Valentina B
Visit three amazing cenotes with Urban adventures Mérida
I had an amazing time going to three different cenotes, each one beautiful in its own way. Our guide, Edgar, was re
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Mark from Brisbane Australia
I was lucky enough to have Mariana Alvarez as my guide for the day. She was such a bubbly person it was hard not to
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  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 4 days in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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