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Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit

  • Learn the flavors and ingredients of Yucatec cooking
  • Shop for fresh ingredients in the local market
  • Meet a local cook in a home kitchen
Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit
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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.
What to Expect
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 among 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.
Reviews (15)
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile
Taste of Yucatan Cooking Adventure

What a great experience! We met at 9:00 am at a local hotel. I was alone but there were 2 young ladies from Austria in our group. Our guide, Assur, was friendly and funny. He took us on a tour of both the old and...More

Thank Pat S
Reviewed 7 May 2018
Great market tour + wonderful home cooked food!

We really enjoyed our time with Laura & Laura! The day started with a great, in-depth tour of the Lucas De Galvéz markets, where we bought all the ingredients for the dishes we would be cooking. While there we also tried some freshly cooked chaya...More

Thank Mithila F
adventuresmex, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Adventures Mexico Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thank you for your comments! We are happy to know you enjoyed the tour. We hope you are preparing mexican dishes for your friends. Thank you for letting ud be your travel partner.

Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile
Cooking Class Yucatan

Hi, The event with Telma, Rodolfo und Laura was very nice and I can only recommend it to everybody going to Merida! Laura....the Mangocreme is my absolute favorite;-) Michael

Thank Michael G
adventuresmex, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Adventures Mexico Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Hello Michael G, Thank you so much for your comments. We had an amazing time with you and your wife. Thank you again for letting us be part of your adventure. Keep on traveling, keep enjoying!

Reviewed 27 January 2018
Me Gusto Mucho in Merida!

Asur met us and we immediately felt welcomed and excited about the day. The trip to the old market was remarkable and is something we will never forget. Making the meal together with Laura and others in our group was fun and a great learning...More

Thank marshh0use
adventuresmex, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Adventures Mexico Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Hi marshh0use! Thank you so much for your comments! We are happy to know that you enjoyed your time in Mérida and that you had a great experience! It was wonderful for us to meet you! Until next time, Keep enjoying!

Reviewed 13 January 2018
Fabulous experience with Rudolfo in the market and Laura in the kitchen!

We learned so much. From the market tour, we tasted spices and Mayan specialities and completely overcame our fear of shopping there. We can't say enough about the value of a guide who was bilingual and able to give us tips, direct us to the...More

Thank Pat N
adventuresmex, Director Comercial at Adventures Mexico Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

Hi Pat! Thank you so much for letting us know your thoughts about your experience, we always encourage our travelers to see and feel the real culture from a different perspective. Once again, thank you! Best regards.

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