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Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class

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Get a true taste of Yucatecan cuisine and meet the local people of Merida as you shop at the market for fresh ingredients and prepare several tasty dishes. Your half-day culinary tour includes a cooking class at the home of a local host with the assistance of your knowledgeable guide. Learn about various culinary traditions of Mexico and enjoy the light lunch you’ve prepared! Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group of like-minded food lovers.
  • 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 at 1pm in the heart of historic Merida. After a short ride in an air-conditioned minivan, 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. Return to the minivan after purchasing ingredients for the 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, Calle 59 500, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Departure Time
10:00 AM
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 travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
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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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went on the market tour and cooking class, and since it was kind of off season it wound up just being my wife and I. Edgar was outstanding as a guide and host. The market was a terrific experience with sampling and selecting the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Chefmichael321
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We learnt so much on this tour: cooking and beyond! Ed was so knowledgeable about the region and told us loads of interesting things about Yucatan food and life. Huge thanks to the family for welcoming us into their home so warmly.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank emilyandrews2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the best time today with Gustavo. We went to the market and he explained what all the different spices and food was. We then went to his aunt's house and prepared the food. His family was very welcoming and her house was very...More

Thank brianbA6094EU
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour ticks all the boxes for me! We ventured into the local food market, and our guide, Egdar, had us taste typical Yucatecan spices and drinks, shared some pro tips and explained the essence of Yucatecan lifestyle, while picking the ingredients for our cooking....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Johanka_z_parku
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Edgar was our local guide and our cooking instructor. He was amazing! He was so knowledgeable about the culinary history of the Mayan people and also the outside influences of the other nationalities that had culinary influence in Merida. If Edgar is your guide you...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Amber B
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17 June 2019|
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Response from Donna P | Reviewed this property |
You should ask the tour operator but at our food tour we had chicken.
laura c
11 December 2018|
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Response from jwballard | Reviewed this property |
Yep! We went to the guide’s aunt’s House and all worked on the meal together.
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