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Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit

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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotel Caribe, Calle 59 500, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local guide
    • Local taxes
    • Beverages
    • Food tasting
    • Lunch
    • Items of personal nature
    • Tips to the guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children under 8 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
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Echoing what other reviewers have said: A real pleasure, and not just for foodies. Food is life - so you'll learn a lot about living in Mérida and Yucatán, in addition to cooking and enjoying a great meal. We wish we had done it earlier in our stay! - A solid,
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    We had a great day discovering the cuisine of Yucatán! It was a wonderful experience walking through the local food market with Edgar and learning about the local vegetables, herbs and fruits. Many thanks to Edgar’s aunt for having us at her house and letting us cook traditional
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    This was a fantastic experience. In Merida with our family of five and decided to learn about local cuisine. Alejandro our guide was superb. Very knowledgeable, personable and passionate about what he does and very caring about his clients. He was also very fun to be with. Can’t
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    We had a private cantinas tour with Thelma who showed us around different types of cantinas in Mérida. It was a very relaxed afternoon and we had a good conversation with Thelma. Come hungry, as there is plenty of drinks and food!
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    If you ever have the opportunity to visit Merida, then you must do this cooking course!!! My boyfriend and I absolutely loved this experience, and this was mainly due to Thelma (our guide for the day) and Laura (our chef and host). We met Thelma in the morning and she brought us
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