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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.
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Hotel Caribe
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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Highlights
  • 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, Calle 59 500, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Departure Time
10:00 AM
Duration
5h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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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Merida Market tour starts with w walk to the largest fresh food market in Merida where our guide discussed local flavors and products. He selected items from vendors and discussed their role in Merida Cooking. Then we took a cab ride to a typical Mexican home where we were
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A must do in Merida. First you have a historical overview of the history and culture of Merida. Very interesting to say the least. Then we walked through the vibrant market. Edgar our tour guide was superb at showing us the vegetables and native spices. Then on to Edgar’s aunts
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We participated in this event as a couple together with four other people. After being pickup up by Edgar at the meeting point, he took us through the central part of Merida to one of the markets of the city. Shopping all the ingredients for our meal - vegetables, meat and many
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Our personable guide and chef, Edgar Zapata, was excellent! He met us promptly at 10 am, was knowledgeable about Mexican and Yucatan history, made fascinating comments about the food he purchased for our meal, and guided our preparation of delicious food. He acquired his
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I enjoyed the market visit, the history Edgar shared. The people were great and the food wonderful! I was so impressed by Edgar, the market was packed so close to Christmas but he maintained a very professional demeanor. Sometimes it was hard to hear him because of the crowds
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Passenger799607
10
Merida home cooking and market tour
Merida Market tour starts with w walk to the largest fresh food market in Merida where our guide discussed local
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987marcellef
Colorado Springs, Colorado
52
Fantastic
A must do in Merida. First you have a historical overview of the history and culture of Merida. Very interesting
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Pointe-Bernard
La Peche, Canada
30
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
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Lisa_c6u
Berlin, Germany
40
Entertaining, informative and tasty experience
We participated in this event as a couple together with four other people. After being pickup up by Edgar at the
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Dawn-Dusk-2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2211
Fantastic experience!
Our personable guide and chef, Edgar Zapata, was excellent! He met us promptly at 10 am, was knowledgeable about
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harvw2015
Airdrie, Canada
205
A fun day
If you like swimming then it doesn’t get much better than this. Cristal clear water, not cold. The third cenote
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victorialfs
Grenoble, France
41
Incroyable
An amazing day with a perfect guide, thank Mariana for everything it was incredible! 3 cenotes, a delicious meal
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DCLHC
62
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
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melanier298
New York
21
Intimate magical mystery tour
My family and I had the tour to ourselves, with our wonderful guide Mariana and two friendly Moto-taxi drivers.
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Skeeterridge
10
Independent mujer
I enjoyed the market visit, the history Edgar shared. The people were great and the food wonderful! I was so
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gilthethril
Upland, California
30
Cenotes tour
My wife and I had a great time. Edgar was our guide (Spanish/English speaker) Called and confirmed our pick up
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Bruce B
Midway, Utah
7222
Great day, Great Food
We booked this online, my wife and I usually don't do many tours and like to explore on our own, however, we have
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RisaP_13
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
30
Merida Cooking and Cultural Learning
What a wonderful experience. From the moment we met Edgar, we were learning. He explained so much about the
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305zacha
Indianapolis, Indiana
10
Great Value. Amazing Experience .
We had such a great time. This experience was all inclusive and thoroughly interactive to the nth degree. The
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BethS1962
Kansas City, Missouri
132
We had a blast!
Would highly recommend this experience. This was our first trip to Merida, and Edgar was our fabulous tour guide
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