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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).

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.
  • 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
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Reviewed 11 August 2018
A Wonderful Family Adventure!

Our family of five (kids ages 10, 12, 14), plus grandmother and a college-aged niece, joined Nelson for a day of shopping and cooking a traditional Yucatecan meal. We really enjoyed learning the history behind the dishes and learning about new (to us) ingredients. This...More

Thank Andrea Z
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile
Authentic and intimate local experience

Girlfriend and I had booked this tour in advance before going to Mexico, and we were not disappointed. Gustavo (the guide) showed us everything needed to know at the local market in Mérida, and afterwards we had a great time with him, 5 other customers,...More

Thank Jesper B
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile
Thoroughly enjoyable

The guided trip through the market was fun. We learned a lot about Yucatecan food, along with a few historical and cultural tidbits. Gustavo was quick to point out reasonable substitutions once we get home. For example, mix grapefruit and orange juice to get sour...More

2  Thank Dechipe
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile
Totally worth it

Excellent tour with local guide Gustavo. Took us around the market and I learned a lot about local food ways and life in the Yucatan. We went to his lovely aunt's house where she helped us prep and cook six separate dishes in less than...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 11 June 2018
A Must Do

This was a fantastic experience for my girlfriend and I. Our guide Nelson was extremely helpful and knowledgeable in his explanation of how the Yucatan culture was formed, from the food to the philosophy of life. After a tour of some significant points of Merida,...More

4  Thank Aaron R
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