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Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class

  • 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
Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class
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Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class
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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.
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).

Reviews (84)
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Reviewed yesterday
Great class and tour of mercado

Gustavo was so entertaining and knowledgeable about all of Yucatan food and history. Shopping in the Mercado with him was a pleasant experience. He knew the vendors and all the different produce. Being in a Mexican home, preparing our food and eating a delicious Yucatan...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 3 days ago
One of our best days in Merida

We did this tour with Gustavo while spending the holidays in Merida as a family. Gustavo is an incredible, knowledgeable guide and a very friendly guy who's a pleasure to be around. We all really enjoyed our day and learned a lot. Not strictly a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SPinha
Reviewed 1 week ago
Market Tour and Cooking Class

Edgar was a fantastic guide and took us to shop for the best ingredients in the markets while explaining everything to us really well. The cooking class was also very hands on and we really felt like we were cooking authentic mexican food in a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank marcus245
Reviewed 1 week ago
Enjoyable and authentic experience

Despite some minor logistical hiccups (mentioned in other reviews), the experience was very enjoyable. Gustavo was a very enthusiastic and gracious host, his aunt and grandma were very nice, the group was very friendly, and the food was fantastic. The recipes that Gustavo sent later...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank edge46
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great tour, but too large

We had a great time on our tour with Gustavo and Edgar. I'll start with the downside, then finish with the positive. There were 15 people on our tour. On Tripadvisor, it says max tour size is 12. On Airbnb, it says max size is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kapld
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laura c
December 11, 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.