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Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit

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    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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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    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!

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Jeanny89
    Reviewed March 16, 2019 via mobile

    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...More

    1  Thank Lorna R
    Reviewed March 11, 2019

    This trip was a joy; First an adventure through the vast indoor market sampling fruits I had never tasted and Yucatan cooking, smelling spices and eating tacos. Then we shopped for foods. ( My only suggestion is perhaps the market time was a bit too...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank SusanR563
    adventuresmex, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Adventures Mexico Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2019

    Hello Susan, Thank you so much for your comments. We will consider all your recommendations to improve the experience of this tour. We are happy to know that even with the inconvenient of the weather you have enjoyed the tour. We wish you the best...More

    Reviewed January 21, 2019 via mobile

    You need a guide through the huge Mercado and Thelma, a native of Mérida, was perfect for the job. We tasted and discussed the vast array of food, especially the sour oranges that seemed to be included in every dish. After picking up what was...More

    Thank Ken M
    adventuresmex, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Adventures Mexico Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2019

    Hello! Thank you so much for your comments, we are happy to know that you have enjoyed the experience. We wish you the best for your next travels. Adventures Mexico Team

    Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

    From the moment Thelma met us at the hotel, we were in her expert care. She guided us through the VERY busy market as we purchased items for our menu. It was clear she had made many friends through her time with Adventure tours. Once...More

    1  Thank bevandjohnc
    adventuresmex, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Adventures Mexico Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2019

    Hello Bev and John, Thank you for your review! Your empanada was ok, it was still delicious. I'm so happy to know how much you enjoyed the experience. Thanks to you I discovered new things in the market. Keep feeding your curiosity and learning more...More

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    Susan S
    February 5, 2019|
    Response from bevandjohnc | Reviewed this property |
    I’m sure if you asked, it would be omitted. The guacamole I made had onions but you could easily make a small amount without. I don’t recall any other menu item having onions
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