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Book this Merida tour to discover a produce market not many tourists visit, pick up some Spanish (and Mayan) lingo, learn how to cook regional delicacies, and eat dishes made with your own hands — all in the company of new local and traveller friends.
Immerse yourself in market life as you explore Merida's less touristy marketplaces.
Indulge in the tastes and flavors of Yucatan.
Shop for locally sourced produce and learn the tricks of the Mexico market trade.
Join a local in their home and taste delicious local dishes made with your own hands.
Work with a chef to whip up treats such as salbutes, panuchos, papadzules, codzitos, lemon soup, and more.
English Speaking local guide; Public transportation; Ingredients for all dishes; Cooking session at a local family home.
Taxi to return to your hotel; Items of a personal nature; Tips or gratuities for your guide.
Hours of operation
Departure date: Monday - Saturday; Start time at 1:00pm.
Approximately 5-6 hours.
Meeting point: At the lobby of Caribe Hotel (Calle 59 x 60 in the corner of Hidalgo Park).
Finish point: The tour will finish at the final house for the cooking lesson. You will be responsible for your transportation back to Merida, and a taxi is recommended. We can help you to get a taxi back to your hotel — the average rate is about $ 5, depending on your hotel location.
We’ll kick off your delicious Mexican food experience by taking you to a market that’s always filled with locals – tourists hardly ever set foot here, giving you authentic local life on this tour right from the get go. Your local guide will explain to you the kind of fruits and vegetables only produced in this region, such asachiote, pepita de calabaza, and chile habanero. We’ll give you the real market experience as we shop for the meal we’re going to prepare. 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, of course! 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 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 pates of yumminess as they are served. We’ll try dishes like salbutes, panuchos, papadzules or codzitos, 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.
Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.
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.
This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**