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Valladolid: Real Mexican Cooking Class & Professional Chef

1. Valladolid: Real Mexican Cooking Class & Professional Chef

Learn how to make authentic Mexican dishes during this hands-on cooking lesson at a private cooking school in charming Valladolid with a professional Chef. Prepare a 6-course gourmet meal, and feel like a member of the family during this small group experience. The exclusive experience starts with an exciting shopping trip to the colorful local market where you get to hand pick the fresh ingredients and snacks. Back in the traditional kitchen, prepare your apron and immerse yourself into the tasty world of the genuine Mexican cuisine. Led by an expert chef, the course unearths the secrets of the traditional Mexican cooking in a fun and educational way. Craft a variety of mouthwatering specialties featuring appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Now to the best part – relish the sumptuous 6-course meal prepared by you, paired with organic home-made soft drinks, refreshing beers and even one tequila shot.

Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

2. Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

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 amongst 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. 

From Merida: Local Cooking Class & Shopping Tour in Tekit

3. From Merida: Local Cooking Class & Shopping Tour in Tekit

Spend the day in Tekit, a traditional Yucatecan village whose daily life revolves around its beautiful church, the market, and some small stores. Join this private tour to become part of the town's daily life by cooking an authentic Yucatecan dish in a local home with a local guide and local people. After pickup at your hotel in Mérida in the morning, travel for approximately 1 hour to Tekit. Upon arrival, head to the mill where corn dough is used to prepare tortillas. Afterward, visit the local market in search of groceries, spices, meat, and vegetables. Once you have all the ingredients you need, you'll go to a local home to start preparing the dish. Once the food is cooking on the fire, visit a Mayan household where you'll be able to interact with the melipona bees and taste their honey. Then, it will be time to savor your meal with handmade tortillas and natural beverages, a real feast. After lunch, stroll through some of Tekit's traditional guayabera (Mexican shirt) and blouse stores. The making of these garments is the main economic activity in the town. Enjoy the opportunity to purchase these garments directly from the producers, and take home a beautiful handmade souvenir of your trip to Yucatan before returning to Mérida.

Cancún: Cooking Class in Mayan Towns & Chichen Itza Tour

4. Cancún: Cooking Class in Mayan Towns & Chichen Itza Tour

Learn about the history and day to day lives of Mayan people on a full day tour from Cancún to the ruins at Chichen Itza and to the towns of Piste, and Tekom. Uncover how the ancient Maya civilization was one of the most sophisticated indigenous civilizations in Mesoamerica.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Cancún and relax on the drive to the Chichen Itza ruins. Purchase your tickets to the archeological site and enjoy a guided tour. Hear about the rich history, religion, culture, and daily life of the Maya. Admire the Temple of Kukulcán pyramid.  Continue to the Mayan towns of Piste and Tekom. Explore some of the larger settlements in the area and see how they have evolved over the years. Stop by Jardin Alak to appreciate the lush greenery and tranquility of the garden. Make your way to a cooking class where a local family will teach you how to cook age-old recipes passed on from generation to generation. Whip up some tasty local fare and bring home some recipes to share with your friends and family.  Head over to a local bee farm to learn about the ancient Mayan beekeeping practices. Meet a unique species of bee that is only found in this area before sitting down to a traditional Yucatecan lunch. Return to your accommodations in Cancún. 

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What people are saying about Yucatán

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based on 5 reviews

100% recommend! Iveth was so helpful and chatty, we really enjoyed hanging out with her. the market was amazing, we could never have navigated it all without her, the bus was easy and the food was delicious! she also bought us some sweets which we picked from the market to take home which was a lovely surprise! book this now!

Great activity to do on Merida! A visit to the authentic market with a Mexican tasting ❤️ our guide was very nice, the cooking class takes place with the locals which makes the moment very intimate it's really pleasant.

Uma família acolhedora, passamos um ótimo momento. muito obrigada