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Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home provided by Traveling Spoon

Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home
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from $70.00 per adult
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
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  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
What to expect
Join expert, home-cook Sofia in the kitchen to learn to prepare a traditional Yucatecan meal from scratch. Yucatecan cuisine has been influenced by a variety of cultures, such as the indigenous Mayan people, Spanish colonizers, and the Dutch and Lebanese people who migrated to the region.  Your menu might include dishes such as sikil pak con tostadas (traditional dip made from ground pumpkin seeds, served with tortilla chips), sopa de lima (chicken soup with lime), Yucatecan tamales, empanadas de chaya con queso de bola (pastries flecked with a local green, chaya, stuffed with Edam cheese), pollo o cochinita pibil (perhaps the Yucatan’s most famous dish of slow-cooked chicken or pork which has been marinated in an achiote and sour orange marinade, wrapped in banana leaves). For dessert, Sofia serves homey dishes like dulce de papaya con queso de bola (papaya stewed in sugar served with Edam cheese). Enjoy the delicious meal you helped prepare while learning about Yucatecan cultural and culinary heritage. You can expect the cooking lesson to last about 3 hours, followed by your meal. Please note that Sofia lives in a modest home with no air-conditioning. In summer months, it may be warm. Family in Mexico can be very social so you may be joined by members of Sofia's family who stop by on occasion. You will leave your authentic culinary experience with new recipes, new friends, and lifelong memories.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7626P40
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Lunch or Dinner • Bottled water • Local beer • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Gratuities • Private cooking class with your host Sofia
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
5h
Departure details
Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico Please meet your host Sofia at her home in Boulevares de Chuburna neighborhood of Merida. Exact address can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Inclusions
Lunch or Dinner • Bottled water • Local beer • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Gratuities • Private cooking class with your host Sofia
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico Please meet your host Sofia at her home in Boulevares de Chuburna neighborhood of Merida. Exact address can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Duration
5h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Please note, Sofia's home is also a homestay so other guests might be present in the home, but your experience will be private
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
This is not a professional cooking class, rather this experience is a visit into an authentic, local home to meet a local person and share the culture and cuisine together
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Nathanality
London, UK14 contributions
Private cooking lesson with Sofia
Mar 2020 • Solo
I was very impressed by Sofia’s knowledge of Yucatan cuisine. I have been a long lover of Mexican food but was not familiar particularly with the cuisine of the Yucatán peninsula.

I asked Sofia if we could make tamales and although she informed me it wasn’t often travellers requested this, she managed to fulfil my request. I didn’t realise how long tamales took to make (we took 5 hours + eating time!) so I am very appreciative of Sofia’s persistence for this. It was just us two as I was a solo traveller.

We also make guacamole, several salsas, not one but 3 types of tamales + dessert. I was very full after the experience and it was a pleasure meeting Sofia and dining with her house guests.
Written March 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

mbp11
Pleasanton, CA12 contributions
Great cooking experience in Merida
Feb 2020
We were welcomed to Sofia's house and got to prepare a 6-course Yucatanean meal working hands-on with her. She is a very good cook and has years of teaching cooking experiences and credentials. She really knows her chilies and we learned a lot abut her techniques. She gave us ingredient substitution ideas and cooking tips on everything that my girlfriend and I did not know. She tolerated our spanglish and we enjoyed eating the meal with her. It is a 20 minute ride from the center of town to her home in the north part of Merida. We are looking forward to next visit to learn how to make Sopa de Lima.
Written February 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

David S
Stone Ridge, NY9 contributions
Market and cooking with an excellant chef
Jan 2020
This was one of the most interesting days in Merida. Sofia picked me up at my hotel and we went to the big market in Merida. What an amazing place and Sophia knows how to pick the best papya, tomatoes, peppers, bananna leaves, chicken and all the different spices - pointing out the best vendors and what to look for for the best quality. We were all over that market - vegetables, fish, poultry, beef, pork, grains hardware, clothes, just amazing. She drove everything home - a lovely home- and in her chefs kitchen we learned how to chop, boil, saute, brown etc etc. All various traditional Yucatan dishes; all prepared with much care, an elaborate meal. Sophia's English was very good and she has a delightful sense of humor - also demanding about how to cut up vegetables and so on. . It was special because there is no way one on their own would be able to negotiate and enjoy the market. And to top it all off an amazing array of dishes that we cooked and enjoyed.
Written February 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Odyssey787305
2 contributions
Excellent
Jan 2020
The six of us spent the day with Sophia and experienced authentic Yucatecan cooking, from shopping in the beautiful local Mexican market to preparing 7 wonderful dishes in her home. Sophia is a joy, English is good and she prepares recipes passed down from generations. We all left with a new appreciation of Yucatecan tradition, some family history and printed recipes. Gracias Sophia.
Written January 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Traveling Spoon R
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are so glad you had a memorable Traveling Spoon experience and look forward to serving you again on your future travels!
Written January 16, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Charlotte
St Ives, UK6 contributions
Fabulous food, brilliant host!
We spent a day with Sofia, cooking traditional Yucatan recipes and had a fantastic experience. She is very knowledgable and incredibly chatty, a lot of fun and made us (two twenty something year old girls) feel very welcome - even when our chopping was sub par!
We left with a recipe book and incredibly full stomachs (though don’t go hungry, it’s five hours of prep to get through!)
Would recommend to anyone in Merida, as it’s a lovely day out.
Written November 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

thisjustine123
Montreal, Canada10 contributions
Amazing day with Sofia!
Oct 2018 • Couples
We booked this cooking class end of October 2018 and we're glad we did - we received an authentic experience in a Yucatecan kitchen. We started around 11 AM with some local snacks Sofia had prepared for us (guava paste with cheese, jicama, dulce de papaya madura) and a local beer. We then proceeded to cook the 12-item menu Sofia had planned for us. We got some very helpful insider tips for tackling Yucatecan cuisine. We finished with a delicious, well-deserved meal in her backyard topped off by coffee and Xtabentun (Honey meets Pastis/Sambuca).

Overall, the class was about 4-5h, including the meal at the end. Time flew by in Sofia's company.

Thanks for a great experience Sofia!

P.s. sorry for the delay in writing a review :)
Written January 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lebana_martinez
Community of Madrid, Spain52 contributions
Amazing cooking class with Sofia
Nov 2018 • Friends
We booked this cooking class for November 2018. We took a Taxi to get to Sofias place and started the cooking class. She explained us every detail about the ingredients and the story behind. We learned sooo much about the culture and it was a lot of fun. She explained us what we have to do and after 4hours we could finally eat and it was so delicious and healthy. It felt like Sofia was a friend we knew since long time. If you want to learn how to cook yucatecan food, and learn a lot about the mayan traditions than try this class! It takes up to 4hours since you do everything from scratch, so be patient. Would totally recommend <3 Gracias Sofia y hasta pronto! Tus amigas Suizas
Written November 16, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Curt T
9 contributions
Don't bother
Mar 2018 • Friends
What can I say, we've done a few cooking experiences over the years and thoroughly enjoyed them and this was not what we expected or enjoyed. I'm surprised by all the great reviews, because what we experienced was really not fun OR enjoyable. We arrived at the home in an area that seemed a little sketchy compared with the area (downtown) where we were staying. We were greeted at the door by a woman who spoke no English and had on a very stained tshirt. We didn't know if this was Sofia or not. It wasn't she was the maid. Sofia appeared in a few minutes and was dressed very nicely. The home was tiny and the kitchen where we did the prep work was a 2 person kitchen and there were 3 of us plus Sofia. We sat at a table 3 feet from the stove. Sofia's English is quite basic, but one of our group spoke Spanish so it helped. We spent the next 4 1/2 hrs. mostly chopping vegetables. Something we didn't need to learn. We weren't offered ANYTHING to eat during the 4 1/2 hrs. We snuck tastes when Sofia wasn't looking. We also had to ask for water at the beginning. The only other drink offered during this time was some Tamarind water. Other cooking classes we'd been to offered drinks and snacks throughout. Remember we came hungry expecting to eat. Sofia wasn't very organized always trying to find things to use. It would have been a 2 hour experience if she had pre-chopped everything and was organized. The kitchen was unbearably hot. With 5 burners going and no a/c we were all sweating including Sofia. During this 4 1/2 hr sweat shop, her sister stopped in twice, her niece stopped in, and her mother stopped in. She took time to talk with all of them which was surprising and annoying. Finally at 9:30 (we started at 5pm to prepare the food) we went to the patio to eat the food we'd prepared. It was nicely set and she had her niece join us. The niece was nice and spoke perfect English, but it seemed inappropriate to have other guests during our paid experience. We also had to share 1 quart of beer between the 5 of us. No margaritas, no wine, etc. The food was just ok. Some of the experience was interesting with a few ingredients we weren't familiar with, but mostly we all felt like we'd worked in a sweat shop. Finally, the worst part was that at the end, Sofia was relentless on pushing us to write good reviews on Travelingspoon and Viator. I'm giving her her wish, sort of. I do think Sofia could be a good teacher, but a few things need to happen. She needs to improve her English, she needs a different house with a larger kitchen and A/C. She needs to understand that she could have things pre-chopped and everything organized and ready to go. Also, eating and drinking while we learned would have been appreciated and expected. This was a bust and something I would not recommend, at least until it's totally revised.
Written April 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review. We really appreciate your valuable feedback and are already speaking with Sofia about ways to improve the experience with your suggestions, from personally greeting people at the door to making sure guests have enough snacks during their experience. We do want to say that we specialize in home experiences. These are experiences where you enter a local home where you meet a local and their family and learn about their culture through a home-food experience, and are not run by professional chefs in professional cooking studios. Our hope is that this is an authentic way to connect with local people, their culture and their food. We try to be as up front as possible in their descriptions that some of these host homes may be modest and not have air-conditioning, for example. We are sorry you were uncomfortable, of course we understand that is never a pleasant feeling, and will do a better job to be sure that the descriptions are very clear about what to expect in our host's homes. Thank you again for taking the time to provide this feedback so that we can do a better job for future travelers. We are sorry that this experience did not meet your expectations and will do our best to improve in the areas where we fell short.
Written April 10, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MJFIRE1
Warrendale, PA4 contributions
Cooking with Sophía
From the minute you arrive in Sophia‘s home you’ll be culturally immersed. Her menu was all inclusive-12 items in total. The class covered everything from how to peel a sour orange, slice an onion, how to blacken red peppers stove top, grind spices, and tips on banana leaf handling.

Plan to roll up your sleeves, work hard and eat well! It got warm in the kitchen so dress for it. I brought my own Mexican wine. She had one beer for my husband. Not an issue. We were busy eating! One of the highlights of our trip to the Yucatán!
Written February 19, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alanna M
5 contributions
Great experience and authentic recipes we will use again
Dec 2017 • Family
Our family had a great experience with Sofia and were very happy with the many dishes she taught us to prepare and the effort she made to properly introduce us to the ingredients and educate us about them. She provided interesting information about the influences Spaniards/Europeans had on traditional Mayan recipes. Since our group had one person with dietary restrictions, Sofia went out of her way to customize the menu to accommodate everyone and get very fresh ingredients, which was greatly appreciated. The food was delicious and our family will surely use the recipes she provided in the future. Since we were a larger group, the cooking portion of the activity took a bit over 4 hours. At the risk of stating the obvious, the kitchen got very warm with all the cooking going on, so I recommend dressing for hot weather! Overall, a highly recommended experience.
Written December 26, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Great experience!!!
We (family with 2 children - age 10 and 12) had a superb day with Daniel and Julieta: the visit to the market and t
TravelingWieners
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WONDERFUL YUCATECAN COOKING ADVENTURE
Our instructor Sofia picked us up at our hotel in Merida and took us to the big market here. It was very interestin
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I highly recommend this experience!
My husband and I and 3 teenagers saw the market, created our lunch and dined together with Daniel and Julieta, and
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A great way to spend a day in Merida
I had an great day with Sofia: right from the start she was helpful and gracious. She quickly adjusted her plans wh
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Best Cultural Experience in Town
Sofia is a local gem :) Her family from her mother side has been in Merida since the 1500s ! Talk about somebody to
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Delicious learning
Sofia was such a gracious hostess, a wonderful "chef," and a very effective teacher. Our experience was very relax
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