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Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home
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Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

By Traveling Spoon
Recommended by 96% of travelers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English, Spanish


  • Lunch or Dinner
  • Bottled water
  • Local beer
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Private cooking class with your host Sofia
What's not included
  • 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.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P40

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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 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
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home?
Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home price starts from $90.00. Discover and book Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home on Tripadvisor
What is the Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home cancellation policy?
Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home 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. Discover and book Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home?
Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home is hosted by Traveling Spoon. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Traveling Spoon on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P40

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

writer1911
writer1911
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Exceeded all Expectations
What a wonderful day! Sophia took us on a walk to the local markets, pointing out various foods, what we should loo
kaylamarieoneill
kaylamarieoneill
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Authentic Yucatecan flavors
We learned a lot preparing many traditional Yucatecan dishes together with Sofia, as part of the cooking class. We
865amandinea
865amandinea
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Amazing experience
I absolutely loved my day with Sofia. I was the only one so it was a private class. She showed me many fruits and v
hello717
hello717
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Amazing experience
I booked a local dinner at Sofia’s place in Merida (Casa Casellas) and it was amazing! The food was delicious and S
Sarahke225
Sarahke225
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Excellent authentic cooking session
We really enjoyed cooking with Sofia! She is a lovely person and an excellent cook. We learned a lot from her and p
kristinad959
kristinad959
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Top Highlight of Trip
We had a wonderful day cooking and drinking with Sofia! We did a multi city trip around the Yucatán peninsula and t
Z1185VIsallya
Z1185VIsallya
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Informative and Tasty
Sofia is a wonderful host. She had several tasty Yucatecan treats for us to sample as she took us through the menu
wadebreaux
wadebreaux
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Wonderful experience and host
Sofia was a wonderful host and teacher. She's in warm, thoughtful and knowledgeable. I highly recommend taking this
HannekeJanssen
HannekeJanssen
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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
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
Nancy M
Nancy M
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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
2due
2due
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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
jonnybgood8584
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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
carolibbean
carolibbean
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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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Anna M
7 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
My mom and I had the most amazing time cooking with Sofia in her beautiful home. Exceeded all of our expectations. We could’ve spent all night talking to Sofia about her life and the culture and gastronomy of Mérida. Our lesson was extremely thorough and we have never before had a meal cooked with so much love and passion. Cooking with Sofia has been the highlight of my trip and everyone MUST do this when traveling to the Yucatán.
Written October 11, 2022
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James F
2 contributions
Sep 2022
Sophia gave us a good, clear, and well-organized lesson. We simultaneously prepared a set of dishes and always knew where we were and what we were doing. As another reviewer said, Sophia was passionate about food. We would add that she was passionate about people, engaging on a personal level rather than simply showing us how to do what.
Written September 9, 2022
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Nathanality
London, UK14 contributions
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
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Odyssey787305
El Dorado Hills, CA2 contributions
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
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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
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Oliver StQ
20 contributions
Nov 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed my cooking experience with Sofia. She does not mix participants, so I had the benefit of one-on-one instruction – great, even if it did show up my rather ham-handed efforts at making tortillas in comparison to hers!

We made a total of five typical Yucatán dishes, pretty much from scratch. Not only is Sofia a great cook, but she makes a real effort in the presentation too – so getting to eat what we prepared (to be honest, mainly Sofia), was a visual and gastronomic treat!

Be aware however, that good food takes time to prepare – so having started at 5 pm, we didn’t start to eat until a little after 10.
Written November 5, 2022
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Michiemee63
Toronto, ON67 contributions
Oct 2021
Anyone interested in Yucatecan cuisine should have the experience of cooking with Sofia. We thoroughly enjoyed our time learning about the regional food, drinks, customs and eating some delicious dishes. Sofia was a great host - very welcoming, patient and knowledgeable. The time went by so quickly as we were having such a good time. The food we cooked was amazing and everything was delicious. Even my husband who can be a picky eater loved it all. Can't wait to try the recipes at home, especially that tomato sauce! Wow...highly recommend.
Written November 5, 2021
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mbp11
Pleasanton, CA12 contributions
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
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Craig M
5 contributions
Cooking in Merida with Sofia is not to be missed. She has a vast knowledge of Yucatán cuisine and is a wonderful instructor. From our trip to the Mercado to food preparation to our meal, it was the perfect day. We have taken cooking classes all over the world and Sofia’s class is up there with the best of them. Please do yourself a favor and cook with Sofia.
Written January 17, 2023
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Joanne S
6 contributions
Jan 2023
My husband and I regularly attend cooking classes when we travel and I would rate the class with Sofia as the best for a number of reasons. She is a most gracious host, an excellent instructor and her cooking is incredible. On arrival we were given options for what we might cook and we got to choose each course. We then went to the local market to purchase the ingredients. Back in her kitchen she guided us on how to chop the vegetables, how to fry tortilla chips and more. While we prepared the meal, we enjoyed guacamole and sikilpak. Sofia uses recipes from her grandmother and they are amazing. After the class Sofia shares these recipes. I look forward to trying to make her sopa de lima. The best!!
Without a doubt our day with Sofia was the highlight of our stay in Merida. We hope to return to the city and will definitely book a day with Sofia.
Written January 19, 2023
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Diane G
11 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Sra. Sophia opened her heart and home, providing a "hands on" experience. Her focus and passion are foods of the Yucatan. It's all about local and seasonality. She describes herself as "not a chef", but rather an excellent home cook (from a family of good cooks and bakers) committed to sharing the bounties, flavors and cooking techniques of the region. She demonstrates you don't have to have a huge, fancy, restaurant-style kitchen to create delicious dishes at home. She explains ingredients, and suggests possible substitutions you can make if unable to get specific items in your area. You'll spend approximately 5 hours chopping, peeling, cooking and sitting down to an amazing meal. If you just want to WATCH someone cook, this is not the class for you. It's a super-fun, "roll up your sleeves" event.
Written April 21, 2022
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