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Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

1. Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

Depart Merida in the morning to visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Admire the pyramid of Kukulcan and the surrounding buildings, such as the ball game court and the Observatory. Then, travel to the community of Yokdzonot, and discover it's amazing and unique cenote, which is operated by a cooperative made up of mostly local women. Take a refreshing swim in the blue waters of the cenote and opt to add on activities like zip-lining or rappelling between its vertical walls. After cooling down, participate in a cooking lesson with locals. Prepare delicious Yucatecan dishes like salbutes (deep fried tortillas) and panuchos (stuffed tortillas). Finish your visit with a delicious, traditional meal in the restaurant of the cooperative. Transfer from Yokdzonot back to Merida, arriving at around 5:00 PM.

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.

Valladolid: Real Mexican Cooking Class & Professional Chef

4. 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.

From Merida: Private Tour, Mayas from Yesterday & Today

5. From Merida: Private Tour, Mayas from Yesterday & Today

Tekit is a traditional Yucatecan town whose everyday life revolves around the beautiful church, the market, and some small businesses. Join this tour to spend the day with a local cooperative there and discover their daily activities. Enjoy a private tour with a local guide exclusive to your group, and benefit from included hotel pickup and drop-off.  After pickup at your hotel in Merida at 8 AM, drive for approximately 1 hour to Tekit. Once there, make your first stop at a local bakery where you'll prepare and try local bread in a stone oven. Then, walk to a Mayan household where Ana and Manuel will introduce you to the Mayan agroecological systems. Learn about the production of Melipona bees, taste different varieties of honey, and end your visit to Ana's house with a Yucatecan meal. After lunch, visit a guayaberas factory to find out about the manufacturing process, and explore some local stores where it's possible to buy typical clothing and quality garments directly from the producers. Finally, head to the archaeological site of Mayapan, one of the last capitals of the pre-Hispanic Mayan era. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel around 6:30 PM.

Cancún: Cooking Class in Mayan Towns & Chichen Itza Tour

6. 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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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

If I could give this ten stars, I would. Our guide, Alejandro, was excellent. I appreciate the cultural immersion this experience provides and the wonderful people we met; Marcos, Jose, and Lorenzo at the Bakery, Manuel and Ana at their house to learn Mayan life, balance with nature and bee keeping/honey tasting, Gloria at her house for an authentic lunch and great conversation, and Alonzo at the Guayabera Factory (you will know how the shirts are made and buy at a much better price than in the city). All of these people were kind, gracious, and genuinely interested in sharing their lives and culture. We are grateful for this incredible experience and the opportunity to learn more about life in this region of Mexico. The visit to Mayapan Archeological Site, in our opinion, was better than visiting Chichen-Itza. The site is well kept, well preserved, and less crowded, absolutely stunning.

Our tour guide Eyder was fantastic and we really had a great time with him. Chichen Itza is full of tourists and we had to get an audio book before we arrived to get us round the site, but it was great to see. The best part of the trip was the cenote as it was one of the less visited ones by travel companies and the food there by the corporative was delicious!

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.

The Best We Could Choose and do for us who were unaware of everything, super safe, friendly, excited and exceeded super recommended