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Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

Mérida, Mexico
Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

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From tostadas and tamales to papayas and empanadas, the flavors of the Yucatan are made to enjoy. Learn to cook a variety of traditional Yucatecan and Mayan delicacies with a home chef during this private cooking class in Merida, which takes place in a private home in a residential district unknown to most visitors. Learn about local culture that many tourists never see as you help prepare a traditional-style meal before sitting down to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor.
  • Private cooking lesson in Yucatean cuisine in Merida
  • Learn to cook a variety of traditional foods like tamales, tostadas, and salsas
  • See a side of local culture unknown to most tourists
  • Lunch or dinner option available
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Free drinks included
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Lunch or Dinner
Bottled water
Local beer
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Private cooking class with your host Sofia
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Traveling Spoon, Inc

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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  • "Bring local foods closer to travelers in a real in-home experience." See review


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Great cooking
, Mar 2020
Great hospitality and fun experience, with a chance to try a big amount of Yucatan dishes. Would definitely recommend!
Educational and fun kitchen experiences at Sofias
, Nov 2019
Sofia took my booking on a 12 hours notice, and managed to plan and shop for an amazing 5 course meal for us to prepare and eat over 5 hours in her lovely house. she is very focused on your health and safety, which is seen in her very clean house and kitchens, general handling of the food, and lessons on how to handle knifes. While cooking she'd not only teach me about selection and preparation of seasonal fruits, vegetables and meat in Yucatan, but she also told stories of Mexico, the european invasion, mayan history (both cooking and culture), stories of Yucatan, and her own stories. In the end of the class we enjoyed the meal we prepared in her lovely garden. Sofia is a very open person and even though english isn't her native laguage (like myself) her english is very good, so don't feel like you can't ask her questions because she is very happy to help you out. I will rate this experience as a MUST, if you have the slightest interest in cooking and love Mexican food.
Perfect cooking class
, Aug 2019
This was my favorite cooking class I took when I was visiting Merida. Shes very informative and provides you with a little cookbook so you can attempt to make the meal at home.
Private in-home cooking class with Sofia through Traveling Spoon requires level setting before going
, Aug 2019
So I have taken cooking classes in Italy and Thailand. Italy was in-home and Thailand at a class style kitchen. Both had groups. Italy was by a professional chef who owns a few restaurants and holds classes in his customized home kitchen. Very hands on. Not just prep and hand off. We would prepare something. Enjoy it. Return to do more. Great pace. In Thailand we would prep ingredients for a dish. Everything. Then go to our own cooking station. Make it. Eat it. Next dish. Total hands on end to end. Going into this experience, I anticipated a professional chef or very experienced home cook. Very hands on. Proper technique. Tasting as we go. This was our first experience with Traveling Spoon. A newer player to this space. We learned a lot about them through Sofia and exploring their web site later. I get the concept. Bring local foods closer to travelers in a real in-home experience. We got that....sort of. Sofia’s home is definitely off the beaten path. And you are in her home. We were greeted by her housekeeper. We were scheduled to start at 11am. We sat in the foyer until Sofia greeted us about 1110am. The patio table was set for our meal in simple, basic white settings. I liked it. When Sofia greeted us she seemed disjointed, harried and ill-prepared. Scattered introductions and in to the kitchen. On the very small kitchen table were three work stations. Small cutting boards. Two knives. A platter with prep ingredients. Sofia handed us a few aprons. And was just skittering around the kitchen. Grabbing pots and pans. Alternating talking to us and to herself. Between English and Spanish. Firing off orders to her housekeeper to get more tomatoes, limons and cilantro from the market. Just a flurry of activity. We weren’t sure what we were supposed to do. I expected her to be more prepared. Then we started preparing this and that. Net, we were basically her prep “chefs”. We cut and chopped a lot. If she didn’t like how we were cutting or chopping she let us know in a terse way. Sometimes just taking over and doing it herself. And even if you followed her orders, if it turned out different then what she expected, we got blamed. She told me to put the juice of a whole limon in the guacamole. After the first half of juice, I thought it was plenty. She insisted on using the other half. Ok. Well, it was to soupy and she blamed me. The few efforts at applying common sense or my expertise and technique were dismissed so I just stopped. Her knife skills were ave
Absolutely amazing !!!
David E
, Jul 2019
My experience with Sofia was absolutely perfect, from the beginning to the end ! Sofia is passionate and more than a cooking class, it was a real exchange. I have learnt a lot of thing regarding Yucatán food and what we cooked together was amazing ! So tasty, great presentation, great local and fresh products ! That was a real pleasure to spend this moment with Sofia !!
Amazing Experience!
Lori F
, Jul 2019
Sophia graciously welcomed us to her home and we quickly started to make a wide arrange of tasty dishes. We cooked for 3 hours and then sat down to enjoy the many tasty dishes! We highly recommend this experience and are very thankful to Sophia for her warmth and knowledge.
Cooking with Sofía was a wonderful...
Scott O
, Mar 2018
Cooking with Sofía was a wonderful experience!!! She invited us right into her home and into her heart. She shared with us some wonderful recipes as well as some very personal stories and 'tricks of the trade'. Sofía gave us an authentic experience from the moment we set foot in her house. The food was absolutely delicious and it was a very memorable evening. Thank you once again, Sofía, know that your hard work is extremely valid, appreciated and respected. Wishing you all the best. For an unforgettable experience, I recommend the cooking class with Sofía 100.
We had an absolutely incredible time...
Alissa E
, Jan 2018
We had an absolutely incredible time learning to cook Yucatecan cuisine with Sofia. She is warm and welcoming, and made us feel very comfortable. The food we made was fantastic and we got to take home the recipes - we'll most definitely be trying them out this year. I highly recommend for anyone, regardless of your cooking background - Sofia is a great instructor for beginners as well as people who have more experience cooking.
This was an amazing experience that...
Melissa M
, Nov 2017
This was an amazing experience that my daughter and I will never forget. Can not wait to go back and do it again soon. Sofia was patient communicated well in both English and Spanish and tailored our experience to make sure my daughter was just as engaged as I was.
Learning to cook yucatecan food with...
, Oct 2017
Learning to cook yucatecan food with Sofia was an amazing experience!! I totally recommend her class, she is very friendly and cooks incredibly good! I had a great time in her kitchen and the food was delicious!

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