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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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Private cooking class with your host Sofia
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Mérida , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home?
A: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
See all safety measures taken by Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

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

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home.

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

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star-5
Sofia the magnificent
Vinja_K
, Feb 2022
We enjoyed in Sofia's dedication, new flavours, completly new ingredients, cultural insights. It was the best time in Jucatan. Every moment was fulfilling and joyful.
star-5
Intimate and authentic food
Nadja_S
, Jan 2022
This was such an amazing opportunity. So thankful Sophia shared her culture and recipes. The food was authentic and delicious. Learned lots of tips and tricks too.
star-5
Mayan cooking class
Nadine_K
, Jan 2022
This was a wonderful experience! Sophia invites you into her kitchen and shares her Mayan knowledge and her grandmother's recipes, passed down through many generations. We had a wonderful time and know so much more about the Mayans
star-5
Best 1st day experience
Juan_S
, Nov 2021
I enjoyed my experience very much. Sofia was full of knowledge in regards to the Mayan culture and of Mérida history. It was very hands on and she explains everything very well. Explains the difference in the foods found in the Yucatan. What we prepared was delicious. I especially loved the sopa de lima and the dessert caballeros pobres. One of my favorite experiences here. Thank you Sofia for your hospitality.
star-5
Great experience
Veronika_H
, Nov 2021
Sofía is a great host and she loves sharing her grandmother's recipes with people. During the cooking process she makes sure that alternatives are given so much that the recipes, which will be shared via the email after class can be re-cooked in when we you're back at home. And, for me the best, there are a lot of opportunities to try the foods while prepping it. Definitely a great experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I had a special night
Tong_G
, Sep 2021
It was fun and food was very delicious. Sofia is very friendly and moves efficiently. I learnt a lot about cooking in general not only about Yucatan dishes. She told me that she is not a chef and changed some ways of cooking traditional Yucatan dishes. Because traditional ways could take a few days sometimes... But I enjoyed her way of cooking and appreciate that she invented faster ways to cook. I found it's very practical, so I can make those dishes when I go back home. The whole cooking took us 3 hrs but she offered cold beer in between so it was fun! She also told me that I'm her first student in 1 year and 8 months because she had to close the business due to COVID. I could tell she was very excited to teach and that made me feel special. After we are done cooking, we had dinner together. She showed me how to serve in certain ways along with some more cooking tips. I highly recommend taking this cooking class with Sofia if you ever come visit Merida. She also offer home stay with meals included!
star-5
Great cooking
StineDahl_V
, Mar 2020
Great hospitality and fun experience, with a chance to try a big amount of Yucatan dishes. Would definitely recommend!
star-5
Educational and fun kitchen experiences at Sofias
Louise_H
, 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.
star-5
Perfect cooking class
Justin_L
, 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.
star-3
Private in-home cooking class with Sofia through Traveling Spoon requires level setting before going
Allen_R
, 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
star-5
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 !!
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Learning to cook yucatecan food with...
Bety_F
, 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!
star-5
Discovering Yucatan with Sofias...
cecilia v
, Sep 2017
Discovering Yucatan with Sofias cooking lesson was the highlight of my trip to lovely Merida. Sofia focused on the basics of cooking a complicated cuisine rich in Mayan and European roots. I lost count of the many dishes and sauces we prepared as she asked me to taste and smell the ingredients of Achiote, Chaya, Passion fruit, and many other ingredients native to the area but not familiar to me. Growing up Mexican in America, I can compare her to an aunt passing down our family recipe. I found it to be a privilege to be in her home kitchen and sharing a culture I could not have experienced in any restaurant in Yucatan. I was fortunate to have Sofia to myself preparing Pollo Pibil wrapped in banana leaves and other dishes from the pans on the stove to a setting on the table, complemented by sipping wine with Yucatan folk music in the background on her patio table. After we said farewells and kissed on the cheek goodbye, the cab ride to the hotel gave me time to reflect and realize the value of Sofias class was far more valuable to me than gold. As I cook these dishes for my family and coworkers, a piece of Yucatan will always stay with me. I highly recommend taking Sofias cooking class on a list of things to do while visiting Merida, Yucatan. Thank You Sofia!
star-5
I would highly recommend this for...
Glen G
, Feb 2017
I would highly recommend this for cooks and foodies! Sophia's home is located in northwest Merida, about 10-15 minutes drive from the historical district I took Uber. After arriving, we sat down in her kitchen to discuss the agenda for the evening about 3 hours of cooking and 1 hour of eating and what we would prepare. For the first 3 hours, we prepped and cooked the food appetizers, soup, sides, main dish and dessert. All of the ingredients were local and had been purchased the same day. While we prepped the food, Sophia provided detailed information on everything and how it related to Yucatan culture and history her English is good. Although I was a beginner cook, she was very patient and helped me with all the basics especially cutting!. Although we could have used a food processor for much of the work, she was adamant about preparing everything in an authentic manner including the use of utensils that are native to Mexico. After everything was done, we moved the food to a table in her beautiful backyard and had a feast! while eating, Sophia gave me advice on restaurants to visit in Merida, historical locations, entertainment, etc. The next time I'm in Merida, I plan on taking another class with Sophia.
star-5
My visit to Sofia's lovely home...
Paula X
, Dec 2016
My visit to Sofia's lovely home exceeded my expectations: small class, much individual attention and well-worth the fee. Super-organized kitchen for preparation of great lunch/condiments/dessert. Everything was laid out for us to get started...It was my first taste of Lime Soup, superb. Luscious Pollo Pibil wrapped in banana leaves was accompanied with rice with Sofia's own special touch -- you have to go there to learn what she adds! Desert was Papaya cooked with syrup and topped with grated Edam cheese, sublime. Hands-on with prep and preparation, we also fried platano macho and corn tortilla strips for the soup. I now know what to substitute if I don't find sour oranges. Modern kitchen, but no electric gadgets used except blender for tomatoes in Sikil Pak dip in favor of traditional cooking methods ie. mortar/pestle, I went right out and bought one for myself! tips Sofia got from her abuela! Habaneros were roasted on gas flame. Sofia generously showed me any spices I had questions about as we prepared the onion condiment and chili habanero sauce. Beautiful patio area for eating lunch, coffee and beer/wine service included...Easy to get there by bus Yellow Line Chuburna 21, originating at central 58/61 then driving up 60. Chuburna was Mayan village before becoming a Merida suburb. Unique opportunity to discuss Merida/family histories. Sofia will call taxi/Uber or walk you to the bus stop when class is over. She speaks very good English and is helpful/accommodating beyond the call of duty. I will definitely go for another lesson when I return to Merida. Buen provecho!
star-5
Perfect
Amelie_r
, Mar 2022
Hote tres sympathique qui a pris le temps de nous faire cuisiner avec des conseils top ! Agreable d'etre comme a la maison, tres organisée. C'etait parfait et excellent

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