Casual Fun Private Cooking Class


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, Local Experience, First Time Visitor


Kid Friendly: Yes. Absolutely kid-friendly.

Friendly: Yes.
While the actual activity is suitable for folks in wheelchairs, the person must be able to get in and out of a vehicle.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), German (basic), Spanish (fluent)

Learn to make some basic delicious Yucatecan food - and eat it!

You might be familiar with Yucatecan food - or not. No matter. In this fun class with an absolutely lovely local lady in a small village about 45 minutes from Merida, you will learn how to make classic corn tortilla panuchos and salbutes over a traditional Mayan cooking fire. All ingredients are real, local and authentic. No fancy cooking utensils, ingredients or procedures. It's as real as it can get and you will love it. Perfect for all ages as everyone gets into the act and gets their hands "dirty".

In addition we stop at a former plantation (hacienda) for a photo op and leg stretch and can also program a cenote visit for a swim after your cooking and eating are done (optional). This is a private tour so we can move quickly or slowly as you see fit.


Please note that this is a private tour just for you and your group. The starting time of 8:00 AM is just a suggestion and can be moved to start a little later if you enjoy your beauty sleep or have had a late night the day before.

Pick up at Merida location. A 30 minute drive and a brief stop at a former plantation to take some photos, stretch legs. Then a short 20 minutes or so to our destination. We'll be cooking and eating for 2-3 hours depending on how much fun we are having and then head back to Merida and your hotel or rental.

If you have chosen the optional cenote stop, then we should plan on another hour or so for that.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Merida - your hotel or vacation rental

End location: Merida - your hotel or vacation rental

Duration: 5 hours

Figure on spending between 4 and 6 hours on this tour. Variables might include taking a bit more time at the hacienda stop for more photos, or opting for a dip in a cenote on the way back to Merida after your class.


You will be transported by air conditioned, insured vehicle (late model Toyota or similar 12 passenger van) and professional driver from your home or hotel in Merida to the location. And back. Mercedes Benz Sprinter available for groups over 12 people and up to 18. For larger groups I can charter an air conditioned bus.

What’s Included

Other: transportation (air conditioned, insured vehicle)
professional driver
all ingredients and of course the meal you have made
non-alcoholic drinks for all
compensation for our host for the day
fun and you might even learn something :)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

200 pesos - If you decide to visit the cenote, there is no additional charge for the time or the vehicle (one hour) but the entry fees will be covered by you. Also, you might find something irresistible that you want to purchase at some point.

What’s Extra

Other: On a particularly hot day or just in case you want to do something additional that is fun, we can schedule a cenote stop and swim for an additional cost. We provide towels if you want to include this.

For groups larger than 4 persons we have vehicles that can accommodate up to 12 passengers, up to 18, and even a bus for really large groups. Please send me a message by clicking on the 'ASK A QUESTION' button and I will get a personalized quote for your group to you.

Pickups and drop offs are from Merida. If you are staying in an outlying hacienda or hotel on the outskirts of Merida, further inland or on the Gulf coast, please let me know as this will change the cost somewhat.


Tours at archaeological sites will be done by a professional guide hired on site for that purpose. A driver with a federal tourism drivers license will accompany us in a vehicle that has been properly plated for tourism as per local law.

A Recent Review of this tour

Rolf was more of an organizer than a guide. We lost time at the beginning when the shuttle bus left us off at the wrong place. We appreciated the extra local snacks he bought for us. Very good guide at Uxmal, but would have liked more time. He moved along and gave history when group was scattered taking pictures. Cooking class did not work out due to lack of enough time, but substitute dinner was ok.
Sondra Ettlinger

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