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Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home provided by Traveling Spoon

Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, Spanish
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.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 7626P40
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • Bottled water
  • Local beer
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Private cooking class with your host Sofia
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
5h
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.
Additional information
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • Bottled water
  • Local beer
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Private cooking class with your host Sofia
Exclusions
  • 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.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
18 reviews
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Nathanality
London, UK14 contributions
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 12 March 2020
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Odyssey787305
El Dorado Hills, CA2 contributions
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 14 January 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 16 January 2020
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Michiemee63
Toronto, ON66 contributions
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 5 November 2021
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mbp11
Pleasanton, CA12 contributions
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 26 February 2020
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Diane G
11 contributions
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 21 April 2022
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Christian M
Nuremberg, Germany4 contributions
We had a wonderful cooking expierence with Sofia. After a visit at the local market wie learned everthing qbout our dishes we cooked and how to prepqir it. At the end we had a late lunch with her at her porch. We could ask her all the question about mexico we want to know and got extra tips how to substitute some special ingrediences at home.
Written 23 September 2021
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Curt T
9 contributions
Friends
What can I say, we've done a few cooking experiences over the years and thoroughly enjoyed them and this was not what we expected or enjoyed. I'm surprised by all the great reviews, because what we experienced was really not fun OR enjoyable. We arrived at the home in an area that seemed a little sketchy compared with the area (downtown) where we were staying. We were greeted at the door by a woman who spoke no English and had on a very stained tshirt. We didn't know if this was Sofia or not. It wasn't she was the maid. Sofia appeared in a few minutes and was dressed very nicely. The home was tiny and the kitchen where we did the prep work was a 2 person kitchen and there were 3 of us plus Sofia. We sat at a table 3 feet from the stove. Sofia's English is quite basic, but one of our group spoke Spanish so it helped. We spent the next 4 1/2 hrs. mostly chopping vegetables. Something we didn't need to learn. We weren't offered ANYTHING to eat during the 4 1/2 hrs. We snuck tastes when Sofia wasn't looking. We also had to ask for water at the beginning. The only other drink offered during this time was some Tamarind water. Other cooking classes we'd been to offered drinks and snacks throughout. Remember we came hungry expecting to eat. Sofia wasn't very organized always trying to find things to use. It would have been a 2 hour experience if she had pre-chopped everything and was organized. The kitchen was unbearably hot. With 5 burners going and no a/c we were all sweating including Sofia. During this 4 1/2 hr sweat shop, her sister stopped in twice, her niece stopped in, and her mother stopped in. She took time to talk with all of them which was surprising and annoying. Finally at 9:30 (we started at 5pm to prepare the food) we went to the patio to eat the food we'd prepared. It was nicely set and she had her niece join us. The niece was nice and spoke perfect English, but it seemed inappropriate to have other guests during our paid experience. We also had to share 1 quart of beer between the 5 of us. No margaritas, no wine, etc. The food was just ok. Some of the experience was interesting with a few ingredients we weren't familiar with, but mostly we all felt like we'd worked in a sweat shop. Finally, the worst part was that at the end, Sofia was relentless on pushing us to write good reviews on Travelingspoon and Viator. I'm giving her her wish, sort of. I do think Sofia could be a good teacher, but a few things need to happen. She needs to improve her English, she needs a different house with a larger kitchen and A/C. She needs to understand that she could have things pre-chopped and everything organized and ready to go. Also, eating and drinking while we learned would have been appreciated and expected. This was a bust and something I would not recommend, at least until it's totally revised.
Written 4 April 2018
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review. We really appreciate your valuable feedback and are already speaking with Sofia about ways to improve the experience with your suggestions, from personally greeting people at the door to making sure guests have enough snacks during their experience. We do want to say that we specialize in home experiences. These are experiences where you enter a local home where you meet a local and their family and learn about their culture through a home-food experience, and are not run by professional chefs in professional cooking studios. Our hope is that this is an authentic way to connect with local people, their culture and their food. We try to be as up front as possible in their descriptions that some of these host homes may be modest and not have air-conditioning, for example. We are sorry you were uncomfortable, of course we understand that is never a pleasant feeling, and will do a better job to be sure that the descriptions are very clear about what to expect in our host's homes. Thank you again for taking the time to provide this feedback so that we can do a better job for future travelers. We are sorry that this experience did not meet your expectations and will do our best to improve in the areas where we fell short.
Written 10 April 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mark-beauie
Brisbane, Australia76 contributions
Sofia was me engaging host with a long connection to the area. We started with some local seasonal fruit before cooking amazing food over a period of 3-4 hours. All food was made fresh and prepared while we were there. Sofia was also able to conduct the class in English which was great.

All things told a great experience.

Note: there is a $7 USD alcoholic beverage option which we paid for. This turned out to be 1 large bottle of beer between both of us and was a disappointing element of the package.
Written 4 December 2017
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lebana_martinez
Community of Madrid, Spain53 contributions
Friends
We booked this cooking class for November 2018. We took a Taxi to get to Sofias place and started the cooking class. She explained us every detail about the ingredients and the story behind. We learned sooo much about the culture and it was a lot of fun. She explained us what we have to do and after 4hours we could finally eat and it was so delicious and healthy. It felt like Sofia was a friend we knew since long time. If you want to learn how to cook yucatecan food, and learn a lot about the mayan traditions than try this class! It takes up to 4hours since you do everything from scratch, so be patient. Would totally recommend <3 Gracias Sofia y hasta pronto! Tus amigas Suizas
Written 16 November 2018
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MJFIRE1
Warrendale, PA4 contributions
From the minute you arrive in Sophia‘s home you’ll be culturally immersed. Her menu was all inclusive-12 items in total. The class covered everything from how to peel a sour orange, slice an onion, how to blacken red peppers stove top, grind spices, and tips on banana leaf handling.

Plan to roll up your sleeves, work hard and eat well! It got warm in the kitchen so dress for it. I brought my own Mexican wine. She had one beer for my husband. Not an issue. We were busy eating! One of the highlights of our trip to the Yucatán!
Written 19 February 2018
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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
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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
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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