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Mexico Culinary Holiday

Discover the duality of a city where the modernity of a cosmopolitan destination meets the tradition and history of a colonial city. Mérida, also known as “The White City”, is the capital of the Yucatan state and the gateway to the Mayan culture. Yucatan cuisine is also the result of a mixture of influences. Its peculiar combination of influences results in an incredible variety of flavors, aromas, and colors that provide an unforgettable culinary experience. The warmth, hospitality, and kindness of the people undoubtedly distinguish Yucatan. They will make you feel like you are part of a whole legacy of traditions. Come and experience the culinary adventure of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Visit the main local market tour to sample traditional dishes
  • Learn to cook traditional meals and share lunch with local people
  • Walk to 2 different cantinas and enjoy snacks and local craft beers
  • Visit the Uxmal archeological site, declared a "Cultural Heritage of Humanity"
  • Have lunch and learn about Recados in the Mayan culture at Tsukan Sanctuary
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel and 3 lunches are provided
  • Relax and enjoy the crystal water of cenotes
  • 5 nights accommodation

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4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot

During this vacation, you will stay at Hotel Gran Real Yucatan or similar, on a double occupancy basis. Hotel Gran Real Yucatan is located in Merida Centro, 400 meters away from Merida Cathedral, while Main Square is 500 meters away. Aeropuerto Manuel Crescencio Rejón is 6 kilometers from the property.

Enjoy a beautiful outdoor pool and sun terrace. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and features a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The rooms include a private bathroom. Breakfast is included every day at the hotel restaurant. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Gran Real Yucatan features free Wi-Fi throughout the property. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Program

Day 1 Welcome to Merida

  • Arrival in Merida City (MID)
  • Transfer to the hotel in Merida City

Welcome to Merida City! Today after your arrival at Merida International Airport your driver will be waiting for you at the airport, he will drive you to the hotel and after the check-in, you will have the rest of the day to discover the nearby places on your own (Private transportation).

Day 2: Cooking class

  • Learn about the culture, traditional ingredients, and food, learn to cook Yucatecan food, and share a meal with local people.

This day, you will visit the local market where you'll discover amazing traditional dishes, you’ll get to taste delicious local fruits, and you'll learn about the customs and traditions of Yucatan. After buying all your supplies, you'll take an exciting bus ride to the local home where your host and guide will guide you step by step to cook a traditional menu.

Day 3: Walking street food and bar hopping tour

  • Visit the market, try typical Mexican food, and enjoy 2 Mexican cantinas (pubs or bars) in Merida Centro.

This day, you will have the opportunity to sample traditional dishes, explore the city’s main market, and after that, will visit two completely different cantinas. Each cantina is close to the other, so you'll get there by walking while admiring downtown Merida and its attractions. These cantinas could be the equivalent of the old western saloons! Some of the oldest cantinas in Merida even have saloon-type doors! In each cantina, you will have a beer, and some snacks, share tons of stories and have a blast.

Day 4: Sanctuary and cenotes Tsukan tour

  • Get to know a traditional Mayan house, learn to prepare traditional recados, and relax in cenotes.

Experience the nature of Yucatan will all your senses, swim, relax in the crystal blue water of the cenotes, get to know a traditional Mayan house, learn about the 3 main “recados” (traditional pastes) used in Yucatan as well as the corn. You will enjoy a delicious and traditional local lunch.

Day 5: Uxmal and Chocolate Museum

  • Visit Uxmal archeological site
  • Discover all about chocolate at the Chocolate Museum

This tour will take you on a unique experience! Visit Uxmal archeological site, one of the most important pre-Hispanic capitals declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Learn about the importance of cacao in the Mayan culture in the Chocolate Museum (This tour includes private transportation).

Day 6: Depart Merida

  • Transfer to Merida city Airport (MID)
  • Flight home

This is the last day in Merida City, by the morning your driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby to take you to the international airport of Merida, this is where the trip end, goodbye Merida (Private transportation).

The guides

You will have guides during the tour only. This includes guides during the cooking class, street food and bar hopping tours, and on days 4 and 5.

Included excursions

During this holiday, you will have walking street food and bar hopping tours, a sanctuary and cenotes Tsukan tour, and a trip to Uxmal and the Chocolate Museum.

Location

Merida

Merida is the capital and largest city in Yucatan State and the cultural and financial capital of the region. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city with museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops, and boutiques. A major center of commerce, Merida Yucatan is considered the crossroads of the region the perfect place to start any excursion to witness firsthand the Mayan Heritage.

The Yucatan

The Yucatan is in one word, breathtaking. Its rich culture, its fantastic food, its kind, and gentle people, everything about the Yucatan is great. The Yucatan is considered the whole Yucatan Peninsula, which is divided in three states: Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán. The three of them share a common history and were separated during the 1800s, so most traditions and customs are shared.

The common ancestors were the Mayas, an ancient civilization that built Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and several other majestic sites. They were wonderful mathematicians and architects. There are some towns scattered all around the Yucatan where there are still some true Mayas.

Distances

  • Merida Cathedral, 400 meters
  • Main Square, 500 meters
  • Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID), 6 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer

Food

Daily breakfast at the hotel, three lunches (on Days 2, 3, and 4), and 1 beer per person per cantina during the tour on Day 3 are included. Yucatan cuisine is the result of a mixture of influences. The essence of the ancient Mayas is combined with the European to create delicacies. The geographical location of the state, its isolation for many years from the rest of the country, the commercial exchange, and the immigration of people from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, make their gastronomy really stand out from the rest of Mexican food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The state of Yucatan has a great cultural and natural heritage. You might be interested in any of the following:

  • Come and visit important archaeological sites such as Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, and Ek Balam
  • Visit the colonial cities and magical towns like Izamal and Valladolid
  • Discover the henequen haciendas, remembrance of the “Oro Verde” days
  • Explore the beautiful beaches, cenotes, and reserves such as the Biosphere of Celestún, Ría Lagartos, to name a few, that provide a sanctuary for a great diversity of flora and fauna

What's included

  • Entrance fee tickets to the cooking class, street food and bar hopping tours, Uxmal, Chocolate Museum, and Sanctuary Tsukan
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • 3 lunches (on Days 2, 3, and 4)
  • 1 beer per person per cantina during the tour on Day 3
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Tour with private transportation on Days 4 and 5
  • Private roundtrip airport transfers
  • All local taxes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Meals not specified
  • Beverages at meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Photograph permits in museums, archeological zones, etc
  • Tips to the driver and guide
  • Other entrances

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport Airport transfer included: Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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If you are traveling alone there is an additional single supplement, please send your inquiry for further information. Single travelers may request price and availability, however, the price will increase considerably. Starting with two travelers is recommended. Please note that bookings are accepted at least 7 days prior to arrival.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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