For those looking to experience authentic pueblo culture outside of Merida.
Available year round by request.
Your host will be Chef Mario Canul, our head chef and director. He will drive you to a little pueblo near Mérida where you will visit a popular cocina económica – a small, family-owned restaurant that operates out of their home. The cocina económica emerged as a phenomenon in Yucatán after World War II as women set out to gain more independence and augment the family income. Cocina económica translates literally to “economical cooking,” and that’s just what these venues offer.
Your first stop is a tour of the quaint local market. Afterward, with the owner and a few of her family members you will cook a simple dish that will be served to you and that will also be available for customers; you may also observe as the family prepares other offerings for the day’s menu. This class is an ideal way to experience what’s cooking at these local establishments – up close and personal.