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Urban Day Trips

Merida, Mexico
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About Urban Day Trips
Urban Day Trips offers unique and authentic day tours around Merida. They range from 2 hour to 1 day adventures and uncover back streets, hidden gems, and fascinating sights. Step into the lives of locals, find out what makes the city tick, and get acquainted with the local food, culture, and traditions of Merida. A local expert guide will provide the knowledge and lead you through a fantastic urban experience.
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Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class

Experience a side of Merida rarely seen by tourists on this half-day culinary tour. Let a guide navigate the labyrinth of a local market for you and purchase seasonal ingredients with the help of their translation. The afternoon cooking class is held in the home of a local family, who teaches you the secrets of Yucatan cuisine.
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5 hours 30 minutes
from US$69.45

Small Group Cenotes Adventure and Family Lunch Tour

Beat the heat of the Yucatán Peninsula and get to grips with public transit during this small-group, guided excursion, which combines adventure with regional culture. In just one day, visit, snorkel in, and learn about several cenotes, stop by a traditional Mayan medicinal shop, and explore a local village, for a comprehensive and immersive experience few travelers get to enjoy.
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7 hours
from US$64.00
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natasha b wrote a review Mar 2020
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom21 contributions41 helpful votes
Unfortunately this tour was a bit of a disaster! We arrived at the pinpoint location (hotel Piazzetta) at 8:40am as requested and waited outside the hotel. We have proof of this due to the Uber receipt and the word from the hotel owner who agreed to give us a statement (written if required). we had no contact with Urban adventures until 9:15 when they sent us an email (we had to pay for the internet to receive this) telling us they had looked for us and we had missed the tour. By this point we had called the company many times (a screen copy of the phone calls has been sent to Urban adventures) and received no answer, nor had they tried to call us. eventually i got a text asking us to call the office and i texted back saying i had tried but no answer and could they call us, at which point they just ignored us. I sent several emails and sent them screen shots of the uber receipt and offering the hotel owners statement. still no word and then we received a refund. I am pleased they agreed to the refund but frankly urban adventures merida need to work on their communication when they realised they were in the wrong they just stopped talking to us! Regarding the tour i have no doubt is a wonderful day. After this disaster we decided to make our own way to Cuzama and do the tour ourselves. Merida to Cuzama public transport 25pesos each person trip on a motobike tuktuk 30 pesos (per bike can fit 4 people on it) entrance and horse and cart ride 400peso per horse and cart trip on a motobike tuktuk 30 pesos (per bike can fit 4 people on it) Cuzama to Merida public transport 25pesos each person total for 2 people 560 pesos not including lunch. The buses are easy to navigate and air conditioned so its really a no brainer. the only thing to remember is the motorbike driver will try to take you to different cenotes, stick to your guns and ensure you look out for the huts on the right hand side, if they do go past and you end up in the wrong place just stay on the bike and refuse to move till they take you back, generally they are very amenable and they will just grin and agree with you. It really is a fabulous day and well worth the trek on a public bus (which is the same bus the tour company uses anyway.)
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Natali wrote a review Mar 2020
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We did the tour today. It was so much fun and our guide Gustavo was one of the best guides I ever had. Luckily we were only three people and Gustavo. Gustavo told us so much about Mayan history and today’s life in the Yucatan area! The three cenotes were unique in their own ways and I enjoyed each one of the so much. The trip to the cenotes on local transportation and the “Tuktuks” was an adventure on its own. The lunch at the end of the trip at the local family’s house was so yummy! Thank you so much Gustavo!
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Rudolfo212 wrote a review Mar 2020
New York City, New York52 contributions27 helpful votes
This was the best! Such a great tour. Gustavo was very knowledgeable. The market was fascinating and would have been impossible without him. Cooking together was amazing and so much fun. Eating was great too!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Wendy wrote a review Feb 2020
Sylvan Lake, Canada6 contributions1 helpful vote
Exceeded expectations. Had an amazing guide that went above and beyond! The cenotes were family run and beautiful. Had lunch in the home of locals which was by far the best meal on our trip! Loved this tour!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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1959Kathyp wrote a review Feb 2020
Park City, Utah9 contributions3 helpful votes
Please read to the end! If you are looking for a working class Mexican experience this is great. You’ll walk through the historical center to a bustling market full of wonderful sites and sounds learning about the heritage of various spices and foods of the Yucatan. Our guide Gustavo was fantastic, sharing his passion for his Yucatecan and Mayan heritage, history and cuisine. Then you’ll take a bus to his Abuela and Tia’s home where you sit around the kitchen table chopping, learning and chatting. We had a really nice group. Gustavo is super accommodating, he even ran out to buy a few six packs of beer! I highly recommend this tour to learn some cool recipes and cooking tips.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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