The concept of the Cantinas is very well known around the world. There are other names for the “cantinas”, tavern, pubs, canteens, saloons, and etcetera. They are locations that serve food when you are consuming alcohol in several forms, it can be beer, wine or stronger liquors.
These cantinas could be the equivalent to the old western saloons! Some of the oldest cantinas in Merida even have the saloon type doors! Since cantinas are social gathering places for locals, this tour is a great opportunity for you to get to know Merida and its inhabitants.
Cantinas in Merida are fun and traditional. Locals go there to have some drinks while eating some "botanas" (snacks), listening to Mexican music in a very friendly environment. The botanas are regional snacks that are cooked in the cantina. Each cantina has its own distinctive snack and flavors that make it special and well known in the city.
How does the tour work?
Walking to the cantinas.
In this Merida Cantinas tour we will visit three completely different cantinas. Each cantina is close from each other so we get there by walking while admiring downtown Merida and its attractions. On the way our guide will explain us again how cantinas operate and different stories and anecdotes that happened on some cantinas.
Enjoy a beer and some botanas.
In each cantina we will have a beer, some snacks, share tons of stories and have a blast. There are different stories and anecdotes for each one, since the owners attend most of the cantinas we even may have a brief interview with the very owners!
Some of the snacks we may try are panuchos, salbutes, tacos, papadzules, among other stews and typical dishes. Since we don’t want to be the party pooper in the last cantina you have the option to leave with the guide and head back to Downtown, or you can stay and keep the party up.
If you want to take a different kind of tour and experience by yourself a different aspect of our culture this is the tour for you! Cantinas are mostly overlooked by tourist and they hold lots of years of history.
This is the ultimate authentic local experience. Become a Meridian and enjoy life the way we do!