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Tour bus literally gives passengers a taste of Merida

Gastrobús serves the food that goes along with Yucatan's iconic sites

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Jorge Talavera Aguilar’s Gastrobús takes passengers on a 90-minute tour through Merida while serving Yucatecan food. Photo: Courtesy

Merida, Yucatan — What’s a tour of the historic center without a gastronomic diversion? An inventive Yucatecan is offering both sight-seeing and food sampling at the same time.

Jorge Talavera Aguilar’s Gastrobús takes passengers on a 90-minute tour through Merida’s iconic neighborhoods. And they don’t leave hungry.

A tasting of Yucatecan food is served as tourists pass by the city’s churches, museums and parks. The bus is fitted with tables and benches, so tourists aren’t eating on their laps.

All the classics are here: sopa de lima, poc chuc, queso relleno, panuchos, relleno negro and pollo pibil.

The tour runs twice daily except Sunday, and has space for 30 diners. The route features 20 of Merida’s historic and cultural points, with narration in English and Spanish.

If successful, the concept will roll out to other cities, said Talavera Aguilar.

The Gastrobus plans to eventually offer evening services with dinners and tours. 

Tickets for adults are 600 pesos, and 400 pesos for children. Reserve a seat or get more information here.

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