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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience and Local Markets Tour
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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Chefs, home cooks, and foodies who appreciate a good meal will enjoy this hands-on cooking class led by a local. Meet up with your host and the rest of your small class at a local spot, then hit the shops and spice markets to gather ingredients for the meal. You’ll be cooking at your hosts’s home, and the best part is that you get to eat the dishes you prepare. 
  • Learn how to make authentic corn tortillas
  • Vegans and vegetarians welcome
  • Prepare traditional Mexican dishes with a small group
  • Prepare a meal in a local’s home for an authentic experience
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Starter
Guacamole
Learn to cook Salsas, Guacamole and the best of the traditional Mexican recipes
Bottled water
Food tasting
All ingredients
Cooking class by Master Chef
Lunch
Snacks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
SILVA , 50 Avenida Nte., Ejidal, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

Please ask the driver to drop you off at the corner of "SILVA" store; Chef Alma will be waiting for you right there.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Language: English & Spanish
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please Let us know about Food Allergies, Food restrictions or Mobility issues
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cookin' Vallarta
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience and Local Markets Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience and Local Markets Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience and Local Markets Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience and Local Markets Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience and Local Markets Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience and Local Markets Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience and Local Markets Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Playa del Carmen Mexican Cooking Experience and Local Markets Tour.

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star-5
Five star Day with Alma
Greg_V
, Aug 2022
Solid five star experience. Alma and her daughter Sophie were so much fun to spend time with. We had a blast and the food was fantastic. A true authentic and cultural experience. Highly recommend
star-5
Family Fun Cooking
Doug_M
, Aug 2022
This was a great experience for my family. My kids enjoyed cooking and learning more about the history and culture of the dishes we prepared.
star-5
BEST DAY I HAVE SPENT IN MEXICO!!
Lori_P
, Jun 2022
BEST DAY I HAVE SPENT IN MEXICO!! Chef Alma was so knowledgeable and taught me so much my Sons will get to enjoy when I return home to the United States. I loved the breakfast, market and spending the day learning hands on… the enjoying the dinner we prepared after. I cannot say enough good things about this tour.
star-5
Great cooking experience!
Ian_A
, May 2022
Had a really wonderful time on this trip. I appreciated chat Alma’s cultural insights about the food we were making. I also really enjoyed the cooking and tasting aspect knowing that we were always well supervised to make sure the meal came out great. Would definitely recommend for anyone interested in learning about Mexican food with an authentic home experience!
star-5
Loved it!
Silia_L
, May 2022
Alma does a great job, providing both history of Mexico and knowledge about the food and it’s preparation. The groups are comfortably small and the atmosphere is friendly. Food is obviously excellent. 10/10 would recommend. Come hungry!
star-5
Great culinary experience
Hazel_A
, May 2022
Had a great time with Chef Alma, love how she took the time to explain some history of Mexico, where the food comes from and it was great being in her family home and meeting her family. Would definitely recommend this experience 👩🏾‍🍳
star-5
Traditional cooking
Valentina_R
, May 2022
Alma was so knowledgeable and traditional with her recipes. She answered all our questions and made us feel welcome. We learned traditional ways to prepare meals, which was exactly what we were looking for Can’t say enough about our cooking experience other than take the class you’ll enjoy it
star-5
A wonderful, delicious experience!
David_J
, May 2022
Chef Alma was a fantastic host! The whole experience was everything we were looking for. We had originally booked a class in Cancún through Expedia but it was canceled so we looked for one closer to our resort. The food was delicious, and because we were the only people that day it was a really great small group experience. Chef Alma mentioned that she never cancels for class size, she'll even do it 1-on-1, which is great for singles or couples to have a reliable plan. Glad we did it on our last day or all the other food we ate would have fallen short. 😊
star-5
Amazing Semi-private Cooking Class
Kris_R
, May 2022
Alma was very friendly and funny. She taught us a lot about Playa's history & culture. The food we made was excellent. We loved everything. She adjusts menus accordingly if there are allergies. We will definitely go back next time we are in the area.
star-4
Great experience, if you cook , or not !
jo_c
, May 2022
A small group , intimate experience cooking was so much fun. I learned several new cooking tips from Alma♥️
star-5
Highly recommend this. You will not be disappointed
Molly_B
, Apr 2022
It was a really good experience. She answered all of our questions, gave us the history of Playa del Carmen along with information about different foods, how to pick the freshest & best fruits and vegetables, where & when to buy, places to eat the best Mexican food. The food was the best. I feel I now have more knowledge when I go shopping for groceries.
star-5
Fantastic Experience!
Christina_L
, Apr 2022
I booked this cooking experience for my 13 yr old son who loves to cook. Alma is fantastic! There were 3 of us and we all agreed that this class was our favorite experience of the whole trip. Alma taught us about local history with a tour of the local market and tortilla stand. We walked to her beautiful family property where the class is held. My son loved learning how to make the salsa verde, guacamole, tortillas, mole, cilantro rice and poblano crema. Her Aunt was so sweet and helped us, we even met her mother. We made delicious Mango Margaritas and she introduced us to a yummy Mexican morning green drink. Alma also gave us recommendations for more local food spots outside the tourist areas. We also received an email from Alma the next day with all the recipes and others we are excited to make at home. If your looking for a more authentic experience I highly recommend taking a class with Alma. It was above and beyond what I expected, we loved it!
star-5
Thank you Alma!
Rebecca_E
, Mar 2022
Cooking with Alma made it feel like you were cooking with friends. A very relaxed but fun class. She was very knowledgeable, patient, and down to earth. I’d recommend this class to split travelers, friend groups, or couples. Thank you Alma for inviting us into your beautiful home :)
star-5
DELICIOSO!!!
Rachel_B
, Mar 2022
Alma was wonderful! The food was spectacular, and she made it SO FUN! Can't recommend this class enough! We will definitely come back on our next visit to the area. =)
star-5
So much more than a cooking class
Eric_E
, Mar 2022
Elma is a wonderful hostess. She shared her cooking skills, but talked so much about Mexican culture, and the history of Playa del Carmen. Flawless English. Lovely home, Loved to visit the markets and learn about Mexican foods.
star-5
A delicious experience
Robert_P
, Mar 2022
Learning about Playa del Carmen shopping and life from a citizen’s perspective. It was a good experience for us.
star-5
Alma makes you feel right at home
Jaclyn_S
, Feb 2022
Alma not only taught us how to make traditional Mexican cuisine, we also got a fantastic history lesson about Playa and the Yucatan Peninsula. So much of the culture is wrapped up in the food that it’s hard to separate the two. Her patience and expertise make even the least experience cook feel. comfortable when preparing these dishes. Her home is absolutely gorgeous and a truly unique experience. You’ll feel like you’re transported to a traditional hacienda and the photo ops alone are truly worth the price of the class. Don’t be shy, jump right in, and you’ll definitely have a memory to last a lifetime!
star-5
Had a blast cooking food all day
Taylor_J
, Feb 2022
She takes the time to explain what she is doing and why. I happened to go don't he Mole day, which I am super happy about. Great conversation, somehow even better food! Have fun, definitely recommend it.
star-5
Fantastic!
Vicki_M
, Feb 2022
Alma was fantastic. She planned for every detail, as great teachers so, yet was also responsive to my needs.
star-5
Make sure you come hungry!
Thomas_L
, Feb 2022
Our morning with Alma was amazing! She was right on time, and gave us some history of Play Del Carmen and the surrounding area as we walked for water, breakfast, a brief tour of a tortilla factory, and to the market. She was full of information at each stop. We then headed for her family home and started cooking. We learned so many great tricks, and the food was amazing, and our tour ended with a great conversation with Alma. I highly recommend this tour to anyone!

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