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Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings

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Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings

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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Feast upon the explosive flavors of Mexican cuisine during a cooking class in Puerto Vallarta.  Shop in a vibrant market for colorful produce; visit a traditional tortilla factory; and learn of regional culinary customs with a knowledgeable guide. Gain insight into customary cooking techniques with a local master chef, discovering recipes like fish ceviche, and taste tantalizing samples of tequila on this insightful and interactive culinary tour.
  • Half-day cooking class in Puerto Vallarta
  • Shop for ingredients at a bustling outdoor market
  • Visit a tortilla factory to buy dough for tortilla making
  • Get a lesson in cooking Mexican specialties from a master chef
  • Learn about Mexican culinary culture and history
  • Taste tequila and mezcal, and eat everything that you cook
  • Small-group class ensures easier access to the instructor
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Taco Monday: Al Pastor, Barbacoa and More
Learn how to make the marinade and to cook the best of the Mexican Tacos with fresh home made tortillas and the most delicious salsas
Tuesday: Mexican Mole and Tamales
Grind the cacao to make the chocolate paste to be combined with the chiles and all the spices that compose the Mole "the Mexican Finest Sauce"
Wednesday of the catch of the day and Mexican style sea food
Learn to cook Mexican style sea food and fish: ceviches, fish filet, octopus tacos, shrimp aguachiles and more.
Thursday of Chiles rellenos and Mexican Albóndigas
Extraordinary flavors from Grandma's recipes book
Friday: the Best from Oaxaca Green Mole, Tamales and Pozole
A true Mexican feast.
Mexican Comfort food (open menu to discuss at meeting point)
Every Saturday we will recreate the dishes that we learned from our families and that are traditional of the Mexican homes
Professional chef as your host (multilingual)
Guided tour of the market
Full Meal, Purified Water
Tequila and Mezcal tasting
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Montero Produce Market Palmar de Aramara Branch , Océano Pacífico 151, Palmar de Aramara, 48314 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Please indicate to the driver to drop you off at the corner of "Frutería Montero" in "Mercado Palmar de Aramara" (this market is one block behind Sam's Club) Your guide will meet you at this point.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Greet your knowledgeable guide aboard a comfortable minivan to journey to a bustling outdoor market. Converse with vendors as you peruse stalls laden with exotic produce and unfamiliar fruits. 

Next, visit a local tortilla factory to purchase the dough needed for fresh tortillas. With bags bursting with fresh produce, journey to the house of the master chef to begin your culinary class. Depending on which day of the week it is, learn to make a delicious and distinct main course inspired by the gastronomic traditions of the region; regularly features dishes include salsa de molcajete (a smooth sauce of fresh and fiery chiles), tacos and fresh fish ceviche. If you cook mole poblano, learn about the 27-ingredient combination that composes this spectacular sauce. 

Conclude your cooking with tequila and mezcal tasting session before sitting down to dine on the fruits of your labor. Converse with your companions and the chef as you enjoy the true taste of Mexico. Relax during the return journey to the tour’s original departure point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age to drink alcohol is 21 years
  • We are subject to the freshness of the produces in the market, therefore, all menus can be modified by the Chef without previous notification.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Note: Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 8 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 Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings?
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 Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings.
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What is the social distancing policy during Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings?
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 Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings.

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  • "Check the menu to see if your favorites are on it for your scheduled day." See review
  • "Maybe make smaller groups and let the people cook all of the meal make simpler meals!" See review
  • "If you and your friends or family are looking for an authentic cooking experience we highly recommend Cooking Vallarta." See review

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We had a great time, highly recommended!
Crystal_K
, Jun 2022
I booked this trip to PV as a birthday gift to my mom. She picked out the cooking class and I am glad she did! We had a wonderful time with Chef Enrique’. He shared his vast knowledge with us from picking out produce and seafood to preparing it. It was also nice to get to participate in the preparation of the meal. I highly recommend this cooking class as it is so much more than just a cooking class.
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Unique Up close and personal 5 star cuisine
Travis_B
, Jun 2022
From the market to the ride home it was excellent. Great cooking tips and tricks , on hand experience with fresh local eats in the Chefs home. Do it worth every last cent!
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Must do experience cultural experience
Rebecca_S
, Jun 2022
Enjoyed the entire experience - shopping at the market, learning to make different salsas, guacamole, Chile rellenos. Enrique and his wife Eric were lovely hosts and teachers. Was my husband, 18 year old son (on spectrum, enjoys cooking), and I. These smaller, quieter, and more authentic cultural experiences are something we can enjoy as a family. Highly recommend this!
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Learn, eat, drink and have a great time with Enrique and his wife in their home!
Jeff_S
, Apr 2022
Hard to beat the value of this cooking experience. You start with a great tour of the market to gather fresh produce and seafood. The Enrique takes you back to his home and you dive into a great class, you learn lots, you enjoy the company of strangers over a few margaritas and great food. A great 5 hours! Well worth it!
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Excellent Cooking Experience!
Barb
, Apr 2022
We had an amazing time with Chef Enrique at Cookin' Vallarta. We met at a market place where Chef told us how to pick fresh produce, fish, meat and cheese. We went to the tortillas factory and saw how they are made and about Mexican culture. Then Chef took us to his beautiful home where his wife and friend welcomed us. We sat around the kitchen island where we learned and helped prepare a meal. It was so much fun and we got to eat everything we prepared. It was a perfect day!
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Amazing foodie experience
Christopher_P
, Mar 2022
This was an awesome experience. Tour of the Market. Enrique was amazing. The food was incredible. Learned how to make so much. One of the best tours I have been on in Mexico
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Fun
John_H
, Mar 2022
We had a wonderful time. From the market to our chef’s table. Beautiful home and fabulous time. Thank you again!!!
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Great experience learning...
James_W
, Mar 2022
Great experience learning about selecting ingredients and how to figure out whether food is fresh. Enjoyed learning how to cook pastor and shrimp tacos and homemade corn tortillas. Nice people
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Cara_W
, Feb 2022
Loved the incorporation of the history of the Mexican culture! Food was lovely as well as the drinks and we would highly recommend and look forward to visiting again next year!! Nick and Cara
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The chef is interesting,...
Catherine_C
, Feb 2022
The chef is interesting, informative and friendly. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone. The hints about what to look for in the marketplace were very useful. The small group allowed us to ask questions and interact with each other. A very nice way to see Mexican cooking styles.
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Great cooking class
Michele
, Dec 2021
This was a great experience The market tour was very enlightening We have been to PV many times, but never visited this section. Guide was extremely knowledgeable. Cooking class was terrific. Chef Enrique was very friendly and talented. The soup, salsa and pork was delicious. Best margarita I had. I would do it again
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Best cooking experience in PV!
YvonneF
, Dec 2021
This was such a fun class! We went around a local market to purchase fresh food and were allowed to taste unique items. Enrique, the chef, was outstanding. He and his wife were wonderful hosts. They not just showed us how to prepare delicious Mexican dishes, but also we’re great at giving each of us tasks to perform so we really participated. Some “classes” just show and don’t allow much interaction, this class provided wonderful interaction and you really helped prepare the dishes. Everything tasted wonderful, especially the margaritas. I’ve never handled squid so it was a treat to learn how to prepare it. Highly recommend this class, they cook different items each day of the week. Check out their calendar to learn to cook your favorite.
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A great day in the kitchen!
Lauren_S
, Dec 2021
From the fish monger at the market to the plate! We had a wonderful time shopping for all of the ingredients and then learning the methods of preparation. Small group size made the experience more personal and offered flexibility for dietary needs.
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Great Experience
Stormy_H
, Dec 2021
Great experience, loved the hands on cooking. The market was a lovely walk. The chef and his family were wonderful.
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Great time in PV
Elizabeth_K
, Dec 2021
This was our second time cooking with Enrique, and it did not disappoint! The experience was a blast, and the food was incredible.
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Awesome Food, Awesome Time!
Jarred_B
, Nov 2021
This was my favorite excursion in PV. Food and the hosts were awesome! Smaller group size was perfect, though there was room for more. Will do it again when we go back. We loved everything about this trip. Great value for what you get out of it.
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Perfect. Day in Puerto Vallarta
Gary_N
, Oct 2021
Loved this experience from start to finish! Enrique was easy to find at the meeting place. What great way to experience real Mexican culture and food in the region. How amazing that we were in his home cooking with a chef and his family Lots of great tips and ideas to try at home but we didn’t have to do all the work!
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Would definitely recommend it to others!
Scott_S
, Oct 2021
Chef Enrique and his family were great. We made some spectacular food and learned a lot. It was a great experience.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Muchas gracias amigos
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Great experience
Heather_A
, Sep 2021
We had a great time! So informative and fun. Highly recommend. They even will cater to specific dietary needs
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Just what we were looking for and more!
Steven_G
, Jul 2021
Perfect, the experience and explanation from the market through the food preparation was so informative. Chef truly knows his stuff. The smell of the spices, then the sauce was awesome. The meal was great so was the margarita!
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