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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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Tuesday: Mexican Mole and Tamales
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Wednesday of the catch of the day and Mexican style sea food
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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
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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.
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
See all safety measures taken by Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings.
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.
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.
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
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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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Learn, eat, drink and have a great time with Enrique and his wife in their home!
, 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!
Excellent Cooking Experience!
, 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!
Amazing foodie experience
, 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
, Mar 2022
We had a wonderful time. From the market to our chef’s table. Beautiful home and fabulous time. Thank you again!!!
Great experience learning...
, 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
, 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
The chef is interesting,...
, 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
, 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
Best cooking experience in PV!
, 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.
A great day in the kitchen!
, 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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