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Private Cooking Class

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Start your delicious experience in Puerto Vallarta after you are picked up by your local and friendly host who will take you to their home and warmly welcome you to the mouth-watering specialties that make Mexico famous.

Private Cooking Class

Join your host for a hands-on cooking experience in her spacious, open kitchen and learn to cook an authentic Jaliscan meal based on recipes handed down to her from friends and perfected by her over the years!

Your host moved to Puerto Vallarta over 15 years ago and immediately began traveling the country with her newly found Mexican friends. Her favorite part of her travels was tasting everything and returning home to recreate the flavors she tasted and loved throughout Mexico. She loves cooking together with her friends and has been known to make 150 tamales at a time. She lives in a beautiful hacienda-style house in a typical Mexican residential neighborhood (not an expat neighborhood) so travelers get an authentic experience of the local culture.

You will master cooking techniques like perfectly chopping ingredients for the best tasting salsa, marinating meats the right way, or frying a whole fish. Helene loves recreating food that you would find on the streets of Puerto Vallarta with its varieties of chilies and different flavors and will teach you to do the same.

Your authentic Jaliscan meal may include dishes such as a seafood ceviche, fried whole snapper (a typical Puerto Vallarta fish) fried in oil with garlic served with a mango and cilantro salsa, carne asada from the barbecue served with tortillas and salsas, or birria, a flavorful goat or beef stew simmered in tomatoes, chilies, and garlic and served with tortillas and refried beans.

The cooking portion of your experience will last approximately 1.5 hours before you sit down to enjoy the meal you've helped prepare together, immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of an outdoor patio table or inside her beautiful house. This authentic home-cooked lunch will also include local alcohol and bottled water.

Once finished, your host will graciously return you to the port area and your ship along with memories made to last a life-time.

Please Note: Your menu may vary based on the time of year and seasonal produce and ingredients available. This tour accommodates groups of up to 6 guests maximum. Please consider this information when booking.

  • Culinary and Cooking
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from $124.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Cuisine
Tour Duration
5.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
A short walk from the Cruise Ship Pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Lunch is included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, seasonal, smart clothing as you will be entering your host's home and comfortable walking shoes.
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.