Overview

Cooking on the Riviera Maya

Tamales ready for the holidays on a cooking vacation in Mexico

This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Mexican cuisine is one of the most well-known and complex cuisines in the world, full of rich flavors, abundant fruits and vegetables, and centuries-old traditions. The Riviera Maya is one of the most beautiful areas in Mexico, where you can enjoy the beauty and warm weather of this amazing area. Yours will be an intimate and authentic experience exploring Mexican cuisine and culture. There are also many activities offered nearby: jet skiing, scuba diving/snorkeling, zip-lining, horseback riding, golf, swimming (even with dolphins!), spa services, as well as nearby Mayan ruins to explore. Come learn how to cook authentic Mexican food at Puerto Morelos in a private cooking school with Chef Ale, and rest assured you will be the best Mexican chef in your home at the end of this experience!


Trip Details

Your 4 hands-on classes will be with Chef Alejandra or one of her chef collaborators. Chef Ale loves the culture, food, fiestas, holidays, and celebrations of Mexico. She believes she was born in a kitchen because cooking comes naturally for her! Her two grandmothers were amazing cooks who taught her all about Mexican traditions, and she grew up cooking with them and learning about spices, scents, and amazing flavors. She has been a part of every aspect of the the food industry, but after studying the Culianry Arts in Mexico City she decided to teach others the secrets of her native cuisine. Your classes will focus on a variety of authentic Mexican dishes according to the them of the day: such as tamales of the countryside, coastal cuisine, corn masas, the cuisine of central Mexico, Yucatecan recipes, and more. One class will be a special cooking experience with a Mayan cook featuring traditional Mayan recipes.

Itinerary

Day One

Please note the order of activities is subject to change.

  • Arrival at Cancun International Airport.
  • Transfer to your boutique hotel by private car.
  • In the evening, enjoy a welcome Mexican dinner at a local restaurant with one of the chefs or a local culinary guide.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in Mexico


Day Two

  • Depart by private car to your first cooking class where you will spend a half day learning and cooking. You will start with a traditional breakfast in the middle of the jungle, followed by a tour of the botanic garden. Next, it is time to put on your apron and roll up your sleeves as you join Alejandra in the kitchen!
  • Lunch based on your efforts, a full array of Mexican dishes, beverages included. And don’t forget the famous Mexican “sobremesa,” or after-meal socializing!
  • After your cooking experience, you will be transferred to your boutique hotel.
  • Rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.
  • Light dinner out at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Swimming at the Cenote


Day Three

  • After breakfast, depart for Valladolid to see the town and visit the local market.
  • In the afternoon, you will enjoy a special experience: swimming at the beautiful Cenote Zasil Tunich, with lunch at the Cenote.
  • Video image show at the San Barnardino convent, and drinks at the Calzada de los Frailes.
  • Light dinner of snacks and drinks at a local bar, and overnight at the rancho Palchalhal in Valadolid.
  • Overnight.

Sunset in Mexico


Day Four

  • Today enjoy a unique culinary experience in the Yaxunah Mayan community. Interact and cook along with the best traditional Mayan cook in Yucatan. Chef Rosalia Chai and her  Mayan family will teach you how to make tortillas, cook in a “pib” (buried oven) and eat in a Traditional Mayan home at this village immersed in the jungle. You will try the best Cochinita Pibil, Tamales Colados and tortillas.
  • While the food is in the pib, visit the magnificient Chichen Itzá archaeological site, one of the most important ruins in the world, for a guided tour. 
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Valladolid.
  • Overnight at the rancho.

Grilled meat and tomatoes


Day Five

  • Head to the market to select ingredients for your class, then cook a Yucatan feast at the Valladolid cooking school.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • Return to your casita or hotel in Puerto Morelos, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure, with a light dinner either in town or at your accommodation.
  • Overnight.

Beach in Mexico


Day Six

  • Breakfast.
  • Today is beach day! Enjoy a full day at Isla Mujeres with drinks and snacks provided.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • This evening, dinner on your own in Puerto Morelos.
  • Overnight.

Mexican food


Day Seven

  • Depart by private car to your last cooking class. After breakfast, another stroll in the garden for ingredients, and then back to the kitchen with chef Ale!
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • Return to the hotel. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a posh bar.
  • Overnight.

Day Eight

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Transfer to Cancun International Airport by private car.

Day One

Please note the order of activities is subject to change.

  • Arrival at Cancun International Airport.
  • Transfer to your boutique hotel by private car.
  • In the evening, enjoy a welcome Mexican dinner at a local restaurant with your chef and instructor, Alejandra, or Ale as her friends call her.
  • Overnight.

Delicious Mexican dish


Day Two

  • Depart by private car to your first cooking class where you will spend a half day learning and cooking. You will start with a traditional breakfast in the middle of the jungle, followed by a tour of the botanic garden. Next, it is time to put on your apron and roll up your sleeves as you join Alejandra in the kitchen!
  • Lunch based on your efforts, a full array of Mexican dishes, beverages included. And don’t forget the famous Mexican “sobremesa,” or after-meal socializing!
  • After your cooking experience, you will be transferred to your boutique hotel.
  • Rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.
  • Light dinner at a local restaurant in town.
  • Overnight.

Chef Ale at work


Day Three

  • After breakfast, depart for Valladolid to see the town and visit the local market.
  • In the afternoon, you will enjoy a special experience: swimming at the beautiful Cenote Zasil Tunich. Lunch at the Cenote.
  • Return to your casita or hotel, evening at your leisure.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Sunset over the water in Mexico


Day Four

  • Depart by private car to your next cooking class. First breakfast, another stroll in the garden for ingredients, and then back to the kitchen with chef Ale!
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • Return to the hotel, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure for beach time or explorations on your own.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Transfer to Cancun International Airport by private car.

Trip Details

Included in the 7-Night Trip

Accommodations

  • 5 nights accommodation at Chef Ale’s Casita or at a hotel in Puerto Morelos
  • 2 nights at the rancho Palchalhal in Valladolid

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 lunches, drinks included
  • 6 dinners, 2 drinks included

Classes & Instructors

Your 4 hands-on classes will be with Chef Alejandra or one of her chef collaborators. Chef Ale loves the culture, food, fiestas, holidays, and celebrations of Mexico. She believes she was born in a kitchen because cooking comes naturally for her! Her two grandmothers were amazing cooks who taught her all about Mexican traditions, and she grew up cooking with them and learning about spices, scents, and amazing flavors. She has been a part of every aspect of the the food industry, but after studying the Culianry Arts in Mexico City she decided to teach others the secrets of her native cuisine. Your classes will focus on a variety of authentic Mexican dishes according to the them of the day: such as tamales of the countryside, coastal cuisine, corn masas, the cuisine of central Mexico, Yucatecan recipes, and more. One class will be a special cooking experience with a Mayan cook featuring traditional Mayan recipes.

Excursions

  • Excursion to Valladolid with stop at Cenote Zasil Tunich
  • Visit of Chichen Itzá
  • Beach day

Transfer Details

  • Round-trip transfers from Cancun International Airport

Miscellaneous

  • Entrance tickets to archeological site

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

4 nights accommodation Chef’s private guesthouse “casita” or at the boutique Hacienda Morelos hotel in Puerto Morelos

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches, drinks included
  • 4 dinners, 2 drinks included

Classes & Instructors

Your 2 hands-on classes will be with Chef Alejandra or one of her partner chefs. Chef Ale loves the culture, food, fiestas, holidays, and celebrations of Mexico. She believes she was born in a kitchen because cooking comes naturally for her! Her two grandmothers were amazing cooks who taught her all about Mexican traditions, and she grew up cooking with them and learning about spices, scents, and amazing flavors. She has been a part of every aspect of the the food industry, but after studying the Culianry Arts in Mexico City she decided to teach others the secrets of her native cuisine. Your classes will focus on a variety of authentic Mexican dishes according to the them of the day: such as tamales of the countryside, coastal cuisine, corn masas, the cuisine of central Mexico, Yucatecan recipes, and more.

Excursions

  • Excursion to Valladolid City with market visit and swimming in the Cenote

Transfer Details

  • Round-trip transfers from Cancun International Airport

Miscellaneous

  • Entrance tickets to archeological site

Accommodation Information

During your culinary vacation, you will stay at a boutique Chef Alejandra’s boutique Casita or at the boutique Hacienda Morelos hotel in Puerto Morelos. The 7-night itinerary also includes 2 nights at the rancho Palchalhal in Valadolid. 

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In Puerto Morelos, stay at Chef Alejandra’s boutique casita.


Or, stay at the Hacienda Morelos. The beachfront hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Puerto Morelos Lighthouse. Its rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and balconies with panoramic sea views. There is a beachfront restaurant featuring a terrace and a poolside bar. 

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In Valladolid (7-night itinerary only), stay at the Chef’s boutique rancho Palchalhal.

Pricing & Tour Dates

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2020-2021 Pricing:
(excluding Christmas and New Year's)

7-night Program
US$2750 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$500 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.


Tour Dates

Available the following weeks for a minimum of 2 people.
Cooking classes available Monday through Friday only.
Sample Dates follow

2020
September 19-26
September 26-October 3
October 3-10
October 10-17
October 17-24
October 24-31
October 31-November 7
November 7-14
November 14-21
November 21-28
November 28-December 5
December 5-12
December 12-19
December 19-26

2021
Available any dates you choose for a minimum of 2 people. Cooking classes available Monday through Friday only. Sample Dates follow:

January 3-10
January 10-17
January 17-24
January 24-31
January 31-February 7
February 7-14
February 14-21
February 21-28
February 28-March 7
March 7-14
March 14-21
March 21-28
March 28-April 4
April 4-11
April 11-18
April 18-25
April 25-May 2
May 2-9
May 9-16
May 16-23
May 23-30
May 30-June 6
June 6-13
June 13-20
June 20-27
June 27-July 4
July 4-11
July 11-18
July 18-25
July 25-August 1
August 1-8
August 8-15
August 15-22
August 22-29
August 29-September 5
September 5-12
September 12-19
September 19-26
September 26-October 3
October 3-10
October 10-17
October 17-24
October 24-31
October 31-November 7
November 7-14
November 14-21
November 21-28
November 28-December 5
December 5-12
December 12-19
December 19-26

Looking for tour date information?


2020-2021 Pricing:
(excluding Christmas and New Year's)

4-night Program
US$1270 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$300 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.


Tour Dates

Available the following dates or any dates you choose for a minimum of 2 people. Cooking classes available Monday through Friday only. Sample date below.

2020
September 20-24
September 27-October 1
October 4-8
October 11-15
October 18-22
October 25-29
November 1-5
November 8-12
November 15-19
November 22-26
November 29-December 3
December 6-10
December 13-17
December 20-24

2021
Available any dates you choose for a minimum of 2 people. Cooking classes available Monday through Friday only. Sample dates follow:
January 3-7
January 10-14
January 17-21
January 24-28
January 31-February 4
February 7-11
February 14-18
February 21-25
February 28-March 4
March 7-11
March 14-18
March 21-25
March 28-April 1
April 4-8
April 11-15
April 18-22
April 25-29
May 2-6
May 9-13
May 16-20
May 23-27
May 30-June 3
June 6-10
June 13-17
June 20-24
June 27-July 1
July 4-8
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29
August 1-5
August 8-12
August 15-19
August 22-26
August 29-September 2
September 5-9
September 12-16
September 19-23
September 26-30
October 3-7
October 10-14
October 17-21
October 24-28
October 31-November 4
November 7-11
November 14-18
November 21-25
November 28-December 2
December 5-9
December 12-16

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