Cook exotic food with a Mayan family

Tulum, MexicoPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Alberto & Karolien

11 hours, Hosted in English, Spanish and French
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This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Mexican cuisine
Host can accommodate dietary restrictions.
Includes food, drinks, tickets, and transportation

What you'll do

We will meet with a Mayan family in a village. Here you will discover the Mayan culture and cuisine. Discover different exotic ingredients and flavours during our time preparing food together. The Mayan granny abuelita and other ladies will teach you how to make your own tortillas by hand and other ancestral recipes.

In the morning we drive (1,5 hour) to one of my favourite colonial cities of the region to visit the local market. I will guide you into the authentic local market with all its colours and tastes. We will have a local breakfast and enjoy fruits and other foodies at the market. After, there is some time to explore the market on your own.
To cool off, we will visit a spectacular cenote in our way to the Mayan village.
After we go to Mayan traditional house, we will visit the organic garden where they grow exotic vegetables and fruits. We jump into the Mayan kitchen to cook a traditional and delicious meal interacting and learning from the local Mayan women. You will discover and learn many new things about the Mayan life, traditions and customs too. We will eat all together inside the Mayan house.
By participating in this activity you will contribute to preserve the local culture and traditions of this Mayan community.
Check our instagram page at #workshopmexicancooking
We will meet with a Mayan family in a village. Here you will discover the Mayan culture and cuisine. Discover different exotic ingredients and flavours during our time preparing food together. The Mayan granny abuelita and other ladies will teach you how to make your own tortillas by hand and other ancestral recipes.

In the morning we drive (1,5 hour) to one of my favourite colonial cities of the region to visit the local market. I wil…

What's included

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  • Food
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  • Drinks
    Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Tickets
    Entrance fee to cenote
  • Transport
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Meet your host, Alberto & Karolien

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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As a real Mexican, I grew up in the kitchens of my mother and grandmothers. They taught me how to cook the traditional Mexican dishes. Moving to Europe, I missed the food of my home country. I decided to start experimenting with the few Mexican ingredients I found in Europe. Together with my partner Karolien, I started to teach Mexican Cooking classes all over Europe. A big hit. Returning to Mexico we started exploring the regional cuisines and discovered the Mayan cuisine. This food culture is so enriching and interesting. We love to share it with visitors of this beautiful region of Mexico. Check our instagram on #workshopmexicancooking
As a real Mexican, I grew up in the kitchens of my mother and grandmothers. They taught me how to cook the traditional Mexican dishes. Moving to Europe, I missed the food of my home country. I decided to start experimenting with the few Mexican ingredients I found in Europe. Together with my partner Karolien, I started to teach Mexican Cooking classes all over Europe. A big hit. Returning to Mexico we started exploring the regional cuisines and discovered the Mayan cuisine. This food culture is…
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Where you'll be

We will visit a Mayan family of friends deep in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula. This house is the house of the Mayan grand parents situated in a traditional remote but colourful Mayan Mexican village. You will discover their authentic Mayan house, kitchen & organic garden. You will feel like you are transported to another age. A very unique place, a once in a lifetime experience.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 141 reviews.

Claire
July 2021
This was such a wonderful experience! Alberto and his daughter went with us on a tour to a market, a cenote, and then to a home where we learned to make traditional Mayan dishes and got to really try our hand at making tortillas. Everything about this tour was amazing- we learned a great deal about mayan history and local fruits and veg (guayas are so tasty!!). We are vegan, and they accommodated our food preferences without issue. Absolutely magical day, so glad we had the opportunity to do this, so thank you Alberto and Kar!
This was such a wonderful experience! Alberto and his daughter went with us on a tour to a market, a cenote, and then to a home where we learned to make traditional Mayan dishes an…
Katherine
June 2021
This was one of the best experiences we had in Tulum and Alberto was nothing but amazing as our host and guide. We learned so much from him and he was so personable. The cenote we went to was also so beautiful and not crowded at all The Mayan family we cooked and ate with were so wonderful as well and we learned so much about the culture and food. You definitely will not be hungry at the end of the tour and it’s worth every Penny!
This was one of the best experiences we had in Tulum and Alberto was nothing but amazing as our host and guide. We learned so much from him and he was so personable. The cenote we…
Jill
June 2021
Such an amazing adventure! The market, cenote and mayan village are incredible and so are Alberto and Karolien. They are both so genuine and really made the trip so entertaining and fun. The mayan family made amazing food and they were so welcoming and excited to have us. We learned so much and cooking the food was so so fun. By the end of the trip it felt like ALL of us were family. You HAVE to do this experience :)
Such an amazing adventure! The market, cenote and mayan village are incredible and so are Alberto and Karolien. They are both so genuine and really made the trip so entertaining an…
Ashley
June 2021
So much Yaaas! Do this. Don’t think about it. This was my favorite part of my two week trip. I will have this memory forever, which far exceeded any expectations.
Demetrius
June 2021
This was an AMAZING experience! One of the most authentic experiences I've ever participated in. Alberto and Karolien were extremely knowledgeable and kept us captivated throughout the entire experience with their stories and informational nuggets. Everything from the cenote to the market to the Mayan family visit were once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Noña Chula and family were very welcoming. I really enjoyed learning about the family and their food preparation process. I could not recommend this experience enough! I look forward to doing it all again during my next visit.
This was an AMAZING experience! One of the most authentic experiences I've ever participated in. Alberto and Karolien were extremely knowledgeable and kept us captivated throughout…
Debra
June 2021
this was a great day! alberto accommodated my group’s request to have this experience, though it wasn’t a day he normally takes guests out. we were SO grateful. this was by far one of my favorite things i did while in the tulum area. a full day of exploring communities and customs you wouldn’t normally have access to (and swimming in a beautiful cenote!) highly, highly recommended!
this was a great day! alberto accommodated my group’s request to have this experience, though it wasn’t a day he normally takes guests out. we were SO grateful. this was by far one…

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