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Mexican Culinary Holidays

We look forward to hosting you for a great cooking vacation where you learn the classic techniques of Mexican cuisine by preparing time-honored and adored recipes, plus some fancy show-off dishes. You will have a guided tour of the people's mercado for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs & spices. Enjoy a savory field trip to Guanajuato, Unesco world heritage site, enjoying its winding streets and many plazas, and savoring food specialties.

Meet the instructors

Patricia & Mnica
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  • Market visit, restaurant trip
  • 5 Mexican hands-on cooking classes
  • Signed copy of The Buen Provecho cooking book
  • Excursions to Guanajuato, Valenciana, Mayolica
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and evening snack
  • 6 nights accommodation


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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Arcos Del Atascadero B&B, Mexico

Located in the Centro bordering the exclusive and quiet area of San Miguel known as Atascadero our B&B will surely be a place of peace, rest and renewal. Only 5 blocks from the main plaza and Cathedral. Our 7 artist-painted flower-themed rooms, our solar heat pool with badu jet, massage room, private terraces, lush gardens, exquisite and bountiful Mexican breakfasts and, especially, the attention and amiability offered by me and my staff, will surely make your visit a memorable experience.


Plmbago: The Plumbago ("PLOOM-bah-go") room features two twin beds that can be configured as a King-size on request. It has a built-in desk, a two person closet with shelves, and colorful decorations. The plumbago is a delicate flower that grows in our neighborhood and blossoms are painted on the wall. This bedroom shares the bath and shower next door with the Llamarada Bedroom.

Llamarada: The Llamarada ("Yah-mah-rah-duh") Bedroom features a Kingsize bed, 2 equipal chairs, 1 small table for writing or dining, a closet with built-in drawers, and a decorative fireplace. This bedroom shares the shower and bath with the Plumbago bedroom next door.


  • 7 flower themed, hand painted rooms
  • Free unlimited calls to US/Canada
  • Full Mexican and International breakfasts
  • Game room, DVDs
  • High speed Wi-Fi access and computer
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Massage room & services
  • Mexican cooking classes
  • Private rooftops and terraces
  • Solar heated pool
  • Two full kitchens


Day 1: Arrival

  • Sunday
  • 19:30 Introduction to San Miguel's downtown, and a light meal at Caf San Francisco, overlooking our Main Plaza (Jardn) and our incomparable La Parroquia church

Day 2: Market visit, cooking class

  • Monday
  • 09:00 Breakfast: Juice and fruit, huevos a la mexicana, tortillas, coffee and lemongrass tea.
  • 10:00 Market Tour
  • 11:00 Class: Tortillas, chiles, menu for the day: you will make a tortilla. Preparation of menu for the day
  • 13:30 Comida

Day 3: Cooking class, free time

  • Tuesday
  • 09:00 Breakfast: Juice and fruit, eggs scrambled with nopales in pasilla sauce, tortillas, cinnamon tea and Caf de Olla
  • 10:30 Class on Prehispanic cuisine, foreign influences and the resulting syncretism. Preparation of menu for the day
  • 13:30 Comida
  • Free afternoon for visiting Craft's Market, shops and art galleries.

Day 4: Cooking class, excursion

  • Wednesday
  • 08:30 Leave Arcos del Atascadero for Guanajuato Adventure
  • 09:15 Breakfast: Best gorditas ever at La Sauceda, everyone's favorite.
  • 11:00 Arrival in Guanajuato: Tour of the city, designated Patrimony of Humanity by Unesc, in vehicle through the subterranean streets, followed by walking tour of Guanajuato's unending Plazas and Callejones, wonderful Market, Main Plaza, so much to see.
  • Visit to Valenciana church.
  • Comida at restaurante Real de la Esperanza for their specialty Chiles Rellenos Empanados
  • Visit to Mayolica earthenware factory in Santa Rosa for a fantastic display of pieces.
  • Return through Dolores Hidalgo for one of their famous ice creams in the Main Plaza of this, Mexico's Cradle of Independence.

Day 5: Cooking class, free time

  • Thursday
  • 09:00 Breakfast: Juice and fruit, huevos motuleos, coffee and cinnamon tea
  • 10:30 Class on maiz and nopal, preparation of menu for the day:
  • 13:30 Comida

Day 6: Cooking class, free time

  • Friday
  • 09:00 Breakfast: Juice and fruit, Arcos chilaquiles verdes with chicken, frijolitos de la olla, coffee and rue tea
  • 10:30 Class on herbs, teas and regional dishes, preparation of menu for the day.
  • Final exam.
  • 13:30 Comida
  • Free afternoon.
  • 19:00 Graduation dinner at La Posadita, featuring pozole verde

Day 7: Departure

  • Departure


Patricia Merrill Marquez
Lead Instructor Patricia inherited her mother's interest and delight, and, of course, firsthand experience in YaYa's kitchen. In fact, she frequently assisted her mother with IMLE cooking sessions while she was a young woman. YaYa's own apprenticeship as a young girl in San Miguel included the town's most respected cooks in traditional Mexican favorite dishes.
Mnica Navarrete Merrill
Mnica has a Diploma in High Cuisine and has formal studies in Gastronomy.


San Miguel de Allende (Unesco World Heritage Site) is located in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Founded in 1542 by Father Juan de San Miguel, a Franciscan missionary, San Miguel provided safe haven along the path of those who carried gold and silver from the mines in Zacatecas in the 16th century.

This town is steeped in colonial history, bubbling with an indefinable romance on every cobblestoned street. A distinctly Mexican town with centuries of history, yet, oddly worldly and cosmopolitan in its present culture. While San Miguel de Allende appears to be "off the beaten path", it appears to be a journey that the rest of the world, at some time, beats a path to.

San Miguel is the town in Mexico famous for having more fiestas than any other in the country. San Miguel, the town itself is a protected World Heritage Site, with narrow cobblestone streets, public buildings and private residences over 400 years old with their huge interiors hidden behind massive wooden doors.

Perhaps bougainvillea flowers spill over the tops of their stone walls to hint of the tropical splendor within, flowers cascading over the high walls. Visitors from all over the world have strolled the cobblestoned streets of San Miguel de Allende. We have been settled by virtually every nationality in the world.

And, of course, by Mexicans from every state and city of Mexico. Each person contributes a flair, a talent, a skill, a dream, or maybe a new restaurant. San Miguel is an artists' colony with azure skies, wonderful weather.

There is lots to see and do with several hot springs for swimming, horseback riding, hiking, including the world-famous Botanic Gardens labeled peace Sanctuary by the Dalai Lama just a ten minute hike from Arcos Del Atascadero Bed and Breakfast.


Mexican cuisine sample menu

  • Agua de jamaica (hibiscus blossom drink)
  • Agua de lima (citrus limeta drink)
  • Agua de limón (Mexican lemonade) with chía seeds
  • Agua de tamarindo (tamarind drink)
  • Ate and Manchego cheese
  • Caldo Tlalpeño
  • Capirotada
  • Chayote Salad
  • Citrus blossoms tea
  • Cuba Libre
  • Flan, the easy way
  • Fresh mint tea
  • Green rice
  • Guacamole with green tomatillos
  • Jicama picada con limón
  • Margaritas
  • Mexican red rice
  • Nopal salad
  • Pinole
  • Pollo enchilado or mole poblano
  • Quesadillas with tinga de chipotle
  • Red snapper wrapped in banana leaf
  • Salsa cruda
  • Salsas verde de molcajete and ranchero
  • Sopa de Tortilla
  • Stuffed Chiles Anchos
  • Taquiza de guisados
  • Té de limón
  • Tequila con Sangrita
  • Tostadas de ceviche
  • White rice

Things to do (optional)

Afternoon and evening are your freetime to explore San Miguel de Allende and dine at your choice of fine restaurants featuring Mexican cuisine. Join "kick-up-your-heels" musical or go on a culinary nights-on-the-town. Terrific restaurants with Old World ambiance and the music of the World to cast the perfect romantic spell. The shopping opportunities for crafts and decorative items and unique fashion abound, and there are many art galleries and night spots with great music.

We can also offer you or your partner a Mountain Biking Holidays in San Miguel de Allende and visit and get to know the heart of Mexico while cycling some of the best mountain biking trails the region has to offer.

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Del Bajío International Airport (BJX). Arcos del Atascadero will pick you up form the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

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