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Mexico Cooking Vacations

Enjoy a variety of cooking, eating and traveling in our Mexican cooking school vacation. Each workshop includes a culinary overview of Yucatán and market tour, cooking instruction, day-trips to exotic Yucatán destinations - Maya archaeological sites, pueblos and haciendas - all with food in mind! Our culinary workshops are an ideal way for you to leisurely get to know Mérida and the surrounding area while immersing yourself in Yucatán's rich history and culinary heritage.

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  • Cooking class
  • Merida central market tour
  • Restaurant visits, fusion cuisine
  • Yucatán's ingredients and culinary heritage
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Continental breakfast and lunch
  • Excursion to Maya Yucatán
  • 4 nights accommodation


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The lovingly restored building is the private home of Chef David Sterling, who manages the school, and partner Keith Heitke. Soaring 18-foot ceilings, sumptuous surroundings, the pool, terrace and garden, a formal dining room and parlor and the gorgeous Mexican kitchen are yours to enjoy.


The Los Dos cooking experience

What makes cooking at Los Dos such a delightful experience is that you learn directly with Chef Sterling in his own kitchen. This personal attention - chatting with Chef Sterling over morning coffee or accompanying him to the market makes spending a day at Los Dos a memorable part of any vacation to the Yucatán Peninsula.

A class for all cooking enthusiasts

Designed for people who love to cook, as well as to learn about world cultures, each class at Los Dos begins with coffee and pastries and ends with a fabulous meal that you and Chef Sterling prepare together. In between, you'll receive fascinating background information on the importance of the Maya peoples in the development of Mexican cuisine and culture; you'll tour the sprawling and colorful Merida market; and in the participatory cooking class you will experience first-hand the many exotic ingredients that make Yucatecan cuisine so unique.

Class options to suit all levels

Chef Sterling offers a variety of class options to suit the needs and interests of travelers from around the world. From "Overviews" to combination cooking/excursion packages, cooking at Los Dos can be seamlessly combined with your stay in Mrida, as you tour the Maya ruins and the many historical and natural splendors that the Yucatán Peninsula offers. Chef Sterling can also design a program specifically for the interests or requirements of a private group.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrive at Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID) and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 - Kitchen tour, market visit

  • Continental breakfast at hotel.
  • Transfer from the hotel to Los Dos.
  • Chef David Sterling will greet you at Los Dos, and invite you into his kitchen where he will present an overview of Yucatán's unique ingredients and culinary heritage.
  • Follow him on a tour of Mérida's colorful central market, then join him for lunch at a restaurant featuring the finest regional cuisine.
  • Chef Sterling will help you navigate the menu as you sample several Yucatecan specialties.
  • Evening dinner at local restaurant.

Day 3 - Cooking class

  • Continental breakfast at hotel.
  • Transfer hotel/Los Dos.
  • Back in the Los Dos kitchen, you will spend the day with Chef David - cooking and eating!
  • Work with local and indigenous ingredients and learn about ancient Maya culinary practices. Together, you'll create a full meal, from snacks and a first course, through soup, main dish and dessert.

Day 4 - Excursion, restaurant visits

  • Continental breakfast at hotel. Pick-up from the hotel lobby.
  • Today is a romantic and exotic excursion into the heart of Maya Yucatán.
  • First, an English-speaking guide will drive you to Uxmal - considered the most beautiful of the Maya archaeological zones.
  • In the tiny pueblo of Santa Elena, you will visit a Maya family living as the Mayas have lived for the past century.
  • For lunch you will stop at the spectacular 5-star Hacienda Temozn, one of the Luxury Collection owned by Starwood.
  • At night enjoy dinner at a restaurant featuring the best in regional "fusion" cuisine.

Day 5 - Departure

  • Check out; transfer from the hotel to Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID).


This wonderful holiday will take place in downtown Mérida, capital of Yucatán, Mexico.


Yucatán menu

  • Botana: Sikil Pak - Typical Maya dip of ground pumpkin seeds, tomato and onion
  • Main course: Queso Relleno a la Andaluza - Whole Gouda cheese ball stuffed with ground pork and chicken, flavored with mint, pine nuts and capers, topped with a lightly-thickened broth and golden raisins
  • Accompaniments: Arroz Rojo - A light rice flavored with tomato, onion and garlic
  • Dessert: Sorbetes Surtidos - An assortment of three tropical sorbets: guaya, guanbana and papaya

Maya menu

  • Soup: Crema de guacamole - Chilled avocado soup topped with totopos and pico de gallo
  • Main course: Dzotobichay y Ibewahes - A tamale assortment featuring stuffings of chaya, pumpkin seed and beans served with a warm tomato sauce
  • Accompaniment: Frijol Colado - Yucatán's famous black bean pure
  • Dessert: Empanadas de Pia con Sorbete de Mango - A tropical treat featuring fried pineapple pies served with sauteed plantain and mango sorbet

Holiday dishes

  • Soup: Crema de cilantro - A rich, thick soup redolent of cilantro
  • Main course: Pavo en Relleno Negro a la Francs - Turkey roasted in Yucatecan oregano butter, served in a charred chile sauce with slices of pat de campagne
  • Accompaniments: Arroz verde - Pilaf-style rice cooked in an aromatic herb mixture, with slices of charred poblano chile
  • Dessert: Flan de Kahla con Chocolate - A rich flan incorporating coffee liqueur and criollo chocolate from Tabasco

Mexican dishes

  • Sopa de Lima a la Primavera - The classic Yucatecan soup; a light broth flavored with tiny limes garnished with strips of boiled chicken and julienne of seasonal vegetables
  • Pollo Pibil - Chicken breasts marinated in achiote and sour orange juice, wrapped in banana leaves and smoked over mesquite wood
  • Pescado en Tikin'Xik - Achiote-marinated red snapper, roasted in banana leaves over a charcoal fire
  • Caballeros Ricos - A new take on the more traditional "caballeros pobres", this bread pudding is baked in cinnamon syrup enriched with almonds and rum

What's included

  • 1 alcoholic beverage with other meals
  • 2 dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All taxes and tips except as noted
  • All transfers
  • Complimentary Los Dos apron
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Wine and beer with main meals
  • Workbook including all recipes you prepare in class

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Service tips

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID). The pick-up is included in the price. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

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