Private Market Tour and Cooking Class with Helene, a Local in Puerto Vallarta

Private Market Tour and Cooking Class with Helene, a Local in Puerto Vallarta

Meet your host Helene at the entrance to Costco in Puerto Vallarta before driving together to visit the Cinco de Diciembre market. Mercado Cinco de Diciembre is the central, lively market for Puerto Vallarta locals. Helene will introduce you to her favorite vendors as you walk through the market and discover the varieties of local fish, watch tortillas being made from scratch at the local tortilleria, and learn how to choose the freshest produce. You will also purchase a few ingredients to use during your cooking class with Helene. Back home, you and Helene will prepare two to three dishes from scratch. You will learn how to perfectly chop ingredients for the best tasting salsa, how to marinate your meats or how to fry a whole fish to perfection! Your meal may include dishes such as a seafood ceviche, carne asada from the barbecue served with tortillas and salsas, or birria, a flavorful goat or beef stew simmered in tomatoes, chilies and garlic served with tortillas and refried beans.

Helene is a native Canadian who moved to Puerto Vallarta 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 is known for making 150 tamales at a time!

Helene lives in a beautiful hacienda-style house in a typical Mexican residential neighborhood (not an expat neighborhood), so you will get an authentic experience of the local culture. Her house on a local dirt road is furnished with Mexican antiques and has a beautiful garden and pool. Helene speaks Spanish, English and French and is a great host for people coming from around the world.

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to experience Mexican culture and cuisine with a welcoming local!

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Menu may vary depending on the season"
"If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking"
"Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required"
"Private, personalized experience"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Regular temperature checks for staff"
"Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival"
"Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons"

Start Time: 9:30 AM
Duration: 5 Hours
Start location: Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Helene
  • homecooked meal
  • Local alcohol (1-2 glasses)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Not Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


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