Caribbean Cooking Class in Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Caribbean Cooking Class in Puerto Viejo

Visit the home of a local chef to a get a personal lesson in the flavors and cooking style of the Caribbean! The local cooks are not professional culinary instructors but this is the best way to experience real local flavor, know the community’s food and can learn about their culture. You'll get to practice your patois (or your Spanish) and learn some recipes you can take home with you. Using fruits and veggies typical to coastal Talamanca learn to cook patacones, bread fruit, rice and beans in coconut milk, batidos, fish or chicken in Caribbean Sauce and more! Class includes bilingual instruction and, of course, you'll get to eat the food you prepare. Chicken, fish, or vegetarian options available.

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2-3 Hours

Travel Style

Foodie Fun and Cultural Immersion


English, Spanish and Other Local Language
A bilingual, english-speaking translator is included as part of the tour

Physical Activity

Light activity


Small Towns/Villages


Wifi: None
Cell: Available
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Speaks: English, Spanish and Other Local Language



Starts at 5pm, available daily


Flexible Departure Date
All year


Minimum 2 Travelers

What's Included



Bilingual guide


Choose to cook a traditional chicken, fish or vegetarian meal together.

Traveler Reviews


Educational and Fun!

My husband and I had a private class with Cesmar, a local from Manzanillo, who was charming, knowledgeable, funny, and engaging. We had a great time hanging out with him, and learned a lot about Caribbean culture and food. The Rondon turned out awesome and we were even able to take a huge portion home so we could enjoy it the next day, too! I also like that this class is managed by a non-profit who diverts a good share of the cost of the class directly to the local people who provide it. Highly recommend!
September 2021

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Your Local Host

Talamanca Ecotourism and Conservation Association (ATEC)

Talamanca Ecotourism and Conservation Association (ATEC)

Locally Owned Community Association

ATEC is Puerto Viejo’s original ecotourism provider. For over 25 years, they’ve been providing ecologically and socially responsible activities throughout the Talamanca region of Costa Rica. Take a local cooking class, go for a surf lesson, trek through the rainforest, tour a local chocolate farm and much more as you explore the beautfiul and culturally rich Caribbean coast.

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Getting There

Transport options

Taxi and Local transport
The tour will take place in the home kitchen of a local chef in the small city of Puerto Viejo. You'll receive the exact address after you book and the chef has been confirmed.
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