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Bazurto Market Tour and Cooking Class in Cartagena

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Cartagena, Colombia
Bazurto Market Tour and Cooking Class in Cartagena

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Learn to cook traditional Colombian food during this half-day class in Cartagena. Shop at a local open-air market with your chef/instructor, who will guide you in selecting ingredients for the dishes. In a local family's kitchen, try your hand at making dishes such as empanadas, coconut rice and others; then feast on your work. Round-trip transportation from Cartagena hotels or a central downtown meeting point is included.
  • Learn how to make traditional dishes like empanadas or coconut rice
  • Visit a local open-air market to select ingredients
  • Cook in a family kitchen just outside the Centro Historico
  • Round-trip transportation from central Cartagena
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Stuffed fish
Stuffed with vegetables it it serve with cocunut rice, patacones, salad and something to drink.
Frite fish.
Served with cocnut rice, patacones, salad and something to drink.
Fish soup.
With Plantain, casaba, corn, vegetables, coconut reice, patacones and somthing to drink.
Garlic shrimp.
Served with coconut rice, patacones, salad and something to drink
Posta Cartagenera, Beef Cartagenas way
Chees soup
Served with white coconut rice, patacones and something to drink.
Vegetarian food.
Local guide
Hotel pickup and dropoff
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Bottled water
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up people on any hotel in Cartagena De Indias.
Santa Clara, Santa Teresa, Don Pedro De Heredia, Ananda, tres Banderas, Hilton, Caribe.


  • Rafael Nunez Airport, Cartagena Colombia


  • Sociedad portuaria de Cartagena De Indias-. Colombia.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Begin your culinary experience with a pickup from your Cartagena hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point downtown.

Transfer to a local open-air market to meet your chef/instructor. Peruse the market for ingredients you'll use to make the day's dishes. Immerse yourself in the colors, smells and tastes of the bustling local market, learn how locals shop for their daily produce and cooking supplies. Taste exotic fruit juices and fried snacks such as papa rellena, carmanola and arepae'huevo.

Once you've collected the necessary ingredients, proceed to the local family's kitchen, in a house located just outside the Centro Historico. Together, prepare the dishes under the chef's direction, then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Get convenient drop-off back at your hotel or in downtown Cartagena after the class.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual. Closed toe shoe is a Must.
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Pickup point must be reconfirm at the time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Duran Duran Cartagena tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "Seeing all the fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood - many of which you do not see in North America - is a real treat." See review


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Food, culture, laughs
, Aug 2021
The Durán family is amazing!! They welcomed us into their home and share food culture and laughs. We started at bazurto market where we shopped for our specific meal we got to practice our Spanish and shop with the locals. We returned home where we met Maria the chef. She was extreme sweet as was their son. We learned lots about Colombian food and culture and had amazing food. They made sure to accommodate our dietary need and still stick to Colombian cooking style. I can't wait to recreate these recipes at home.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello, it was an immense pleasure to share with you, we had a great time and we enjoyed your culinary references. Thanks for your support. Don't forget to go back and read Love In the time of cholera. Sincerely Durán Angel
Can't miss authentic experience in Cartagena
, Dec 2020
Angel Duran and his family were so warm and welcoming to our family (two adults one child). They took us shopping for fresh ingredients and then brought us to their home in an authentic (non-touristy) neighborhood. They strictly adhered to all covid protocols. We proceeded to cook with Angel, his wife, and their 21-year old son. The meal was phenomenal, we had a lot of fun, and we felt like we experienced true Colombian culture far more than through any normal tourist experience. This was one of the top travel experiences I've had and as close to "can't miss" as it gets.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thanks a lot for visiting Cartagena, you made our cooking experience very special, and we love the fact of you keeping in mind the covid protocols. Please, dont forget to come back, nex time we might have a Literature tour with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Your son was an angel in the tour. God bless you all. Happy new year. Sincerely Durán Angel
Can’t miss local experience
, Dec 2020
Angel Duran and his family were so kind. They welcomed us into their home and showed us a wonderful time. We spent half the day with the father, mother and 21 year old son. We cooked a delightful meal together and learned about the local neighborhood and the people. They were very Covid safe and careful. It was truly one of the better and my more memorable ravel experiences that I’ve ever had. I would consider this a “can’t mess” experience.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thanks a lot for taking time to write about your experience, it was our pleasure to share with you and it was nice to see you following the covid rules. Happy new year. Sincerely Angel Durán
Wonderful Cooking Class!
, Feb 2020
We had a wonderful cooking class and Bazurto market tour with Maria, and Roger who helped out in the kitchen and provided translation support. We were picked up on time at our hotel on time by Roger and a driver and then made our way to the market, where we met up with Maria. The Bazurto market is authentic, with all the sights, sounds and smells you might imagine. Seeing all the fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood - many of which you do not see in North America - is a real treat. We had a chance to sample a variety of fruit and we also bought some mangoes to take back to our hotel. We chose fish for the cooking class and made our way to one of the merchants that Maria deals with. We also picked up various vegetables and other fixings for the meal. We were not rushed wandering through the market and had plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy the ambiance. From the market we went to Maria's home where she holds the cooking classes. She has a comfortable, spotless home and we set about preparing our meal: fried fish, two different types of plantain, coconut rice, salad and fresh fruit juice. And what a meal it was! We had a wonderful time cooking, eating and talking about Cartagena and Colombia. Maria is a wonderful chef and host and we strongly recommend this cooking class.
Cooking Class in Cartagena
, Nov 2019
We had a great time on this tour and was a highlight of our stay in Cartagena. My wife and I were picked up at the hotel (by durandurantours) and we proceeded to Bazurto market where we helped purchase the food for our class. The market is bustling hive of activity and you get to see up close how the locals shop for their food. We then went back to the tour operators house where he and a chef helped us prepare the meal of stuffed fish with coconut rice, salad and fried plantains. After the meal was prepared, we all sat down and enjoyed the feast we had prepared.
Amazing!!! Totally recommend
, Oct 2019
This was one of the best tours ever! Duran Duran was such a nice guy very respectful and helpful! The family was extremely welcoming the house was clean and neat very nice people the food was delish it was an awesome experience and if you come to Cartagena i totally totally recommend this!!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Good morning. Thanks a lot for taking time to write about your experience with us. God bless you
We had such a wonderful time getting...
Erin D
, Apr 2018
We had such a wonderful time getting to know a local family and visiting a local market. I'd love to go back and do this tour again!
We loved the market tour!! Our tour...
Jody S
, Apr 2018
We loved the market tour!! Our tour guides were excellent. The food was outstanding!! Only one recommendation-- perhaps the cooking part could be a bit shorter... Overall, a fun and delicious experience!
I went on this tour with my husband...
Nicki B
, Feb 2018
I went on this tour with my husband and six year old daughter. We had a great time and my daughter loved helping and eating what she made. The cooking class was nicely organized and we got to help and learn with every step. You will meet and cook with a Colombian family in their home. The cooking space is laid out well for cooking classes. Definitely a fun and memorable experience to add to your trip to Cartagena.
Poor planning, unorganized and not...
, Jan 2018
Poor planning, unorganized and not suitable to call a cooking class. Very disappointed in Viators recommendation.

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