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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)

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8:00 AM
We pick up people on any hotel in Cartagena De Indias. Hoteles. Santa Clara, Santa Teresa, Don Pedro De Heredia, Ananda, tres Banderas, Hilton, Caribe.
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 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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Delicious and so much fun!
, Aug 2022
I wouldn’t have felt comfortable going to the market alone but our tour guides made us feel safe. They navigated the market and gave good explanations. They answered all of the (many) questions we had. We also got to try some new fruits. We went back to their home and cooked using the ingredients we purchased. Delicious and so much fun!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Good morning. God bless you. Thanks for writing about your nice experience. We did love sharing with you. Thanks for visiting our house. Sincerely Angel Eduardo Durán
, Apr 2022
This was such a beautiful and rich experience to observe how to purchase ingredients in the market and then how to cook traditional Colombian dishes. It was especially amazing to feel so welcomed in the house that we were cooking in by the guide's family. I would absolutely recommend it and would do it again if I could.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We love your review. Thanks a lot for writing about it. Have a nice life. Sincerely Angel Eduardo Durán
Unforgettable Cartagena experience!
, Mar 2022
Such a special experience! Our day with Angel and Maria was the highlight of our time in Cartagena. It was amazing to visit the bustling Bazurto Market with a guide like Angel. He was fun and funny and got us to engage with the market. We then made a truly beautiful meal with Maria—even as seasoned cooks we learned so much from cooking with her. It was such a pleasure to spend time with this lovely family!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
God bless you. It was nice to meet you and to share with you this cooking experience. Thanks for visiting Colombia. Sincerely Angel Eduardo Durán
Fun experience!!
, Mar 2022
What a wonderful day spent with Angel and Maria. They took very good care of us! The Bazurto Market is a must see at least once. We had a great time in their home cooking empanadas, delicious fish, coconut rice, patacones, and salad accompanied by tree tomato juice. Maria's helper and their son, Andres, joined us at the table for our lunch and it just felt like a family gathering for a beautiful meal. I highly recommend this experience!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Good morning. We wish you an excellent day. We also enjoy your company and the empanadas. It was fun to get them ready. You 3 ladies were very special and kind. Thanks for giving us the opportunity of meeting you. God bless you. Sincerely Durán Durán Tours
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.
I truly enjoyed Duran Duran and his...
Tiffany W
, Jan 2018
I truly enjoyed Duran Duran and his wife Maria!!! They treated my family like their own!! We had a great time in the kitchen. We learned not only about the Colombian cuisine, but received a day in the life of what a family in this beautiful country goes through. One of the best tours I have been on!
The perfect opportunity to immerse...
John H
, Jun 2017
The perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the local market and culture. Duran Duran is knowledgeable, funny and a great host. The tour consists of buying groceries at the largest market in the City where you also get to experience exotic fruits and vegetables. It is a collaborative effort to cook lunch and everyone gets a task. You're given menu options and they were all delicious. This tour is great for individual travelers as well as groups. I highly recommend it!
Amazing authentic day! Duran Duran and...
Laurence A
, Feb 2017
Amazing authentic day! Duran Duran and his wife were wonderful
This tour was highly highly...
Rachelle C
, Dec 2016
This tour was highly highly recommended. We went with Maria Duran to the market, purchased ingredients for lunch and they went to their house to cook the food. She was gracious and very accomodating. We had a very short time to spend on the tour and they were able to accomodate our needs. Eddie was also fabulous. If you are looking to get involved in the culture of columbia, and do something different, definitely take this personal cooking experience. I feel like I came out with new friends.
Our guides were incredibly friendly...
Breanna D
, Jul 2016
Our guides were incredibly friendly and wanted to make sure we felt comfortable. We were able to taste our way through the market and choose what meal we wanted to cook with our hosts.

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