This week-long Yucatán cooking workshop is a great alternative to the boozy ragers normally associated with Mexican getaways. The school is located in beautiful Mérida, inside the home of late expat chef, David Sterling. Sadly, David passed away last year, however, the workshop lives on under the direction of his right hand-man, Chef Mario Canul. This is a fully immersive, hands-on experience, so expect to accompany the chef to the market for ingredients, which you will then prepare in a private (and perfect) kitchen. In addition to time spent cooking, you’ll be taken on tours of Mérida, the surrounding Mayan archeological treasures, and colonial Izamál. Additional trips to local farms and rum distilleries (in case you’re looking to booze it up a bit) can be arranged as well. We recommend shacking up at either Coqui Coqui, or Rosas & Xocolate.

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