I love immersing myself in local culture when I travel, and the cooking tour made for a perfect morning. My guide picked me up from my hotel. It was just the two of us as no one else had booked, so I lucked out and had a private tour to myself. We started by walking to the market. He gave me the shopping list and we stopped at multiple vendors to get everything we needed. This is the perfect place to practice your Spanish. After shopping we hopped on a local bus for a short ride through town. That was definitely an adventure to say the least! Our first stop was a tortilla kitchen, where I got to make tortillas. It was short walk from there to the family's house that I would be cooking with. We made a chicken stew with cornmeal, mint, plantains, onions, sweet peppers, and a couple of other ingredients I'm forgetting. We also had fresh pico de gallo that we made, as well as an assortment of fresh cheeses from the market, to go with our tortillas. To wash all this good food down was a typical drink made with cornmeal, berries, sugar and water. The family was very gracious and welcoming and the kids had the brightest smiles. The best part was I only paid $22 for the tour! It's an experience I surely won't forget any time soon.