Bienvenidos a Los Dos: Class Options

About Chef David Sterling


HANÁL PIXÁN – OR "FEAST OF THE SPIRITS" IN MAYANis an ancient harvest festival and predates Day of the Dead by centuries. The tradition is alive and well in Yucatán, where for a full week people prepare altars in honor of a visit from their departed ancestors, and make special foods for their enjoyment. The most famous of these foods – mucbilpollo – is a giant tamal filled with chicken and baked in an underground oven, or píib. Its “burial” and “resurrection” have obvious symbolism. In this special four-day workshop we will learn the traditional method for preparing the tamal, as well as other typical treats of Yucatecan cuisine. An excursion to Izamál and the fabulously colorful Maya cemetery at Hoctún with a twilight mass on the 2nd will round out our cultural experiences. COOKING DAYS 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. EXCURSION DAYS 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. MINIMUM CLASS SIZE: Groups of 2 or more.

Tour duration 4 days/5 nights
Group size Groups of 2 or more
STANDARD $2,350.00 USD/per person
LUXURY $2,650.00 USD/per person





DAY 0 Arrive Merida International Airport/Transfer to hotel

Transfer hotel/Los Dos Transfer to Los Dos; continental breakfast

9:00am - 4:00pm Cooking instruction in the Los Dos kitchen featuring Hanál Pixán specials. Stroll to Plaza Principal to see the competition of Hanál Pixán altars. Return to hotel; free evening

DAY 2 Continental breakfast at hotel Excursion to Uxmal - one of Mayaland's most beautiful architectural sites. Stop at Santa Elena to visit a traditional Mayan home, followed by a tour of the cacao plantation and chocolate museum at Plantación Tikul. Lunch at Hacienda Temozón. Return to hotel. Dinner at a regional restaurant featuring the finest in "fusion" cuisine.

Continental breakfast at hotel Morning tour of the distillery that makes the local liqueur, Xtabentun, followed by a visit to a local artisanal chocolate producer. Transfer to Los Dos

1:00pm - 4:00pm Cooking instruction in the Los Dos kitchen featuring Hanál Pixán specials. Return to hotel; free evening

Continental breakfast at hotel Excursion to Izamál - Yucatán's "golden city". Lunch at Restaurante Kinich Kak-Moo. Evening mass at the cemetery of Hoctun; local villagers bring votive offerings to ancestors. Return to hotel. Dinner at regional restaurant.
¡Adios! Transfer to Mérida airport for departure

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: Five nights' accommodation based on double occupancy; continental breakfast each morning of your stay, plus two additional meals a day (the third meal on class days is the traditional Yucatecan late afternoon meal). All transfers, excursions and entry fees. Wine/beer service during the main meal at Los Dos. One alcoholic beverage at all other meals. All taxes and tips except as noted. Luxury option features an accommodation upgrade.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: Airfare; service tips at hotel; service tips at evening meals. Service tips to Los Dos staff are not included and are at the discretion of the visitor; pesos or US dollars are welcome.

NOTES: All prices in U.S. dollars. Prices and itinerary subject to change without notice. All classes at Los Dos must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. All bookings must be completed via e-mail; unfortunately, we cannot accommodate phone bookings or drop-ins. Please contact us.

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