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Host: Daniela

Medellín, Colombia

USD
$36-$86 per person

Enjoy an authentic Colombian meal with a local family

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Daniela

Daniela’s love for cooking comes from her father's side of the family, who are very passionate about food and cooking. Later she studied gastronomy at university and owns her own bakery now. She also conducts cooking classes for kids. Apart from food and cooking she enjoys going to the cinema, traveling, and learning about new cultures and cuisines. Daniela is very excited to share her rich Colombian gastronomy and its delicious flavors with travelers.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-9 guests) Daniela will welcome you to her cozy home, which is in a great neighborhood for a delicious Colombian meal and a nice chat with her warm Colombian family. You will surely leave feeling loved listening to their wonderful stories and trying some of their traditional family dishes. Few dishes that you may try are Colombian picada (a platter of fried meats and vegetables), ajiaco (traditional soup), sudado de muchacho (meat and potato) and your meal will end on a sweet note with mazamorra (a traditional dessert made with corn).

Cooking experience: (1-9 guests) Join Daniela and her mother in their kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. You learn to prepare 2-3 authentic homemade Colombian dishes that you will later share with the family at their dining table, such as arroz con pollo (rice with veggies and chicken), arroz con leche (a sweet rice pudding) and papa rellena (stuffed potatoes). The cooking portion of the experience will last for 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-9 guests) After you meet Daniela at her home, you will walk to the local market, ​Mercados Campesino. Here they sell a wide variety of local products including fresh fruits and vegetables. Daniela will teach you about the local ingredients used in Colombian cuisine and the history behind the country's diverse food. After you pick up few ingredients from the market, go back to Daniela’s home to learn how to cook with her mother. This market is only available on Sundays.

Languages spoken: English

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Daniela and her mother have an amazing personality - very bubbly and welcoming and were happy to answer all our questions about the food, where it was from and the history of Medellin and Colombia. They were great company! The food was great and they live in a very nice, clean and welcoming home. We cooked some fried plantain, which was the best I've ever had!

Max, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (11)
Amazing Food!Daniela and her mom were wonderful hosts. We had a great time cooking with them and the food was delicious! Highly recommend!
- 423nityar March 15, 2020
Daniela is amazing!!! We had the absolute best time at Daniela’s apartment. She and her mom are the loveliest people. We cooked a traditional Colombian meal, step by step. They showed us the entire process and explained to us the cultural significance behind all of the food. While we cooked and spoke, Daniela offered us different traditional Colombian foods to try that she had around the house. When we sat down to eat, we had the most fantastic meal. The food was excellent and we sat with Daniela and her mom for hours, learning about their culture and talking to them about ours. It felt like we’d known them for years. It was our favorite meal of our whole trip. If you’re considering doing Traveling Spoon in Medellin, you MUST book with Daniela!!
- LoveToTravel0609 March 14, 2020
Although we would have liked to have had a cooking lesson with Daniela, our time was limited, so we simply ate dinner at her home. She and her mother, Beatriz, were incredibly friendly and fun to talk with. Daniela served us a delicious traditional dinner and told us about many Colombian foods. Highly recommended.
- KJOtey January 15, 2020
We started at our hotel in Medellin, where Daniela (Chef) picked us up. It was very good organized. Arrived at her home in Medellin we started to prepare lunch and while everything was cooking we explored the nearby market to buy other fruits and vegetables. It was such a great experience as we learned more about Colombia and its amazing food and taste. After the market we went home and had lunch. It was sooo good. I would definitely highly recommend this tour for you when you are in Medellin. Furthermore, Daniela was so nice she recommended further restaurants and places to visit on our vacation in Colombia. All in all, it was a super experience and such a nice & lovely family.
- benjaminsQ7527NT December 27, 2019
My wife and I arranged a market tour and cooking lesson with Daniela through Traveling Spoon and we couldn't have been any happier with our experience. Daniela and her mother, Beatriz, welcomed us into their beautiful apartment in Medellin and made us feel at home. We started by walking over to a local farmer's market where we tried Colombian fruits and treats (try the arepa de choclo con queso!), Daniela and Beatriz loved introducing and sharing everything us. Next we returned the apartment where we began cooking arroz con pollo for lunch and tres leches for dessert. Daniela was fun to cook with and she thoughtfully explained every step (and had us try more fruits and drinks) a long the way. Sharing a meal with Daniela and Beatriz was a perfect way to end the morning, they loved to share their stories and experiences in Medellin and Colombia. We will definitely be looking for Traveling Spoon during our future travels and highly recommend this experience with Daniela!
- nelsomiro July 10, 2019
I booked the market tour, cooking experience and meal with Daniela for four people. Daniela's communication in planning was excellent; she asked what we wanted to cook and eat, and tailored the menu accordingly. She checked back in the night before to confirm our pickup location - a nice touch for some out of towners unfamiliar with the city of Medellin. She picked us up on time, and we arrived to begin preparing food at her house. We were warmly greeted by her mother and they went to great lengths to show us the ingredients, include us in the preparation, and explain their processes. Their kitchen is incredibly well-outfitted, which makes sense as Daniela is a professional chef. Once the food was sufficiently prepared, before actually cooking, Daniela and her mother took us to Plaza Minorista for the market tour. There, she showed us fruits that we'd never tasted - were delicious, and some were unlike anything we'd ever tried before (and amazing)! Daniela was very interested in what we wanted to try, and made sure we had the opportunity to enjoy everything we asked for (especially the freshly fried arepas de choclo!!!)We returned back to Daniela's apartment and while the food was being cooked, tried a couple of beverages - aguardiente, and a cola, juice and beer mixture. We sat down to share the meal with them in their dining room. It was top notch - the food was prepared perfectly and delicious, and there was plenty to go around. In the end, we ate papas rellenas, arroz con pollo, and tres leches cake (with homeade jams as topping). In the end, only two of my group of four were able to make the experience. Daniela sent us home with the remainder of the food for them, which they raved over. We thought that gesture was a really nice touch.Wow - This experience was my highlight of Medellin. If you like fresh, delicious local cuisine prepared by a host who is intelligent, funny and can explain both the food and the culture - I can't recommend this experience enough. It was amazing. If you book the cooking and/or eating experience, my sincere advice is to request to have a cake for dessert. She says it's her favorite thing to make ;)
- anthonymW1319OQ July 08, 2019
My daughters and I were interested in learning about traditional cooking methods and dishes for Medellin and we all agreed that the visit with Daniela and Beatrix was the absolute shining star of our visits. First, Daniela and Beatrix welcomed us into their home and then introduced us to the ingredients and their preparation. These are experienced chefs! We peeled five kinds of potatoes for Ajiaco along with shredding tender chicken and onions.They shared their family recipes and secrets (their home-made bouillion is amazing and such a healthier direction from "bouillion cubes") then they drove us to a local market where we walked around, tasted, and tasted, and tasted some more from samples of breads, cheeses, jams, etc., then watched people make an amazingly refreshing drink from limes and sugar cane. We went back to their apartment and finished the preparation for the meal - flattening and frying plantains for panacotes and making the amazing guacamole to accompany them and then creating the three milk blend for the tres leches to soak into the tres leches cake. The whole experience was just delightful, insightful and enlightening, and Daniela and Beatrix had welcomed us so warmly into their kitchen that it felt like a bunch of family members all working together to put a delicious meal on the table. What an absolutely delightful experience.I highly recommend these two women to you as cooks and two welcoming Medellin women ready to share the cooking traditions of a Colombian kitchen with you. Mucho Gusto and Gracias, Daniela and Beatrix! Bravo!
- Andrea W February 15, 2019
Easy booking, great communication from booking, to making plans, and everything in between - Daniella was a top class host and we enjoyed our time with her and her Mom - highly recommended. Thank you so much!
- Jon C January 24, 2019
Daniela and her mother Beatrice welcomed us into their home and shared books, conversation and most importantly, cooking! It was cool to cook a local favorite and have the ability to bring this new recipe home with us. We were also treated to some local drinks and jams. Daniela was so accommodating that even though the markets were closed when we went, she took us on a journey to see the spectacular Christmas lights display in downtown Medellín. Booking this experience is a MUST DO in the city! We will be sure to recommend to all our friends and family.
- Sarah E December 28, 2018
My friends and I wanted to experience more of the culture of Medellin and decided on a cooking lesson with a local chef. Daniela (fluent in English) was very friendly and welcomed us into her home. She has great open communication with us before arrival in regards to what we would like to cook and which market we wanted to experience. She and her adorable mother took us to the local market where we were able to try the local snacks and fruits. After the markets, we came back to her home and enjoyed drinks and the home cooked meal which we were able to partially prepare. Daniela also gave us suggestions on local hot spots and recommended a tour group for us to get in touch with for the following day. My friends and I were able to experience a unique side of Columbia’s culture with Daniela’s cooking lesson/market tour!
- cungknguyen November 02, 2018
We ate, we laughed, we learned. Daniela is a great hostess, and I had a great experience.
- Tomas March 08, 2018
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Daniela

$36-$86 USD

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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $44 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $66
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $44 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $66
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm

Meet Daniela

Daniela’s love for cooking comes from her father's side of the family, who are very passionate about food and cooking. Later she studied gastronomy at university and owns her own bakery now. She also conducts cooking classes for kids. Apart from food and cooking she enjoys going to the cinema, traveling, and learning about new cultures and cuisines. Daniela is very excited to share her rich Colombian gastronomy and its delicious flavors with travelers.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-9 guests) Daniela will welcome you to her cozy home, which is in a great neighborhood for a delicious Colombian meal and a nice chat with her warm Colombian family. You will surely leave feeling loved listening to their wonderful stories and trying some of their traditional family dishes. Few dishes that you may try are Colombian picada (a platter of fried meats and vegetables), ajiaco (traditional soup), sudado de muchacho (meat and potato) and your meal will end on a sweet note with mazamorra (a traditional dessert made with corn).

Cooking experience: (1-9 guests) Join Daniela and her mother in their kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. You learn to prepare 2-3 authentic homemade Colombian dishes that you will later share with the family at their dining table, such as arroz con pollo (rice with veggies and chicken), arroz con leche (a sweet rice pudding) and papa rellena (stuffed potatoes). The cooking portion of the experience will last for 1-2 hours.

Market visit: (1-9 guests) After you meet Daniela at her home, you will walk to the local market, ​Mercados Campesino. Here they sell a wide variety of local products including fresh fruits and vegetables. Daniela will teach you about the local ingredients used in Colombian cuisine and the history behind the country's diverse food. After you pick up few ingredients from the market, go back to Daniela’s home to learn how to cook with her mother. This market is only available on Sundays.

Languages spoken: English

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Daniela and her mother have an amazing personality - very bubbly and welcoming and were happy to answer all our questions about the food, where it was from and the history of Medellin and Colombia. They were great company! The food was great and they live in a very nice, clean and welcoming home. We cooked some fried plantain, which was the best I've ever had!

Max, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (11)
Amazing Food!Daniela and her mom were wonderful hosts. We had a great time cooking with them and the food was delicious! Highly recommend!
- 423nityar March 15, 2020
Daniela is amazing!!! We had the absolute best time at Daniela’s apartment. She and her mom are the loveliest people. We cooked a traditional Colombian meal, step by step. They showed us the entire process and explained to us the cultural significance behind all of the food. While we cooked and spoke, Daniela offered us different traditional Colombian foods to try that she had around the house. When we sat down to eat, we had the most fantastic meal. The food was excellent and we sat with Daniela and her mom for hours, learning about their culture and talking to them about ours. It felt like we’d known them for years. It was our favorite meal of our whole trip. If you’re considering doing Traveling Spoon in Medellin, you MUST book with Daniela!!
- LoveToTravel0609 March 14, 2020
Although we would have liked to have had a cooking lesson with Daniela, our time was limited, so we simply ate dinner at her home. She and her mother, Beatriz, were incredibly friendly and fun to talk with. Daniela served us a delicious traditional dinner and told us about many Colombian foods. Highly recommended.
- KJOtey January 15, 2020
We started at our hotel in Medellin, where Daniela (Chef) picked us up. It was very good organized. Arrived at her home in Medellin we started to prepare lunch and while everything was cooking we explored the nearby market to buy other fruits and vegetables. It was such a great experience as we learned more about Colombia and its amazing food and taste. After the market we went home and had lunch. It was sooo good. I would definitely highly recommend this tour for you when you are in Medellin. Furthermore, Daniela was so nice she recommended further restaurants and places to visit on our vacation in Colombia. All in all, it was a super experience and such a nice & lovely family.
- benjaminsQ7527NT December 27, 2019
My wife and I arranged a market tour and cooking lesson with Daniela through Traveling Spoon and we couldn't have been any happier with our experience. Daniela and her mother, Beatriz, welcomed us into their beautiful apartment in Medellin and made us feel at home. We started by walking over to a local farmer's market where we tried Colombian fruits and treats (try the arepa de choclo con queso!), Daniela and Beatriz loved introducing and sharing everything us. Next we returned the apartment where we began cooking arroz con pollo for lunch and tres leches for dessert. Daniela was fun to cook with and she thoughtfully explained every step (and had us try more fruits and drinks) a long the way. Sharing a meal with Daniela and Beatriz was a perfect way to end the morning, they loved to share their stories and experiences in Medellin and Colombia. We will definitely be looking for Traveling Spoon during our future travels and highly recommend this experience with Daniela!
- nelsomiro July 10, 2019
I booked the market tour, cooking experience and meal with Daniela for four people. Daniela's communication in planning was excellent; she asked what we wanted to cook and eat, and tailored the menu accordingly. She checked back in the night before to confirm our pickup location - a nice touch for some out of towners unfamiliar with the city of Medellin. She picked us up on time, and we arrived to begin preparing food at her house. We were warmly greeted by her mother and they went to great lengths to show us the ingredients, include us in the preparation, and explain their processes. Their kitchen is incredibly well-outfitted, which makes sense as Daniela is a professional chef. Once the food was sufficiently prepared, before actually cooking, Daniela and her mother took us to Plaza Minorista for the market tour. There, she showed us fruits that we'd never tasted - were delicious, and some were unlike anything we'd ever tried before (and amazing)! Daniela was very interested in what we wanted to try, and made sure we had the opportunity to enjoy everything we asked for (especially the freshly fried arepas de choclo!!!)We returned back to Daniela's apartment and while the food was being cooked, tried a couple of beverages - aguardiente, and a cola, juice and beer mixture. We sat down to share the meal with them in their dining room. It was top notch - the food was prepared perfectly and delicious, and there was plenty to go around. In the end, we ate papas rellenas, arroz con pollo, and tres leches cake (with homeade jams as topping). In the end, only two of my group of four were able to make the experience. Daniela sent us home with the remainder of the food for them, which they raved over. We thought that gesture was a really nice touch.Wow - This experience was my highlight of Medellin. If you like fresh, delicious local cuisine prepared by a host who is intelligent, funny and can explain both the food and the culture - I can't recommend this experience enough. It was amazing. If you book the cooking and/or eating experience, my sincere advice is to request to have a cake for dessert. She says it's her favorite thing to make ;)
- anthonymW1319OQ July 08, 2019
My daughters and I were interested in learning about traditional cooking methods and dishes for Medellin and we all agreed that the visit with Daniela and Beatrix was the absolute shining star of our visits. First, Daniela and Beatrix welcomed us into their home and then introduced us to the ingredients and their preparation. These are experienced chefs! We peeled five kinds of potatoes for Ajiaco along with shredding tender chicken and onions.They shared their family recipes and secrets (their home-made bouillion is amazing and such a healthier direction from "bouillion cubes") then they drove us to a local market where we walked around, tasted, and tasted, and tasted some more from samples of breads, cheeses, jams, etc., then watched people make an amazingly refreshing drink from limes and sugar cane. We went back to their apartment and finished the preparation for the meal - flattening and frying plantains for panacotes and making the amazing guacamole to accompany them and then creating the three milk blend for the tres leches to soak into the tres leches cake. The whole experience was just delightful, insightful and enlightening, and Daniela and Beatrix had welcomed us so warmly into their kitchen that it felt like a bunch of family members all working together to put a delicious meal on the table. What an absolutely delightful experience.I highly recommend these two women to you as cooks and two welcoming Medellin women ready to share the cooking traditions of a Colombian kitchen with you. Mucho Gusto and Gracias, Daniela and Beatrix! Bravo!
- Andrea W February 15, 2019
Easy booking, great communication from booking, to making plans, and everything in between - Daniella was a top class host and we enjoyed our time with her and her Mom - highly recommended. Thank you so much!
- Jon C January 24, 2019
Daniela and her mother Beatrice welcomed us into their home and shared books, conversation and most importantly, cooking! It was cool to cook a local favorite and have the ability to bring this new recipe home with us. We were also treated to some local drinks and jams. Daniela was so accommodating that even though the markets were closed when we went, she took us on a journey to see the spectacular Christmas lights display in downtown Medellín. Booking this experience is a MUST DO in the city! We will be sure to recommend to all our friends and family.
- Sarah E December 28, 2018
My friends and I wanted to experience more of the culture of Medellin and decided on a cooking lesson with a local chef. Daniela (fluent in English) was very friendly and welcomed us into her home. She has great open communication with us before arrival in regards to what we would like to cook and which market we wanted to experience. She and her adorable mother took us to the local market where we were able to try the local snacks and fruits. After the markets, we came back to her home and enjoyed drinks and the home cooked meal which we were able to partially prepare. Daniela also gave us suggestions on local hot spots and recommended a tour group for us to get in touch with for the following day. My friends and I were able to experience a unique side of Columbia’s culture with Daniela’s cooking lesson/market tour!
- cungknguyen November 02, 2018
We ate, we laughed, we learned. Daniela is a great hostess, and I had a great experience.
- Tomas March 08, 2018
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$60 $44 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $66
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $44 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$70 $60 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 $66
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$26 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm
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