MEXICO CULINARY ADVENTURE (SAMPLE):
Slowly perfected since the Mayan time, Mexican cuisine is some of the best in the world.
Mexican food and drink tells a story, has a history and our Mexico Culinary tour aims to show you exactly what that is.
9-nights in luxury accommodation with breakfast included
Professional airport transfers in an air-conditioned car with bottled water.
Private driver and licensed English speaking guide for all excursions.
Attraction entry fees where applicable.
Day One – Mexico City, Mexico:
You will be met at Mexico City Airport and transferred to your hotel. There you have the rest of the day to settle in and relax, maybe take a stroll around the nearby 1,695-acre Bosque de Chapultepec or visit the world-famous museum of anthropology.
There is no better way to start your culinary tour than having the chance to dine at Pujol which is rated in the top twenty restaurants in the world. Chef Enrique Olvera brings his personal vision to Mexican staples, creating an innovative culinary experience that includes street food items like esquites (corn on the cob) and tacos, elevating them to a sublime new level.
Day Two – Mexico City, Mexico:
Your own English-speaking tour guide and driver will collect you from the hotel.
Travel a short distance out of the city to the Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent pyramids and a fascinating past. Learn about Mexico’s pre-Hispanic cultures, climb the Pyramid of the Sun, and see artefacts and treasures at the Teotihuacan Museum.
The afternoon sees you visit fruit, vegetable, mole and dried chili stands. Sample tostadas, homemade mole, blue-corn tlacoyos and Mexican cheeses. Drink ‘pulque’,
an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sab of the maguey plant. You will also get the chance to visit the Mercado San Juan Arcos de Belen – famous for its
ready-made homestyle Mexico Food and fondas.
Day Three, Mexico City, Mexico:
Take a fascinating glimpse into Frida Kahlo’s life and work in “Casa Azul,” from here
youcan take in the main sites in Coyoacan a vibrant and colourful neighbourhood. Next, head to Xochimilco for an hour-long boat ride in a trajinera, following a series of
flower-lined canals. The tour concludes with a trip through the UNAM campus, including a series of beloved murals by Diego Rivera, O’Gorman, and Siqueiros.
Free time in the afternoon, why not explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Mexico City.
This evening we travel to the neighbourhood of Narvarte which is known for its family style taquerias. On this walking tour you will see the typical vibe of a Mexico City colonia at night, as we visit the most popular spots that the locals go to.
Try tacos el pastor, crispy volcanoes slathered with cheese, and suadero tacos from vendors who have been in the neighbourhood for decades. Visit a lively cantina to learn more about cantina culture in Mexico. Finally visit an indie brewhouse to sample beers from Mexicans growing microbrewery scene.
Day Four – Mexico City, Mexico:
This morning you will learn about the staple Mexican dish which is the taco. Learn the basics of the local taco scene (how tacos are categorised, how to eat them, and where/when specific things are sold) as you stroll through Mexico City’s hip Condesa and Roma neighbourhoods.
Try several types of iconic taco types – guisados, campechanos, tacos el pastor from the taqueria that claims to have invented it, taco arabes, cochinita pibil and fish tacos. Discover the stories behind these famous tacos that represent styles of cooking from all over the country.
Afternoon at leisure.
Day Five – Puebla, Mexico:
This morning you will be met at your hotel to be transferred to the town of Puebla, known for its rich culinary history.
On the way to Puebla we will stop by at a cactus farm. Learn about how a typical cactus farm works, then you will get to cut your own cactus leaves and eat them fresh off a wood fired comal, accompanied by fiery homemade salsa, fresh cheese and tortillas. Meet a skilled tortillera and make tortillas under guidance, from her own locally grown corn. Next visit a local apiary and meet local honey producers, and a mil that has been grinding mole pastes and powders from scratch for more than 50 years.
Arrive in Puebla mid-afternoon, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day Six – Puebla, Mexico:
Puebla is a true food lovers paradise. On this morning’s private tour you will explore La Acocota market which is the oldest in town. Try taco arabes (grilled, spit roasted pork). Another must try is the meaty, crunchy pelona sandwich served on fried bread. Try some deserts which consist of artesian candy originally developed by local nuns and freshly baked pan dulce (sweet bread rolls). Finally, you will get to sample a collection of artesian liquors.
The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Puebla.
Day Seven – Puebla, Mexico:
This morning you will meet a local chef for a half day cooking class in their own home kitchen. Visit the market and get a broad overview of local ingredients and flavours. Enjoy personalised attention while you create a traditional entrée, main and desert using Mexican cooking principles.
Day Eight – Oaxaca, Mexico:
Today is a travelling day. Get picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned private car and travel 339km to the ever-popular city of Oaxaca.
Day Nine – Oaxaca, Mexico:
This morning your local guide will show you around Oaxaca, most of the city is walkable. Visit Santo Domingo de Guzman which is one of the finest examples of Mexican Baroque. The cultural museum will give you a taste of the history and traditions of Oaxaca, from the earliest nomadic people to the many indigenous groups of more recent time.
Wander the stalls of 20 de Noviembre and Benito Juarez, two of Oaxaca’s most popular markets. Snack on traditional Oaxacan chocolate, chillies and if you dare grasshoppers (chapulines) coated in garlic and lime.
At your leisure stroll El Zocalo which has many colonial buildings, art galleries, restaurants, craft shops. Be sure to come back here in the evening to see musical groups perform, this is also where the locals go at the end of the day. Be sure to visit the grilled corn on a stick (topped with sour cream, coriander, cheese and lime), vendors that are located around the square.
Day 9 – Oaxaca, Mexico:
Journey in to the villages of Oaxaca state to learn about Mezcal production. Travel from distillery to distillery to learn about the different production stages. Of course, there are plenty of samples on hand so you taste different varieties of this popular handcrafted spirit.
Day 10 – Oaxaca, Mexico:
Private air-conditioned transfer to Oaxaca International Airport for your flight back home.