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Flavours of Mexico Culinary Tour

Mexico

9 days

Summary

More like a culinary dish than a travel destination, just saying the word ‘Mexico’, can make you hungry. This way, while travel may be food for the soul, food is indeed the soul of Mexico, wherever you go. So, whatever you may be doing or seeing, it’s lovely to stop and devote your time to eating. And here, you don’t even need a silver fork to eat good food. The only difference between authentic home cooking and a fancy restaurant is the quantity and presentation, nothing more. And whenever you hear ¡Buen provecho! … it is really an invitation for you to add chilli and enjoy life.

While discovering the highlights, the Mexico Culinary Tour also nourish your soul in one of the world’s richest gastronomies. At its most moreish, start with the food vendors of Mexico City. Succumb to freshly squeezed fruit juices, over-loaded sandwiches, or the many guises of corn dough. ¡Ay, qué rico! Treat yourself with real tacos, tamales, quesadillas, and other local delights. Then melt into the mole and mezcal of Puebla and Oaxaca. Next, delve deep into the mysteries of chocolate. Later, meander through their markets full of organically grown fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs, and tangy spices.

Here, ordinary ingredients arouse and transform into extraordinary flavours and aromas with frugal innovation and pure creativity. Street food can be just as enlightening as a guided tour in one of the many museums or art galleries. Every mouthful is the journey’s end of diverse cultures over many centuries. In the loving hands of a master home cook, every sensation reveals a wealth of Mesoamerican, European, and African elements. Combined, they tell a magnificent story! This kind of travel is seasoned with craving, relationships, and fiesta.

With such divine cuisine, questions find answers, strangers become friends, and your body ceases to be a mere temple. So, become heaven on earth with the recipe for passion on the Mexico Culinary Tour.

Highlights

  • Discover the secret’s behind one of the world’s most renowned cuisines
  • Explore San Angel market and marvel at the wide variety of produce
  • Wander the bohemian district of Coyoacan and visit the Frida Kahlo Museum
  • Visit the iconic Casa de los Azulejos, a Mexican institution
  • Taste Mexico’s most famous export at the Garibaldi Museum of Tequila
  • Sample the famous mole poblano, a casserole dish featuring chocolate and chilli!
  • Spend three nights in beautiful Oaxaca, foodie capital of Mexico
  • Take a cooking class at Casa Crespo, with the chance to enjoy the fruits of your labour afterwards
  • Learn about the importance of cacao in ancient Mexico at a chocolate making demonstration

ITINERARY

Day 1 Mexico City

Welcome to Mexico City, better known as Mexico DF! On arrival at the airport, you will be met by one of our local representatives and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Mexico City

Begin your culinary tour of Mexico with a walking tour of San Angel where you’ll visit the Saturday Bazaar. Continue to Coyoacan and visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, before heading to a traditional bakery. You’ll have time for lunch at a traditional cantina. After, visit a handicraft and food market and enjoy churros with hot chocolate.

Day 3 Mexico City

Depart on a morning tour of Mexico City’s most important sights, including Chapultepec Park. You’ll have time for lunch at El Cardenal. Your walking tour continues to the Chinatown district and San Juan Market. Afterwards, visit the beautiful Casa de Los Azulejos (The House of Tiles) and the charming Celaya’s Sweet Store. Take a break on the terrace at Gran Hotel, with views over the Zocalo. Tonight we’ve booked a table for you at the wonderful Hacienda Los Morales.

Day 4 Mexico City

An early morning tour of Teotihuacan allows you to enjoy the ruins during the cooler time of the day. This impressive Mesoamerican city once contained some 125,000 inhabitants, making it one of the largest cities in the world during that period. You will have plenty of time to explore and climb the amazing pyramids as well as visit the Palace of Quetzal-Butterfly, the Feather-Snake Temple and the Avenue of the Dead. Ask us about enhancing your experience with a hot-air balloon ride over Teotihuacan. After the tour, you’ll visit the Garibaldi Museum of Tequila for a tasting of Mexico’s most famous export.

Day 5 Mexico City/Puebla

After breakfast travel overland to Puebla, with a tour of the Cholula archaeological complex en-route. Enjoy a traditional mole poblano for lunch.

Day 6 Puebla/Oaxaca

Take the bus across the Sierra Madre Mountain Range to Oaxaca and transfer to your hotel. We’ve reserved a table at the excellent Asador Don Vasco this evening.

Day 7 Oaxaca

Enjoy a tour of the local markets this morning before heading to the Casa Crespo for a hand on cooking lesson followed by lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the archaeological site of Monte Albán. This site is one of the most important archaeological sites in Mesoamerica as well as one of the largest monument groups in the continent.

Day 8 Oaxaca

This morning you’ll learn about the importance of cacao in ancient Mexico and have fun with chocolate-making demonstration (and tasting of course!). In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the colonial centre of Oaxaca.

Day 9 Oaxaca

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or ask us about extending your stay in Mexico.

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