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Mexico Real Food Adventure


Get an authentic taste of Mexico on a 9-day journey through some of the country’s most famous culinary regions. Meander through Oaxaca’s aromatic markets with a local chef, take to the streets of Puebla to sample some the city’s local specialties, learn how to cook fresh seafood on the coast and tuck into tacos in Mexico City. Your local leader will help you dig into the culture and history of Mexico with walking tours, visits to ancient ruins and local interactions. If you’re after cultural richness, authentic experiences and flavoursome food that’s tinged with fiesta, then this adventure is for you.

9 days, from

$2,605

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: QVZA
Style: Original
Theme: Food

Details

Countries Visited:  Mexico
Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights)
Transportation: Private Vehicle , Local Bus , Metro , Taxi
Included Meals:

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Kick off your adventure with a taco dinner in Mexico City, your chance to try the authentic version of one of the world’s favourite foods.

  • Get hands on with a market visit and cooking class with a local chef in Oaxaca, and a seafood cooking class in the coastal town of Huatulco.

  • Gain insight into the culture and cuisine of the indigenous Zapotec people when you join a Zapotecan family for a traditional lunch in their home.

  • Dig into the culture and history of Mexico during a walking tour of Mexico City’s historical centre and a visit to the ancient Mitla ruins.

  • This trip takes you to the source of some of the nation's most iconic foods, including churros, barbacoa, tamales, tortillas, elotes and mole.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Mexico City

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico City. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm where you'll meet your tour leader and travel group. Please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place. After your welcome meeting, head out to a local restaurant to sample one of Mexico’s most celebrated dishes – tacos. You may like to accompany your tacos with a refreshing local beer or even horchata, a milky cinnamon rice drink.

Day 2: Mexico City

Indulge in a sweet morning with a visit to a local chuerreria making Mexico's signature cinnamon dusted churros. Then, enjoy a visit to a Mexico City institution: a two-storey bakery brimming with cakes, breads and biscuits, followed by a walking tour of the Centro Historico. Take in the beautiful Bellas Artes Palace, travel down the Paseo de la Reforma thoroughfare, and marvel at the enormous Zocalo square. Along the way you'll visit Mercado San Juan, the city’s main food market, then roam the surrounding streets and watch local vendors at work. If you come across tortillas being freshly pressed, be sure to try them warm with a sprinkle of salt. Pull up a chair at one of the best seafood stands in the city for a late lunch. The rest of your day is free for your own exploration. Perhaps relax in Chapultepec Park, take in some of the city's notable museums, or check out the home of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Day 3: Puebla

Catch a local bus to Puebla, a city known for its long culinary history. Puebla is renowned for dishes which combine Spanish and pre-hispanic influences, such as chiles en nogada (stuffed chillies covered in creamy walnut sauce). Venture out on a culinary city tour – start with some Pueblan street food like tacos Arabes (a style of taco created by Puebla’s Middle Eastern immigrants), or chalupas (fried tortillas with a spicy filling). Then, make a beeline for Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street) to sample tortitas de Santa Clara (shortbread biscuits) and camotes (sweet potato lollies). This evening you also have the option to check out a much-loved and very colourful lucha libre wrestling match, a unique combination of sport and theatre!

Day 4: Oaxaca

This morning you may like to grab a tamale to take on the bus with you to Oaxaca, a beautiful colonial city nicknamed the ‘land of the seven moles’. The city is famous for the fabulous Mercado Benito Juarez, a bountiful market taking up a full city block and brimming with produce, mole spices and pastes, and towers of Oaxacan cheese. On arrival, you might like to head out and try some local specialties like chapulines (grasshoppers). Dinner this evening will be a plant-based spread at a local restaurant specialising in dishes from the Isthmus region of Oaxaca. Tuck into tasty gorditas, tamales with huitlacoche, vegan tlayuda and seasonal fresh fruit.

Day 5: Oaxaca

With a free morning, you may like to visit the archaeological site of Monte Alban, an outstanding example of a pre-Columbian ceremonial centre. The terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Alban were carved out of the mountain. For lunch today you’ll be joined by a local chef for a visit to the market, learning about Oaxaca’s produce and cuisine from an expert. You’ll then take the ingredients you’ve picked up at the markets and learn how to transform them into traditional Oaxacan dishes, which you’ll then enjoy for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to explore. Those with a sweet tooth can find several shops on Calle Mina (just south of Mercado 20 de Noviembre) at which to learn about the production of real Oaxacan chocolate – and of course taste this regional specialty. 

Day 6: Oaxaca

Today you will venture out of Oaxaca for an insight into regional life. First, head to the ancient ruins of Mitla. Mitla (the Nahuatl word for 'underworld') is an important Zapotec archaeological site and was the main religious centre for the Zapotec people. After you’ve explored the ruins, pay a visit to Teotitlan del Valle to watch traditional Zapotec rug weaving done by local families. You’ll then join a local Zapotecan family for a traditional homecooked lunch. On the way back to Oaxaca, stop into a mezcaleria (mezcal distillery). Although this tequila-like drop is experiencing a resurgence in popularity all over Mexico, it is largely produced in Oaxaca. It's generally enjoyed straight-up, so it's not for the faint-hearted!

Day 7: Huatulco

Board a morning bus for the long but scenic drive to Huatulco, stopping for lunch along the way. This is your chance to relax and unwind, as this town belongs to one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on Mexico's Pacific coast. It's also quieter and less touristy than some of the bigger beachside spots, although these are accessible by taxi. This evening you’ll get a taste of coastal cuisine over a tasty seafood dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Huatulco

The day is yours to enjoy the chilled-out atmosphere of Huatulco. You may like to hang out on the beach, swim in the clear blue waters, or grab a glass of mezcal to toast to your adventure. This evening, enjoy a cooking class and feast on your creations in a traditional meal celebrating the bounty of the coastal region of Oaxaca. Your last dinner will certainly be one to remember as you tuck into an abundance of tasty seafood, and pick up some new recipes while you’re at it.

Day 9: Huatulco

Your adventure ends today. There are no activities planned for the final day.