THE OFFICIAL MEXICAN FOOD TOUR
Take a culinary journey through Mexico, tasting the flavours of Oaxaca, Puebla, Mexico City and the south-west coast. From markets through ancient ruins to seaside ceviche and tasty streetside vendors.
Day 1 Mexico City. Taco Crawl
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico.
Group meeting 18:00. Join a local experience as we enjoy tacos from around town, including Mexico City’s street food staple, tacos al pastor.
On the way, we’ll also stop in for a sip of mezcal at one of the many bars that have started popping up all around Mexico City.
Day 2 Early flight to Oaxaca
This morning we land in Oaxaca, known as ‘the land of seven moles’. Nestled in a series of valleys, Oaxaca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its pre-Hispanic ruins, colonial architecture and, of course, its cuisine! The region has been inhabited by pre-Hispanic tribes for thousands of years and Oaxaca remains as the home for more than fourteen ethnic groups – including the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs, whose influence is omnipresent in the states culture, customs and cuisine.
Oaxaca Market Tour
Abastos Market is one of the most vibrant markets in the country and will be in full flight when we visit on Saturday, its main trading day. This will be your first introduction to the building blocks of Mexican cuisine, as well as to some of Oaxaca’s distinct regional specialties – taste everything from cactus fruit to grasshoppers to the heavenly Oaxacan cheese, queso Oaxaca.
Finish at the less crowded, but equally interesting Mercado 20 de Noviembre. Any carnivores will relish lunch at the pasillo de carnes asadas (grilled meats hall).
Your afternoon is free to explore the markets as well as Oaxaca’s many other culinary delights. Perhaps check out the crafts at Benito Juarez market or, if you are after real Oaxacan chocolate, there are several shops on Calle Mina (just south of Mercado 20 de Noviembre) where you can see chocolate being made. Mayordomo, Soledad and Guelaguetza are a few of the popular chocolate companies.
Monte Alban Ruins visit (optional) 15:00 – 18:00
Alternatively, you may wish to visit the impressive Monte Alban archeological site, the political centre of Zapotec society for almost 1,000 years.
Free evening for dinner
La Teca - This tiny restaurant is in a private house with cooking by Deyanira ‘La Teca’ Aquino, one of Oaxaca’s most famous chefs and food anthropologists. Booking is essential, but it is incredibly cheap and incredibly good, totally authentic Oaxacan food.
Day 3 Oaxaca
Breakfast in the hotel
Sunday Market in Tlacolula
The Sunday market in Tlacolula is one of the oldest in Mesoamerica and a unique opportunity to witness the ancient Zapotec cultural traditions – dress, cuisine, and language – as the community gathers together from neighbouring villages.
Lunch at La choza
La chozais one of the last bastions of Old Mexico and as authentic as you will get. The restaurant serves excellent traditional Oaxacan food - grilled chorizo (Oaxacan sausage); a plate of cecina (sliced pork lightly dusted with chili); tasajo (thinly sliced beef); eggs, either scrambled alone or with chorizo, or fried; quesadillas; and memelitas.[EK2]
Visit the ruins at Mitla
Mitla is an important Zapotecarcheological site and was the main religious centre for the Zapotec people. It was originally built as a gateway between the world of the living and the world of the dead and the name Mitla is derived from the Nahuatl word Mictlan, meaning ‘underworld’.
On the way, if there’s time, we will also visit local village renowned for their colourful rugs:
Teotitlán del Valle - artisans transform bags of raw wool into intricate weavings featuring traditional Zapotec designs, just as they have for centuries We will also visit a mezcaleria, or mezcal distillery, where we will learn about this important local spirit.
Free afternoon in Oaxaca
Dinner at La Casa Crespo
On our last night in Oaxaca we will enjoy dinner at this little but rather specialized restaurant where we will enjoy of some of Oaxaca´s most traditional and regional recipes.
Day 4 Oaxaca / Puebla
Breakfast at Itanoni
A wonderful streetside restaurant. At any time they have three different types of corn dough made up from different types of corn gathered together from the cooperatives of farmers that they work with throughout the Oaxaca state. The corn tortillas, memelitas, quesadillas and tamales are wonderful here.
Bus transfer to Puebla
Puebla is a city obsessed with food and regarded by many as the gastronomic capital of Mexico. Its cuisine is a mixture of pre-hispanic fare and Spanish influenced dishes, including mole poblano and chilesennogada. Bear in mind, chilesennogadais seasonal and should only be eaten in restaurants between May and September.
Lunch at Mercado de Sabores Poblanos
A sprawling version of the traditional Mexican market. This is a great introduction to Pueblan street food, where a multitude of stalls produce local dishes cooked up by different chefs. From cemitas (like the Mexico City tortas, crusty sandwiches filled with goodies), large tostadas called chalupas to tacos arabes, tacos filled with meat cooked on a large spit and served with salsas and fresh lime.
Puebla city tour
This afternoon, enjoy the stunning architecture and historic sites on a walking tour of Mexico’s fourth largest city.
We will also stop into Calle 6 Oriente, otherwise known as Calle de losDulces, or “Sweets Street”, to sample camotes (yam-based candies flavoured with fruits) or Tortitas de Santa Clara, round shortbread type cookies topped with a sugary pumpkin-seed glaze and other delightful traditional homemade sweets from Puebla
Free evening for dinner. Recommendations
La Fonda de Santa Clara - try the Pipian verde, a sauce (or mole) made of ground pumpkin seeds, a pre-Hispanic dish packed with fibre and protein. Especially well known in Puebla.
El mural de los Poblanos - the escamoles are wonderful as are the moles. A great selection of tequilas and mezcals.
Lucha Libre - Mexican Wrestling
Day 5 Puebla
Breakfast at the hotel
Cooking class, followed by lunch.
Learn how to prepare some of Puebla’s most famous dishes,then enjoy your creations for lunch.
If time, take a trip to nearby Cholula (optional)
A nearby town with a pre-Hispanic pyramid at its centre. Known as the largest pyramid in Mesoamerica as well as one of the oldest.
Free evening for dinner. Recommendations
El Cardenal - old school Mexican restaurant that has several branches - the one in the old town is the best. Try dishes like escamoles (ant eggs) in tacos but their pastries and breads, their juices and their huge range of egg dishes are also wonderful.
Puro Corazon – a homemade taste Mexican restaurant that will please you and the view towards the main square will make the perfect set up.
Day 6 México City
A foodies tour of Mexico City’s Centro Historico
Start at the beautiful Bellas Artes palace then a walk towards the city´s main Plaza.
Along the way we’ll stop for a traditional desayuno(breakfast) café de olla, spicy coffee with enough sugar for a life time with pan dulce(sweet rolls). Or perhaps some just made Tamales or whatever you like, Motolinia Streethas it all!! A walking tour will go on then to finish by the main square where we´ll visit the National Palace, The Templo Mayor ruins and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the impressive Zocalo (main square) is Latin America´s largest and the third largest in the world at over 13 acres. Then we will take a break and meet up for lunch
El Caguamo is our choice. Owned by a Veracruzian family who make some of the best seafood in the city. - Don’t miss the seafood coctels!
The rest of the day is free
Relax in Chapultepec Park, take in some of the notable art museums or visit the renowned anthropological museum, one of the finest in the world.
Day 7 México City
Breakfast Mexico City style, we will stop at Churros El Moro to have the traditional Churros con chocolate, an old tradition for many generations of Mexican Families!!! This will be breakfast before we head out for the pictures que town of Coyoacan.
Enjoy the tranquillity of this leafy precinct, located a short metro ride from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.we enjoy a stroll around the square, to learn about the historical importance of this lovely town, you may want to walk to the nearby Museum of Frida Kahlo who was a resident of Coyoacan and the museum is in its former residence. After this we can enjoy lunch at the local market and try the famous Quesadillas before we head back to the city center
Dinner at Fonda El Refugio 19:30 - 22:00
Our final dinner is at a wonderful old school family restaurant located in one the mos popular districts in town La Zona Rosa
$1,150 USD for twin bed shared
Single supplement available
for $300 USD additional.
Next departures 2017
Accommodation three stars hotel
Flight from CDMX -Oaxaca
1 Cooking class
1 Mezcal sample (day 1)
Admission fee to:
Frida Kahlo Museum