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Mexico Culinary Tour

Mexican food is influenced by seven regional cuisines. The “El Norte” cuisine reflects the ranch culture of grilled beef, flour tortillas and a wide variety of cheeses. The Mexico’s long Pacific coast with Guadalajara as its gastronomic centre, is known for beef, mutton or pork stew with chili peppers. While the immense Bajio plateau that resembles the central Spanish plains, has contributed with rice, pork and spices and its sweet desserts. 

The deep valleys of the south pacific coast, boasts of the most indigenous of Mexico’s provincial cuisines. Oaxacan cuisine is known for seven varieties of sauces or flavours. Chocolate is another interesting component, mixed with spices and consumed as a beverage. The food of the Yucatán peninsula and Gulf of Mexico is based on Mayan food with influences from Cuba and other Caribbean islands. While cuisine in central Mexico City is pot-puree of regional styles.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY MEXICAN FOOD ADVENTURE…
And, experience the seven sauces or ‘Moles’ of Oaxaca. 
 

What We Love
  • Enjoy a fabulous historical sightseeing tour of Mexico City
  • Spend time in colonial Oaxaca and visit the magnificent Aztec ruins of Mitla
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's local activity providers in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Discover the roots of Mexico’s capital which lie in the Historic Centre. It is here where you will find international art museums, Palacio de Bellas Arts, Cathedral Metropolitan, Templo Mayor and the National Palace. One day, explore the surrounds like; the ancient Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacan or paddle down t he ancient Aztec waterways of Xochimilco. Explore the charming neighbourhoods of San Angel and Coyoacan for cultural charm or visit Polanco and La Roma for world-class restaurants, numerous parks and green areas, monuments, and museums.
 
Along the way, stop in favourite taquerias and food stalls, and perhaps visit an ice cream parlour to sample unusual flavours such as mamey (a tropical fruit) and rompope (egg nog). Also, enjoy private tequila tasting to learn about Mexico’s most famous distilled spirit.
 
Next, visit Puebla, one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico. Containing more than 70 churches in the historic city centre alone, Puebla maintains its close ties to colonial Spain through its architecture and famous azueles, which are painted ceramic tiles.  Exclusive boutiques and restored buildings add to the modern melding of worlds both past and present. Also enjoy a cooking class, explore the local food markets, and perhaps browse for locally produced Talavera ceramics. One day, enjoy a private excursion to Cholula, a vast archaeological site. 
 
Continue into the state of Mexico that is host to more indigenous languages than anywhere else in the country – Oaxaca. This largely mountainous and rugged region is home to a great many culturally diverse indigenous communities and offers visitors great insight into native food and traditional arts. One day, travel to the nearby valley to tour the archaeological ruins of Mitla and visit indigenous markets to find unique handicrafts and woven crafts. This tour can be further customised to your interests or dietary restrictions.
Getting There

The only direct scheduled flights from the UK to Mexico City are from London Heathrow to Mexico City or London Gatwick to Cancún, both with British Airways. Flying from anywhere else in Britain to any other destination in Mexico, you will have to change planes somewhere.

If flying via the US, it’s worth checking if your transatlantic carrier has an airpass deal for non-US residents – most major US airlines do – by which you purchase coupons at a flat rate for a certain number of flights in North America (with a usual minimum of three). Depending on the airline, the pass will usually also include one or more destinations in Mexico and Canada.
 

 
Mexico Culinary Tour Mexico

Mexico Culinary Tour

Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Mexico City Welcome to Mexico City! You will be received at the airport and transfer to your hotel for 4 nights.
Overnight at Four Seasons Hotel (B)

Day 2 – Culinary Tour
Mexico City Full-day private tour of cultural and culinary highlights, including street food tasting.
Overnight at Four Seasons Hotel (B)

Day 3 – The Surrounds
Mexico City Full-day private tour, including Xochimilco, San Angel and Coyoacan.
Overnight at Four Seasons Hotel (B)

Day 4 – Mayan Ruins
Mexico City Private city touring or private excursion to ruins at Teotihuacan, including tequila tasting.
Overnight at Four Seasons Hotel (B)

Day 5 – Culinary Tour
Puebla Private transfer to hotel in Puebla for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour, including culinary touring.
Overnight at Meson Sacristia de la Compania or La Purificadora (B)

Day 6 – Cooking Class
Puebla & Cholula Morning private cooking class. Afternoon private excursion to Cholula.
Overnight at Meson Sacristia de la Compania or La Purificadora (B)

Day 7 – Transfer
Oaxaca Private transfer to hotel in Oaxaca for 4 nights. Evening Guelaguetza performance.
Overnight at Quinta Real Oaxaca (B)

Day 8 – Cooking Class
Oaxaca Morning private cooking lesson. Afternoon private city tour.
Overnight at Quinta Real Oaxaca (B)

Day 9 –  The Surrounds
Oaxaca Full-day private excursion to Mitla, craft villages, local markets and mezcal distillery.
Overnight at Quinta Real Oaxaca (B)

Day 10 – Tour
Oaxaca Morning private touring. Afternoon private excursion to Monte Alban.
Overnight at Quinta Real Oaxaca (B)

Day 11 – Depart
Oaxaca Private airport transfer.
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Mexico is vibrant, colourful and unique. It's beautiful and diverse, with breathtaking vistas, numerous cultures, cuisines, handicrafts, music and art forms. The 500-year old ornate churches in Spanish architecture crown the hillsides, and plazas mark the centre point of Mexican cities. Although, some of the Mexican cities are at the height of urban sophistication, there are other parts of the country that feel more like forgotten Spanish colonies, with an all pervading influence of native American culture.

The adventurous traveller willing to get off the beaten track can explore amazing Aztec style temples and other cultural highlights. Those who like water can surf along its 6000-mile coastline, full of beaches, points, reefs and river mouths. Waves vary from slow rollers to crashing tubes and every few miles of waterfront offers a new surf spot. Mexico is a dream destination and it will fulfil every traveller’s dream!  

Where to go Mexico City may be a nightmare for travellers but its surrounding destinations offer the chief relics of the pre-Hispanic cultures of central Mexico: the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán and the main Toltec site at Tula. Travelling west towards Guadalajara, is the most gently scenic country in Mexico, where the thickly forested hills are studded with lakes and ancient villages.

South of the capital, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, have some of the largest populations of pure indigenous groups; superb markets and fascinating archaeological sites. And San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, makes a nice stopover before travelling to the picturesque Maya ruins of Palenque.

East into the Yucatán are magnificent Maya cities – Chichén Itzá and Uxmal – and the burgeoning Caribbean resorts that stretch down the coast from Cancún. On the Pacific coast, where the surf is wilder and the scenery more rugged than in the Caribbean, Acapulco is a fine beach destination. Along the ocean to the north, hundreds of kilometres of relatively empty sand are broken up only by resort cities like Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

In the heart of the country, are the beautiful silver-mining towns of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, the historic centres of San Miguel de Allende and Querétaro, and many smaller places with a legacy of superb colonial architecture. Baja California in the far northwest of Mexico offers world-class whale-watching, untrammelled beaches and crumbling Spanish ruins.

When to go November to May: This is late winter in Mexico and the traditional tourist season, worth considering when thinking about the best time to visit. November is probably the ideal time to visit, with the rains over, the land still fresh and the peak season not yet begun. December through to April are the busiest.

January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales. May is a hot month and when the rains make a slow start in the south, gradually creeping northwards over the coming months.

June to October: Beginning in June, the rains begin to make their presence known, mostly in the form of an afternoon storm. July is the heart of Mexico's rainy season, though rains still accustomed to its afternoon routine, cooling down the temperatures. In August and September, rains become heavier, particularly on the Pacific Coast, where it is almost monsoon like. By October, rains begin to ease a little. However, high temperatures, heavy showers and humid conditions remain across much of the country.

Visa British nationals visiting Mexico as a tourist don’t need a visa, but you do need a tourist card, which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico. Immigration officials at the port of entry may ask to see proof of your departure plans from Mexico before allowing you entry to the country, although this isn’t a formal entry requirement.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Mexico.

Travelling to Mexico via the US: If you’re travelling to Mexico via the US, even if you’re only transiting, check the US entry requirements with the US Embassy in London. If you don’t have the correct authorisation you will not be allowed to travel to or transit through the US.

Further information can be found on the FCO’s US Travel Advice.